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  1. October 18th in music. Birthdays: 1949 - Gary Richrath. American rock band REO Speedwagon, who had the 1981 US No.1's 'Keep On Loving You' and 'Can't Fight This Feeling'. They named the band REO Speedwagon, from the REO Speed Wagon, a flatbed truck. Born in Peoria, Illinois. He died on September 13, 2015. 1949 - Joe Egan. Stealers Wheel, 1973 UK No.8 single 'Stuck In The Middle With You'. Born in Paisley, Scotland. 1952 - Keith Knudsen. American rock drummer, vocalist, and songwriter with The Doobie Brothers who scored the 1979 US No. 1 single 'What A Fool Believes' and the 1993 UK No. 7 single 'Long Train Runnin.' He founded the band Southern Pacific with fellow Doobie Brother John McFee. He died of pneumonia on 8 Feb 2005, aged 56.
  2. On October 18, 1931, Thomas Alva Edison, one of the most prolific inventors in history, dies in West Orange, New Jersey, at the age of 84. Born in Milan, Ohio, in 1847, Edison received little formal schooling, which was customary for most Americans at the time. He developed serious hearing problems at an early age, and this disability provided the motivation for many of his inventions. At age 16, he found work as a telegraph operator and soon was devoting much of his energy and natural ingenuity toward improving the telegraph system itself. By 1869, he was pursuing invention full-time and in 1876 moved into a laboratory and machine shop in Menlo Park, New Jersey. Edison’s experiments were guided by his remarkable intuition, but he also took care to employ assistants who provided the mathematical and technical expertise he lacked. At Menlo Park, Edison continued his work on the telegraph, and in 1877 he stumbled on one of his great inventions, the phonograph, while working on a way to record telephone communication. Public demonstrations of the phonograph made the Yankee inventor world famous, and he was dubbed the “Wizard of Menlo Park.” Although the discovery of a way to record and play back sound ensured him a place in the annals of history, it was just the first of several Edison creations that would transform late 19th-century life. Among other notable inventions, Edison and his assistants developed the first practical incandescent lightbulb in 1879, and a forerunner of the movie camera and projector in the late 1880s. In 1887, he opened the world’s first industrial research laboratory at West Orange, where he employed dozens of workers to systematically investigate a given subject. Perhaps his greatest contribution to the modern industrial world came from his work in electricity. He developed a complete electrical distribution system for light and power, set up the world’s first power plant in New York City, and invented the alkaline battery, the first electric railroad, and a host of other inventions that laid the basis for the modern electric world. He continued to work into his 80s and acquired 1,093 patents in his lifetime. He died at his home in New Jersey on October 18, 1931.
  3. On October 18, 1767, Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon complete their survey of the boundary between the colonies of Pennsylvania and Maryland as well as areas that would eventually become the states of Delaware and West Virginia. The Penn and Calvert families had hired Mason and Dixon, English surveyors, to settle their dispute over the boundary between their two proprietary colonies, Pennsylvania and Maryland. In 1760, tired of border violence between the colonies’ settlers, the British crown demanded that the parties involved hold to an agreement reached in 1732. As part of Maryland and Pennsylvania’s adherence to this royal command, Mason and Dixon were asked to determine the exact whereabouts of the boundary between the two colonies. Though both colonies claimed the area between the 39th and 40th parallel, what is now referred to as the Mason-Dixon line finally settled the boundary at a northern latitude of 39 degrees and 43 minutes. The line was marked using stones, with Pennsylvania’s crest on one side and Maryland’s on the other. When Mason and Dixon began their endeavor in 1763, colonists were protesting the Proclamation of 1763, which was intended to prevent colonists from settling beyond the Appalachians and angering Native Americans. As the Britons concluded their survey in 1767, the colonies were engaged in a dispute with the Parliament over the Townshend Acts, which were designed to raise revenue for the empire by taxing common imports including tea. Twenty years later, in late 1700s, the states south of the Mason-Dixon line would begin arguing for the perpetuation of slavery in the new United States while those north of the line hoped to phase out the ownership of human chattel. This period, which historians consider the era of “The New Republic,” drew to a close with the Missouri Compromise of 1820, which accepted the states south of the line as slave-holding and those north of the line as free. The compromise, along with those that followed it, eventually failed. One hundred years after Mason and Dixon began their effort to chart the boundary, soldiers from opposite sides of the line let their blood stain the fields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in the Southern states’ final attempt to breach the Mason-Dixon line during the Civil War. One hundred and one years after the Britons completed their line, the United States finally admitted men of any complexion born within the nation to the rights of citizenship with the ratification of the 14th Amendment.
  4. On October 18, 1867, the U.S. formally takes possession of Alaska after purchasing the territory from Russia for $7.2 million, or less than two cents an acre. The Alaska purchase comprised 586,412 square miles, about twice the size of Texas, and was championed by William Henry Seward, the enthusiastically expansionist secretary of state under President Andrew Johnson. Russia wanted to sell its Alaska territory, which was remote, sparsely populated and difficult to defend, to the U.S. rather than risk losing it in battle with a rival such as Great Britain. Negotiations between Seward (1801-1872) and the Russian minister to the U.S., Eduard de Stoeckl, began in March 1867. However, the American public believed the land to be barren and worthless and dubbed the purchase “Seward’s Folly” and “Andrew Johnson’s Polar Bear Garden,” among other derogatory names. Some animosity toward the project may have been a byproduct of President Johnson’s own unpopularity. As the 17th U.S. president, Johnson battled with Republicans in Congress over Reconstruction policies following the Civil War. He was impeached in 1868 and later acquitted by a single vote. Nevertheless, Congress eventually ratified the Alaska deal. Public opinion of the purchase turned more favorable when gold was discovered in a tributary of Alaska’s Klondike River in 1896, sparking a gold rush. Alaska became the 49th state on January 3, 1959, and is now recognized for its vast natural resources. Today, 25 percent of America’s oil and over 50 percent of its seafood come from Alaska. It is also the largest state in area, about one-fifth the size of the lower 48 states combined, though it remains sparsely populated. The name Alaska is derived from the Aleut word alyeska, which means “great land.” Alaska has two official state holidays to commemorate its origins: Seward’s Day, observed the last Monday in March, celebrates the March 30, 1867, signing of the land treaty between the U.S. and Russia, and Alaska Day, observed every October 18, marks the anniversary of the formal land transfer.
  5. Towards the end of World War II Germany was on the losing side, so desperate times called for desperate measures. This allowed some of Germany’s greatest minds to create innovative technology in an attempt to drive back the Allied Forces. Among those innovative weapons was the V1 Flying Bomb, (German Vergeltungswaffe 1 "Vengeance Weapon 1") which was deadly but Royal Air Force pilots found a way around it. The V1 Rocket was designed by Robert Lussier who would later go on to work for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory program. But during WWII, he lent his scientific genius in jet technology to creating weapons to fight against the Allied Forces. The V1 bombs were designed with an internal gyroscope allowing these rockets to fly from Germany all the way to London to blast targets. They weren’t exactly the most precise weapons and they did have a weakness that Royal Air Force pilots began to exploit. When a V1 Flying Bomb was detected, Spitfire pilots would move to intercept. However, they wouldn’t bother wasting ammunition they would use another method. Spitfire would simply move closer to the V1s, tap on its wings and throw its gyroscope out of line although because of damage to wing tips they later developed a tactic of disrupting the airflow by placing their wing very close to the V1's wing, causing it to topple. Flying bombs were never the most effective weapon for Nazi Germany, but they used everything they could.
  6. White Phosphorus Incendiary bombs dropped by a USAF B-25 Mitchell Bomber, burst over Japanese G4M Bombers and a A6M Zero Fighter on Lakunai Airfield near Rabaul, New Britain Island - 1943
  7. We don't need no education. We don't need no thought control. No dark sarcasm in the classroom. Teacher, leave them kids alone. Hey! Teacher, leave them kids alone. All in all it's just another brick in the wall. All in all you're just another brick in the wall.
  8. I bought a new truck. It'll run on hydrogen, gasoline, or E85. Had to go back to the dealer yesterday because I couldn't get the radio to work. The service technician explained that the radio was voice-activated. ”Nelson,” the technician said to the radio. The radio replied, “Ricky or Willie? ”Willie” he continued, and “On The Road Again” flowed from the speakers. Then he said, “Ray Charles,” and in an instant “Georgia On My Mind” replaced Willie Nelson. I drove away so happy, and for the next few days every time I'd say, “Beethoven” I'd get beautiful classical music, and if I said, “Beatles” I'd get one of their awesome songs. Well, yesterday, this woman ran a red light and nearly smashed into my new truck, but luckily I swerved in time to avoid her. I yelled at her, “Crazy Bitch!” The radio replied, “Hillary, Maxine, Kamala, Warren, Ocasio, or Pelosi?”
  9. My friend sent me picture of his cousin in the restroom. He said his cousin is still trying to get used to moving here from Australia.
  10. 1960 Volkswagen Type 2 Double Cab Custom - Obviously done on the cheap because they couldn't afford shocks or springs, lol. I will NEVER understand the act of lowering a perfectly good vehicle.
  11. 1960 Volkswagen Type 2 Double Cab - Pearl Gray
  12. My friend sent me picture of his cousin in the restroom. He said his cousin is still trying to get used to moving here from Australia.
  13. One of three X-15 rocket-powered research aircraft being carried aloft under its B-52 mothership, escorted by T38A Talon chase aircraft. The X-15 was air launched from the B-52 so the rocket plane would have enough fuel to reach its high speed and altitude test points. The X-15s made a total of 199 flights over a period of nearly 10 years and set world's unofficial speed and altitude records of 4,520 miles per hour (Mach 6.7) and 354,200 feet. Information gained from the highly successful X-15 program contributed to the development of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo manned spaceflight programs and also the Space Shuttle program.
  14. XM170 Jeep with 8 wheel for better traction and flotation in wet terrain.
  15. October 17th in music. 1919 - The Radio Corporation of America, soon to be simply known as RCA, is founded by General Electric. 1964 - Manfred Mann started a two week run at No. 1 on the US singles chart with 'Do Wah Diddy Diddy', possibly the first No. 1 with a Nonsense Song Title. Birthdays: 1941 - Jim Seals. Seals & Croft, guitar, fiddle, American singer, songwriter. Born in Sidney, Texas. 1946 - Jim Tucker. Guitarist from the American rock group The Turtles who had the US 1967 No. 1 single 'Happy Together' and the 1967 hit 'She'd Rather Be with Me'. 1946 - Mike Hossack. The Doobie Brothers drummer. Born in Paterson, New Jersey.
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