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EARLY PIONEERS (continued): • When Capt. Alcock and Lt. Brown flew from Canada to Ireland, they took with them Lucky Jim and Twinkletoes— two stuffed black cats, for luck. However, these “lucky” charms didn’t do much good. First, a super-heated exhaust pipe disintegrated. Then a blinding fog moved in and the plane would have taken a nose dive into the Atlantic if the fog hadn’t cleared 100 feet above the sea. Next, ice formed over the instruments on the wing after a snowstorm and Lt. Brown had to climb out on the wing to chip it off. But in spite of it all, the two men landed safely. Unfortunately, Alcock was killed six months later while flying in a fog in a Paris air show. Brown subsequently swore off flying forever, but his pilot son was killed in World War II. • President Wilson and other important officials gathered in May of 1918 to witness the takeoff of the first airmail flight. The plane was to carry mail from Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia. After take-off, the plane somehow went off course and landed in Waldorf, Maryland— which is farther away from Philadelphia than Washington is. The mail was eventually delivered by train. • In 1938 Howard Hughes filled his plane with ping-pong balls so it would float if it went down over the ocean. He then proceeded to set the speed record for flying around the world. • On March 2, 1949, a U.S. Superfortress bomber completed the first nonstop flight around the world when it landed at Fort Worth, Texas. The plane traveled 23,452 miles in 94 hours and 1 minute. It was refueled four times in flight. • In 1986, the Voyager accomplished the first round-the-world flight without refueling. Cruising at a speed between 65 and 120 mph at an altitude of 8,000 to 10,000 feet it took pilots Rattan & Yeager 216 hours, 3 minutes and 44 seconds to travel 25,012 miles. www.tidbitsgf.com

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• Douglas McCurdy, one of Canada’s premier aviators, was born in Nova Scotia in 1886, and graduated from the University of Toronto in 1906 with a degree in mechanical engineering. It didn’t take long for his career to ‘take off.’ • In 1907, he joined Alexander Graham Bell’s Aerial Experiment Association. In 1908, he helped Glenn Curtiss set up the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company. In 1909, he became the first person in the British empire to fly an aircraft, becoming only the 9th person in history to fly a plane. In 1910, he was the first Canadian to be issued a pilot’s license. And in 1911, he made the first flight from Florida to Cuba, one of his most remarkable achievements. • From 1909 to 1911 McCurdy participated in flying exhibitions all over North America. Hoping to give the people of Cuba their first glimpse of mechanized flight, officials in Havana offered him $8,000 (worth $100,000 today) if he would be the first to fly from Key West to Havana. Although the 94-mile journey doesn’t seem like a big deal today, McCurdy knew that if the flight succeeded, he would set a new world record for distance travelled over open water. • McCurdy paid a tinsmith to make pontoons to attach to the wings in case he was forced to land at sea. The U.S. navy offered to string six torpedo boats along the line of flight, each puffing out smoke to aid in navigation. They would also be able rescue him if he crashed. • On a calm day in January of 1911, McCurdy took off from Key West on a short test flight, intending to circle around and land again. But the crowds surged forward, clogging the landing strip. He had no choice but to head out to sea. • Reaching an altitude of 1,000 feet and a speed of 48 mph, he could see the smoke from the funnels of the closest torpedo boat. He could hear their whistles blowing. After two hours, he spied the waterfront of Havana. Crowds thronged the beaches and a cheer went up.

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• Suddenly, just a few miles short of his goal, his engine quit as one cylinder after another gave out. He was forced to ditch in the ocean while Cuban citizens gasped in horror. Fortunately, the water was calm and the pontoons worked. The U.S.S. Pauling took only 15 minutes to reach the downed aircraft. McCurdy joked that his feet never even got wet, but the plane was a complete loss. Still, he had managed to set two records: it was the longest flight ever, and it was also the first flight ever taken that left the sight of land. • McCurdy had taken the precaution of shipping a second plane to Havana, and without even changing his clothes, he treated onlookers to a flying exhibition. City officials pledged to give McCurdy the prize money even though he hadn’t completed the original flight. At a gala ceremony in his honor, he was handed a fancy envelope. However, when he opened the envelope later, he found it empty. After making discreet inquiries as to how he could get his prize money, he was advised that it would be a touchy and difficult matter. He dropped the issue. • Douglas McCurdy went on to achieve much more. In 1915, he established the first aviation school in Canada, and was the first manager of Canada’s first airport. He was also instrumental in setting up an aircraft manufacturing company located in Toronto. In 1947, McCurdy was appointed lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia, a post he continued until 1952. • Douglas McCurdy died in 1961, just a few years short of seeing man land on the moon.

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MOMENTS IN TIME • On July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia, the Continental Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence, which proclaims the independence of a new United States of America from Great Britain. The declaration came 442 days after the first shots of the American Revolution.

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with red interiors and black canvas tops. The 1953 Corvette was outfitted with a six-cylinder engine and a two-speed automatic transmission. • On July 5, 1975, Arthur Ashe defeats the favored Jimmy Connors to become the first black man ever to win Wimbledon. While the confident Connors strutted around the tennis court, Ashe rested between sets. Finally, with the shocked crowd cheering him on, Ashe finished Connors off in the fourth set, 6-4.

• On July 1, 1916, 25-year-old Army Lt. Dwight D. Eisenhower marries 19-year-old Mamie Geneva Doud. He would go on to lead the Allies to victory in Europe in World War II and later become the nation's 34th president. • On July 3, 1985, the blockbuster The couple lived in 33 homes during "Back to the Future," starring MiEisenhower's 37-year military career. chael J. Fox, opens in theaters. The • On July 6, 1933, Major League time-travel device in the film was a Baseball's first All-Star Game takes DeLorean DMC-12 sports car outfitplace at Comiskey Park in Chicago. ted with a nuclear reactor that would The event was designed to bolster achieve the 1.21 gigawatts of power the sport during the darkest years necessary to travel through time. of the Great Depression. Fans who • On July 2, 1990, a stampede of relicould still afford tickets migrated gious pilgrims in a pedestrian tunnel in from the more expensive box seats Mecca leaves more than 1,400 people to the bleachers, which cost 50 cents. dead. This was the most deadly of a • On June 30, 1953, the first production Corvette is built at the General Motors facility in Flint, Mich. All 300 Corvettes were white convertibles

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• Goyathlay (meaning ‘one who yawns’) was an Apache born in 1829. He married and had three kids. In 1851, Mexican soldiers attacked his encampment, killing many, including Goyathlay’s family. Bent on revenge, the survivors went after the Mexicans. • Goyathlay battled fearlessly and without mercy. The Catholic Mexicans appealed to St. Jerome for help. Afterwards, the remaining Mexicans remarked on the bravery of the Apache warrior. They didn’t know his name, so they gave him a nickname, after the Mexican word for St. Jerome. It stuck. • Goyathlay, now known by his new nickname, became a military leader of his tribe who led many successful skirmishes. In 1886, tired of constant pursuit, he surrendered. He became a celebrity in his old age, and died in 1909.

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• Today this war whoop can be heard whenever people jump from high places, such as into the local swimming hole. What was Goyathlay’s Mexican nickname? Answer is below. EMERGENCY BAIL-OUTS • Lt. I. M. Chisov of Russia bailed out of his damaged plane in 1942. With no parachute, he fell 21,980 feet landing on a steep, snowy mountainside and sliding down. He broke his pelvis and injured his spine but survived and recovered. Answer: Geronimo.



• The nation of France was still executing people with the guillotine until 1977. • In 1973, The Who began a major U.S. tour with a show in San Francisco. As the show was starting, though, drummer Keith Moon collapsed. He was revived, but then collapsed once more. At that point, in an unprecedented move, Pete Townsend asked for volunteers from the audience. Scott Halprin, a 19-year-old aspiring drummer, jumped at the chance. He played three numbers with the band, and lead singer Roger Daltry later told Rolling Stone magazine, "That drummer was really good." • Milk produced by a hippopotamus mother is pink. * * * Thought for the Day: "In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite." -- Paul Dirac


• It was novelist Tom Clancy who made the following sage observation: "The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense." • Charlie Chan, the fictional Honolulu detective, was created in 1919 by novelist Earl Derr Biggers. The books featuring Chan became so popular that the character made the leap to radio, movies and television. Over the years, 13 actors have portrayed the detective, but not one of them has been of Chinese ancestry. • Rattlesnakes can live up to 20 years. • When the TV sitcom "The Addams Family" was being cast in the early 1960s, actor John Astin came in to audition for the role of Lurch, the cadaverous butler. He was immediately rejected for the part. As he was leaving the room, though, the producer spotted him, pulled him aside, and immediately offered him the role of Gomez -- the lead. All he had to do was grow a mustache.


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• In 1940, a platoon of paratroopers was nervous about the military’s first mass parachute jump scheduled for the following day. To bolster their courage, they went to a theater to watch a new movie about Goyathlay. Paratrooper Aubrey Eberhardt told his buddies he was going to yell the Apache warrior’s nickname as he bailed out, for inspiration. His buddies decided they would, too. It caught on, and throughout the war, the name was shouted as a battle cry whenever anyone bailed out of a plane.

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EMERGENCY BAIL-OUTS (continued): • In 1959, a military pilot name Col. Rankin DEERE. JOHN DEERE. (continued): bailed out of his single engine plane when the • engines It was failed while living in Illinois John no-in at 46,000 feet. Athat storm was ticed theover problems that farmers progress the Carolina coast faced at thewhen time, attempting to till soil. Because the area and he went right through the middle of had it. It formerlywould been woodland, soil wastorich normally take a man the 13 minutes fall with which to that far,hummus, but Rankin gotclumped caught inand theclung updrafts the blades of the plows farmers were accusand came to earth 45 minutes later. Fortunateto using. While a broken cirly,tomed his parachute openedrepairing at 10,000 feet and he cular saw, Deere stumbled upon an idea. landed intact. A passing motorist took himHeto employed smithheskills fashion steel the hospital,his where was to treated forthe frostbite blade into the shape of a plow. He affixed and shock. two wooden spokes, then hitched the device • Into1955, PilotIt George ejected fromsoil his a horse. plowed Smith the heavy Illinois disabled plane. That wouldn’t have been like a charm. In fact, a farmer who happenedso bad, except that hethe was in run a F100A Super Sabre to be observing test immediately put jetinfighter flying at own supersonic speedplow. at 35,000 an order for his John Deere He became the firstgave person to ever bail-out • feet. In short order, Deere up his blacksmith while faster on thanmaking the speed of sound. shop traveling and focused plows. The He was flying at 777 mph. On the way company grew steadily and added manydown, emhis clothing shredded, socks, the helployees. In was the late 1840s, and Johnhis relocated met, andoperation oxygen to mask ripped off. He experientire Moline, Illinois. Ashamed enced a deceleration force of 40 G’s, meaning of his own lack of education, John sent his that he weighed an equivalent of 40 times his children to the state’s finest schools. One of weight. He wasdays unconscious whenson he landed his proudest occurred when Charlesin the ocean off the coast of California. By some earned the equivalent of an MBA from Bell’s miracle, there College was a boat less than 100 yards Commercial in Chicago. away. He was in a coma for a week and spent • With his son Charles managing the company, the next six months in the hospital. John found time to pursue philanthropic in-

• During War II, Captain J. H.NationHedley terests.World He co-founded both the First al Bank theover First Germany Congregational was in a and plane whenChurch. the airHe was the mayor Molineout in 1873, craft tookelected a hit. Hedley wasofsucked of the whereatone of hisfeet. firstThe actions the replaceplane 10,000 pilot– took evasive ment by of plummeting the city’s open with a sewer action in adrains vertical dive. When pipe system – saved countless lives by reducthe plane pulled out of the dive, Hedley landthe spread disease. eding unhurt on theoftail. He hung on till the plane was brought safely to a landing. • The original John Deere logo, registered in 1876, depicted a deer that was nativeintoWWII, Afri• During the invasion of Normandy ca. Thirty-six years later, in 1912, it was rethousands of dummies were dropped from placedwith with parachutes the image ofalong a North planes withAmerican the real white-tailed deer. In the decades folparatroopers in order to mislead the that Germans lowed, the now-familiar “outline” logo took concerning the size of the fighting force. over as the symbol of the John Deere brand.

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