Posts tagged History
Posts tagged History
Survivors Remember Kristallnacht: Susan (Hilsenrath) Warsinger.
In this interview with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Holocaust survivor Susan (Hilsenrath) Warsinger shares her memories of Kristallnacht, the November 1938 pogroms.
On this day, 9 September 1945, the first known computer bug was found and named by Lt. (later Rear Admiral !) Grace M. Hopper. On active duty at Harvard University, the cutting-edge calculation engine stopped working. Lt. Hopper discovered the bug — a moth — in the banks of circuitry, removed same, and logged it (complete with cello-tape of the offending moth to the log page). This and similar operations, mutatis mutandis, has become known as “debugging”.
Paul Mauser, born this day in 1838, brought us the modern bolt-action rifle. And Mauser is still a going concern!
“We therefore commit his body to the deep, looking for the general Resurrection in the last day, and the life of the world to come, through our Lord Jesus Christ; at whose second coming in glorious majesty to judge the world, the sea shall give up her dead; and the corruptible bodies of those who sleep in him shall be changed, and made like unto his glorious body; according to the mighty working whereby he is able to subdue all things unto himself.”
These words are from the traditional rite for burial at sea.
The Battle of Midway was fought from 5 to 7 June 1942.
Not all the fallen veterans are remembered by grave markers on battlefields or cemeteries. Today I am thinking of those whose mortal remains are committed to the deep.
On 8 March 2013, Commodore Perry sailed into Yokohama harbor, signalling the beginning of what has become (after the, um, speed-bumps in the middle of the last century) a cozy era of Pacific Rim trade.
The remains of the four-masted schooner Forester, which once made the run from Australia to San Francisco in record time.
7 December 1941. Smoke rises from battleships USS Arizona and USS Virginia in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack by carrier aircraft of the empire of Japan launched full participation by the United States in World War II.
From ReasonTV back in November 2010. This is becoming a Thanksgiving tradition for me — sorta kicks off that Holiday Spirit in the right direction.
U.S. Coast Guard 180 foot seagoing buoy tender Iris (WLB-395). Wikipedia says she was in storage at Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet (The Mothball Fleet) as of June 2010. But I swear I saw this ship or one just like it, under her own power, heading west through the Carquinez Straights, at or about 1800 hours 17 October 2012. Jeeze I hope she isn’t going out to get scrapped. There aren’t very many of those WWII buoy jumpers left.