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The Halifax Explosion, 97 Years Ago Today

When we grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in school we learned about the 'Halifax Explosion.' It happened on this date 97 years ago. On December 6, 1917 to make a long story short, two ships collided in Halifax Harbour.

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Yuri Kozyrev, Getty Images
Yuri Kozyrev, Getty Images

Chernobyl Almost 30 Years Later (Video)

Let me start this by saying I am OK with nuclear power for the good. It is a very efficient and if kept up to code and produced safely can be a clean energy source. That being said, there s a downside to nuclear power. Remember the Chernobyl catastrophe back in 1986?

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Otto Greule Jr, Getty Images

‘The Battle of the Bay’ Earthquake Was in 1989 – 25 Years Ago Today

Back on this day, October 17, 1989 (25 years ago) was the earthquake in the San Francisco area which caused havoc during the World Series.

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Who is This Little Girl? Now We Know!

Well, this past weekend I saw a photo at an event that celebrated the 80th anniversary of Amelia Earhart visit to Augusta. Well, I asked and got my answer from a few different sources. I know know that girl is....

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by Renee Nelson. Taken at an AE event at MIF
by Renee Nelson. Taken at an AE event at MIF

Who is the Girl in the Photo with Amelia Earhart? [photos]

This past Saturday (August 2) was an event to honor the 80th anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s visit to Maine. At Maine Instrument Flight they had a display about Earhart and a special focus on encouraging girls and women to learn to fly. One of the old newspaper photos in the display about Earhart’s visit to Augusta caught my attention. The caption on the photo did not identify the girl other than 'Augusta girl'. I asked if anyone knew who the little girl was in the photo? They said "probably just a local girl." Yes, but WHO is she?? Did she live in Augusta? Does she still? So. Many. Questions.

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7/22/83 Samantha Smith Returns to Maine

The year was 1982, and a ten year old girl from Manchester, Maine, wrote a letter to the newly appointed General Secretary of the USSR Yuri Andropov.

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‘Throwback Thursday’ – 1994 in Review + Music Videos From 20 Years Ago

Today being a ‘Throwback Thursday’ and where I think I’ve run out of personal stories at least for now, I thought I’d run down the highlights of 1994. That’s 20 years ago.

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images
Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Remember Peer-to-Peer Music Downloading?

Remember the days of peer to peer music sharing? Remember the old Napster, Kazaa and Limewire? Before 11 years ago, many downloading music for free thought of it in the same way we recorded from our friends' cassettes and CDs years earlier.

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Pool, Getty Images

The O.J. Simpson Bronco Chase was 20 Years Ago Today (6/17) – Where Were You?

If you’re 30-something or older, you probably remember where you were tonight 20 years ago, especially if you were watching TV.

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Proper Flag Etiquette: Saturday, June 14 is Flag Day

Saturday, June 14, is National Flag Day. It's a day that commemorates the adoption of the U.S. Flag back in 1777. Three years ago, President Obama extended the Flag Day festivities to Flag Week.

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