History has peaks and valleys

On this date in history:

Arthur Flegenheimer was born on this day in 1902 in the Bronx, NY. At the age of 14 his family was abandoned by his father, so he dropped out of grade school and joined a local gang. In his late teens he served more than a year in the penitentiary for breaking and entering, which was the only crime of which he was ever convicted. When he got out he took the name of a famous deceased local thug and from then on was known as either “Dutch Schultz” or “the Dutchman”, bootlegging and running liquor from Canada during the early Prohibition. His life came to a violent and bloody conclusion when he was assassinated in the men’s room of the Palace Chophouse in Newark, New Jersey in 1935.

On this day in 1911, Lucille Desiree Ball was born near Jamestown, New York. Remembered as one of America’s most famous redheads and beloved comic actresses, Ball broke into show business in 1933 when she was hired as the Chesterfield Cigarette Girl and began to get bit parts in movies. She and husband Desi Arnaz were cast as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo in I Love Lucy, which aired from 1951 to 1957, the first scripted television program to be shot on 35 mm film in front of a studio audience and had the highest average rating for any TV series in history. You can watch it dubbed in Russian, Hindi, German, Tagalog, Spanish, Swahili….

On this day in 1945, at 8:16 a.m. Japanese time, an American B-29 bomber named ‘Enola Gay‘, dropped an atomic bomb over the city of Hiroshima. Approximately 80,000 people were killed as a direct result of the blast, and another 35,000 injured. At least another 60,000 would be dead by the end of the year from the effects of fallout.

The Curiosity rover landed on Mars one year ago today. It will celebrate by singing “Happy Birthday” to itself. Also, a year ago today, ten minutes after NASA posted a video of the Curiosity landing on Mars to its official YouTube channel, the video was taken down again, replaced with a message saying it had been removed due to a copyright claim by Scripps Local News. A spokesperson for Scripps later apologized for the accidental takedown.


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