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The spaceship that stayed home: the storied career of the shuttle “Enterprise.”

Thirty-seven years ago today, on August 12, 1977, a flight of an experimental aircraft occurred over the California desert near Edwards Air Force Base. The pilot’s name was Joe Engle, … Continue reading

August 12, 2014 · 2 Comments

Falling stars: the tragic flight of Soyuz 11.

It surprised me to learn this, but out of all the billions of human beings who have died since the beginning of time, only three have died off the planet … Continue reading

June 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

Remembering Entebbe: the odyssey of Air France Flight 139.

Thirty-eight years ago today, on June 27, 1976, Air France Flight 139 took off from Tel Aviv, Israel, bound for Athens, Greece and eventually Paris. There were 246 passengers and … Continue reading

June 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

The words that ended a presidency: the Watergate “Smoking Gun” tape. [audio]

Forty-two years ago today, sometime in the afternoon of June 23, 1972, a conversation occurred in the Oval Office between President Richard M. Nixon and his domestic policy adviser, H.R. “Bob” Haldeman. … Continue reading

June 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 39: Pat Nixon’s red coat.

This red coat has seen a lot of history. It belonged to Patricia Nixon, First Lady of the United States, wife of the 37th President, Richard M. Nixon. She was … Continue reading

June 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

Mashup Storypitch: “Annie Hall, Episode IV: A New Hope.”

This is the fourth in a series of blogs I’m calling “Mashup Storypitches,” where I take two or more stories from popular culture–movies, books or TV shows–that share a trivial commonality, … Continue reading

June 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

REVIEW: Van Halen – Zero (1976)

Originally posted on mikeladano.com:
VAN HALEN (Not Van Hagar!) Part 1: The Early Years Time for the newest series of reviews at mikeladano.com!  I hinted at this one a…

June 10, 2014 · 1 Comment

The organic blockbuster: the original release of “Star Wars.”

Today, May 25, is a hallowed day for science fiction geeks everywhere. On this day in 1977, 37 years ago, the original Star Wars premiered. After nearly 40 years of rereleases, … Continue reading

May 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

Skylab: the forgotten space station.

It’s easy to forget that not all humans live on Earth. Since 1998 the International Space Station has been home to astronaut crews from a wide range of nations, and … Continue reading

May 14, 2014 · 5 Comments

Omaha’s great cataclysm: the Tornado of ’75.

On this day 39 years ago, May 6, 1975, a Force 4 tornado struck the heart of the city of Omaha, Nebraska. It killed three people and wrought $300 to … Continue reading

May 6, 2014 · Leave a comment
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