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Trivia Times August 17, 2014 edition

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Written by Suzanne Marino Sunday, August 17, 2014 06:00 am

The Big Story for August 17 is Woodstock
On this day in 1969, the grooviest event in music history--the Woodstock Music Festival--draws to a close after three days of peace, love and rock 'n' roll in upstate New York.
Conceived as "Three Days of Peace and Music," Woodstock was a product of a partnership between John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfield and Michael Lang. Their idea was to make enough money from the event to build a recording studio near the small artsy town of Woodstock, New York. Not able to find an appropriate venue in Woodstock, the promoters contacted Max Yasgur, the owner of a 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, New York about 50 miles outside of town.

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Trivia Times Aug. 9, 2014 edition

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Written by Suzanne Marino Saturday, August 09, 2014 10:18 am

The Big Story today is the resignation of Richard Milhous Nixon

It was 40 years ago today, Aug. 9, 1974 in accordance with his statement of resignation the previous evening, Richard M. Nixon officially ends his term as the 37th president of the United States at noon. Before departing with his family in a helicopter from the White House lawn, he smiled farewell and enigmatically raised his arms in a victory or peace salute. The helicopter door was then closed, and the Nixon family began their journey home to San Clemente, California. Richard Nixon was the first U.S. president to resign from office.

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Trivia Times August 2, 2014 edition

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Written by Suzanne Marino Saturday, August 02, 2014 12:43 am

The big story today is the signing of the Declaration of Independence
On this day in 1776, members of Congress affix their signatures to an enlarged copy of the Declaration of Independence.
Fifty-six congressional delegates in total signed the document, including some who were not present at the vote approving the declaration. The delegates signed by state from North to South, beginning with Josiah Bartlett of New Hampshire and ending with George Walton of Georgia. John Dickinson of Pennsylvania and James Duane, Robert Livingston and John Jay of New York refused to sign.

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Trivia Times June 29, 2014 edition

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Written by Suzanne Marino Sunday, June 29, 2014 12:46 am

The Big Story today is the Space Shuttle docking with Russians

On this day in 1995, the American space shuttle Atlantis docks with the Russian space station Mir to form the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit the Earth.

This historic moment of cooperation between former rival space programs was also the 100th human space mission in American history. NASA Chief,  Daniel Goldin  called it the beginning of "a new era of friendship and cooperation" between the U.S. and Russia. With millions of viewers watching on TV,  Atlantis blasted off from  Kennedy Space Center on June 27, 1995.

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Trivia Times June 28, 2014 edition

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Written by Suzanne Marino Saturday, June 28, 2014 12:22 am

The Big Story today is GM's Corvette

On this day in 1953, workers at a Chevrolet plant in Flint, Michigan, assemble the very first Corvette, a two-seater sports car that would become an American icon. The first completed production car rolled off the assembly line two days later, one of just 300 Corvettes made in 1953.

The idea for the Corvette originated with General Motors' designer Harley J. Earl, who in 1951 began developing plans for a low-cost American sports car that could compete with Europe's MGs, Jaguars and Ferraris.

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Trivia Times June 22, 2014 edition

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Written by Suzanne Marino Sunday, June 22, 2014 10:56 am

The Big Story today is the ratification of the Constitution
New Hampshire becomes the ninth and last necessary state to ratify the Constitution of the United States, thereby making the document the law of the land.
By 1786, defects in the post-Revolutionary War Articles of Confederation were apparent, such as the lack of central authority over foreign and domestic commerce. Congress endorsed a plan to draft a new constitution, and on May 25, 1787, the Constitutional Convention convened at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

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Trivia Times June 8, 2014 edition

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Written by Suzanne Marino Sunday, June 08, 2014 12:00 am

The Big Story for June 8 is the burial of Robert Kennedy
Three days after being shot by assassin Sirhan Sirhan after making a victory speech in California  Senator Robert F. Kennedy is laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, just 30 yards from the grave of his assassinated older brother, President John F. Kennedy.

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Trivia Times June 1, 2014 edition

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Written by Suzanne Marino Sunday, June 01, 2014 12:00 am

The Big Story today is the launch of CNN
On this day in 1980, CNN (Cable News Network), the world's first 24-hour television news network, makes its debut. The network signed on at 6 p.m. EST from its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, with a lead story about the attempted assassination of civil rights leader Vernon Jordan. CNN went on to change the notion that news could only be reported at fixed times throughout the day. At the time of CNN's launch, TV news was dominated by ABC, CBS and NBC--and their nightly 30-minute broadcasts. CNN changed the way news is reported. 

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Trivia Times May 31, 2014 edition

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Written by Suzanne Marino Saturday, May 31, 2014 10:15 am

The Big Story for today is the Johnstown flood
Not far from Pittsburgh In a river valley in central Pennsylvania, heavy rain and a neglected dam lead to a catastrophe in which 2,209 people die and the prosperous city of  Johnstown, is nearly wiped off the map.

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