This day in history July 20, 2019
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Started by metmike - July 21, 2019, 3:14 p.m.

Read em and learn about history. Pick out a good one.

Hands down this one stands out:

1969Apollo program: Apollo 11's crew successfully makes the first manned landing on the Moon in the Sea of Tranquility. Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become the first humans to walk on the Moon six and a half hours later.

Apollo 11

Apollo 11
Aldrin Apollo 11 original.jpgBuzz Aldrin poses on the Moon, allowing Neil Armstrong to photograph both of them using the visor's reflection.

By metmike - July 21, 2019, 3:15 p.m.
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                Where were you 50 yrs ago?            


                Started by pj - July 21, 2019, 1:20 a.m.            


Seems most remember where they were when the moon landing took place.

I was on the Jersey Shore. Watched it in a bar.

Where were you?

By carlberky - July 21, 2019, 4:45 p.m.
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1977   – The Johnstown flood of 1977 kills 84 people and causes millions of dollars in damages.

After the Johnstown flood of 1936, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began a study and work started in August 1938 with extensive dredging and flood control measures. On November 27, 1943, Colonel Gilbert Van B. Wilkes, Chief of the Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District, told a Johnstown audience the flood problems had been effectively solved. People began to feel secure that any flooding issues had been resolved and even promoted the area as "flood free" for many years. The Corps of Engineers had designed flood control measures for the protection of a standard project flood. Protection to the 500-year level was not economically viable. In 1974 the Corps issued a report titled "The Potential for Future Flooding in the Johnstown Area". This did not deter town leaders and the people of Johnstown at all. 

On the 19th of July, 1977, a deluge of rain hit the area around Johnstown during the night and the dams in the area over-topped and failed. The largest dam to fail was the Laurel Run Dam, releasing over 101 million gallons (382,000 m3) of water that poured through the village of Tanneryville, killing 41 people. The combination of the other five dams[3] released another 27 million gallons (100,000 m3), not counting the water from rains. Well over 128 million gallons (485,000 m3) of water poured down the valley from the dams alone and by dawn Johnstown was flooded by six feet of water. The channel improvements were designed to carry 81,500 cubic feet (2,300 m3) per second but the flood discharge was measured as 115,000 feet (3,250 m3) per second.

By metmike - July 21, 2019, 4:54 p.m.
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Great catch/back up Carl!  Natural disasters, including floods are supposed to be my area of expertise and that one got overlooked.

I guess you don't land/walk on the moon for the first time too often (-: