FYI December 20, 2016



Samuel Mudd


On this day:

1946 – The popular Christmas film It’s a Wonderful Life is first released in New York City.


1971 – The international aid organization Doctors Without Borders is founded by Bernard Kouchner and a group of journalists in Paris, France.



Depends on where, what, why and who you work for.
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Questions December 20, 2016





Shorpy December 20, 2016

January 6, 1933. “Manhattan from St. George Hotel in Brooklyn to financial district, night view.” 5×7 acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner.

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Images December 19, 2016

Supermoon over Spanish Castle
Image Credit & Copyright: Tomeu Mas
Explanation: No, this castle was not built with the Moon attached. To create the spectacular juxtaposition, careful planning and a bit of good weather was needed. Pictured, the last supermoon of 2016 was captured last week rising directly beyond one of the towers of Bellver Castle in Palma de Mallorca on the Balearic Islands of Spain. The supermoon was the last full moon of 2016 and known to some as the Oak Moon. Bellver Castle was built in the early 1300s and has served as a home — but occasional as a prison — to numerous kings and queens. The Moon was built about 4.5 billion years ago, possibly resulting from a great collision with a Mars-sized celestial body and Earth. The next supermoon, defined as when the moon appears slightly larger and brighter than usual, will occur on 2017 December 3 and be visible not only behind castles but all over the Earth.



Photos: Atlas 5 launches EchoStar 19 broadband satellite
Credit: Alex Polimeni / Spaceflight Now




Quotes December 19, 2016

“It needs good management to enjoy life. I enjoy it twice as much as others, for the measure of enjoyment depends on the greater or less attention that we give to it…The shorter my possession of life the deeper and fuller I must make it.”
Michel de Montaigne


A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying … that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.
Alexander Pope,


You must know for which harbor you are headed if you are to catch the right wind to take you there.
Seneca, 4 BC-AD 65


Great opportunities come to all but many do not know they have met them. The only preparation to take advantage of them is simple fidelity to what each day brings.
Albert Elijah Dunning, 1844-1923



“Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.”
Sonia Ricotti


Don’t downgrade your dream just to fit your reality, upgrade your conviction to match your destiny.
Stuart Scott



A narrow mind and a wide mouth usually go together.
Celia Green


“The narrow-minded and petty sticklers for the formalities which hedge rank and office are the true vulgarians, however observant they be of etiquette.”
John Lancaster Spalding


You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.
Andrew Murphy


Never stop doing great just because someone doesn’t give you credit.


Work while they sleep. Learn while they party. Save while they spend. Live like they dream.
Christine Andrew


You don’t come this far only to come this far.
Tom Brady


Be selective in your battles for sometimes peace in better than being right.


Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.
Oprah Winfrey


Don’t mistake silence for weakness. Smart people don’t plan big moves out loud.
Ashley Marie Manley


The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.
Vince Lombardi


FYI December 19, 2016



On this date:

211 – Publius Septimius Geta, co-emperor of Rome, is lured to come without his bodyguards to meet his brother Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (Caracalla), to discuss a possible reconciliation. When he arrives, the Praetorian Guard murders him and he dies in the arms of his mother, Julia Domna.


1924 – The last Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost is sold in London, England.


1995 – The United States Government restores federal recognition to the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Native American tribe.


1998 – President Bill Clinton is impeached by the United States House of Representatives, becoming the second President of the United States to be impeached.


Born on this day:

1820 – Mary Livermore, American journalist and activist (d. 1905)


1875 – Carter G. Woodson, American historian and author, founded Black History Month (d. 1950)


1899 – Martin Luther King, Sr., American pastor, missionary, and activist (d. 1984)


1901 – Rudolf Hell, German engineer, invented the Hellschreiber (d. 2002)


1915 – Édith Piaf, French singer-songwriter and actress (d. 1963)






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Eat, drink and be merry!

Shorpy December 19, 2016

June 1938. “Stores on Sunday. Vincennes, Indiana.” Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

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