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FYI June 06, 2017

June 6th is National GingerBread Day!

On this day:

1844 – The Glaciarium, the world’s first mechanically frozen ice rink, opens.The Glaciarium was the world’s first mechanically frozen ice rink.[1]

An item in the 8 June 1844 issue of Littell’s Living Age headed “The Glaciarium” reports that “This establishment, which has been removed to Grafton street East’ Tottenham-court-road [sic],was opened on Monday afternoon. The area of artificial ice is extremely convenient for such as may be desirous of engaging in the graceful and manly pastime of skating”.[2]

A later rink was opened by John Gamgee in a tent in a small building just off the Kings Road in Chelsea, London, on 7 January 1876. In March, it moved to a permanent venue at 379 Kings Road, where a rink measuring 40 by 24 feet was established.[1]

The rink was based on a concrete surface, with layers of earth, cow hair and timber planks. Atop these were laid oval copper pipes carrying a solution of glycerine with ether, nitrogen peroxide and water. The pipes were covered by water and the solution was pumped through, freezing the water into ice. Gamgee had discovered the process while attempting to develop a method to freeze meat for import from Australia and New Zealand, and had patented it as early as 1870.[1]

Gamgee operated the rink on a membership-only basis and attempted to attract a wealthy clientele, experienced in open-air ice skating during winters in the Alps. He installed an orchestra gallery, which could also be used by spectators, and decorated the walls with views of the Swiss Alps.[1]

The rink initially proved a success, and Gamgee opened two further rinks later in the year: at Rusholme in Manchester and the “Floating Glaciarium” at Charing Cross in London, this last significantly larger at 115 by 25 feet. However, the process was expensive, and mists rising from the ice deterred customers, forcing Gamgee to close the Glaciarium by the end of the year, and all his rinks had shut by mid-1878. However, the Southport Glaciarium opened in 1879, using Gamgee’s method.[1]


Born on this day:

1436 – Regiomontanus, German mathematician, astronomer, and bishop (d. 1476)
Johannes Müller von Königsberg (6 June 1436 – 6 July 1476), better known as Regiomontanus, was a mathematician and astronomer of the German Renaissance, active in Vienna, Buda and Nuremberg. His contributions were instrumental in the development of Copernican heliocentrism in the decades following his death.

Regiomontanus wrote under the latinized name of Ioannes de Monteregio (or Monte Regio; Regio Monte); the adjectival Regiomontanus was first used by Philipp Melanchthon in 1534. He is named for Königsberg in Lower Franconia, not after the larger Königsberg (modern Kaliningrad) in Prussia.

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Regiomontanus designed his own astrological house system, which became one of the most popular systems in Europe.[10]

In 1561, Daniel Santbech compiled a collected edition of the works of Regiomontanus, De triangulis planis et sphaericis libri quinque (first published in 1533) and Compositio tabularum sinum recto, as well as Santbech’s own Problematum astronomicorum et geometricorum sectiones septem. It was published in Basel by Henrich Petri and Petrus Perna.

There is an image of him in Hartmann Schedel’s 1493 Nuremberg Chronicle. He is holding an astrolabe.[b] Yet, although there are thirteen illustrations of comets in the ‘Chronicle (from 471 to 1472), they are stylized, rather than representing the actual objects. [c]

The crater Regiomontanus on the Moon is named after him.

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Images June 02, 2017

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Quotes June 02, 2017

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The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”
Albert Einstein

“Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.”
Alexander Hamilton

“Discipline is the soul of an Army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to all of the weak, and esteem to all.”
George Washington

“The soldier is the Army. No Army is better than its soldiers. The soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country.”
George S Patton

“It is fatal to enter a war without the will to win it.”
Douglas MacArthur

“Soldiers can sometimes make decisions that are smarter than the orders they have been given.”
Orson Scott Card, Enders Game


“I am not afraid of an Army of lions lead by a sheep; I am afraid of sheep lead by a lion.”
Alexander the Great

“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.”
Dwight D Eisenhower

“None but an armed nation can dispense with a standing army. To keep ours armed and disciplined is therefore at all times important.”
Thomas Jefferson

“I can’t expect loyalty from the army if I do not give it.”
George C Marshall

“Lead me, follow me, or get the hell out of my way.”
George S. Patton

“The Army is the true nobility of our country.”
Napoleon Bonaparte

“I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.”
Abraham Lincoln

“Even a phone call that lasts a couple minutes or seconds can make your day or entire week.”
Military Moments

Congratulations Capt. Amanda Plachek!

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Quotes May 26, 2017

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“On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind .”
Dan Lipinski

“Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost their confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either is a failure of leadership.”
Colin Powell

“Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them.”
Napoleon Bonaparte


“Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“America’s fighting men and women sacrifice much to ensure that our great nation stays free. We owe a debt of gratitude to the soldiers who have paid the ultimate price for this cause, as well as for those who are blessed enough to return from the battlefield unscathed.”
Allen Boyd

“Ten soldiers lead wisely will beat a hundred without a head.”

“No nation ever had an army large enough to guarantee it against attack in a time of peace or ensure it of victory in time of war”
Calvin Coolidge

“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”
Thomas Paine

“It is hard to lead a calvary charge if you think you look funny on a horse.”
Adlai E Stephenson

“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”
Dwight D Eisenhower

Images May 26, 2017

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Marine Corps Pfc. Jason Taylor shovels dirt during airfield damage and repair training at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, April 19, 2017. Taylor is a combat engineer assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 171. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joseph Abrego


Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan (November 13, 2010) – An Afghan National Army Mi-17 helicopter flies over the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e Sharif following a supply mission to an outpost at Qush Tappeh, Afghanistan. (Photo by MC1 Eric S. Dehm, US Navy)


Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts joined the Army in 2003 at age 17. He deployed twice to Afghanistan. His first deployment in 2005 lasted 12 months. His final deployment spanned 15 months beginning in 2007. Pitts departed the active-duty Army in 2009. Courtesy photo






Quotes May 19, 2017

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“Retreat? Hell, we just got here!”
Marine Captain Lloyd Williams, answering a messenger from the French Commander as Marines arrive at the Belleau Wood sector in WWI.


“Lafayette, we are here.”
Colonel Charles E. Stanton, at the tomb of Lafayette in Paris, July 4, 1917, referring to the arrival of the American Expeditionary Forces


“I knew the United States was in the war, up to the neck and in to the death. I went to bed and slept the sleep of the saved and thankful.”
Winston Churchill, 1941


“I have just read your dispatch about sore-tongued and fatigued horses. Will you pardon me for asking what the horses of yours have done since the Battle of Antietam that fatigue anything?”
Abraham Lincoln, telegram in frustration to General McClellan, 1862


“I offer neither pay, nor quarters, nor food; I offer only hunger, thirst, forced marches, battles, and death. Let him who loves his country with his heart, and not merely with his lips, follow me.”
Giuseppe Garibaldi

Music May 19, 2017

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