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On This Day: Michael Jackson’s Thriller Album is Released

On Nov 30, 1982, Michael Jackson’s first number-one album Thriller was released by Epic Records.  Thriller was the sixth studio album by the “King of Pop” that was produced by music legend Quincy Jones.  Recording took place at Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles which was founded by music engineer Tom Hidley in the 1970s. Continue reading “On This Day: Michael Jackson’s Thriller Album is Released”

On This Day: Japan’s Imperial Meiji Constitution Goes Into Effect

On Nov 29, 1890, the Imperial Meiji Constitution, officially known as the The Constitution of the Empire of Japan, went into effect. The newly enacted constitution was one of the culminating goals of the Meiji Restoration in 1868.  On parchment, the Meiji Constitution merged the principles of both constitutional and absolute monarchy.  Many scholars believeContinue reading “On This Day: Japan’s Imperial Meiji Constitution Goes Into Effect”

In Memoriam: S. S. Edmund Fitzgerald June 7, 1958 – November 10, 1975

Memorial to be Streamed This Year for Public On November 10th, 1975, the Great Lakes community lost 29 brave crew members of the S. S. Edmund Fitzgerald as ship and crew were declared lost to Lake Superior during a severe November storm. The 47th annual S. S. Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Ceremony will be a closedContinue reading “In Memoriam: S. S. Edmund Fitzgerald June 7, 1958 – November 10, 1975”

2,000-Year-Old Roman Hercules Statue Surfaces In Greece

By The Thornical Press Staff October 7, 2022 A 2,000-year-old statue of the Roman god Hercules was discovered by archeologists in northeastern Greece. According to the Ministry of Culture and Sports the ancient statues from the Roman era was excavated on September 16 in the ancient city of Philippi.  The statue was identified as HerculesContinue reading “2,000-Year-Old Roman Hercules Statue Surfaces In Greece”

On This Day: George Frederick Handel Completes Messiah

On Sep 14, 1741, George Frederick Handel completes his great oratorio, Messiah.  Based on the King James Bible and the Coverdale Psalter it would become on of the greatest choral works in Western music.  The oratorio had its first performance in Dublin on Apr 13, 1742, and in London the following year.

On This Day: Communist North Korea Slaughters American POWs in the Bloody Gulch Massacre

On Aug 12, 1950, elements of the 13th Regiment of the North Korean People’s Army slaughtered seventy-five United States Army POWs captured during the Battle of Pusan Perimeter.  The murdered American POWs consisted of men from artillery battalions of the US Army’s 24th and 25th Infantry Divisions. In an area west of Masan, South Korea,Continue reading “On This Day: Communist North Korea Slaughters American POWs in the Bloody Gulch Massacre”

On This Day: Famed German Artist Friedrich Georg Weitsch Was Born

Born Aug 8, 1758 into a family of well known artists, Friedrich Georg Weitsch would eventually rise to the top of his field when he was appointed a Royal Court Painter to Charles William Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick. Weitsch began his studies under his father, well known German artist Pascha Johann Friedrich Weitsch, and byContinue reading “On This Day: Famed German Artist Friedrich Georg Weitsch Was Born”

Library of Congress Acquires Original Artwork of Vera B. Williams

by The Thornical Press Staff The Library of Congress announced that it has acquired fifty-eight original watercolor illustrations painted by famed author Vera B. Williams for her children’s books, A Chair for Always and Cherries and Cherry Pits. According to LOC, the artwork was acquired from Williams’ children on behalf of the Vera B. WilliamsContinue reading “Library of Congress Acquires Original Artwork of Vera B. Williams”

On This Day: IBM Releases The Harvard Mark I

On Aug 7, 1944, IBM released the Harvard Mark I, also known as the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator, which was one of the first mechanical operating machines capable of executing complex computations automatically. Developed by Dr. Howard Aiken of Harvard University and manufactured at IBM’s New York Endicott plant, the Mark I stood 8 feetContinue reading “On This Day: IBM Releases The Harvard Mark I”

On This Day: Warner Bros.’ Vitaphone Ushers In The Era Of Talkies

It’s Thursday night, Aug 6, 1926, and you’re standing in line at Warners’ Theatre in New York City waiting to see the premier of the highly hyped film Don Jaun starring John Barrymore and Warner Bros.’ new star, the Vitaphone sound film system. Vitaphone, developed by Western Electric in the 1920s and acquired by WarnerContinue reading “On This Day: Warner Bros.’ Vitaphone Ushers In The Era Of Talkies”

On This Day: The Bloody Naval Battle of Dogger Bank Occurs In 1781

As the American Revolution raged in North America in 1781, the British and Dutch Republic found themselves battling it out on the North Sea during the Fourth Anglo-Dutch War in the Battle of Dogger Bank.   In the predawn hours of Aug 5, British Vice Admiral Sir Hyde Parker spotted sails of a Dutch convoy onContinue reading “On This Day: The Bloody Naval Battle of Dogger Bank Occurs In 1781”

On This Day: Einstein–Szilard Letter Gives Birth To The Manhattan Project

On Aug 2, 1939, a letter written by physicist Leo Szilard and signed by famed physicist Albert Einstein was sent to President Franklin D. Roosevelt in which they warned of possible German development of atomic weapons.  In the letter, Szilard and Einstein urged Roosevelt to initiate a nuclear program in the United States.  As theContinue reading “On This Day: Einstein–Szilard Letter Gives Birth To The Manhattan Project”