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|1478||George, the Duke of Clarence, who had opposed his brother Edward IV, is murdered in the Tower of London.|
|1688||Quakers in Germantown, Pa. adopt the first formal antislavery resolution in America.|
|1813||Czar Alexander enters Warsaw at the head of his Army.|
|1861||Victor Emmanuel II becomes the first King of Italy.|
|1861||Jefferson F. Davis is inaugurated as the Confederacy‘s provisional president at a ceremony held in Montgomery, Ala.|
|1865||Union troops force the Confederates to abandon Fort Anderson, N.C.|
|1878||The bitter and bloody Lincoln County War begins with the murder of Billy the Kid‘s mentor, Englishman rancher John Tunstall.|
|1885||The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, is published in New York.|
|1907||600,000 tons of grain are sent to Russia to relieve the famine there.|
|1920||Vuillemin and Chalus complete their first flight over the Sahara Desert.|
|1932||Manchurian independence is formally declared.|
|1935||Rome reports sending troops to Italian Somalia.|
|1939||The Golden Gate Exposition opens in San Francisco.|
|1943||German General Erwin Rommel takes three towns in Tunisia, North Africa.|
|1944||The U.S. Army and Marines invade Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific.|
|1945||U.S. Marines storm ashore at Iwo Jima.|
|1954||East and West Berlin drop thousands of propaganda leaflets on each other after the end of a month long truce.|
|1962||Robert F. Kennedy says that U.S. troops will stay in Vietnam until Communism is defeated.|
|1964||The United States cuts military aid to five nations in reprisal for having trade relations with Cuba.|
|1967||The National Art Gallery in Washington agrees to buy a Da Vinci for a record $5 million.|
|1968||Three U.S. pilots that were held by the Vietnamese arrive in Washington.|
|1972||The California Supreme Court voids the death penalty.|
|1974||Randolph Hearst is to give $2 million in free food for the poor in order to open talks for his daughter Patty.|
|1982||Mexico devalues the peso by 30 percent to fight an economic slide.|
So as Kubrick later said, ‘It was a disaster of Homeric proportions.’” Because the scene was so expensive to shoot and clean up from, the studio only gave them one chance to film it. But since the actors were clearly smiling throughout filming, the footage was unusable. The scene has since become one of the most famous unseen pieces of celluloid in cinematic history. Apparently, pie fights make up a majority of that list.Read the history of pie fights in the movies, with plenty of videos, at Hopes and Fears.
The biggest change was to install a spacious, shaded aft deck, where Roosevelt could work or entertain while enjoying river or ocean breezes. “When the ship was a Coast Guard cutter, this deck did not exist,” Dropkin says, as we walk across its teak surface, “but it was a favorite area of the president.” That’s probably because the seating on the deck was designed with the wheelchair-bound Roosevelt in mind. Dropkin points to an upholstered settee that follows the curve of the ship’s stern. “It’s about 4 feet deep in the middle,” he says, “to support the president’s legs, something for him to stretch out on. You can almost imagine him sitting there, drink in hand.After Roosevelt's death, the Potomac went on many other adventures, such as the ill-fated trip to the World's Fair, a purchase by Elvis Presley, drug-running, and a sinking. But the Potomac is getting ready for a new life as a landmark. Read the entire story of the USS Potomac at Collectors Weekly.
“Roosevelt was a martini guy,” Dropkin continues. “A good cocktail was very important to him. He had started having cocktail hour when he was governor of New York, and brought the practice with him to the White House. His wife, Eleanor, wasn’t crazy about that, but they were different people."
Other changes to the Electra that were more particular to Roosevelt included the removal of the floor coamings designed to contain water that might be sloshing on deck. For example, the low barrier was removed between the main dining room and the presidential bedroom, so that Roosevelt could get himself between the two spaces in his wheelchair. Even more dramatic was the conversion of one of the ship’s two smokestacks into an elevator, allowing the president to move freely between to ship’s two main decks. “An elevator was built into what had been the rear smokestack,” Dropkin says. “It’s an electric elevator now, but when the president used it, it was literally just a platform roped to a pulley. He would pull himself up, or let himself down, arm over arm. Roosevelt was very strong, and always wanted to do things for himself.”