Saturday, January 19, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Don’t you just love the nicknames that gangsters acquire? I think though that Mr. Pino probably bristled just a bit when he was saddled with Fats as his nickname.
O'Keefe and Gusciora had peviously entered the Brinks depot and picked the outside lock. Once inside they removed the cylinders from five locks, one at a time, so a locksmith could make duplicate keys for them. Once this was done Pino recruited six other men, including Pino's brother-in-law Vincent Costa, Michael Vincent Geagan, Thomas Francis Richardson, Adolph "Jazz" Maffie and Henry Baker.
Everyone involved in the robbery was caught but only $58,000 of the stolen money was recovered.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
As a result of this expedition, on December 14, 1909 Shackleton would be knighted.
The adventure was called the Nimrod expedition after the ship, the Nimrod, which had carried them to Antarctica.
It certainly seems that if someone gets it into their head to write something nothing will stop them. In a hut that they built near the magnetic South Pole, Shackleton’s group wrote, typeset and printed on a small hand press the 120-page book Aurora Australis, the first book published in Antarctica.
In 1901 Wild was a member of Robert Falcon Scott’s crew as a seaman on the ”Discovery”, along with Ernest Shackleton who was then a Lieutenant.
[v] In 1892, David was appointed head of the geology section of the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science in Hobart, Australia.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Sloane has been credited with inventing chocolate milk. The building that houses the British Museum was not the first choice. The site where Buckingham Palace is was the first pick, but it was considered too costly and in a less than desirable location. The Museum’s current home was the residence of Ralph Montagu, 1st Duke of Montagu. By the 18th century however that neighborhood had declined so Montagu’s son, the 2nd Duke of Montagu, bailed out and moved to Whitehall.