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  1. Donald Duck first appeared [this day] in the 1934 cartoon The Wise Little Hen which was part of the Silly Symphonies series of theatrical cartoon shorts. The film's release date of June 9 is officially recognized by the Walt Disney Company as Donald's birthday despite a couple in-universe contradictions. Donald's appearance in the cartoon, as created by animator Dick Lundy, is similar to his modern look — the feather and beak colors are the same, as is the blue sailor shirt and hat — but his features are more elongated, his body plumper, and his feet smaller. Donald's personality is not developed either; in the short, he only fills the role of the unhelpful friend from the original story. -Wikipedia
  2. @Ninja-Bear, custom Manuevers and names are great. If I put together a 5er version of this, I would use the Aaron Allston errata Nerve Strike, which is a Killing Strike that Does No Body (-0).
  3. Challenge: choose and share at least 10 points of Manuevers for Taiho-jutsu (arresting art) (逮捕術), a term for Japanese police martial arts with selected techniques from modern disciplines, such as jujutsu, karate-jutsu, kendo, and judo, and further ideas gained from a study of Western boxing. Weapon Familiarities include short staff or jō, keijojutsu, which is still used by the Japanese riot police (although the staff used is somewhat heftier than that used in jodo), and keibo, a short police baton, in a range of techniques called Keibo-soho, as well as the extending tubular baton (Tokushu Keibo) which was adopted by the Japanese police in 1966.
  4. On this day in 1976, in Paris, two California wines win top honors at a blind wine tasting by the best of France's wine experts. The French were shocked, and the wine world was changed forever.
  5. On this day in 1908, Nicholas Kurti was born. This Hungarian-born British physicist, who loved cooking, advocated applying scientific knowledge to the kitchen and coined the term "molecular gastronomy."
  6. Not all heroes wear capes. On this date in 1842, Danish botanist Emil Christian Hansen was born. He developed new sanitary methods to culture yeast and refused to patent the method, but instead made it available for free to other brewers. Cheers!
  7. 1958- The Battle of Hayes Pond or Maxton Riot was an armed confrontation between members of the Ku Klux Klan and the Lumbee Native Americans at a Klan rally near Maxton, North Carolina, on the night of January 18, 1958. Grand Dragon James W. "Catfish" Cole was the organizer of the Klan rally. Wikipedia Location: Maxton, NC Resulted in: Lumbee victory; Klan ceases activity in area Arrested: 1 Klansman arrested by police https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lumbee#/media/File%3ALumbee_Tribe_of_North_Carolina_logo.svg
  8. I just sent Mr. Bennie another note. Keep it up, please. 😍
  9. Scott Ruggles, my first acquaintance with you and Scott Bennie is a bit like yours, given that my Secret Identity is Will "Suffice" Geiger.
  10. I know little about Mr. Bennie's health. He publicly stated he's had several falls, and he suffers anxiety and depression in a continuing care facility, where service is not always up to par. He has other health issues that I am not familiar with.
  11. YOU’VE GOT MAIL! You’ve Got Mail is an email greeting service for patients at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. Provided by: The ARH Volunteer Resources Department Thank you for using the “You've Got Mail!” service at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. This program is designed for well wishes only. All messages are received and handled confidentially. Please note: This auto reply does not confirm the delivery of your greeting and does not confirm the presence of the intended recipient at ARH. Important: All email greetings must contain the full legal name of the patient (if possible include the room number). If your email greeting did not contain this information, please resend your email. Message delivery Email is checked daily Monday to Friday and is printed, sealed in an envelope and hand-delivered to the unit. Emails received on weekends and Statutory Holidays will be delivered on the next business day. Emails received after the intended recipient has been discharged will not be delivered. Please note: We will only be able to receive emails from well wishers to patients. We are unable to facilitate a conversation back and forth; think of it as a greeting card! J This service is managed by the Volunteer Resources Department at Abbotsford Regional Hospital.
  12. From: Sean Patrick Fannon For those among my friends and followers who know Scott Bennie - or who know his work - I have the difficult news that he has been hospitalized and undergone surgery. I do not know what his current condition is, but according to his sister, he is undergoing significant rehab. He has no access to a computer or the Internet and is very much cut off. As I understand it, you can send him an email address to the following address, using the following information to ensure a message is hand-delivered to him by the Volunteer Resource team. This will be the only way he knows friends and fans are thinking of him. youvegotmail.ARH@fraserhealth.ca Robert Scott Bennie Unit: Baker 3 Room 109
  13. In the comics, Iron Fist often struck two goons simultaneously. As such, I would build him with 2 Penalty Skill Levels with K'un Lun Kung Fu. He could use these levels to decrease his OCV and/or DCV penalty for certain Sweep Attacks, or decrease the penalty for a called shot. For example: Iron Fist has learned that Shu-Hu ("Lightning") is superhumanly tough. Therefore, he gathers his chi. His fist glows. He uses a high shot strike with both PSLs* to reduce the hit location penalty to zero. *Pumpkin Spice Lattes
  14. Is Ah Sahm the northeast U.S. pronunciation of "awesome"?
  15. 1965, Lost in Space debuted. https://linksharing.samsungcloud.com/6WZiTFHzmPei
  16. August 20, 1920 when WWJ first went on the air, becoming the first radio station in the world to broadcast regularly scheduled daily programs. Then owned and operated by The Detroit News, the station began broadcasting under experimental license with the call letters 8MK, later changing to WBL and finally to WWJ. The first broadcast went on the air at 8:15 p.m. in a makeshift “radio phone room” on the second floor of the Detroit News Building. Using a borrowed phonograph from the Edison Shop, Howard Trumbo, manager of the shop, placed a record on a turntable and waited for the signal to spin it. He selected two special records for this occasion: “Roses of Picardy” and “Annie Laurie.”
  17. Repost: in memory of Tom Tyler, aka Vincent Markowski, of Hamtramck, Michigan, whose birthday was today, 1903. His family was Lithuanian. One of his film roles was the World's Mightiest Mortal, Captain Marvel, widely regarded as one of the finest serials ever produced. He also starred as The Phantom, and appeared in more than 150 movies. A champion weightlifter, he qualified for the 1928 Olympics, the same year that he won the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) heavyweight weightlifting championship, lifting 760 pounds (340 kg)—a record that stood for fourteen years. Tom developed a rare disease, scleroderma, costing him his looks, his marriage, his livelihood and his life.
  18. 1936 – Summer Olympic Games: Games of the XI Olympiad: Jesse Owens wins his fourth gold medal at the games.
  19. On this day August 6 Mushroom cloud over Hiroshima after the Little Boy explosion 1777 – The Battle of Oriskany, one of the bloodiest battles of the American Revolutionary War, was fought about 6 mi (10 km) east of Fort Stanwix, New York. 1945 – World War II: The U.S. Army Air Force bomber Enola Gay dropped the Little Boy atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan (mushroom cloud pictured), killing about 70,000 people instantly. 1996 – A team of researchers announced that the meteorite ALH84001, discovered in the Allan Hills of Antarctica, may contain evidence of life on Mars, but further tests were inconclusive. 2010 – Flash floods, mudslides, and debris flows across the Ladakh region of Indian-administered Kashmir left at least 255 people dead. Saint Dominic (d. 1221) Michelle Yeoh (b. 1962) Edsger W. Dijkstra (d. 2002)
  20. On or about this date in 1752, it is believed Benjamin Franklin proved that lightning is electricity. This is the traditional date; the exact date is unknown.
  21. Donald Duck first appeared [this day] in the 1934 cartoon The Wise Little Hen which was part of the Silly Symphonies series of theatrical cartoon shorts. The film's release date of June 9 is officially recognized by the Walt Disney Company as Donald's birthday despite a couple in-universe contradictions.Donald's appearance in the cartoon, as created by animator Dick Lundy, is similar to his modern look — the feather and beak colors are the same, as is the blue sailor shirt and hat — but his features are more elongated, his body plumper, and his feet smaller. Donald's personality is not developed either; in the short, he only fills the role of the unhelpful friend from the original story. -Wikipedia
  22. Here's wishing the happiest of birthdays to THE SPIRIT, who made his comics debut on this date in 1940. From Wikipedia... "The Spirit is a fictional masked crime fighter created by cartoonist Will Eisner. He first appeared June 2, 1940 in "The Spirit Section", the colloquial name given to a 16-page Sunday supplement, distributed to 20 newspapers by the Register and Tribune Syndicate and reaching five million readers during the 1940s. From the 1960s to 1980s, a handful of new Eisner Spirit stories appeared in Harvey Comics and elsewhere, and Warren Publishing and Kitchen Sink Press variously reprinted the feature in black-and-white comics magazines and in color comic books. In the 1990s and 2000s, Kitchen Sink Press and DC Comics also published new Spirit stories by other writers and artists. "The Spirit chronicles the adventures of a masked vigilante who fights crime with the blessing of the city's police commissioner Dolan, an old friend. Despite the Spirit's origin as detective Denny Colt, his real identity was virtually unmentioned again, and for all intents and purposes he was simply "the Spirit". The stories range through a wide variety of styles, from straightforward crime drama and noir to lighthearted adventure, from mystery and horror to comedy and love stories, often with hybrid elements that twisted genre and reader expectations. "The feature was the lead item of a 16-page, tabloid-sized, newsprint comic book sold as part of eventually 20 Sunday newspapers with a combined circulation of as many as five million copies. "The Spirit Section", as it was colloquially called, premiered June 2, 1940, and continued until October 5, 1952. It generally included two other, four-page strips (initially Mr. Mystic and Lady Luck), plus filler material. Eisner worked as editor, but also wrote and drew most entries—generally, after the first few months, with such uncredited collaborators as writer Jules Feiffer and artists Jack Cole and Wally Wood, though with Eisner's singular vision for the character as a unifying factor." Eisner's incredible talent and vision notwithstanding, I think one element of the regard for the Spirit is often overlooked. It's simply this: Denny Colt was a good guy. Readers could and still can relate to him. In a sense, he's one of us, an everyman having the adventures we wish we could have, taking punches and always trying to do the right thing. So, here's to you, Denny and Will, with thanks for decades of wonderful comics. -Tony Isabella
  23. Tokugawa Ieyasu met Englishman William Adams 420 years ago today, May 12, 1600, in Osaka Castle. The 37-year-old Adams was the Pilot-Major of the Liefde, a Dutch ship of 300 tons with a crew of 110. The Liefde was one of five ships that had set out two years earlier in the hopes of reaching Japan to commence trading. Only Adams's ship reached the shores of Japan, the first to do so by the Pacific route. Ieyasu, through an interpreter asked the man about his country and if it was at war with any other nation. He asked about the King of England, about the foreigner's religion, about seafaring, navigation and trade. Besides the Englishman, of particular interest to Ieyasu were the ship’s 18 cannons and its cargo, listed as some 500 matchlocks, 300 chain shot, 50 hundredweight (approximately 2,540 kg) of gunpowder, and 5,000 cannonballs. Ieyasu ordered the ship be brought to Uraga, where he himself intended to inspect it. He especially wanted to see the cannon, as he had just secretly ordered some 15 of them from the famed smiths of Kunitomo village in Omi. These weapons and the gunpowder would be engaged at the Battle of Sekigahara, only 5 months away. Adams, who was to spend the rest of his life in Japan as a loyal servant of Ieyasu, was fortunate enough to find a patron in the man who would win the Battle of Sekigahara and become shogun. Adams was treated as a personal advisor to Ieyasu in a number of matters. Ieyasu made the man a hatamoto, a high ranking samurai with direct access to Ieyasu and the Shogun. Ieyasu even gave him a new name, Miura Anjin. Adam's story was borrowed upon heavily and re-imagined in the 1975 James Clavell novel, and 1980 TV mini series, Shogun.
  24. Today is the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, generally known as VE Day (United Kingdom) or V-E Day (US), is a day celebrating the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces on Tuesday, 8 May 1945, marking the end of World War II in Europe. VE Day is celebrated across Western European states on 8 May, with several countries observing public holidays on the day each year, variously called Victory Over Fascism Day, Liberation Day or simply Victory Day.
  25. Are hexes for mapping measurements cited in Champions Now?
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