Today in History – August 13, 1969 – Apollo Astronauts get ticker tape parade in New York City

13 August 1969 – After a ticker-tape parade in New York City, the Apollo 11 Astronauts are treated to a state dinner in Los Angeles, where they are awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Richard Nixon. The Article “5 Facts About the Apollo 11 Moon Landing” by Joe Carter of the Acton Institute shares some interesting …

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Today in History – August 12, 1946 – $50k in funds are authorized for a National Air Museum.

12 August 1946 – President Harry Truman signs a bill authorizing an appropriation of $50,000 to establish a National Air Museum in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D. C. The small museum eventually becomes the National Air and Space Museum – The most visited museum in the world. (1) “The Air and Space Museum was …

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Today in History – August 11, 1967 – F-105 Thunderchiefs bomb the Paul-Doumer Bridge

The Long Biên Bridge was built in 1899-1902 by the architects Daydé & Pillé of Paris, and opened in 1903.[1] Before North Vietnam’s independence in 1954, it was called Paul-Doumer Bridge, named after Paul Doumer – The Governor-General of French Indochina and then French president. On August 11, 1967,  the center span of the bridge was felled by an …

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