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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
6055 Posts

Posted - Apr 16 2022 :  2:34:31 PM  Show Profile
April 16, 1947

A freighter's payload explodes and wipes out Texas City
Ammonium nitrate fertilizer catches fire on a vessel in Galveston Bay and explodes, flattening much of the town of Texas City, Texas. The disaster will kill nearly 600 and wound over 3,000, becoming the worst industrial accident in US history.

I was five years old when it happened and remember people talking about the disaster years after it happened. From time to time The History Channel runs a documentary on Texas City.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

5727 Posts

Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
5727 Posts

Posted - Apr 16 2022 :  3:55:29 PM  Show Profile
Wow, Sara, this was an extraordinary disaster that happened! It does not surprise me that you still recall this moment in history .

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
Farm Sister of the Year 2014-2015
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nndairy
True Blue Farmgirl

2463 Posts

Heather
Wapakoneta Ohio
USA
2463 Posts

Posted - Apr 16 2022 :  4:39:54 PM  Show Profile
Yikes! What a disaster!

~Heather
Farmgirl Sister #4701
September 2014 Farmgirl of the Month


"The purpose of life is to enjoy every moment" - Yogi teabag
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

6055 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
6055 Posts

Posted - Apr 17 2022 :  08:03:10 AM  Show Profile
Winnie and Heather, it was a terrible event but some good did come out of it. Monsanto rebuild their chemical plant with safety measures, so did the oil refineries.

Texas City was taught in my 7th grade Texas History class.

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JeanP
True Blue Farmgirl

1073 Posts

Jean
Deary ID
USA
1073 Posts

Posted - Apr 18 2022 :  10:30:21 AM  Show Profile
"Twas the 18th of April in '75.
Hardly a man is now alive,
Who remembers that famous day and year.
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere."

"However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at."
. . . .Stephen Hawking
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

6055 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
6055 Posts

Posted - Apr 18 2022 :  10:32:56 AM  Show Profile
Jean, I love history - the good, bad, and ugly. Paul Revere's ride is one of my favorite stories.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
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Dreamer42
True Blue Farmgirl

2133 Posts

April
Central Oregon
USA
2133 Posts

Posted - Apr 19 2022 :  12:52:28 PM  Show Profile
Sara, what a terrible trajedy. At least something good came out of the accident.

Dreamer42
Farmgirl Sister #7038
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

15793 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
15793 Posts

Posted - Apr 19 2022 :  3:01:37 PM  Show Profile
History,,, I am not old enough,,, yet, to have a history!!!
Lololol! Tho' I've been told I am old as dirt!
Lol!

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

6055 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
6055 Posts

Posted - May 05 2022 :  07:34:19 AM  Show Profile
May 5th Cinco de Mayo Day.

Cinco de Mayo isnít the same as Mexicoís Independence Day. (Thatís Sept. 16.) The holiday celebrates the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla, which took place on May 5, 1862.

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margie38572
Farmgirl in Training

29 Posts

Margaret
Crossville TN
USA
29 Posts

Posted - May 06 2022 :  08:58:31 AM  Show Profile
Never heard of that tragedy but I sure will look it up and get educated. When I was a little girl living in Philadelphia, I remember hearing my parents talk about a train coming off the elevated track of the Market-Frankford Line. For years the memory of hearing them talk about it was more like a dream to me because my parents seemed to be the only ones who were talking about it. But it did happen where an elevated train derailed at a spot along Kensington Avenue and a couple cars were dangling off the track with the front one resting on the ground below. I finally came across a newspaper article on it that had a photo of it. Why the Texas City tragedy you wrote of led me to think of this? I've no idea. I suppose it's because these things happened in the "world" we lived in, the immediate surroundings. In my case the derailment was not far from our home. Just a couple blocks away. But that tragedy you recalled? So many people died! I'm glad, though, that some good did come out of it.

Margie
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

6055 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
6055 Posts

Posted - May 06 2022 :  09:09:07 AM  Show Profile
Margie, whether it's an elevated train dangling in mid-air or an explosion that destroyed a city, stories that we hear as children seem to come back to us from time to time.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

6055 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
6055 Posts

Posted - May 10 2022 :  06:46:16 AM  Show Profile
First woman to run for president.

Victoria Claflin Woodhull, later Victoria Woodhull Martin (September 23, 1838 Ė June 9, 1927), was an American leader of the women's suffrage movement who ran for President of the United States in the 1872 election.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

5281 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
5281 Posts

Posted - May 11 2022 :  11:42:11 AM  Show Profile
This is interesting Sara. I wonder why they never talked about her in school.

Krista
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StitchinWitch
True Blue Farmgirl

1811 Posts

Judith
Galt CA
USA
1811 Posts

Posted - May 12 2022 :  4:48:21 PM  Show Profile
Because she was a woman?

Judith

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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

5281 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
5281 Posts

Posted - May 13 2022 :  12:51:35 PM  Show Profile
Judith my exact same thought!

Krista
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

6055 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
6055 Posts

Posted - May 15 2022 :  08:56:26 AM  Show Profile
May 15, 1942

Women's Army Auxiliary Corps created

Proposed by Congresswoman Edith Rogers, the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps is created so volunteers can perform non-combat jobs as mechanics, clerks, drivers, and more. Around 150,000 women will serve in the WAAC, later renamed the Women's Army Corps. The WAC will be disbanded in 1978 when all-female and all-male units are integrated.

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FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

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Edited by - YellowRose on May 15 2022 08:57:01 AM
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nndairy
True Blue Farmgirl

2463 Posts

Heather
Wapakoneta Ohio
USA
2463 Posts

Posted - May 16 2022 :  5:49:32 PM  Show Profile
There's a museum of sorts in part of a tiny airport a little ways from here that is building a B-17 bomber. Part of the displays are about WASP's - I wonder if it's part of the group you're talking about Sara. I can't remember for sure but I think it stands for Women Air Service Pilots. While the men were at war the women took over jobs like flying the planes around from base to base or whatever was needed stateside. There's some funny stories from some of the ladies!

~Heather
Farmgirl Sister #4701
September 2014 Farmgirl of the Month


"The purpose of life is to enjoy every moment" - Yogi teabag
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

6055 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
6055 Posts

Posted - May 17 2022 :  02:04:16 AM  Show Profile
Heather, I'm not sure but I think the WASPS were with the Air Force and the WAAC with the Army. I love to hear the stories of the women who served in WWII. I was fortunate to know two women who trained to be VA nurses during the war. The stories they could tell. They served here at home, and both retired in the 1980's. A neighbor was in the WAAC and after the war she became a schoolteacher.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

6055 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
6055 Posts

Posted - May 18 2022 :  06:50:11 AM  Show Profile
May 18, 1980

A mountain explodes in the Pacific Northwest

The biggest landslide in recorded history follows a magnitude 5.1 earthquake as the north face of Washington's Mount St. Helens falls away in a volcanic eruption. The sideways blast of lava and rock devastates a 230- square-mile area, and ash clouds that rise 16 miles will fall over 11 states.



Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
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StitchinWitch
True Blue Farmgirl

1811 Posts

Judith
Galt CA
USA
1811 Posts

Posted - May 18 2022 :  12:04:03 PM  Show Profile
My goodness -- was that really 42 years ago? I was working at a continuation school at the time and really wanted to drive up and see it (from a safe distance) but my supervisor wouldn't give me the time off.

Judith

7932 FGOTM 6/21
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

15793 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
15793 Posts

Posted - May 18 2022 :  10:16:12 PM  Show Profile
Wowzers! We have areas in Washington that still show the scars from Mt St Helens explosion... My 77year old neighbor who was born and raised in Washtucna, west of Spokane, said that the
ash fall out reached her.. as evident by the ash dust on cars and houses, but nothing like the west side of the state.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

6055 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
6055 Posts

Posted - May 20 2022 :  10:45:22 AM  Show Profile
May 20, 1873

Levi and Davis are granted a patent for pants
German immigrant Levi Strauss, a mercantile shop owner serving the booming Gold Rush trade in San Francisco, and a former customer, Russian immigrant Jacob Davis, receive a patent on Davis' invention, a new and improved work pant made from denim jean fabric and reinforced by copper rivets.


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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

15793 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
15793 Posts

Posted - May 20 2022 :  7:47:42 PM  Show Profile
I wounder what they would think if they knew 150 years later women would be wearing "Jeans" as daily wear... lol!

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StitchinWitch
True Blue Farmgirl

1811 Posts

Judith
Galt CA
USA
1811 Posts

Posted - May 20 2022 :  8:37:48 PM  Show Profile
Indigo blue with envy!

Judith

7932 FGOTM 6/21
I'm old and I do wear purple
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

6055 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
6055 Posts

Posted - May 23 2022 :  07:27:02 AM  Show Profile
May 23, 1934

Notorious outlaw couple gunned down in Louisiana.

A stolen Ford Deluxe is met with a hail of bullets as it passes an ambush of lawmen lying in wait on a rural highway in Louisiana's Bienville Parish. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow's car is hit by 130 rounds, and the FBI's most wanted criminals are brought down after a 2-year manhunt.

I grew up hearing stories about Bonnie and Clyde. We lived on California Crossing Road and Hwy 119 crossed it in far west Dallas County. Bonnie and Clyde used Hwy 119 to drive between Dallas and Grapevine to escape the Dallas sheriff. History was all around me and as a child I didn't know it. Not all the history was bad. Going west on California Crossing Road it crossed Goodnight Lane, named after Charlie Goodnight, who was a rancher who drove his cattle to market on that road. California Crossing Road was named after the pioneers who crossed the Trinity River on their way to California.

I do get round-up when it comes to Texas history.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
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nndairy
True Blue Farmgirl

2463 Posts

Heather
Wapakoneta Ohio
USA
2463 Posts

Posted - May 23 2022 :  6:05:44 PM  Show Profile
What great tid bits of history Sara. Thank you for sharing them with us. When I was in school history was not my favorite class but now that I can learn about what I want to it fascinates me!

~Heather
Farmgirl Sister #4701
September 2014 Farmgirl of the Month


"The purpose of life is to enjoy every moment" - Yogi teabag
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