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Can You Guess the Year? 12-26-11

Article and artwork by Dorothy Miller
Lochbuie, Colo.

A Delta II rocket carrying a military GPS payload exploded, shortly after liftoff from Cape Canaveral.

The Green Bay Packers won the NFL Championship, defeating the New England Patriots 35-21 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, La.

Madeleine Albright became the first female Secretary of State, after confirmation by the United States Senate.

The Phoenix Lights were seen over Phoenix, Ariz. They were a series of widely sighted unidentified flying objects observed in the skies over Arizona, Nevada and the Mexican state of Sonora. Witnesses claimed to have observed a huge carpenter’s square-shaped UFO, containing lights or possibly light-emitting engines. Fife Symington, the governor at the time, was one witness to this incident; he later called the object “otherworldly.”

In San Diego, Calif., 39 Heaven’s Gate cultists committed mass suicide at their compound. Heaven’s Gate was an American UFO religion based in San Diego, Calif., founded and led by Marshall Applewhite and Bonnie Nettles. On March 26 of this year, police discovered the bodies of 39 members of the group who had committed suicide in order to reach an alien space craft which they believed was following the Comet Hale-Bopp, which was at its brightest.

The group began when Marshall Applewhite was recovering from a heart attack during which he claimed to have had a near-death experience. He came to believe that he and his nurse, Bonnie Nettles, were “the Two,” that is, the two witnesses spoken of in the Book of Revelation 11:3 in the Bible. After a brief and unsuccessful attempt to run an inspirational bookstore, they began traveling around the United States of America giving talks about their belief system.

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Heaven’s Gate members believed that the planet Earth was about to be wiped clean, renewed, refurbished and rejuvenated, and that the only chance to survive was to leave it immediately.

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C.

In Denver, Colo., Timothy McVeigh was convicted on 15 counts of murder and conspiracy for his role in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, a terrorist bomb attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. A jury sentences Timothy McVeigh to death for his part in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

The fully restored USS Constitution (aka “Old Ironsides”) celebrated her 200th birthday by setting sail for the first time in 116 years.

One million men gather for Promise Keepers’ “Stand in the Gap” event in Washington, DC.

The first color photograph appeared on the front page of the New York Times.

The Florida Marlins defeated the Cleveland Indians.

The original “Star Wars” trilogy’s Special Editions were released.

Madonna won Best Actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy, for her part in “Evita.”

Ben and Jerry’s introduced Phish Food, a new flavor of ice cream named after the rock group Phish. The ingredients were chocolate ice cream, marshmallows, caramel and fish-shaped fudge.

Disney Channel launched a preschool morning block, named Playhouse Disney.

Montgomery Ward filed for bankruptcy.

F.W. Woolworth announced that it would close its more than 400 U.S. variety stores on its profitable Foot Locker and other sports equipment stores. Its variety stores had been losing money. Britain’s independent Woolworth Co. continued to thrive.

Can you guess this year?

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Do you know what year these events happened? If you do, send your answer to the Fence Post Guess the Year Contest, P.O. Box 1690, Greeley, Colo., 80632.

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The answer to last month’s Guess the Year Quiz was 1892. Congratulations to David Hartwig of Berthoud, Colo., for being selected our prize winner. You can expect to receive $10 by the 20th of next month. v

A Delta II rocket carrying a military GPS payload exploded, shortly after liftoff from Cape Canaveral.

The Green Bay Packers won the NFL Championship, defeating the New England Patriots 35-21 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, La.

Madeleine Albright became the first female Secretary of State, after confirmation by the United States Senate.

The Phoenix Lights were seen over Phoenix, Ariz. They were a series of widely sighted unidentified flying objects observed in the skies over Arizona, Nevada and the Mexican state of Sonora. Witnesses claimed to have observed a huge carpenter’s square-shaped UFO, containing lights or possibly light-emitting engines. Fife Symington, the governor at the time, was one witness to this incident; he later called the object “otherworldly.”

In San Diego, Calif., 39 Heaven’s Gate cultists committed mass suicide at their compound. Heaven’s Gate was an American UFO religion based in San Diego, Calif., founded and led by Marshall Applewhite and Bonnie Nettles. On March 26 of this year, police discovered the bodies of 39 members of the group who had committed suicide in order to reach an alien space craft which they believed was following the Comet Hale-Bopp, which was at its brightest.

The group began when Marshall Applewhite was recovering from a heart attack during which he claimed to have had a near-death experience. He came to believe that he and his nurse, Bonnie Nettles, were “the Two,” that is, the two witnesses spoken of in the Book of Revelation 11:3 in the Bible. After a brief and unsuccessful attempt to run an inspirational bookstore, they began traveling around the United States of America giving talks about their belief system.

Heaven’s Gate members believed that the planet Earth was about to be wiped clean, renewed, refurbished and rejuvenated, and that the only chance to survive was to leave it immediately.

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C.

In Denver, Colo., Timothy McVeigh was convicted on 15 counts of murder and conspiracy for his role in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, a terrorist bomb attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. A jury sentences Timothy McVeigh to death for his part in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

The fully restored USS Constitution (aka “Old Ironsides”) celebrated her 200th birthday by setting sail for the first time in 116 years.

One million men gather for Promise Keepers’ “Stand in the Gap” event in Washington, DC.

The first color photograph appeared on the front page of the New York Times.

The Florida Marlins defeated the Cleveland Indians.

The original “Star Wars” trilogy’s Special Editions were released.

Madonna won Best Actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy, for her part in “Evita.”

Ben and Jerry’s introduced Phish Food, a new flavor of ice cream named after the rock group Phish. The ingredients were chocolate ice cream, marshmallows, caramel and fish-shaped fudge.

Disney Channel launched a preschool morning block, named Playhouse Disney.

Montgomery Ward filed for bankruptcy.

F.W. Woolworth announced that it would close its more than 400 U.S. variety stores on its profitable Foot Locker and other sports equipment stores. Its variety stores had been losing money. Britain’s independent Woolworth Co. continued to thrive.

Can you guess this year?

***

Do you know what year these events happened? If you do, send your answer to the Fence Post Guess the Year Contest, P.O. Box 1690, Greeley, Colo., 80632.

***

The answer to last month’s Guess the Year Quiz was 1892. Congratulations to David Hartwig of Berthoud, Colo., for being selected our prize winner. You can expect to receive $10 by the 20th of next month. v