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Can You Guess the Year? 8-30-10

Article and artwork by Dorothy Miller
Lochbuie, Colo.

An escapee was captured when a woman hit him over the head with a hammer.

A woman hit an escapee from the Colorado State Penitentiary, over the head with a hammer as he held her family hostage. The escapee was captured after leading the break from the State Penitentiary in Canon City, Colo. Blood on his head, face and clothes was the result of hammer blows dealt by the lady whose family was held captive for several hours.

Proceedings of the U.S. Congress were televised for the first time.

A Philippine plane crashed in Hong Kong, with $5 million worth of gold and money.

A heavy blizzard in Canada buried towns from Winnipeg, Manitoba, to Calgary, Alberta.

In Paris, France, peace treaties were signed between the World War II Allies and Italy, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Finland.

Christian Dior introduced the “New Look” in women’s fashion, in Paris.

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The Voice of America began to transmit radio broadcasts into Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.

An explosion at the O’Connor Electro-Plating Company in Los Angeles, Calif., left 17 dead, 100 buildings damaged, and a 22-foot deep crater in the ground.

Edwin Land demonstrated the first “instant camera,” his Polaroid Land Camera, at a meeting of the Optical Society of America.

The Tom and Jerry cartoon “Cat Fishin’,” was released.

The USS Newport News, the first completely air-conditioned warship, was launched in Newport, Va.

The movie “Best Years of Our Lives” won the Academy Award for Best Picture, along with several other Academy Awards.

Jackie Robinson, the first African American baseball professional, signed a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

An Ammonium nitrate cargo of the SS Grandcamp exploded in Texas City, Texas, killing 552, injuring 3,000, causing 200 lost, and destroying 20 city blocks.

The movie “Miracle on 34th Street,” a Christmas time classic, was first shown in theaters.

The animated cartoon film “Rabbit Transit,” directed by Friz Freleng, was released.

SAAB produced its first automobile.

Seaman Harold Dahl claimed to have seen six UFOs near Maury Island in Puget Sound, Wash. On the next morning, Dahl reported the first so-called “Men in Black” encounter.

A downed extraterrestrial spacecraft was reportedly found near Roswell, N.M. Roswell’s Annual UFO Festival runs each summer and includes guest speakers, authors, live entertainment, a UFO Festival Parade, Alien Costume Contest, Alien Animal Pet Costume Contest and a Fireworks Extravaganza!

Princess Elizabeth announced her engagement to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten.

The ship Exodus left France for Palestine, with 4,500 Jewish Holocaust survivor refugees on board.

After being shut down for a refurbishment, the ENIAC computer, the world’s first electronic digital computer, was turned back on again.

Anne Frank’s diary was discovered by one of the family’s helpers and after World War II was given to her father, the only immediate family member to survive the Holocaust. Edited by him, “The Diary of a Young Girl” became an international bestseller and was translated into English and 66 other languages.

Can you guess the 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 2006. Congratulations to Lowell Woodward of Snyder, Colo., for being selected our prize winner. You can expect to receive $10 by the 20th of next month.

A woman hit an escapee from the Colorado State Penitentiary, over the head with a hammer as he held her family hostage. The escapee was captured after leading the break from the State Penitentiary in Canon City, Colo. Blood on his head, face and clothes was the result of hammer blows dealt by the lady whose family was held captive for several hours.

Proceedings of the U.S. Congress were televised for the first time.

A Philippine plane crashed in Hong Kong, with $5 million worth of gold and money.

A heavy blizzard in Canada buried towns from Winnipeg, Manitoba, to Calgary, Alberta.

In Paris, France, peace treaties were signed between the World War II Allies and Italy, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Finland.

Christian Dior introduced the “New Look” in women’s fashion, in Paris.

The Voice of America began to transmit radio broadcasts into Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.

An explosion at the O’Connor Electro-Plating Company in Los Angeles, Calif., left 17 dead, 100 buildings damaged, and a 22-foot deep crater in the ground.

Edwin Land demonstrated the first “instant camera,” his Polaroid Land Camera, at a meeting of the Optical Society of America.

The Tom and Jerry cartoon “Cat Fishin’,” was released.

The USS Newport News, the first completely air-conditioned warship, was launched in Newport, Va.

The movie “Best Years of Our Lives” won the Academy Award for Best Picture, along with several other Academy Awards.

Jackie Robinson, the first African American baseball professional, signed a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

An Ammonium nitrate cargo of the SS Grandcamp exploded in Texas City, Texas, killing 552, injuring 3,000, causing 200 lost, and destroying 20 city blocks.

The movie “Miracle on 34th Street,” a Christmas time classic, was first shown in theaters.

The animated cartoon film “Rabbit Transit,” directed by Friz Freleng, was released.

SAAB produced its first automobile.

Seaman Harold Dahl claimed to have seen six UFOs near Maury Island in Puget Sound, Wash. On the next morning, Dahl reported the first so-called “Men in Black” encounter.

A downed extraterrestrial spacecraft was reportedly found near Roswell, N.M. Roswell’s Annual UFO Festival runs each summer and includes guest speakers, authors, live entertainment, a UFO Festival Parade, Alien Costume Contest, Alien Animal Pet Costume Contest and a Fireworks Extravaganza!

Princess Elizabeth announced her engagement to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten.

The ship Exodus left France for Palestine, with 4,500 Jewish Holocaust survivor refugees on board.

After being shut down for a refurbishment, the ENIAC computer, the world’s first electronic digital computer, was turned back on again.

Anne Frank’s diary was discovered by one of the family’s helpers and after World War II was given to her father, the only immediate family member to survive the Holocaust. Edited by him, “The Diary of a Young Girl” became an international bestseller and was translated into English and 66 other languages.

Can you guess the 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 2006. Congratulations to Lowell Woodward of Snyder, Colo., for being selected our prize winner. You can expect to receive $10 by the 20th of next month.