Saturday, January 26, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: January 26

January 26, 1942 – “Private Milburn Henke of Hutchinson was the first enlisted man to [disembark] with the first American Expeditionary Force in Europe in WWII [on Ulster soil on this date].”

Private Milburn Henke

Friday, January 25, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: January 25

January 25, 1986 — “Three Gopher basketball players are arrested on rape charges in Madison, Wis. The University of Minnesota forfeits the game; Coach Jim Dutcher quits in protest and all players are eventually acquitted.”,r:0,s:0,i:81

Thursday, January 24, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: January 24

January 24, 1966 – “WDIO TV channel 10 in Duluth, MN (ABC) begins broadcasting.”

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: January 23

January 23, 1959 – Actor Richard Dean Anderson was born in Minneapolis. Best known for his TV role as MacGyver, he is also known for his role as Colonel Jack O'Neill on the science fiction TV series Stargate SG-1.

Richard Dean Anderson as

Richard Dean Anderson as
Colonel Jack O'Neill

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: January 22

January 22, 1963 – Patent # 3,074,761 was issued for retractable seatbelts that self-tighten during a crash, developed by engineer James J. Ryan, assignor to The Regents of the University of Minnesota, a Minnesota corporation.

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Jan. 22, 2013,
as long as acknowledgement included.

Monday, January 21, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: January 20

January 21, 1985 – Charter flight Galaxy Airlines Flight 203 to Minneapolis took off from Reno-Cannon International Airport at approximately 1:05 a.m. and crashed shortly thereafter.1Aside from the pilots and cabin crew, everyone on the plane was returning to Minnesota from a gambling and skiing Super Bowl weekend.”2 The lone survivor was “17-year old George Lamson Jr., who was thrown clear of the aircraft and landed upright, still in his seat, on South Virginia Street.”1

Sole Survivor

In Production 

“In the history of aviation, there have been 14 large-scale, commercial plane crashes with a sole survivor. Like most survivors of trauma, the sole survivor’s experience is often misunderstood. SOLE SURVIVOR is a feature-length documentary that follows the journey of George Lamson who, at 17 years old, survived the 1985 crash of Galaxy Airlines Flight 203 which killed 73 people in Reno, Nevada. Twenty-five years after the crash, George still struggles with the purpose of his own life and agonizes over whether or not he was spared for a reason. His quest to heal has been complicated by the media’s portrayal of him as a miracle and a hero—roles that bear little resemblance to the identity that he would claim for himself.

Through SOLE SURVIVOR, George has begun to reach out to the 13 other sole survivors, several of whom were also children at the time of their accident. His attempt to reach out to other survivors spans 11 countries, three generations and a distinct array of cultural backgrounds. His goal is to build a community of healing and support for himself and the others, and to give greater meaning to his own life. In doing so, George lays the groundwork for a broader exploration of survivor’s guilt. The film will include external perspectives from academics including statisticians, philosophers, religion scholars, physicists, engineers, media scholars and psychologists. To achieve director Ky Dickens’ desired aesthetic and heighten the audience’s engagement, the entire film will be set to an evocative instrumental score by French compose, Franck Rapp, and will incorporate original, hand-drawn animation.”

Sunday, January 20, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: January 20

January 20-22, 1985“A whopping 34 inches of snow fell on the Twin Cities.”