hey everyone…. as the title of this post states we/i here at PP are really busy as we prepare of AP or Advanced Placement exams… This means there will not be any new sections or even posts for a while….

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April 30, 2010

120th Day of the Year

This Day in History

313 – Roman emperor Licinius unifies the entire Eastern Roman Empire under his rule.

1006 – Supernova SN 1006, the brightest supernova in recorded history, appears in the constellation Lupus.

1492 – Spain gives Christopher Columbus his commission of exploration.

1789 – On the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York City, George Washington takes the oath of office to become the first elected President of the United States.

1803 – Louisiana Purchase: The United States purchases the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million, more than doubling the size of the young nation.

1927 – Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford become the first celebrities to leave their footprints in concrete at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

1939 – The 1939-40 New York World’s Fair opens.

1975 – Fall of Saigon: Communist forces gain control of Saigon. The Vietnam War formally ends with the unconditional surrender of South Vietnamese president Duong Van Minh.

2004 – U.S. media release graphic photos of American soldiers abusing and sexually humiliating Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison.

2009 – Chrysler automobile company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

April 29, 2010

119th Day of the Year

This Day in History

1429 – Joan of Arc arrives to relieve the Siege of Orleans.

1624 – In France, Richelieu assumes as Prime Minister of Louis XIII.

1707 – Scotland and England unified in United Kingdom of Great Britain.

1903 – A 30 million cubic-metre landslide kills 70 in Frank, Alberta, Canada.

1945 – The Dachau concentration camp is liberated by United States troops.

1953 – The first U.S. experimental 3D-TV broadcast showed an episode of Space Patrol on Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV.

1967 – After refusing induction into the United States Army the day before (citing religious reasons), Muhammad Ali is stripped of his boxing title.

1968 – The controversial musical Hair opens on Broadway.

1992 – Los Angeles riots: Riots in Los Angeles, California, following the acquittal of police officers charged with excessive force in the beating of Rodney King. Over the next three days 53 people are killed and hundreds of buildings are destroyed.

2004 – Oldsmobile builds its final car ending 107 years of production.

1945 – The Dachau concentration camp is liberated by United States troops.

The School of Athens

By: Raphael

The School of Athens, or Scuola di Atene in Italian, is one of the most famous paintings by the Italian Renaissance artist Raphael. It was painted between 1510 and 1511 as a part of Raphael’s commission to decorate with frescoes the rooms now known as the Stanze di Raffaello, in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican. The picture has long been seen as “Raphael’s masterpiece and the perfect embodiment of the classical spirit of the High Renaissance.

Picked in honor of my Western Civ teacher Mr B. (His favorite Renaissance painting)

April 28, 2010

118th Day of the Year

This Day in History

1192 – Assassination of Conrad of Montferrat (Conrad I), King of Jerusalem, in Tyre, two days after his title to the throne is confirmed by election. The killing is carried out by Hashshashin.

1253 – Nichiren, a Japanese Buddhist monk, propounds Nam Myoho Renge Kyo for the very first time and declares it to be the essence of Buddhism, in effect founding Nichiren Buddhism.

1792 – France invades the Austrian Netherlands (present day Belgium), beginning the French Revolutionary War.

1932 – A vaccine for yellow fever is announced for use on humans.

1945 – Benito Mussolini and his mistress Clara Petacci are executed by a firing squad consisting of members of the Italian resistance movement.

1952 – Dwight D. Eisenhower resigns as Supreme Commander of NATO.

1978 – President of Afghanistan, Mohammed Daoud Khan, is overthrown and assassinated in a coup led by pro-communist rebels.

1986 – The United States Navy aircraft carrier USS Enterprise becomes the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to transit the Suez Canal, navigating from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea to relieve the USS Coral Sea.

2001 – Millionaire Dennis Tito becomes the world’s first space tourist.

The Song of the Week this week is………. Look On….by: John Frusciante….on the album: Inside of Emptiness….

We chose this song this week because of the really sick guitar solo (begins around 4:30 ). Sick right? We here at PP really enjoyed the overall tone/color of this song.

Listen here (via Youtube.com)…. Look On

Inside of Emptiness Album Cover

April 27, 2010

117th Day of the Year

This Day in History

1521 – Battle of Mactan: Explorer Ferdinand Magellan is killed by natives in the Philippines led by chief Lapu-Lapu.

1810 – Beethoven composes his famous piano piece, Für Elise.

1861 – President of the United States Abraham Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus.

1945 – World War II: Benito Mussolini is arrested by Italian partisans in Dongo, while attempting escape disguised as a German soldier.

1950 – Apartheid: In South Africa, the Group Areas Act is passed formally segregating races.

1974 – 10,000 march in Washington, D.C., calling for the impeachment of US President Richard Nixon

1993 – All members of the Zambia national football team lose their lives in a plane crash off Libreville, Gabon in route to Dakar, Senegal to play a 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Senegal.

2005 – The superjumbo jet aircraft Airbus A380 makes its first flight from Toulouse, France.

2006 – Construction begins on the Freedom Tower for the new World Trade Center in New York City.

For this group we chose South Africa and France to progress in the World Cup. France has been playing well all year and qualified relatively easily. Mexico and South Africa have O.K teams but we think the home pitch advantage will have the South Africans pull through as number two. However we don’t count out Mexico or Uruguay as both teams have really good squads and players this year…..

Group A

South Africa

Mexico

Uruguay

France

April 26, 2010

116th day of the year

This Day in History

1478 – The Pazzi attack Lorenzo de’ Medici and killed his brother Giuliano during High Mass in the Duomo of Florence.

1607 – English colonists of the Jamestown settlement make landfall at Cape Henry, Virginia.

1865 – Union cavalry troopers corner and shoot dead John Wilkes Booth, assassin of President Lincoln, in Virginia.

1933 – The Gestapo, the official secret police force of Nazi Germany, is established.

1954 – The Geneva Conference, an effort to restore peace in Indochina and Korea, begins.

1962 – NASA’s Ranger 4 spacecraft crashes into the Moon.

1986 – A nuclear reactor accident occurs at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Soviet Union (now Ukraine), creating the world’s worst nuclear disaster.

1991 – Seventy tornadoes break out in the central United States. Before the outbreak’s end, Andover, Kansas, would record the year’s only F5 tornado

2005 – Under international pressure, Syria withdraws the last of its 14,000 troop military garrison in Lebanon, ending its 29-year military domination of that country.