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Day in Engineering History Archive - November 11

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1572: Tycho Brahe first observed the supernova that suddenly appeared in the constellation Cassiopeia. 1851: Alvan Clark was awarded the first U.S. patent for a refractor telescope design. 1911: Radar pioneer and head of the National Security Agency Scientific Advisory Board panel on Electronics Louis Nicot Ridenour, was born. 1918: World War I came to an end when the Allies and Germany signed an armistice - this day became recognized as Veterans Day in the United States, with celebrations traditionally beginning the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year. 1921: The Tomb of the Unknowns was dedicated at Arlington National Cemetery. 1930: Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd are issued a patent for their Einstein refrigerator. 1938: Typhoid Mary (Mary Mallon), famous for spreading typhoid fever in NY, died. 1966: The U.S. launched Gemini 12 from Cape Kennedy, FL, where after the craft circled the earth 59 times before returning. 1980: Saturnian moon Epimetheus was discovered by the Voyager spacecraft. 1981: The USS Ohio was commissioned as the first Trident Class nuclear submarine. 1993: In Washington, D.C., a bronze statue was dedicated honoring the more than 11,000 women who had served in the Vietnam War. 2004: Terrorist leader Yasser Arafat finally died.

A Pittance of Time

This Veterans Day tribute is by Canadian citizen Terry Kelly. It was written after an experience he had on Veterans Day in 1999. Composed in the finest Celtic tradition.

Click to view the video: A Pittance of Time, by Canadian citizen Terry Kelly English

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A Pittance of Time
Written by Terry Kelly
Published by Jefter Publishing

They fought and some died for their homeland
They fought and some died now it's our land
Look at his little child, there's no fear in her eyes
Could he not show respect for other dads who have died?
Take two minutes, would you mind?
It's a pittance of time
For the boys and the girls who went over
In peace may they rest, may we never forget why they died.
It's a pittance of time
God forgive me for wanting to strike him
Give me strength so as not to be like him
My heart pounds in my breast, fingers pressed to my lips
My throat wants to bawl out, my tongue barely resists
But two minutes I will bide
It's a pittance of time
For the boys and the girls who went over
In peace may they rest, may we never forget why they died.
It's a pittance of time
Read the letters and poems of the heroes at home
They have casualties, battles, and fears of their own
There's a price to be paid if you go, if you stay
Freedom is fought for and won in numerous ways
Take two minutes would you mind?
It's a pittance of time
For the boys and the girls all over
May we never forget our young become vets
At the end of the line it's a pittance of time
It takes courage to fight in your own war
It takes courage to fight someone else's war
Our peacekeepers tell of their own living hell
They bring hope to foreign lands that the hatemongers can't kill.
Take two minutes, would you mind?
It's a pittance of time
For the boys and the girls who go over
In peacetime our best still don battle dress
And lay their lives on the line.
It's a pittance of time
In Peace may they rest, lest we forget why they died.
Take a pittance of time
Copyrights acknowledged - thanks to all involved!

A Pittance of Time, by Terry Kelly (lyrics above)

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Note: These historical tidbits have been collected from various sources, mostly on the Internet. As detailed in this article, there is a lot of wrong information that is repeated hundreds of times because most websites do not validate with authoritative sources. On RF Cafe, events with hyperlinks have been verified. Many years ago, I began commemorating the birthdays of notable people and events with special RF Cafe logos. Where available, I like to use images from postage stamps from the country where the person or event occurred. Images used in the logos are often from open source websites like Wikipedia, and are specifically credited with a hyperlink back to the source where possible. Fair Use laws permit small samples of copyrighted content.

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