When this 1955 US Proof set was packaged in this box, with coins individually placed in tarnishing crinkly cello envelopes ...
.... "The Honeymooners" debuted October 1, 1955, on CBS.
The Honeymooners show is set mostly in the Kramdens' kitchen, in a neglected Brooklyn apartment building.
Ralph Kramden is bus driver for the fictional Gotham Bus Company based in Brooklyn, NY. He is frustrated by his lack of success, and often develops get-rich-quick schemes. He is very short tempered, frequently resorting to bellowing, insults, and making hollow threats. Well hidden beneath the many layers of bluster, however, is a soft-hearted man who loves his wife and is devoted to his best pal, Ed Norton. The cartoon series "The Flintstones" came along years later, and is a Stone Age version of the honeymooners, each character playing similar roles.
Caught by Charles Holder in June 1897. This is the first Bluefin Tuna to be caught on Rod and Reel. This catch would kick start the sport of big game fishing. These fish were previously believed to be uncatchable on recreational tackle.
Quote: Introducing ...The bearded champion Charles Holder And weighing in at 183 pounds in this corner, the challenger from the waters off Catalina Island California ...
This was a pretty nice catch for me that was minted the same year.
At first glance this 1963 penny isn't very special. A low-value bronze coin showing Britannia confidently ruling the waves, just as most British copper and bronze coins have done since the 17th century.
But changes are in the air. The Cuban missile crisis, De Gaulle's determination to keep the UK out of the EEC, the rapid progress of decolonization - everything shows that Britain is ceasing to be a major power on the world stage.
One of the coldest and snowiest winters for many years throws the country into chaos, showing how inadequate our resources are in dealing with weather conditions that Canada, Scandinavia and Switzerland take in their stride.
The Conservative Party, which has ruled the country since 1951, is rocked by scandal: defence minister Profumo is forced to resign after an affair involving prostitutes and Russian diplomats, and Prime Minister Harold McMillan resigns through ill-health. His successor, Alec Douglas-Home, is widely seen as a stuffy aristocrat, out of touch with normal working people. The political establishment is routinely savaged by the BBC's new satirical TV show, 'That Was The Week That Was'.
Ronald Biggs and his gang hold up a mail train and steal millions of pounds of used banknotes in a daring raid that is still remembered today as the Great Train Robbery. Although some elements of the media salute the robbers as heroes, the train driver, coshed by the gang, dies a premature death.
Still on the subject of trains, Dr Richard Beeching, the new Chairman of British Railways, closes several thousand miles of lines and hundreds of stations in a bid to make the nationalised railways profitable. Whilst many agree that some cuts to Britain's vast Victorian rail network were needed, large numbers of people found themselves suddenly deprived of transport, and the way the rails were hastily lifted, viaducts demolished and trackbeds sold off meant that any future re-openings would be very difficult and expensive.
There was a change for car drivers too in 1963 - all new cars now had a letter at the end of the licence plate indicating the year the vehicle was first registered. This continues to the present day, although now numbers are used, all letters long having been exhausted!
But in one way Britain really was ruling the world in 1963. British pop music was taking the world by storm. The Beatles from Liverpool, who had first come to attention playing in a shady Hamburg night-club in 1960, had their first Number One record in 1963, and by the end of the year were dominating the singles and LP pop charts both in the UK and the USA. Exasperated parents were banging on their teenagers' bedroom doors asking them to "Turn That Row Down!", but to no avail: Britain was rocking, and things were going to change!
Victor Emmanuel was king of Sardinia. His kingdom would annex Tuscany in 1860.
Leopold II (Italian: Leopoldo Giovanni Giuseppe Francesco Ferdinando Carlo, German: Leopold Johann Joseph Franz Ferdinand Karl, English: Leopold John Joseph Francis Ferdinand Charles; 3 October 1797 - 29 January 1870) was Grand Duke of Tuscany (1824-1859).
The Grand Duke was deposed briefly by a provisional government in 1849, only to be restored the same year with the assistance of Austrian troops, who occupied the state until 1855.
Leopold attempted a policy of neutrality with regard to the Second Italian War of Independence, but was expelled by a bloodless coup on 27 April 1859, just before the beginning of the war. The Grand Ducal family left for Bologna, in Papal territory. Tuscany was occupied by soldiers of Victor Emmanuel II of Sardinia for the duration of the conflict.
The preliminary peace of Villafranca, agreed to between Napoleon III of France and Franz Joseph of Austria on 11 July, provided for the return of the Lorraines to Florence, but Leopold himself was considered too unpopular to be accepted, so on 21 July 1859 he abdicated the throne in favour of his son, Ferdinand. Ferdinand was not, however, any more acceptable to the revolutionaries in control of Florence, and his accession was not proclaimed. Instead, the provisional government proclaimed the deposition of the House of Habsburg (16 August).
India, Kingdom of Sindh Chach of Alor c. 632-671 AR hemidrachm (.68g, 12mm) Schematized bust right (the oval shape is the eye, lips below and ear behind) Fire altar (the three dots) surrounded by Brahmi "Sri Paramjeta"
Chach is an interesting read by himself (he usurped the kingdom of his master by having an affair with his wife) but of perhaps much more significance is the work of Brahmagupta who also lived in Sindh in the 7th century AD. In 628, he authored Brahmasphutasiddhanta, the first-ever mathematical treatise on the use of the number zero in mathematics. He also laid the groundwork for the use of negative numbers, and developed a nearly-modern quadratic formula:
(Brief pause to let you recover from flashbacks to 10th grade math class)
Concurrently, a bit to the West, a new Abrahamic religion is taking hold under the prophet Muhammad, and would soon become the dominant political power in the world.
The great fire of London 2 - 5 September 1666 The Great Fire of London was a major conflagration that swept through the central parts of the English city of London from Sunday, 2 September to Wednesday, 5 September 1666. The fire gutted the medieval City of London inside the old Roman city wall. It threatened but did not reach the aristocratic district of Westminster, Charles II's Palace of Whitehall, and most of the suburban slums. It consumed 13,200 houses, 87 parish churches, St Paul's Cathedral, and most of the buildings of the City authorities. It is estimated to have destroyed the homes of 70,000 of the City's 80,000 inhabitants.
The death toll is unknown but traditionally thought to have been small, as only six verified deaths were recorded. This reasoning has recently been challenged on the grounds that the deaths of poor and middle-class people were not recorded, while the heat of the fire may have cremated many victims, leaving no recognisable remains. A melted piece of pottery on display at the Museum of London found by archaeologists in Pudding Lane, where the fire started, shows that the temperature reached 1250 °C.
The Great Fire of London by an unknown painter, depicting the fire as it would have appeared on the evening of Tuesday, 4 September 1666 from a boat in the vicinity of Tower Wharf. The Tower of London is on the right and London Bridge on the left, with St Paul's Cathedral in the distance, surrounded by the tallest flames.