Have You Heard – November 11, 2015

Have you Heard, it was 75 years ago today (11/11/1940) that the jeep made its military debut.
Some contend the sturdy jeep was a key in winning the war for the Allies.
Willys-Overland and Ford built about 640,000 jeeps during World War Two.
The government paid Willys $648.74 per vehicle in 1940 (a little more than $11,000 in today’s money), but the price did rise as the war went on.

It should be only fitting that the jeep’s military debut came on Armistice Day, known in the U.S. since 1954 as Veterans Day.
Hostilities in World War One ended 97 years ago today.

Gen. George S. Patton was 33 years old that day.
He was born 130 years ago today in Southern California.
Among many things, he was a member of the 1912 U.S. Olympic team, competing in the Pentathlon. He did not win a medal.
However, he served in and helped win both world wars.
Patton died at the age of 60.

And the same day the jeep debuted (11/11/1940), Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) was born in Brooklyn.

President Warren G. Harding dedicated the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery 94 years ago today.

The final Gemini flight, Gemini 12, blasted off from Cape Canaveral 49 years ago today.
Fewer than three years later, one of the two crew members, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, became the second man on the moon.
Jim Lovell was the other astronaut aboard Gemini 12.
3 1/2 years later, he was on his way to moon but never made it. He was the commander of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission.
Lovell is the only person to have flown to the moon twice (he also served on Apollo 8 in late 1968, the first mission to orbit the moon) but never stepped foot on it.

Leonardo DiCaprio has been nominated five times for an Academy Award (four times as an actor; once as a producer) and he’s never won.
DiCaprio is 41 today.

Today is also Origami Day!

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