In 1979, NASA knew that the 78 1/2-ton Skylab was starting to deteriorate and would re-enter the earth atmosphere. They knew it would break apart and that some 25 tons would fall to Earth but they were unable to predict exactly where and when the hundreds of pieces might land.The abandoned U.S. space station fell from orbit on July 11, 1979, scattering debris harmlessly into the Indian Ocean and across a remote section of western Australia.Skylab was America’s first space station. An orbiting home for astronauts who performed experiments in space, it revolved around the world every 88 minutes. Skylab missions ended in 1974.From The San Diego Union, Thursday, July 12, 1979:SKYLAB DEATH PLUNGE DAZZLES AUSTRALIANSNo Injuries Or Damage ReportedWASHINGTON (AP) -- The space station Skylab, in its death plunge yesterday, sprayed debris over central Australia across some of the most desolate terrain on the face of the Earth. There were no reports of damage or injury, sparing the United … [Read more...] about From the Archives: 40 years ago Skylab fell to Earth
Dogs 100 years ago
ON this day 100 years ago, hundreds of Indian civilians were killed by British troops in Amritsar. But what is the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, how many people were killed and what has the Prime Minister said about it? Here's what we know. What is the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre? Also known as the Amritsar Massacre, the event is known as one of the most shameful moments in British history. On April 13, 1919 (100 years ago today), troops of the British Indian Army fired rifles into a crowd of Indians who had gathered in Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar, Punjab. They had gathered for a peaceful protest to condemn the arrest and deportation of two national leaders Satya Pal and Saifuddin Kitchlew. Under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer villagers, who had gathered for the day of Baisakhi, were shot and killed. How many people were killed? Dyer stated in a Report to the General Officer Commanding that “I hear that between 200 and 300 of the crowd were killed." He claims 1,650 rounds were … [Read more...] about Jallianwala Bagh massacre – what happened in Amritsar 100 years ago and what has Theresa May said about it?
THEY call it “playing the piano” – a special form of torture Spanish hunters reserve for their under-performing dogs. With back paws just touching the earth, they are strung up from olive trees and scrabble desperately with their front paws to ground them, before suffering a slow, painful death. Every year an estimated 100,000 hunting dogs in Spain are cast out. Some are dumped by roadsides, others are thrown down wells or even doused in acid. “We’ve found dogs thrown into skips with rubbish piled up on top of them,” says Tina Wales Solera, who runs a rescue charity in southern Spain. “One we brought in had been smashed on the head with a hammer and left semi-paralysed. “Two weeks ago, we found a dead dog totally mutilated. It had lots of bones broken and was in such a state we couldn’t work out whether it was a boy or a girl.” Tina’s rehab centre on a dusty patch of land near Murcia in southeastern Spain has more than … [Read more...] about Brit woman saves 350 Spanish hunting dogs a year from being tortured to death
Sister Ann Weltz poses for a photograph at home in Concord, Calif., on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. Late last year Weltz was fired as executive director of the Bay Area Crisis Nursery, that she founded 37 years ago. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group) This newborn boy was delivered on the lobby couch of the Bay Area Crisis Nursery on Tuesday after the mother went into labor as she was dropping off her other infant son for the nonprofit to care for when she went to a hospital. (Courtesy of Bay Area Crisis Nursery) The Bay Area Crisis Nursery is photographed in Concord, Calif., on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. Late last year Sister Ann Weltz was fired as executive director of the Bay Area Crisis Nursery, that she founded 37 years ago. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group) Clayton Valley Woman’s Club members donated items valued at $1,200 for children temporarily residing at Bay Area Crisis Nursery in Concord. President Judy Disbrow, left, chose BACN as the recipient of the … [Read more...] about ‘It was the worst day of my life’: Sister Ann founded the Bay Area Crisis Nursery 37 years ago. And then she got fired.
FLAMING beacons were lit across Britain tonight in a moving tribute to our fallen war heroes on Remembrance Day. More than 1,200 stunning torches were lit up and down the country as the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War was brought to a poignant end. Organised by Battle's Over, a forces tribute organisation, the beacons acted as "tribute to the millions killed or wounded in battle". All of the services were held at 7pm tonight at the same time — with events in cities including London, Cardiff, Glasgow and Belfast. Buglers played as the torches were set alight and they were joined at exactly 7:05pm this evening by 1000 cathedrals and churches ringing out their bells across the UK — mirroring the same celebrations witnessed a century ago. It came as The Queen tonight led a host of senior Royals and politicians in attending a moving National Service to mark the Armistice centenary. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also attended the commemoration and were … [Read more...] about Armistice Day – Flaming beacons lit across Britain to mark 100 years since the end of the horrors of World War One