America - Did you know?Punkin Chuckin: Each year, as corn stalks tower toward the sky and leaves turn yellow, orange and red, folks in the United States often flock to farms in order to attend fall festivals. Most of the goings on at these festivals are pretty tame if a little odd-sounding from an outside perspective. Families often participate in activities like going on hayrides, picking out pumpkins, walking through corn mazes, sampling cider, petting barnyard animals, that sort of thing. But what really singles out some of these fall celebrations is the desire harbored by the visitors to witness pumpkins -- harmless lumpy gourds -- blasted into the air and launched great distances across acres of sprawling farmland.
Leominster, Massachusetts, USA
Leominster, Massachusetts, USA
Leominster, Massachusetts, USA
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Leominster, Massachusetts Name: Ray Ashey Titles and Terms: Event Type: Census Event Year: 1930 Event Place: Leominster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States District: 0218 Gender: Male Age: 8 Marital Status: Single Race: White Race (Original): White Relationship to Head of Household: Son Relationship to...Read MORE...
1937 - May 6 – Hindenburg disaster: In the United States, the German airship Hindenburg bursts into flame when mooring to a mast in Lakehurst, New Jersey. Of the 36 passengers and 61 crew on board, 13 passengers and 22 crew die, as...Read MORE...
1939 - April 30 - World's Fair opens in New York City
1939 - September 1 - World War II begins: Germany invades Poland
September 1, 1939
Leominster, Massachusetts Name: Joseph R Ashey Titles and Terms: Event Type: Census Event Date: 1940 Event Place: Ward 2, Leominster, Leominster City, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States Gender: Male Age: 17 Marital Status: Single Race (Original): White Race: White Relationship to Head of Household...Read MORE...
1940 - May 10 - Winston Churchill becomes Prime Minister of Great Britain
May 10, 1940
1941 - January 13 – All persons born in Puerto Rico since this day are declared U.S. citizens by birth, through U.S. federal law.
World War II Army Enlistment Name: Regis J Ashey Name (Original): ASHEY REGIS J Event Type: Military Service Event Date: 16 Nov 1942 Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law Event Place: Ft...Read MORE...
1953 - July 27 - Korean War ends After three years of a bloody and frustrating war, the United States, the People's Republic of China, North Korea, and South Korea agree to an armistice, bringing the Korean War to an end. The...Read MORE...
MOSCOW (AP) - The Russian people are tickled pink that their scientists have grabbed the lead from the Americans in the satellite field. But ...Read MORE...
1958 - NASA formed
1960 - Civil Rights Act of 1960 The Civil Rights Act of 1960 (enacted May 6, 1960) was a United States federal law that established federal inspection of local voter registration polls and introduced penalties for anyone who...Read MORE...
1961 - Vietnam War officially begins with 900 military advisors landing in Saigon
1961 - East Germany begins construction of the Berlin Wall
JFK assassination: Cronkite informs a shocked nation CBS Sunday Morning...Read MORE...
1964 - April 22 - World's Fair opens in New York City
1964 - Civil Rights Act of 1964 This act, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on July 2, 1964, prohibited discrimination in public places, provided for the integration of schools and other public facilities, and made...Read MORE...
1965 - Vietnam War - First U.S. ground combat forces arrive in South Vietnam
1968 - Civil Rights Act of 1968 Also known as the Fair Housing Act of 1968 Congress passed the act in an effort to impose a comprehensive solution to the problem of unlawful discrimination in housing based on race, color, sex,...Read MORE...
1968 - The ATM is invented (Don Wetzel, United States)
Neil Armstrong's Moon Landing Reading Through History...Read MORE...
1970 - April 22 - The First Earth Day Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin was disturbed that an issue as important as our environment was not addressed in politics or by the media, so he created the first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970. An ...Read MORE...
1970 - Kent State shootings - May 4 - Kent, Ohio
1972 - Watergate
1973 - March 29 – The last United States soldier leaves Vietnam.
March 29, 1973
Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974 Equal Credit Opportunity Act passes in the US. Until then, banks required single, widowed or divorced women to bring a man along to cosign any credit application, regardless of their income. They...Read MORE...
1974 - Richard Nixon resigns Presidency over Watergate
1974 - August 9 - Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) becomes 38th President of the United States after the resignation of Richard M. Nixon
August 9, 1974
1977 - Elvis Presley dies, August 16, 1977, in Memphis, Tennessee, USA
August 16, 1977
1977 - January 20 - Jimmy Carter (1924 - ) becomes 39th President of the United States
January 20, 1977
1979 - Iran hostage crisis begins
1979 - Three Mile Island nuclear accident - March 28
1979 - May 4 - Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female prime minister of Great Britain
Vancouver, Wash. (UPI) - Mount St. Helens exploded in a giant, killer eruption Sunday that blew 600 feet off its summit, set off huge forest fires,...Read MORE...
1981 - Attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley
President Ronald Reagan nominates Sandra Day O’Connor to be the first woman on the Supreme Court, 1981
1981 - First reported case of AIDS
1981 - Voyager 2 reaches Saturn
1981 - Personal Computer introduced
1981 - January 20 - Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) beomes 40th President of the United States
January 20, 1981
1982 - The camcorder is invented (Sony Corp., Japan)
1983 - The laptop computer is invented (Radio Shack Corp., United States)
Joan Benoit wins the first women’s Olympic Marathon, 1984 At the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles, Joan Benoit (today known as Joan Benoit Samuelson) finished the first-ever women’s marathon in 2:24.52. history.com -
1989 - In response to massive protests, the East German government allows East Berliners to cross into West Berlin. The dismantling of the Berlin Wall begins shortly after.
1989 - The World Wide Web is invented at CERN (Tim Berners-Lee, UK)
1989 - January 20 - George H. W. Bush (1924 - ) becomes 41st President of the United States
January 20, 1989
1990 - German reunification officially completed according to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany
1990 - Iraq invades Kuwait, beginning the Persian Gulf War
1991 - Gulf War
1991 - U.S. led coalition defeats Iraqi military forces and liberates Kuwait in Operation Desert Storm
1991 - Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as President of the Soviet Union; Effective legal dissolution of the U.S.S.R.
1992 - Hurricane Andrew causes devastation in Florida and Louisiana
1993 - World Trade Center bombing
1993 - January 20 - William J. Clinton (1946 - ) becomes 42nd President of the United States
January 20, 1993
1995 - Oklahoma City bombing
1997 - NASA spacecraft Mars Pathfinder lands on Mars
Madeleine Albright becomes the first female Secretary of State, 1997
2001 - Invasion of Afghanistan Operation "Enduring Freedom"
2001 - January 20 - George W. Bush (1946 - ) becomes 43rd President of the United States
January 20, 2001
2001 - September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks
September 11, 2001
2005 - Hurricane Katrina
Death 3 April 2008 Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
Regis J. "Ray," Ashey,85, of Lincoln, Neb., died Thursday, April 3, 2008. Born April 8, 1922, in Leominster, Mass. Activities during childhood included roller skating, Boy Scouts and photography. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corp at Bellows Falls, Vermont for 3 years prior to World War II. He served in the U.S. Army and during the war he was stationed at Camp Phillips in Salina, Kan., where he met his future wife of 62 years, Gwendolyn Post at a roller skating rink. He served in the 79th Cross of Lorraine Division and participated in the invasion of Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge, and throughout France, Belgium, and Germany as a truck driver with Battery "B" 312th Field Artillery Battery. After the war, he attended Machinists Trade School. After school Ray and Gwen moved to Wichita, Kan. and worked for Murdock Machine and Engineering and Cessna Aircraft from which Ray retired. Former member of Westside Baptist Church in Wichita, Kan., Blue Lodge and 32nd degree Mason, Past Scoutmaster of Troop 726 in Wichita, Kan., where he made 2 trips to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. He was an amateur radio operator with the call sign W.B.O.Q.N.U. Extra Class since 1967, and was a member of the Lincoln Amateur Radio Club, A.R.R.L. and Wichita Amateur Radio Club. Other memberships included American Legion Post 401, Moose Lodge and V.F.W. # 3115. Ray and Gwendolyn were past Prince and Princess, and King and Queen of the Kansas Chapter of the Polka Lovers Club of America and danced all over the United States. They were also members of the Midwestern Polka Club. They moved to Lincoln, Neb. in July 2006 and resided at Legacy Terrace. Illness forced Ray to move to Waverly Care Center in January 2007 until April 2008. Survivors: wife, Gwendolyn of Lincoln; son and daughter-in-law, Warren Ashey and his wife Peggy of Raymond, Neb.; daughter, Deborah Zenisek of Eagan, Minn.; 3 grandchildren, Austin Ashey, Jimmy Zenisek, and Paul Zenisick; 2 great grandchildren, Isabella Rose Ashey and Charlotte Mildred Ashey; brother and sister-in-law, Gerald and Jean Ashey of Leominster, Mass.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Janey and Paul Blanchette of Bennington, N.H., and Evelyn and Lauren "Batesy" Bates of Del Ray Beach, Fla.; sisters, Ada Minkkinen of Pepperell, Mass. and Phyllis Mitchell of Coeur D' Alene, Idaho; nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents George and Elizabeth Ashey; 5 brothers, Johnny, Robert, James, Wilfred, and Patrick Ashey; a sister, Gloria, and 2 children in infancy.
Mount Hermon Cemetery, Paradise, Russell, Kansas, USA
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