Held hitless from Tim Hudson’s fourth-inning single until the 10th, San Francisco put the first two on to set up Gregor Blanco’s sacrifice bunt.
Clear skies over Yellowstone National Park’s Mammoth Hot Springs provided great views of this morning’s blood moon.
Today marks the 143rd anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, where over 3.3 square miles of the city burned, leaving more than 300 people dead and over 100,000 people homeless.
Despite being, at the time, one of the worst natural distasters in US history, the will and spirit of the people of Chicago prevailed. By some accounts, ships bearing lumber to rebuild the city were already entering the mouth of the river as the embers were still smoldering three days later.
The first image shows the city before the fire and the second shows the conflagration spread from 157 DeKoven St, north to North Ave.
The third photo is a very detailed image of what we now call the Loop, taken from Franklin between Lake and Randolph, looking east, in the days after the fire. Note that rebuilding had already begun.
Click the photo to enlarge, or to see an even higher resolution version, go to this link: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1b/Attributed_to_George_N._Barnard_-_Untitled_%28Chicago_after_the_Chicago_Fire%29_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg
The legend of Mrs. O’ Leary’s cow being the cause for the Great Chicago Fire has permeated the popular culture to the point that it is accepted as fact by most.
But did you know the real reason the fire started is because of Superman’s dog, Krypto, aka Superdog?
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Just when you think you’ve figured out Giant Claw, its mastermind Keith Rankin pulls a Yellow Wallpaper. To lift a line from Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s 1892 short story, his music will suddenly “plunge off at outrageous angles, destroy themselves in unheard of contradictions.”
Watch the video here and on All Songs TV.
On September 8th, beautiful African Lion Cubs were born at the Oregon Zoo. The healthy trio were the first offspring for their seven-year-old mother, ‘Kya’, and father, ‘Zawadi Mungu’. Now, the cubs are 4-weeks-old, adventurous, feisty…and they need names! Keepers have selected two possible names for each cub and are asking the public to vote. Voting ends 5pm, Thurs. Oct. 9th!
Learn more at Zooborns.
Photo of the Day: Eagle Eye
Photo by Erin Tucker (Apopka, Florida, USA); Daytona Beach, Florida, USA
How free is free speech?
Seven years after the Bill of Rights was ratified, guaranteeing freedom of speech, Congress passed the Sedition Act of 1798, prohibiting criticism of the Government. That same year, Congressman Matthew Lyon was convicted for criticizing President John Adams in a newspaper article. This document charged the U.S. Marshal for the District of Vermont to jail Lyon for four months and fine him $1,060.96. Lyon would win re-election to Congress from his jail cell while the Sedition act was allowed to expire two years later.
From the series: Signal Corps Photographs of American Military Activity, 1754 - 1954
NPR Music, WBGO and Jazz at Lincoln Center have joined together as partners because we want to reach as many people in and around the jazz community as we can. We know, from decades of experience, that there’s immense power in music and conversation on air — that it reaches people like nothing else can. We know, from being fans, that this music demands to be seen live, so we’ve captured visually stunning concert recordings to simulate the experience as beautifully as possible. We know that today, people expect to consume media on their own time and schedules, so we wanted to enable you to do that. We hope to reach the people who live for this music, and we hope to make it easy for the curious to get hooked.
We’ve planned what we think is a great lineup and we’re certainly still planning. We’re confident that this music speaks strongly: of lived experience, of great labor and intelligence, of life-affirming artistic creativity. With Jazz Night In America, we intend to convey that in all the ways we can.
When it comes to D.I.Y., living in a small town, it’s kind of ingrained. You’re forced to do things yourself, because otherwise they won’t happen.
— Daniel Ellis of marthadiy, the world’s best straight-edge, vegan, anarchist pop-punk band
Joshua Tree National Park has some of the most beautiful sunsets, like this one captured by Manish Mamtani. Joshua Tree is also known for its unique rock formations (perfect for climbing) and its Joshua tree forests (rumored to be the inspiration for Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax). Chief ranger Jeff Ohlfs says that Keys View, with its panoramic views of the Coachella Valley, is a must. http://bit.ly/heartjoshuatree
Photo from www.sharetheexperience.org
This letter from then-House Minority Leader Gerald Ford to President Richard Nixon lists Ford’s recommendations to fill the Vice Presidential vacancy following Spiro Agnew’s resignation on October 10, 1973. President Nixon ultimately nominated Congressman Ford to be Vice President, and less than one year later Ford would find himself serving as President following Nixon’s resignation.
Happy 130th birthday Eleanor Roosevelt!
The daughter of Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung has apparently posted a badly-timed rant on her Facebook page.