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Re: April (2017)
« Reply #22 on: April 18, 2017, 11:41:38 AM »
April 18, 1909 Joan of Arc Beatified



We all know at least some of the story of Joan of Arc.  After being burned at the stake, and her corpse burned two more times with the ashes being thrown in the Seine, she was retried.  A posthumous retrial opened after the war ended. Pope Callixtus III authorized this proceeding, also known as the "nullification trial", at the request of Inquisitor-General Jean Bréhal and Joan's mother Isabelle Romée. The aim of the trial was to investigate whether the trial of condemnation and its verdict had been handled justly and according to canon law. Investigations started with an inquest by Guillaume Bouillé, a theologian and former rector of the University of Paris (Sorbonne). Bréhal conducted an investigation in 1452. A formal appeal followed in November 1455. The appellate process involved clergy from throughout Europe and observed standard court procedure. A panel of theologians analyzed testimony from 115 witnesses. Bréhal drew up his final summary in June 1456, which describes Joan as a martyr and implicated the late Pierre Cauchon with heresy for having convicted an innocent woman in pursuit of a secular vendetta. The technical reason for her execution had been a Biblical clothing law. The nullification trial reversed the conviction in part because the condemnation proceeding had failed to consider the doctrinal exceptions to that stricture. The appellate court declared her innocent on 7 July 1456.

Joan of Arc became a symbol of the Catholic League during the 16th century. When Félix Dupanloup was made bishop of Orléans in 1849, he pronounced a fervid panegyric on Joan of Arc, which attracted attention in England as well as France and he led the efforts which culminated in Joan of Arc's beatification in 1909. Pope Benedict XV canonized Joan on 16 May 1920. As Saint Joan of Arc, she has become one of the most popular saints of the Roman Catholic Church.

I've already listed Zio's model of Joan of Arc, so here is a little known gem.  From Gallica site, there is an epinal of her birthplace.  You can find this vintage model here: 

Pellerin also did a paper doll


And Zio's is at https://web.archive.org/web/20120113004846/http://www.zioprudenzio.it:80/jeanne.pdf

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Re: April (2017)
« Reply #23 on: April 19, 2017, 12:22:18 PM »
April 19, 1946 Tim Curry Born



April 19 has been a bad date since I started this, so I'm scraping to get something for today.

So, today, it's Tim Curry.  Among his credits are Alice [2009], The Secret of Moonacre, Wolf Girl, Addams Family Reunion, Doom Runners, Lexx, Congo, Earth 2, The Shadow, It, The Worst Witch, Legend, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

The way so many folks do models of movie baddies, I had hoped to find the Lord of Darkness from Legend, but no.

All we have for today is a Pantin of Dr. Frank-n-further

Pantins are articulated figures, sometimes called Jumping Jacks, sometimes used as marionettes in paper theaters.  Lately I've been using some of them to try making paper figures for gaming.  Here is the one for Mr. Curry

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Re: April (2017)
« Reply #24 on: April 20, 2017, 12:54:38 PM »
April 20, 1949 Jessica Phyllis Lange Born



Amazing, another day that I never had a post.  I'm seriously trying not to have ANY gaps this year.

King Kong was her first film gig.  Not bad.

For the model, let's do the Empire State Building, http://www.papertoys.com/empire-building.htm.

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Re: April (2017)
« Reply #25 on: April 21, 2017, 12:57:09 PM »
April 21, 1918 Red Baron Shot Down



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21 April 1918: Rittmeister Manfred Albrecht Freiher von Richthofen, “The Red Baron”, was killed in combat at Morlancourt Ridge, near Vaux-sur-Somme, France. He was just 25 years old.

A cavalry officer turned airplane pilot, Baron von Richthofen is considered to be the leading fighter ace of World War I, with 80 officially credited aerial victories. In January 1917, he had his airplane, an Albatross D.III, painted bright red. It was in this airplane that he scored most of his victories, and earned his nickname.

Flying his Fokker DR.I Dreidecker (tri-plane), serial number 425/17, von Richthofen was in pursuit of a Sopwith Camel flown by Lieutenant Wilfred May, RAF, when he was attacked by a second Sopwith Camel piloted by Captain Arthur Roy Brown. The Red Baron was wounded in the chest and made a landing near Vaux-sur-Somme, France. He was still alive when he was reached by Australian infantry, but died almost immediately. He was buried with full military honors by No. 3 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps.
...ThisDayinAviation



Many models are available, but you can get one from ecardmodels.com at https://www.ecardmodels.com/index.php/1-50-fokker-dr1-3-dreidecker-paper-model.html

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Re: April (2017)
« Reply #26 on: April 22, 2017, 08:42:44 AM »
April 22, 1978 World Television Debut of The Blues Brothers



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It was Marshall Checker, of the legendary Checker brothers, who first discovered them in the gritty blues clubs of Chicago's South Side in 1969 and handed them their big break nine years later with an introduction to music-industry heavyweight and host of television's Rock Concert, Don Kirshner. Actually, none of that is true, but it's the story that Saturday Night Live's Paul Shaffer told on April 22, 1978 as he announced the worldwide television debut of that night's musical guest, the Blues Brothers—the not-quite-real, not-quite-fake musical creation of SNL cast members Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi.

The characters and the band that Belushi and Aykroyd unveiled that night took more than two years to evolve. The first incarnation came during SNL's first season, in a January 17, 1976, appearance singing "I'm a King Bee" as "Howard Shore and his All-Bee Band." There were no dark suits, skinny ties or Ray-Bans at that point, but the appearance did feature Aykroyd on the harmonica and Belushi on vocals belting out a blues classic very much in the style of the future Elwood and "Joliet" Jake Blues, albeit while wearing bee costumes. The Blues Brothers' look—and much of their repertoire—would come together after Belushi's trip to Eugene, Oregon, during the hiatus between SNL seasons two and three to film Animal House. It was there that Belushi, a committed rock-and-roll fan, met a 25-year-old bluesman named Curtis Salgado, future harmonica player for Robert Cray, frontman for Roomful of Blues and a major figure on the burgeoning Pacific Northwest blues scene of the 1970s. Belushi became a regular visitor to the Eugene Hotel to catch Salgado's act during the filming of Animal House, and it was from that act and from Salgado himself that he picked up a passion for the blues as well as the inspiration for the Blues Brothers' sound and look .

Back in New York for the third season of SNL, Belushi and Aykroyd honed their concept for the Blues Brothers Band and recruited an incredible roster of backing instrumentalists drawn from among the finest blues and R&B session musicians in the country. Even if their debut performance on this night in 1978 hadn't been a huge hit, the band was far too good to break up after a single gig. Indeed, the closing portion of Paul Shaffer's introduction that night—"Today they are no longer an authentic blues act, but have managed to become a viable commercial product"—ended up being borne out in real life, with the Blues Brothers earning three top-40 hits ("Soul Man," "Rubber Biscuit" and "Gimme Some Lovin'"), a #1 pop album (Briefcase Full of Blues) and a piece of screen immortality via their 1980 film, The Blues Brothers.
...History.com

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Re: April (2017)
« Reply #27 on: April 23, 2017, 01:41:41 PM »
April 23, 1564 Shakespeare Born
April 23, 1616 Shakespeare Dies




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According to tradition, the great English dramatist and poet William Shakespeare is born in Stratford-on-Avon on April 23, 1564. It is impossible to be certain the exact day on which he was born, but church records show that he was baptized on April 26, and three days was a customary amount of time to wait before baptizing a newborn. Shakespeare’s date of death is conclusively known, however: it was April 23, 1616. He was 52 years old and had retired to Stratford three years before.

Although few plays have been performed or analyzed as extensively as the 38 plays ascribed to William Shakespeare, there are few surviving details about the playwright’s life. This dearth of biographical information is due primarily to his station in life; he was not a noble, but the son of John Shakespeare, a leather trader and the town bailiff. The events of William Shakespeare’s early life can only be gleaned from official records, such as baptism and marriage records.

He probably attended the grammar school in Stratford, where he would have studied Latin and read classical literature. He did not go to university but at age 18 married Anne Hathaway, who was eight years his senior and pregnant at the time of the marriage. Their first daughter, Susanna, was born six months later, and in 1585 William and Anne had twins, Hamnet and Judith. Hamnet, Shakespeare’s only son, died 11 years later, and Anne Shakespeare outlived her husband, dying in 1623. Nothing is known of the period between the birth of the twins and Shakespeare’s emergence as a playwright in London in the early 1590s, but unfounded stories have him stealing deer, joining a group of traveling players, becoming a schoolteacher, or serving as a soldier in the Low Countries.

The first reference to Shakespeare as a London playwright came in 1592, when a fellow dramatist, Robert Greene, wrote derogatorily of him on his deathbed. It is believed that Shakespeare had written the three parts of Henry VI by that point. In 1593, Venus and Adonis was Shakespeare’s first published poem, and he dedicated it to the young Henry Wriothesley, the 3rd earl of Southampton. In 1594, having probably composed, among other plays, Richard III, The Comedy of Errors, and The Taming of the Shrew, he became an actor and playwright for the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, which became the King’s Men after James I’s ascension in 1603. The company grew into England’s finest, in no small part because of Shakespeare, who was its principal dramatist. It also had the finest actor of the day, Richard Burbage, and the best theater, the Globe, which was located on the Thames’ south bank. Shakespeare stayed with the King’s Men until his retirement and often acted in small parts.

By 1596, the company had performed the classic Shakespeare plays Romeo and Juliet, Richard II, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. That year, John Shakespeare was granted a coat of arms, a testament to his son’s growing wealth and fame. In 1597, William Shakespeare bought a large house in Stratford. In 1599, after producing his great historical series, the first and second part of Henry IV and Henry V, he became a partner in the ownership of the Globe Theatre.

The beginning of the 17th century saw the performance of the first of his great tragedies, Hamlet. The next play, The Merry Wives of Windsor, was written at the request of Queen Elizabeth I, who wanted to see another play that included the popular character Falstaff. During the next decade, Shakespeare produced such masterpieces as Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, and The Tempest. In 1609, his sonnets, probably written during the 1590s, were published. The 154 sonnets are marked by the recurring themes of the mutability of beauty and the transcendent power of love and art.

Shakespeare died in Stratford-on-Avon on April 23, 1616. Today, nearly 400 years later, his plays are performed and read more often and in more nations than ever before. In a million words written over 20 years, he captured the full range of human emotions and conflicts with a precision that remains sharp today. As his great contemporary the poet and dramatist Ben Jonson said, “He was not of an age, but for all time.”
...History.com

FG has Shakespeare's birthplace at http://www.fiddlersgreen.net/models/Buildings/shakespr.html and Anne Hathaway's cottage at http://www.fiddlersgreen.net/models/buildings/hathawy.html

You can get a simple Globe Theater at http://www.papertoys.com/globe.htm

I really like the all white model of the birthplace at http://www.didwallpaper.com/gal/ad_0304.html

Courtesy of Kellogg's Cornflakes, you can make Shakespeare's head, http://cerealoffers.com/Kelloggs/Cornflakes/1960s/Heads_of_Fame/heads_of_fame.html
(appropriate, since they have discovered that his skull is likely missing from his tomb)

Amazing!  All the links from last year still work.  Okay, yes, I am a fan of Shakespeare, though I can't recite anything.  The only thing that immediately comes to mind is
'Do you bite your thumb at me?
'If I say 'yea', is the law for me or against me?
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'Then Nay, I do not bite my thumb at thee, but I do bite my thumb'

Frank James, Jesse's brother, could probably have done that whole bit.  I've been reading about how he used to annoy folks by throwing in obscure literary quotes.  His love of literature did help him later in life.  He would read weekly with the daughter of one of the Ralstons (yes, like Ralston Purina), and ended up marrying her.

Another piece of barely-related trivia, is that James Butler 'Wild Bill' Hickok's ancestors were neighbors and friends of the Shakespeares.

Last piece of trivia for the day.  Shakespeare's nephew was part of the Gunpowder Plot
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Re: April (2017)
« Reply #28 on: April 24, 2017, 12:15:49 PM »
April 24, 1990 Hubble Launched



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Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-31) lifted off from Launch Complex 39B at the Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral Florida, on a mission to place the Hubble Space Telescope in Earth Orbit.

The STS-31 flight crew were Loren J. Shriver, Commander; Charles F. Bolden, Jr., Pilot; Steven A. Hawley, Mission Specialist; Kathryn D. Sullivan, Mission Specialist; Bruce McCandless II, Mission Specialist.
... This Day in Aviation

You can find the Hubble model at http://hubblesite.org/the_telescope/hand-held_hubble/paper-intermediate.php

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Re: April (2017)
« Reply #29 on: April 25, 2017, 01:27:36 PM »
April 25, 1928 Buddy Becomes First Seeing Eye Dog



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In 1927 The Saturday Evening Post ran an article by Dorothy Harrison Eustis, an American dog breeder living in Switzerland who was training German shepherds to work as police dogs. Though Eustis had been asked to write about her own program, she instead wrote about a guide dog program in Potsdam, Germany where the dogs were being trained to be the eyes for German World War I veterans who had lost their sight because of mustard gas.

Frank’s father read the article to him, and Frank, who was 19 at the time, wrote to the article’s author begging her to train a dog to help him. Eustis took on the challenge. She invited Frank to come to Switzerland and since she was new at the process, began working with two dogs so they would have a choice of which dog was going to work out better. Both dogs were female, and the one that proved most suitable was named Kiss. Frank quickly renamed her as he felt a 20-year-old fellow should not own a dog named Kiss.

Coming Home
 In 1928 Frank returned to the United States, disembarking from a ship in New York City. Buddy proved adept at guiding him through a throng of reporters and, on a dare from one of the newspapermen, Frank instructed Buddy to take him across West Street, which was filled with taxi cabs and trucks. Frank worried that he was expecting Buddy to handle more chaos than he had faced in training, but they made it.

 Later that day, Frank sent a one-word telegram to Eustis: “Success.” And that was the beginning of Frank’s campaign “to get Buddy accepted all over America with no more fuss than if she were a cane.”

In 1936, Morris Frank sat down with The New York Times for an interview about his work on behalf of the visually impaired. At that point, 250 dogs were helping owners in the U.S. and Frank had logged 50,000 miles by foot, train, subway, bus, and boat to meet with people and demonstrate the life-changing aspect of having a guide dog.
... America Comes Alive

This really hit me as 'timely', since only one model of a German Shepherd is out there (other than the fold-over Canon papercraft).

Raspera is back to pay-to-access side, but you can now get the Raspera shepherd at http://www.raspera.com/english.html
$5.00 is pretty cheap for all those models

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« Reply #30 on: April 26, 2017, 12:57:10 PM »
April 26, Luftwaffe Destroys Basque Town of Guernica



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The bombing of Guernica (26 April 1937) was an aerial attack on the Basque town of Guernica, causing widespread destruction and civilian deaths during the Spanish Civil War. The raid by planes of the German Luftwaffe "Condor Legion" and the Italian Fascist Aviazione Legionaria was called Operation Rügen.

The bombing is considered one of the first raids in the history of modern military aviation on a defenseless civilian population.

To meet their objectives, two Heinkel He 111s, one Dornier Do 17, eighteen Ju 52 Behelfsbomber, and three Italian SM.79s (Corpo Truppe Volontarie) were assigned for the mission. These were armed with medium high explosive bombs (250 kg), light explosive bombs (50 kg) and incendiaries (1 kg).[22] The ordnance load for the twenty four bombers was twenty-two tons in total. A follow up to the bombing raid was also planned for the next day involving Messerschmitt Bf 109 raids in the area. The order was noted on 26 April by Richthofen as:


Starting at once: A/88 and J/88 for free fighter bomber mission on the streets near Marquina-Guernica-Guerriciaz. K/88 (after Returning from Guerriciaz), VB/88 and Italians for the streets and the bridge (including suburb) east of Guernica. There we have to close the traffic, if we finally want a decision against personal and material of the enemy. Vigon agrees to move his troops for blocking all streets south of Guernica. If this succeeds, we will have trapped the enemy around Marquina.
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Since I learned of the passing of Fabrizio Prudenziati on this date a few years back, I think his SM.79's are appropriate.  https://web.archive.org/web/20130807073054/http://www.zioprudenzio.it/Fka_s79.html
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Re: April (2017)
« Reply #31 on: April 27, 2017, 01:09:38 PM »
April 27, 1986 Jenna Coleman Born



Okay, I am turning into a Doctor Who fan.  Asylum of the Daleks was the first appearance of an incarnation of the Impossible Girl, so that is what I am going to focus on, and post a link to one of the easiest Daleks out there, http://davesdesigns.ca/cutandfold/html/specialz.html

Will she ever successfully bake a soufflé?  Maybe as Queen Victoria ...

And don't forget Dave's Tardis on the same link
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Re: April (2017)
« Reply #32 on: April 28, 2017, 12:27:36 PM »
April 28, 1916 Ferruccio Lamborghini Born



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On April 28, 1916, Ferruccio Lamborghini, the founder of the company that bears his name and is known for stylish, high-performance cars, is born in Italy.

After World War II, Lamborghini founded a business making tractors from reconfigured surplus military machines, near Bologna, Italy. He later expanded into other ventures, including manufacturing air-conditioning and heating systems, and grew rich. Lamborghini’s success enabled him to purchase a variety of luxury sports cars, including a Ferrari, considered one of the top cars of the time. After experiencing mechanical difficulties with his Ferrari, Lamborghini decided to start his own rival sports car company, even hiring a former top Ferrari engineer. Automobili Lamborghini was officially established in 1963 in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy, and the same year debuted its first car, the Lamborghini 350 GTV, a two-seater coupe with a V12 engine.

The company’s logo featured a bull, a reference to Ferruccio Lamborghini’s zodiac sign, Taurus the bull. Various Lamborghini models had names related to bulls or bullfighting, including the Miura (named for Don Eduardo Miura, a breeder of fighting bulls), a mid-engine sports car that was released in mid-1960s and gained Lamborghini an international following among car enthusiasts and a reputation for prestige and cutting-edge design.

In the early 1970s, Lamborghini’s tractor business experienced problems and he eventually sold his interest in his sports car business and retired to his vineyard. Automobili Lamborghini changed hands several times and in the late 1990s was purchased by German automaker Volkswagen. The company continued to build high-performance cars, including the Murcielago (capable of 250 mph) and the Gallardo. Ferruccio Lamborghini died on February 20, 1993, at the age of 76.
... History.com

Well, I wish there was a 350 GTV model, so we'll do this one:  http://www.tamasoft.co.jp/pepakura/gallery/gallerydetails.php?id=668

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