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Awakenings: Nothing's gonna change my world. . .

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This Day in History: December 12, 1969

What could be more apropo than a step back in time to an era unsurpassed to this day. . .
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Think about "Across the Universe"  - a song recorded by The Beatles.

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Awakenings: Say it for America

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"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word:

freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."

—Winston Churchill (1874–1965)

 
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Poetry, quotation ... America as she could be and ought to be.

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Awakenings: "The Inimitable"

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This Day in History: December 17, 1843

Have you ever heard of, or a better choice of words 'read', the Pickwick Papers? Um-m-m-m? What about David Copperfield (1850), Great Expectations (1861), or A Tale of Two Cities (1859)? Have your children been exposed to such great epic writings? If not, then, please by all means turn off the television, take away the cellphone, pack up the iPod and begin an introduction to Charles Dickens. There is no time better than the present to not only read the classic story A Christmas Carol but also learn about the author who is considered a literary genius.
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It's cold outside so grab a cup of hot cocoa, turn off the TV and cellphone, curl up in front of the fireplace, heater, or under a warm blanket, settle in with a good book and let the author take over from there! Today's book of choice: "The Inimitable" author, Charles Dickens and the classic A Christmas Carol.

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Awakenings: Sweet & Syrupy

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Who would have ever thought sap from the maple tree would become a hit of the breakfast table! Was it the Native Americans who first harvested and boiled the sap into a thick syrup or do we thank the French explorers and missionaries? Regardless who was first, by the 1700s, both Native Americans and European setters alike were using iron and copper kettles to make syrup and sugar.

December 17 is...
Maple Syrup Day
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Maple syrup is strictly North American. New York, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Vermont stake claim to the maple tree as their State Tree. Vermont leads the United States in total maple production, pumping out 1,320,000 gallons of maple syrup in 2013.

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Awakenings: Not Your Ordinary Tea Party!

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This Day in History: December 16, 1773

Throughout American history is story after story, event after event, that helped shape our nation. Many defining moments are embedded, so engrained, that they make us who we are in a land of innumerable freedoms. It must always be remembered that those freedoms came at a high price...a price of sacrifice.
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The Year - 1773

The Place - Boston, Massachusetts

The Event - Boston Tea Party

 

America's FIGHT for FREEDOM!
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Awakenings: Motown Renaissance Man

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Today in Music History: December 14, 1968

A traditional and long-established style of music is that which is categorized as 'soul'. Soul music originated in the United States in the 50s combining elements of African-American gospel music, rhythm and blues, and often jazz. This genre of music enveloped an R&B sound that transitioned through the 60s on into the 70s. As one of Motown's renaissance men, the spotlight today shines on one who could do it all from songwriting to producing to session man. Most important he possessed a classic R&B voice that had a gritty edge yet had sweetness to it.

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Marvin Gaye:60s & 70s soul singer-songwriter with Motown who produced his own records and often addressed controversial themes...Marvin Gaye created beautiful art from a troubled life. At the end of his career, he admitted he no longer made music for pleasure; instead, he said, "I record so that I can feed people what they need, what they feel. Hopefully, I record so that I can help someone overcome a bad time."

 

 

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Awakenings: Rocking Through the Decades

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Today in Music History: December 13

 

Classic rock, R&B, smooth jazz, gospel, and country dominated the music scene through the decades from the 50s to the 90s. Even soundtracks from movies and television shows hit the charts, children and adult. Throughout the decades, musical styles have reflected the society of the time and have evolved as the world has changed. Advancements in technology have impacted the music industry from not only the perspective of the recording artist but the listener as well.

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Step back in time, reflect upon the hits of each decade and enjoy the memories!

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Awakenings: King of Motown

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Today in Music History: December 12, 1970

From Tamla to Motown...Names such as Barrett Strong, The Marvalettes, Mary Wells, Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Jackson Five, Supremes, Diana Ross, The Temptations are all connected with Motown Records. One extraordinary musician is synonymous with Motown...in fact, he is second only to Berry Gordy in the founding of Motown and served as the company's vice-president for over 25 years. As a singer, prolific songwriter and record producer, he is credited with 4,000 songs.

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Smokey Robinson: Known as the "King of Motown," Smokey Robinson founded the R&B group The Miracles, which delivered 37 Top 40 hits for Motown Records.

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Awakenings: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

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December 12 is...Poinsettia Day

 

Christmas time is filled with holiday lights, ornamented trees, lawn and door decorations along with the aroma of spices, peppermints and conifers tied to the anticipation and enjoyment of the season. In Addition, there is one definitive flower that says Christmas in all its glory. No holiday decor would seem complete without the pretty poinsettias.

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How did the poinsettia get its name?, A Mexican Christmas & Poinsettia Legend, A Poinsettia Myth Busted...

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Awakenings: Queen of Pop

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Today in Music History: December 11

Many recording artists begin their career as members of family groups. Then, there are family members who did not perform with the group but achieved solo success in later years.

Welcome into the spotlight...Janet Jackson

 

A prominent figure in pop culture for 25 years, Janet Jackson, the youngest child of the Jackson family, began her career at 10 years old with the variety television series The Jacksons in 1976. Her appearance on television shows continued through the 70s and 80s, including Good Times and Fame. In 1982, Jackson signed a recording contract with A&M becoming a pop icon following the release of her third studio album Control (1986). Having sold over 140 million records, she is ranked as one of the best-selling artists in the history of contemporary music.

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In November 2014, Jackson was voted 'Queen of Pop' by a poll conducted online by VH1.com. One of the world's most awarded artists, her longevity, records and achievements reflect her influence in shaping and redefining the scope of popular music. She has been cited as an inspiration among numerous performers.

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Awakenings: Indiana: Sights Met with Wonder

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This Day in History: December 11, 1816

Indiana, The Hoosier State

 

Christened in 1800, "Indiana" means Land of the Indians or Land of Indians, named so for the Indian tribes that lived there when white settlers arrived. Various American Indian tribes are a significant part of Indiana history, including the Miamis, Chippewa, Delawares, Erie, Shawnee, Iroquois, Kickapoo, Potawatomies, Mahican, Nanticoke, Huron, and Mohegan. To honor the people to whom the land originally belonged and from whom it had been obtained, it was Indiana, land of the Indians. Indiana was admitted to the United States as the 19th U.S. state on December 11, 1816.

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The Hoosier State may boast a rich basketball and motorsports tradition, but it also offers the non-sports fan a surprising number of sightseeing opportunities. From the Indiana World War Memorial to the Madison Historic District, to the Angel Mounts scattered throughout the southwestern corner of the state, there are many sites you don't want to miss.

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Awakenings: Ale, Beer or Lager...today it's the latter!

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December 10 is...
National Lager Day

 

Americans love their food and their beer! It is estimated that more than 99 million Americans regularly drink beer. Drinking-age Americans consuming a minimum of one beer a day makes beer America's top choice alcoholic drink over wine and hard liquor. Understand that is a estimate of those who are of 'drinking age'! That makes beer as American as apple pie! The U. S. brewing industry is a dynamic part of our national economy, contributing billions of dollars in wages and taxes.

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If you are not a beer drinker, there are some great recipes for cooking with beer! Just remember for today be sure to choose a lager!
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Awakenings: Queen of 70s Pop

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Today in Music History: December 9, 1972

The women of the 70s rocked country, pop, soft rock, hard rock, disco, and early punk all at once. Before there was a King of Pop, there was a female singer who was being called the Queen of 70s Pop thanks to her string of 15 Billboard top 40 songs and three chart toppers reaching No.1. This rich-voiced, auburn-haired Australia native was ubiquitous that decade: on radio, on television and in the movies.

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Helen Reddy: Australian pop singer and actor who was the first Australian-born performer to have a No.1 single in the Us and win a Grammy Award, and host her own variety show on United States television

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Awakenings: The Best Cover Up

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What is good over, under, around and even sometimes right through the middle of a dessert? It can be used as a base, a covering, a pocket for a cream, jam or fruit filling. Thin pieces covered with cinnamon can be baked into crispy strips. It can be the dessert itself! It might be a cake, quiche, doughnut, croissant, cruller, Danish, eclair, tart, tartlet, pie.

December 9 is...
National Pastry Day
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Baked Eggs, Feta and Prosciutto, Chicken Pot Pie with Puff Pastry, Greek Puff Pastry Appetizer with Kalamata Olives, Pork Tenderloin in Puff Pastry, Baked Apple Shortbread - Featured Recipes

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Awakenings: The Lion May Sleep but it Still Roars!

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Today in Music History: December 18, 1961

There are songs we hear which we like but do not necessarily purchase a copy or load it onto our personal iPods. Then, there are songs we really like and add them immediately to our playlist. Upon occasion is the song (or songs) we simply never tire of no matter how many times it is played on the radio, in a TV program or even as a movie theme song. It is the latter that is the case for the song in today's music history, which is probably just as popular today as when first recorded over 50 years ago!

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The Tokens:

A group of Brooklyn boys hit it big-g-g-g-g time in the 60s when they recorded what is known today as the most recognizable song on the planet!

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Awakenings: Extreme Glam Rock Fashion

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This Day in Music History: December 17, 1973

With less than a week remaining until Christmas, having the spotlight on a Christmas song is perfect timing. There are numerous songs around the country that are always in the air without question. Different songs in different countries make the charts with some being chart toppers year after year.

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Slade: the most successful British group of the 70s based on sales of singles

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Awakenings: First in Flight

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This Day in History: December 17, 1903

In the 21st century, travel by air is commonplace, maybe annoying, untimely and aggravating all too often, but available on short or long notice if willing to pay the price. Of course, today's flights travel at super speeds so a destination can be reached in a manner of hours, rather than months as experienced by wagon train. For more than two thousand years man has been fascinated with flight. It began with the earliest kites, then, reconnaissance balloons on to dreams of man being able to fly as depicted in sketches by Leonardo da Vinci. Unmanned flight and hang gliders date as far back as the 1800s but the first successful manned, powered flight is credited to the Wright Brothers on December 17, 1903.

December 17...
Wright Brothers Day
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The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were born four years apart and grew up in a small town in Ohio. Both were intellectually curious with a natural aptitude for science. Man-in-flight was already being investigated which appealed wholeheartedly to the brothers' curious nature. They began experimentation in 1896 at their bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio. Kitty Hawk, North Carolina was selected as the proving ground because of the constant wind that added lift to their newly designed craft. 
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Awakenings: Melt, Dip or Drizzle!

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It is well known that chocolate goes with just about everything. If you are unsure or have some kind of questionable combination, then go ahead and give it a try. You can always scrape off & eat the chocolate! *smile*

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”
- Charles M. Schulz

December 16 is...

National Chocolate-Covered ANYTHING Day!
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Make anything ho-hum into something yum-yum! Just clothe it in chocolate...strawberries, bananas, pretzels, wafers, potato chips, peanuts, even bacon (Hey! Bacon Me Crazy!) While there just might be something that is not enhanced by chocolate, the point of this day is not to find out what won't go with chocolate but to explore and discover new ways to dress up anything with chocolate.


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Awakenings: Alabama: Echoes from the Heart of Dixie

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This Day in History: December 14, 1819

Alabama, The Yellowhammer State; The Heart of Dixie; The Cotton State

Alabama State Motto: "We dare maintain our rights" (Audemus jura nostra defendere)

 

Buckle up and "Roll Tide" as we journey over vast cotton fields, endless waters, storied football stadiums, and historical landmarks that collectively tell the tale of Sweet Home Alabama. Discover its rich history as we reveal the astronomical discoveries that helped us reach the moon and the civil rights victories that forged a path to equality for millions. The story of the Cotton State has as many dramatic turns as the tracks of the Talladega Superspeedway.

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Alabama joined the union as the 22nd state on December 14, 1819. During the first half of the 19th century, cotton and slave labor were central to Alabama’s economy. In the mid-20th century, Alabama was at the center of the American Civil Rights Movement. The capital of Alabama is Montgomery, which was the capital of the Confederacy during the civil war.

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Awakenings: Gingerbread & Giggles

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Along with holiday baking comes a lot of fun, fun, fun! Old family traditional recipes handed down from generation to generation, new recipes from the latest and greatest holiday cookbooks and magazines, as well as family members pitching in with their own personal creative ideas add to the festiveness of the holiday season. For this day's celebration the theme is still gingerbread. This time let's add some giggles by continuing with the gingerbread house decorating and adding a few guests to the holiday sugar shacks!

December 13 is...
Gingerbread Decorating Day
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Along with the gingerbread house must be inhabitants...a colorful little gingerbread family! Most gingerbread men share the same roughly humanoid shape, with stubby feet and no fingers. Many gingerbread men have a face, though whether the features are indentations within the face itself or other candies stuck on with icing or chocolate varies from recipe to recipe. Other decorations are common; hair, shirt cuffs, and shoes are sometimes applied, but by far the most popular decoration are shirt buttons, which are traditionally represented by gum drops, icing, or raisins.

 
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Awakenings: Holiday Sugar Shack

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December 12 is...Gingerbread House Day

 

Christmas time is family time with some of the most enjoyable moments being in the kitchen. Children and adults enjoy eating all the festive goodies but participating in the preparation of those wonderful Christmas treats is even better! Just think of all the taste-testing...the cake batter, the cookie dough, the sprinkles, the candy!

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Take the time now to plan your 'holiday sugar shack'. The plans alone take time, then, comes the recipe and purchase of the ingredients. Gather the family together tonight with dinner table conversation being discussion of what to include in your sugar shack!

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Awakenings: Pennsylvania: Freedom Rings

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This Day in History: December 12, 1787

Pennsylvania, The Keystone State, The Quaker State 

 

Pennsylvania is one of the thirteen original colonies. The Dutch and the English claimed both sides of the Delaware River as part of their colonial lands in America. The Dutch were the first to take possession, which had an impact on the history of Pennsylvania. The Founding Fathers of the United States convened in Philadelphia, were responsible for drawing up the Declaration of Independence and later the Articles of Confederation that formed 13 independent colonies into a new nation. Pennsylvania became the 2nd state to ratify the U.S. Constitution on December 12, 1787, five days after Delaware became the first. Philadelphia served as the nation's capitol for ten years while Federal City (now Washington, D.C.) was under construction. The state capital is Harrisburg

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The Keystone State embodies large cities and small towns, where tradition thrives, Nittany Lions roar, and freedom rings. It's where the first football game was played and the bloodiest Civil War battle was fought. Where American Independence began and America's westward expansion commenced. Whether you prefer cheese steak or chocolate, Andy Warhol or Rocky Balboa, Pennsylvania has something for everyone!

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Awakenings: A Bird's Eye View

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December 11 is...International Mountain Day

 

The mountains...from majestic peaks to rich, fertile valleys, breathtaking sights and sounds prevail. The beauty and diversity of mountainous regions are awe-inspiring. It is most difficult to envision earth without mountains, especially since they cover about 20-25% of the earth's surface (percentage is dependent upon source). They are found on every continent and even rise up from the ocean floor some never peaking above the water's surface.

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International Mountain Day is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance and value of mountains from an ecological and economical perspective. We all share vital natural resources...air, oceans and rivers, mountains and forests which function together forming the basis of a rich network of ecosystems.

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Awakenings: King of Soul

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This Day in Music History: December 10, 1967

Soul music originated in the United States in the 50s combining elements of African-American gospel music, rhythm and blues, and often jazz. This genre of music enveloped an R&B sound that transitioned through the 60s on into the 70s. Awakenings has spotlighted the Sultan of Smooth Soul, The Sound of Soul, the Godfather of Soul and Queen of Psychedelic Soul.

The gospel revival and doo-wop merged into the great season of soul. These were the times when gospel music was turned into a secular form of art.

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  Otis Ray Redding, Jr.

 (September 9, 1941 – December 10, 1967)


Known as the voice of soul music, King of Soul, Otis Redding died in a plane crash at 26 years old on this day in music history.

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Awakenings: Mississippi: Where History Runs Deep

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Mississippi: Where History Runs Deep

This Day in History: December 10, 1817

Mississippi, The Magnolia State, The Bayou State, The Eagle State

In Mississippi, culture and history run as deep as its mighty river. Soar over landmarks where Civil Rights movements were waged, Civil War battles were lost and the Blues were born. The Magnolia State is also a land of seductive landscapes and endless creativity, giving us literary geniuses such as William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams, plus musical legends Muddy Waters and Elvis. Take flight on this journey over a land of hospitality, beauty and complexity.

 

On December 10, 1817, Mississippi was the 20th state admitted to the Union.

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Mississippi is the Birthplace of American Music - whether it is Charley Patton and Son House's interpretations of the Delta Blues, Elvis Presley and Rock 'n' Roll from Tupelo or Jimmie Rodgers the Father of Country Music from Meridian - America's musical tradition was born and refined in the culture and struggles of Mississippi.

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Awakenings: e-Mu

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In today's technological age, one will encounter e-M, e-P, e-G, e-B, e-A, e-K, e-L and of course e-T. ET? Oh, my! We are all in the clutches of aliens with powers to weave in and out the microfibers of cyberspace absorbing our thoughts and passing them from e-This to e-That. Whew! The 'T' is Twitter. No aliens here...today. The 'e' about to be celebrated is the e-Mu. No! No! Not the bird...the only little birdie so far in the e-world goes Tweet, Tweet, Tweet.

December 9 is...
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Techno is a form of electronic dance music (for purposes here, aka e-mu) that emerged in Detroit, Michigan, in the United States during the late 1980s. The first recorded use of the word techno in reference to a specific genre of music was around the same time. There are now many styles of techno that exist, but Detroit techno is still seen as the foundation of the genre.
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Awakenings: After Pearl Harbor Rare Photos

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This Day in History: December 8, 1941

In the aftermath of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor which lasted less than two hours on December 7, 1941, the early morning assault took an incredible toll: four battleships sunk, 188 aircraft destroyed, 2,403 Americans killed. For its part, Japan lost 64 men and 29 planes.

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After Pearl Harbor Rare Photos from the American Home Front
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The rarity stems from most of the photos not being published in LIFE Magazine. Be sure to watch in full screen.

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