SOME ANNIVERSARIES of NOTEWORTHY EVENTS in 2019
The current edition of Investigator Magazine remembers 100 years of Tarzan movies from 1918 to 2018.
This year (2019), however, saw other 25-year, 50-year, 75-year and 100-year anniversaries of noteworthy events.
MOON LANDING — 50 years
notable is the 50-year anniversary of the first men landing on the Moon
on July 20th 1969. That event was watched on television by an estimated
one-sixth of the human race, 600 million people, and has been dubbed
mankind's greatest achievement, and the greatest scientific event of
the 20th century, and "one giant leap for mankind."
an article on Moon myths, especially myths refuted by the Moon-landing,
would be informative. If you're interested in Moon myths the websites
in the reference list below include several books worth examining.
VERSAILLES TREATY — 100 years
A100-year anniversary is the Versailles Treaty that officially ended World War One.
Germany, except for an alleged "stab in the back", have won the First
World War? The Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, and
put the blame for the World War on Germany. Afterwards, Germany's Nazis
rulers attributed the 1918 defeat to a "stab in the back" and made this
a justification for the "Holocaust" and concentration camps.
March to July 1918 the German army launched five military offensives
that fractured the Allied Front in France and inflicted 700,000
German victory possible or was it impossible and amounts to a
paranormal claim? And was the Treaty of Versailles as draconian as
usually asserted and hence a cause of World War II? Perhaps a future Investigator edition will investigate this.
WOODSTOCK — 50 years
(Investigator 188, 2019 September)
<>2019 is 50 years since the Woodstock Music Festival.
400,000 marijuana-smoking Hippies gathered on a huge bowl-shaped field,
on August 15, on a dairy farm outside the town of Bethel 134km "as the
crow flies" north-west of Brooklyn (New York). The Festival was named
after the town of Woodstock (74km north-east of Bethel) because of that
town's history of music and festivals.
from the stage, when Swami Satchidananda officially opened the event,
the vast crowd extended so far that not all of it to be seen.
Authorities became alarmed when all roads leading to the Festival
became jammed with traffic and a million people had to turn back.
were associated with love, peace, flowers, drug abuse, rock concerts,
"lenient" morality, anti-war protests, the New Age movement and,
unfortunately, with the Charles Manson murders (which also occurred in
was billed "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 days of Peace and Music". 186,000
advance tickets were sold but the concert became free when a further
quarter million people began to arrive and there was no way to keep
lack of shelter and sanitation, nudity, repeated rainfall and people
having fun sliding in the mud the initial reports were negative —
"Hippies Mired in a Sea of Mud" and "a nightmare of mud and
stagnation". But later reports spoke of "a sense of social
harmony", "a victory of peace and love", and the "good nature" of the
people, and that the event "exemplified the best of the hippie
Thirty-two acts were performed on stage. Most of them lasted about a half hour each and several almost two hours.
Hippy movement spread worldwide and there were other huge concerts. In
December, 1969, 300,000 gathered east of San Francisco, and in 1970
about 500,000 (exceeding even Woodstock) on the Isle of Wight off
D-Day — 75 Years
6th, 1944, saw Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied
France, the greatest amphibious invasion in history. It easily exceeded
the Persian invasion of Europe in 480 BC (when 700 ships were tied
together to form two bridges across the Bosporus) and the Roman
invasions of Britain in 54 BC and 43 AD.
War II Almanac 1931-1945 says of Operation Overlord: "Within 24 hours,
176,000 troops were put ashore from 4,000 ships. They were protected by
9,500 aircraft and 600 warships."
Commander-in-Chief of Germany's armies, Adolf Hitler, dithered and
refused to order an immediate full scale counter attack and soon it was
POKIES — 25 years
An example of a 25-year anniversary is the introduction of poker machines (or "pokies") in South Australia in 1994.
The Sunday Mail
(of SA) reported that poker machines in SA now number 12,130 and net
machine revenue in the year ending June 2019 was $681.6 million. The
total net poker machine revenue in 25 years is $15.7 billion i.e.
$15,700 million. Problem gamblers who can't afford to lose but who
gamble and lose anyway are still increasing "almost doubled in the past
The damage from pokies continues to be "massive" .The Sunday Mail
report mentions suicide, breakdown of relationships, loss of housing,
hungry children, and "increases in crime as people steal to feed their
For decades Investigator Magazine
has pointed out that pokies players nearly always lose in the long run
because the machines are programmed with the odds in their favor and
against the gambler. The way to be sure of winning is to accept
science, including mathematics and probability, and combine this with
PORT ADELAIDE CHURCH
Remembrances of past events need not be limited to 25, 50, 75 or 100-year intervals.
this year, celebrates 70 years of Communist rule and the Port Adelaide
Uniting Church, which started in 1849 as the Congregational Church, celebrates 170
years. A banner on display announces "1849 170 Years
2019". The stone building was opened in 1868 as the "Congregational
Church of Port Adelaide" — the 150th anniversary in 2018.
Church events may not seem noteworthy like the other anniversaries but this one has a noteworthy side:
world's greatest 20th century evangelist prior to Billy Graham ministered
in the Port Adelaide Church from 1909 to 1915. His calling to
evangelism occurred in 1912 and during 40 years produced 250,000
B. Fletcher (1877-1954) grew up as a Methodist in New South Wales.
After working as a seaman, farmhand, miner and clerk he joined the
Congregational Church in NSW and was ordained in 1908. He transferred
to Port Adelaide and became famous for his preaching talents and
social-reform efforts — about a thousand newspaper articles reported
1915 Fletcher and wife relocated to England. During the next 26 years
he preached in the British Isles, New York, South Africa and New
In 1941 they returned to Australia where Fletcher continued as an evangelist.
GREATEST SPEECH NEVER GIVEN — 50 years
you know that President Nixon had an alternative speech prepared,
titled "In The Event of Moon Disaster", to give to the world if the
Moon landing ended disastrously?
It was prepared by William Safire (1929-2009), journalist, author, columnist and presidential speech writer.
the most risky part of the Moon mission was for the lunar module (named
"Eagle") to get back into orbit and rejoin the command craft.
Potentially Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin could have gotten stranded
on the Moon and die there. Aldrin (2009) writes:
had no margin for error, no second chances, no rescue plans if the
liftoff failed. There would be no way for Mike up in Columbia [the
Moon-orbiting command craft] to retrieve us. We had no provision for
another team to race from Earth to pick us up if the Eagle did not
soar. Nor did we have food, water, or oxygen for more than a few hours."
That's another anniversary, a 50th anniversary, of a great speech never given. Here it is:
Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace.
Aldrin, B. 2009 Magnificent Desolation, Large Print edition, Bloomsbury Publishing, p. 61
Di Girolamo, R. 25 Years on the Pokies, Sunday Mail, July 21, 2019, pp 10-11
Lambert, Peter 2015 Lionel B Fletcher: Empire Evangelist, Uniting Church SA Historical Society
Malcolm, C.W. 1956 Twelve hours in the day: the life of Rev. Lionel B. Fletcher DD, Marshall Morgan & Scott
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Nixon's alternative Moon Speech, Google Search
brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope
for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind
in their sacrifice.
These two men are laying down their lives in mankind’s most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding.
will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by
their nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they
will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into
their exploration, they stirred the people of the world to feel as one;
in their sacrifice, they bind more tightly the brotherhood of man.
ancient days, men looked at stars and saw their heroes in the
constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes
are epic men of flesh and blood.
will follow, and surely find their way home. Man’s search will not be
denied. But these men were the first, and they will remain the foremost
in our hearts. For every human being who looks up at the moon in the
nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world
that is forever mankind.