It Happened On #55

Black Friday sales are in full effect in USA. My brother in-law and I already ordered some PS3 games online. This is why I like the internet. Who needs to go to Buffalo? NOOOOOOOOOOOOO-BODY! (saw that on a Bad Boys ad)

Anyway, happy thanks giving to all the southernly (or southerly) citizens and anyone else celebrating Thanksgiving today

Now that all that is out of the way, it’s time for It Happened On

It happened on November 22 1963… John Fitzgerald Kennedy or JFK is assassinated while traveling through Dallas, Texas, in an open-top convertible. Vice president Lyndon Johnson, who was three cars behind President Kennedy in the motorcade, was sworn in as the 36th president of the United States at 2:39 p.m

Also on November 22 1900, the first car to be produced under the Mercedes name is taken for its inaugural drive in Cannstatt, Germany. The car was specially built for its buyer, Emil Jellinek, an entrepreneur with a passion for fast, flashy cars. Jellinek had commissioned the Mercedes car from the German company Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft: it was lighter and sleeker than any car the company had made before, and Jellinek was confident that it would win races so handily that besotted buyers would snap it up. (He was so confident that he bought 36 of them.) In exchange for this extraordinary patronage, the company agreed to name its new machine after Jellinek’s 11-year-old daughter, Mercedes

Also on November 22 1972, The United States loses its first B-52 of the Vietnam War. The eight-engine bomber was brought down by a North Vietnamese surface-to-air missile near Vinh on the day when B-52s flew their heaviest raids of the war over North Vietnam. The Communistss claimed 19 B-52s shot down to date

Also on November 22 1988, In the presence of members of Congress and the media, the Northrop B-2 “stealth” bomber is shown publicly for the first time at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California

The aircraft, which was developed in great secrecy for nearly a decade, was designed with stealth characteristics that would allow it to penetrate an enemy’s most sophisticated defences unnoticed. At the time of its public unveiling, the B-2 had not even been flown on a test flight. It rapidly came under fire for its massive cost–more than $40 billion for development and a $1 billion price tag for each unit

Quite a busy day in history

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