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Afa Anoaʻi

Arthur Anoaʻi Sr. is a Samoan-American retired professional wrestler and professional wrestling manager. Since retiring, he has operated the World Xtreme Wrestling promotion and trained wrestlers at the Wild Samoan Training Center. Anoa'i was born on the island of Western Samoa, a trust territory, administered by New Zealand, his family relocated to San Francisco, California in the United States when he was young. At the age of 17, Anoa'i enlisted in the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps. Upon leaving the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Anoaʻi began training as a wrestler under family friends Rocky Johnson and Peter Maivia, he received supplementary training from Kurt Von Steiger. He wrestled his first match in Phoenix, Arizona, he trained his brother Sika, the siblings formed a tag team known best as The Wild Samoans. Throughout the 1970s, The Wild Samoans wrestled for the Canadian Stampede Wrestling promotion and for numerous National Wrestling Alliance affiliates. In 1978, The Wild Samoans traveled to Japan to wrestle for the International Wrestling Alliance, winning the IWA Tag Team Championship.

In 1979, The Wild Samoans joined the World Wrestling Federation, where they were managed by Lou Albano and referred to as "Albano's Wildmen". The "wild" nature of the brothers was conveyed through their unorthodox behavior. While in the WWF, The Wild Samoans won the WWF World Tag Team Championship. Both members challenged Bob Backlund for the WWF Heavyweight Championship on several occasions, they left the promotion in 1980. The Wild Samoans wrestled in Mid-South Wrestling and Jim Crockett Promotions, before returning to the WWF in 1983 and regaining the WWF World Tag Team Championship. After Sika suffered an injury, the tag team was supplemented by Afa's son Samu; the trio remained in the WWF until 1984. According to Afa, he lost his job because a few days earlier, Afa didn't come to work because he was at the birth of his son. Afa Anoaʻi returned to the WWF for a third time in 1992, as the manager and occasional tag partner of The Headshrinkers, he wrestled his final match on May 22, 1994, teaming with The Headshrinkers to defeat The Quebecers and Johnny Polo at the Rosemont Horizon.

Anoaʻi left the WWF in mid-1995. After leaving the WWF, he began training wrestlers at his Wild Samoan Training Facility, along with Sika. On March 31, 2007, the Wild Samoans were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Samu and Sika's son, Matt, he was the wrestling trainer for The Wrestler. In 2013 and 2014 Afa came out of retirement to wrestle for his promotion World Xtreme Wrestling at age 71. In 1999, Afa and Lynn Anoaʻi started the Usos Foundation, a non-profit organization aiming to turn youth away from drugs and poverty by providing scholarships to the Wild Samoans Training Center. Big Time Wrestling NWA World Tag Team Championship – with Sika World Wrestling Council WWC North American Tag Team Championship – with Sika Continental Wrestling Association AWA Southern Tag Team Championship – with Sika Georgia Championship Wrestling NWA National Tag Team Championship – with Sika Gulf Coast Championship Wrestling NWA Gulf Coast Tag Team Championship – with Sika International Wrestling Alliance IWA Tag Team Championship – with Sika Mid-South Wrestling Association Mid-South Tag Team Championship – with Sika NWA All-Star Wrestling NWA Canadian Tag Team Championship – with Sika NWA Mid-America NWA United States Tag Team Championship – with Sika Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame Class of 2012 – Inducted as a member of the Wild Samoans Pro Wrestling Illustrated PWI ranked him #346 of the top 500 singles wrestlers of the "PWI Years" in 2003 Southeastern Championship Wrestling NWA Southern Tag Team Championship – with Sika Stampede Wrestling Stampede Wrestling International Tag Team Championship – with Sika World Wrestling Entertainment / World Wrestling Federation WWF Tag Team Championship – with Sika WWE Hall of Fame Body Slam Miami Vice in the episode "By Hooker by Crook" as "Henchman #2" Mr. Nanny Anoa'i family The Wild Samoans World Xtreme Wrestling Official website Afa Anoaʻi on IMDb Wild Samoan at AllMovie

Ikarus IK-2

The Ikarus IK-2 was a 1930s high-wing, single-seat, monoplane fighter aircraft of Yugoslav design built for the Royal Yugoslav Army Air Force. The IK-2 was designed by French-trained engineers Kosta Sivčev and Ljubomir Ilić, who saw the desirability of developing a home-grown aircraft industry. A gull-wing design, it was armed with a hub-firing autocannon and fuselage-mounted synchronised machine guns. Just 12 production models were built, as the aircraft was obsolescent at the time it was brought into service in 1935, only eight were serviceable at the time of the German-led Axis invasion of Yugoslavia in April 1941. After the defeat of Yugoslavia, the remaining four aircraft were taken onto the strength of the air force of the Axis puppet state, the Independent State of Croatia, but none survived the war. In the late 1920s, a scheme promoted by the Royal Yugoslav Army Air Force and the Royal Aero Club of Yugoslavia sent aspiring aeronautical engineers to France to develop their knowledge.

It was intended that after this advanced training, they would return to Yugoslavia and be offered specialist roles in the VVKJ or in the aeronautical industry. Ljubomir Ilić and Kosta Sivčev went through this program, but when they returned to Yugoslavia, both were employed in administrative work. Frustrated by this, in 1931 they decided to design a replacement for the Czechoslovakian-built Avia BH-33E biplane fighter in service with the VVKJ. Working in a basement in Belgrade in Ilić's apartment in Novi Sad, they devoted their spare time to secretly working on their design, their original concept was for a low-wing monoplane with a retractable undercarriage, but contemporary thinking led them to modify their initial design into a strut-braced high-wing monoplane armed with a hub-firing autocannon and fuselage-mounted synchronised machine guns. The gull-wing design emphasised manoeuvrability over other characteristics; the aircraft was designed around a French-made 12-cylinder Hispano-Suiza 12Ycrs engine with a Hispano-Suiza HS.404 20 mm autocannon mounted between the cylinder banks of the engine and firing through the propeller hub.

This powerful 860 shaft horsepower engine combined with the hub-firing cannon mandated the use of a metal fuselage. Other armament consisted of two synchronised French-made 7.9 mm Darne machine guns, mounted under and to each side of the engine. The wing was braced with two struts on each side of the fuselage; the fixed tailwheel was spatted. The enclosed cockpit was located behind the wing; the horizontal stabilizer on each side was braced from below with two rigid braces from the lower tailcone, tied from above with two flying wires from the vertical stabilizer. The three-bladed propeller was manually adjustable in pitch. Considerable work was needed to develop the design but, by early 1933, the two men had moved the project through the pre-project, basic aerodynamic and evaluation stages, including the building of a wooden scale model that Ilić took to Paris to test in the Eiffel-built wind tunnel. Up to this point, the two men had received no outside help, had been forced to borrow from family to keep the project going.

They decided to approach the head of the technical department of the VVKJ, Potpukovnik Srbobran Stanojević, with their design. Stanojević was surprised but impressed with their work and an official report proposing to build the design was presented on 22 September 1933; some senior VVKJ officers opposed the concept, as did Kapetan Leonid Bajdak, an "acknowledged outstanding exponent of fighter tactics", who considered that a biplane with a 600 shp engine was the ultimate in fighter design. Despite this opposition, support from Stanojević and some younger pilots meant that the concept was approved, in 1934 a prototype was ordered from the Ikarus A. D. factory in Zemun near Belgrade, for delivery by the end of that year. The prototype was designated IK-1, with the "IK" standing for Kosta, it is believed that the prototype was complete by September 1934, but the first flight was delayed due to concerns about the wing structure. The following month, Bajdak was appointed as test pilot for the prototype, but he did not co-operate in the preparations for the maiden flight, decided to develop his own test program.

Permission was granted for flight testing to begin in April 1935, Bajdak conducted his first flight in the prototype on 22 April 1935. For this initial uneventful flight, no weapons were installed and a light fuel load was used; the following day, Bajdak put the IK-1 into unplanned aerobatic manoeuvres, after which the wing fabric was observed as being slack. An official from Ikarus checked it and stated that this would resolve once the fabric varnish had dried. Bajdak took the aircraft for a third test flight the next day, which involved more unplanned aerobatics; when the aircraft was at 1,000 m, Bajdak put it into a shallow dive and pulled up abruptly at high speed, at which point the wing fabric began to tear to the extent that it could be seen from the ground. The aircraft dropped into a spin to starboard, Bajdak baled out safely while the IK-1 crashed into the ground. Critics exploited the accident to undermine the IK-1 concept, with Bajdak joining those criticising the aircraft; the three flights were not considered sufficient to give a verdict on the design, the debate over its future was fierce.

This placed significant pressure on the designers, as every element of the aircraft design was subsequently attacked. It was agreed that the aircraft was well-designed, but it needed more

James Gilfillan

James Gilfillan was the 13th Treasurer of the United States. Gilfillan was a native of Belchertown, born there to Scottish parents. In 1856 he graduated from Williams College, where he was a classmate of future President James A. Garfield. After graduation, he worked as a country editor of a weekly newspaper, reading law with the goal of entering the bar at the same time, he abandoned both professions, instead taking a clerkship at the Treasury Department in 1861, at an annual salary of $1,200. He remained a clerk until President Ulysses S. Grant made him cashier of the United States under Treasurer John C. New. Gilfillan, rising through the ranks, was appointed Treasurer by President Rutherford B. Hayes, he served from July 1, 1877 to March 31, 1883. During this period he was Sinking Fund Commissioner for the District of Columbia; as Treasurer, Gilfillan acquired a reputation for integrity in his dealings, launching anti-corruption investigations, avoiding politics, attending to his business. In his years, Gilfillan lived in Colchester, Connecticut.

In November 1928, he was one of only five persons over the age of 90 to vote in the town. He died at his home there, aged 92, his funeral took place two days later, he was survived by four daughters. "James Gilfillan, Garfield Aide, Dies", The New York Times, April 9, 1929, p. 28

Antonio Novasconi

Antonio Novasconi was an Italian prelate who became bishop of Cremona. Novasconi was born in part of Cisalpine Republic. In 1810, he entered the minor seminary of Lodi and was ordained priest in 1821, his first duty as priest was as a professor in the Lodi seminary, in 1831 he was named pastor of the parish of Maleo and transferred to Lodi in 1838. After the failed revolution of 1848–1849, he begged for mercy for the Italian patriots sentenced to death by the Austrians. In 1850, Pope Pius IX named him bishop of Cremona. During the Second Italian War of Independence, he wrote a letter to the priests in his diocese where he repeated his support for Italian Unification. King Victor Emmanuel II named him senator, he died in Cremona on 12 December 1867

Building at One Pendleton Place

One Pendleton Place known as the William S. Pendleton House, is a historic home located in the New Brighton neighborhood of Staten Island, New York, it was built in 1860, is a three-story, picturesque Italianate villa style frame dwelling with a multi-gabled roof. It features asymmetrical massing, a four-story conical-roofed entry tower, multiple porches including a wrap-around verandah, it was designated a New York City Landmark in 2006, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014. List of New York City Designated Landmarks in Staten Island National Register of Historic Places listings in Richmond County, New York

Ford Models Supermodel of the World

Supermodel of the World is an international modeling contest established by Eileen Ford in 1980. The contest showcases young fashion model entrants from over 50 countries in order to discover new talent for the fashion industry; the winner of the international final event receives a $250,000 modeling contract with Ford Models. The two runners up receive contracts of $150,000 and $100,000 respectively. No event was held in 2003. Notable participants that did not win the contest were Adriana Lima, Chanel Iman, Kendra Spears, Marie-Christine Gessinger, Nadege Herrera, Charo Ronquillo, Magdalena Wróbel, Liliane Ferrarezi, Ingrid Schram, Bianca Chiminello, Bipasha Basu, Caron Bernstein, Zana Krasniqi, Paloma Lago, Malin Akerman, Elsa Benítez, Keity Mendieta, Nicole Trunfio, Shiraz Tal, Michelle Behennah, Melanie Marquez, Michelle Robles and Ly Jonaitis 1982 - Lee Majors 1990 - Christie Brinkley 1992 - Walt Willey, Ashley Richardson 1993 - Walt Willey, Rachel Hunter 1996 - Richard Steinmetz 2004 - Billy Bush Ford Models Elite Model Look Official website Official MySpace and Application