Gate of All Nations

The Gate of All Nations known as the Gate of Xerxes, is located in the ruins of the ancient city of Persepolis, Iran. The construction of the Stairs of All Nations and the Gate of All Nations was ordered by the Achaemenid king Xerxes I, the successor of the founder of Persepolis, Darius I the Great; the structure consisted of one large room whose roof was supported by four stone columns with bell-shaped bases. Parallel to the inner walls of this room ran a stone bench, interrupted at the doorways; the outside walls, made of broad mud block, were bedecked with frequent niches. Each of the three walls, on the east and south, had a large stone doorway. A pair of massive bulls secured the western entrance. Engraved above each of the four colossi is a trilingual inscription attesting to Xerxes having built and fulfilled the gate; the doorway on the south, opening toward the Apadana, is the widest of the three. Pivoting devices found on the inner corners of all the doors indicate that they must have had two-leaved doors, which were made of wood and covered with sheets of ornamented metal.

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When Time Ran Out

When Time Ran Out... is a 1980 American disaster film directed by James Goldstone and starring Paul Newman, Jacqueline Bisset, William Holden, James Franciscus, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Burgess Meredith, Valentina Cortese, Veronica Hamel, Pat Morita, Edward Albert and Barbara Carrera. Produced by Irwin Allen, When Time Ran Out...'s screenplay by Carl Foreman and Stirling Silliphant is marginally based on the novel The Day the World Ended by Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan-Witts detailing the factual 1902 volcanic eruption of Mount Pelée on Martinique, which killed 30,000 people in five minutes by pyroclastic flow. It marked the second and final time Newman and Holden appeared in a film together following the box office triumph of The Towering Inferno six years prior, as well as reuniting Borgnine and Buttons from The Poseidon Adventure; when Time Ran Out... however, was a commercial flop and Allen's last theatrical release and is regarded as the final 1970s era disaster film. Despite critical and commercial disappointment, the film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Costume Design.

Shelby Gilmore, who owns a newly constructed hotel on a remote Pacific island, wants to marry his secretary, Kay Kirby and proposes to her under the impression that she'll become his seventh wife. Kay is in love with Hank Anderson, an oil rigger whose scientists are warning him that a nearby active volcano is about to erupt. Shelby's partner, Bob Spangler, assures guests at the hotel that the threat of the volcano is a total exaggeration, explaining that it only erupts once every thousand years. Spangler is married to Shelby's goddaughter Nikki, but is cheating on her with Iolani, an executive with Shelby's hotel. Iolani is engaged to the hotel's general manager. Unbeknownst to all except Spangler, who chooses not to reveal the secret, Brian is his illegitimate younger half-brother and therefore part-owner of the resort. Guests at the hotel include a bonds smuggler, Francis Fendly, being tailed by a New York City private investigator, Tom Conti. On hand are Rene and Rose Valdez, who are retired circus tightrope walkers.

Hank's oil-rig workers include Tiny Baker, who has a wager going with cockfighting rival Sam with a prized rooster that has just been delivered to him. Sam and his wife Mona own a local bar. Hank and Kay go for a picnic on the beach to discuss their relationship. During their time together, the volcano erupts and most of the island's population are wiped out. Tiny and all of Hank's workers are killed in town. Sam takes Mona and two of his girls and Marsha, escapes by car, while Hank and Kay rescue Nikki and some others at the stables by helicopter; the only survivors are those at Shelby's hotel, overlooking a disaster that will come straight for them, as the volcano is spewing fireballs. A fireball lands at the hotel - Conti is blinded in the explosion, to Fendly's horror; some of the hotel guests panic and try to escape by stealing the helicopter, but it soon crashes, killing all those inside. Hank insists that everyone must evacuate the hotel and journey to a safe side of the island to await rescue.

Spangler convinces the majority of the guests to stay, including mistress Iolani. Shelby bids a farewell to Nikki. After one final attempt to persuade others to join them and Kay leave the hotel along with Shelby, Brian and Rose, Fendly and Conti, Sam and the girls, plus a few more. At the hotel, Nikki stumbles upon her husband's affair with Iolani, but now it is too late for her to follow the others though Spangler expels her from the hotel. Trucks carrying survivors manage to travel as far as a mountainside gorge. Everyone must cross the gorge on foot. Conti is guided by Fendly, the two become friends. From there, the party comes upon a rickety wooden bridge over a river of molten lava. Hank crosses first to see; the others go in pairs. Two native children, whose father died crossing the gorge, are afraid and run away. Rose, who had stopped to rest with Rene because of her weak heart, dies after telling her husband to find the children. After an explosion beneath the bridge causes Sam and Marsha to fall to their deaths into the lava, Rene hoists a child onto his back and recreates his old tightrope act in getting the child safely across.

Hank guides the second child to safety. The survivors take refuge in a cavern. Spangler pays for his arrogance; the next morning, the survivors, fearing they're the only ones left, continue on toward a beach to wait for rescue. The Day the World Ended, by English television writers Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan-Witts, was a 1969 non-fiction account of the disastrous eruption of Mount Pelée in Martinique in 1902, which killed 30,000 people, it was called "literally impossible to put down" by the New York Times. Film rights were bought by Irwin Allen. In 1975, Allen was riding high on the success of The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno, he announced he would make a film of Day the World Ended along with Poseidon Circus. He announced he had signed a two picture deal with Warner Bros, but would still make those three films for Fox. Allen began to prepare The Swarm but started pre-production on Day in Hawaii. Filming was to start in March 1976 with a view to the film being ready by Christmas 1976.


Kramer Williamson

Kramer Earl Williamson was an American sprint car racing driver. A native of Pennsylvania, he was a feature winner in World of Outlaws and United Racing Company competition, a 2008 inductee of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, he was fatally injured in a racing accident at Lincoln Speedway. Williamson was a resident of Pennsylvania, he had been racing for over forty years at the time of his death. He shared the rookie of the year title at Williams Grove Speedway, Pennsylvania, in 1971. Williamson, known for driving a bright pink car, was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2008, he was a champion in the United Racing Company sprint car series in 1991, 1992 and 1995. On August 3, 2013, Williamson's car collided with another car and rolled over on the fourth lap of a 10-lap qualifying round at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania, he was airlifted to York Hospital in York, where he died on August 4