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Uranquinty is a small town 15 kilometres south of Wagga Wagga, in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia. The population of the town referred to as "Quinty", is 909. Uranquinty was used as the railway village when the railway line was being built from Wagga Wagga to Albury. Uranquinty is the home of one of Australia's oldest folk festivals held annually on the October long weekend. Uranquinty Post Office opened on 15 September 1889. Uranquinty has a distinguished record in relation to World War II. At the end of 1940 Uranquinty was chosen as the base for No. 5 Service Flying Training School RAAF for intermediate and advanced training of Empire Air Trainees. The site chosen for 5 SFTS was suitable because it was on the main Sydney to Melbourne railway line and comprised just over 1,000 acres of land, owned by the Lewington family. Possession of this land was taken under National Security Regulation 54 which existed during the War years. On 7 April 1942, a Wirraway of 5SFTS crashed during an instrument training flight at the Air Ground Gunnery Range, killing both crew members.

During World War 2, Uranquinty was the location of RAAF No.17 Inland Aircraft Fuel Depot, completed in 1942 and closed in 29 August 1944. Consisting of 4 tanks, 31 fuel depots were built across Australia for the storage and supply of aircraft fuel for the RAAF and the US Army Air Forces at a total cost of £900,000. Uranquinty RAAF Post Office was open from 16 December 1941 until 14 September 1946 dating the period of the operation of the base with some accuracy; the Uranquinty Migrant Centre was established as a result of the Displaced Persons Immigration Scheme, embarked upon by Prime Minister Chifley's government at the end of the Second World War as a part of the Populate or Perish policy of the time. Under Arthur Calwell, Australia's first Minister for Immigration, displaced persons still in camps within Germany and France were chosen to fill the need for a constant supply of labour to the country. Migrant reception and training centres were established in now disused army and RAAF camps in rural and remote areas such as Uranquinty from 1948 because by married displaced persons with their families were being allowed entry into Australia.

Places like Uranquinty had the space to provide accommodation for the children. Many of these displaced persons worked on the nearby Snowy Mountains Scheme. One such family that arrived were the Latvian-born Konrads family, two of whom would learn to swim in Uranquinty because their father was afraid they might drown in the numerous dams and creeks in the area; those two and Ilsa Konrads, would set between them 38 individual world records and go on to become Olympic medallists for their adopted country. A public memorial in the centre of Uranquinty, situated directly on the Olympic Highway, displays information boards and other memorials to the history of displaced persons who stayed in the area during these years. Uranquinty Camp Post Office was open from 1 December 1948 until 31 March 1959 dating the period of the operation of the camp with some accuracy; the Uranquinty Folk Festival is held annually on the October Labour Day long weekend. It originated as the Wagga Wagga Folk Festival in 1970 and was held at Downside, until moving to Uranquinty in 1974.

Construction of the $500 million gas-fired power station at Uranquinty was completed in 2008 and was commissioned in January 2009. Uranquinty is located on the Sydney to Melbourne railway line; the station is still listed as "in use", but no passenger trains stop there by request. Uranquinty history Uranquinty Folk Festival Media related to Uranquinty at Wikimedia Commons

Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Dmitri Aleksandrovich Hvorostovsky was a Russian operatic baritone. Hvorostovsky was born in Krasnoyarsk in Siberia during a time when the city was closed to foreigners. An only child, he was raised by his grandmother and a grandfather who, according to Dmitri, was a war veteran suffering from alcoholism, his father, an engineer, his mother, a gynecologist, both had time-consuming careers and were only around on the weekends and holidays. He studied at the Krasnoyarsk School of Arts under Yekaterina Yofel and made his debut at Krasnoyarsk Opera House, in the role of Marullo in Rigoletto. Hvorostovsky came to international prominence in 1989 when he won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, beating local favourite Bryn Terfel in the final round, his performance included Handel's "Ombra mai fu" and "Per me giunto... O Carlo ascolta" from Verdi's Don Carlos, his international concert recitals began immediately. His operatic debut in the West was at the Nice Opera in Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades.

In Italy he made his debut at La Fenice as Eugene Onegin, a success that sealed his reputation, made his American operatic debut with the Lyric Opera of Chicago in La traviata. In 1992 he made his debut at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden as Riccardo in Bellini’s I puritani, he subsequently sang at every major opera house, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Berlin State Opera, La Scala and the Vienna State Opera. He was renowned for his portrayal of the title character in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, he was an Honorary Director of the charity. A tall man with a striking head of prematurely silver hair, Hvorostovsky achieved international acclaim as an opera performer as well as a concert artist, he was one of People magazine's 50 most beautiful people, a rare occurrence for a classical musician. His high, medium-weight voice had the typical liquid timbre of Russian baritones. A recital programme of new arrangements of songs from the World War II era, Where Are You My Brothers?, was given in the spring of 2003 in front of an audience of 6,000 at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow, seen on Russian Television by over 90 million viewers.

The same programme was performed with the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra for survivors of the Siege of Leningrad on 16 January 2004. In years Hvorostovsky's stage repertoire entirely consisted of Verdi operas such as Un ballo in maschera, La traviata and Simon Boccanegra. In 2009 he appeared in Il trovatore in a David McVicar production at the Metropolitan Opera with Sondra Radvanovsky, he won First Prizes at both the Glinka Vocal Competition in 1987 and the Toulouse Singing Competition in 1988. Winning the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 1989 brought him international prominence, his highest awards in Russia include the Glinka State Prize in 1991 and the People's Artist of Russia honorary title in 1995. In 1989 Hvorostovsky married Svetlana, he adopted her daughter Maria, they had two children and Alexandra. They split up in 1999, his second wife was the Swiss soprano Florence Illi. They had two children and Maxim. In June 2015 Hvorostovsky announced that he had been diagnosed with a brain tumour and cancelled all his performances through August.

Family representatives said. In spite of his illness, Hvorostovsky returned to the stage at the Metropolitan Opera in September as Count di Luna in Il trovatore for a run of three performances opposite Anna Netrebko, he received strong reviews from both audiences for his performance. Hvorostovsky died on 22 November 2017 in London of brain cancer, diagnosed over two years earlier. A service was held in Moscow on 27 November. Hvorostovsky was cremated and some of his ashes were buried at the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow, the rest in his hometown of Krasnoyarsk. Hvorostovsky made many CD recordings, first with Valery Gergiev for Philips and with Constantine Orbelian for Delos, a number of his performances were filmed. Recordings of complete operas with Dmitri Hvorostovsky, audio or audio-video, legitimately made but not legitimately released: Bellini, I puritani, Domingo/Gruberová/Giordani/Hvorostovsky/Scandiuzzi, 1994, live in Vienna, Premiere Opera Donizetti, La Favorite, Queler/Larmore/Kunde/Hvorostovsky/Kowaljow, 2001, live in New York, House of Opera Gounod, Levine/Isokoski/Jepson/Alagna/Hvorostovsky/Pape, 2005, live in New York, Celestial Audio Gounod, Pidò/Gheorghiu/Losier/Grigòlo/Hvorostovsky/Pape, 2011, filmed in London* Leoncavallo, Pappano/Gheorghiu/Domingo/Hvorostovsky/Ataneli, 2003, live in London, Premiere Opera Mascagni, Cavalleria rusticana, Bychkov/Norman/Giacomini/Hvorostovsky, 1990, Philips Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro, Harnoncourt/Kringlebotn/Röschmann/Graham/Hvorostovsky/Terfel, 1995, DVD filmed in Salzburg, House of Opera Prokofiev, Voyna i mir, Gergiev/Netrebko/Livengood/Balashov/Grigorian/Hvorostovsky/Ramey/Cheek, 2002, March 2, live in New York, House of Opera Rimsky-Korsakov, Tsarskaya nevesta, Gergiev/Shaguch/Borodina/Akimov/Hvorostovsky, 1998, Philips Tchaikovsky, Evgeny Onegin, Bychkov/Focile/Borodina/Shicoff/Hvorostovsky/Anissimov, 1992, Philips Tchaikovsky, Evgeny Onegin, Bychkov/Focile/Pecková/Shicoff/Hvorostovsky/Anissimov, 1992, DVD filmed in Paris, Premiere Opera Tchaikovsky, Evgeny Onegin, Gergiev/Fleming/Zaremba/Vargas/Hvorostovsky/Alek

Richard Hieb

Richard James Hieb is a former NASA astronaut and a veteran of three space shuttle missions. He was a mission specialist on STS-39 and STS-49, was a payload commander on STS-65. After leaving NASA he worked at AlliedSignal and Orbital before spending 14 years as an executive at Lockheed Martin, he is a faculty member in the University of Colorado Boulder Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department. Hieb's family originates from many places in Europe, includes one line that came to the Americas in the 1600s; the name Hieb is of German origin. His mother was a long time elementary school teacher at Lincoln Elementary in Jamestown, North Dakota and his father was a transport driver before retiring and operating a small business buying and selling antiques and specialty items where he was a well-known figure at sales around eastern North Dakota. Hieb received a bachelor of arts degree in math and physics from Northwest Nazarene College in 1977, he went on to graduate from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1979 with a master of science degree in aerospace engineering.

Upon graduation from CU/Boulder, Hieb went to NASA/JSC to work in crew procedures development and crew activity planning. He worked in the Mission Control Center on the ascent team for STS-1, during rendezvous phases on numerous subsequent flights, he has an extensive background in on-orbit procedures development in rendezvous and proximity operations. Selected by NASA as an astronaut candidate in June 1985, Hieb qualified July 1986 for assignment as a mission specialist on future Space Shuttle flight crews. A veteran of three space flights, Hieb flew on STS-39 in 1991, STS-49 in 1992, STS-65 in 1994, he logged over 750 hours in space, including over 17 hours of EVA, traveling over 13 million miles. Hieb first flew on the crew of STS-39, an unclassified Department of Defense mission which launched on April 28, 1991 from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. During the mission, he was responsible for operating the Infrared Background Signature Satellite from within the payload bay, on the Remote Manipulator System and as a free-flying satellite.

He operated the remote system to release the satellite, to retrieve the satellite a day and a half later. After 134 orbits of the Earth which covered 3.5 million miles and lasted just over 199 hours, the crew landed at California, on May 6, 1991. Hieb was a mission specialist on the crew of STS-49, the maiden voyage of the new Space Shuttle Endeavour, which launched from the Kennedy Space Center on May 7, 1992. During that mission, Hieb along with astronaut Pierre Thuot, performed three space walks which resulted in the capture and repair of the stranded Intelsat VI F3 communications satellite; the third space walk, which included astronaut Tom Akers, was the first three-person space walk. This 8 hour and 29 minute space walk, the longest in history, broke a twenty-year-old record, held by Apollo 17 astronauts; the STS-49 record endured for 9 years until being surpassed by James Voss and Susan Helms on the International Space Station, now stands in second place for EVA duration. The mission concluded on May 16, 1992 with a landing at Edwards Air Force Base after orbiting the Earth 141 times in 213 hours and traveling 3.7 million miles.

Hieb was the payload commander on the second flight of the International Microgravity Laboratory on Space Shuttle Mission STS-65. The mission launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 8, 1994, returned there on July 23, 1994, setting a new flight duration record for the Space Shuttle program. During the 15-day flight the crew conducted more than 80 experiments focusing on materials and life sciences research in microgravity; the mission was accomplished in 236 orbits of the Earth. NASA Biography of Richard Hieb Spacefacts biography of Richard Hieb


Megacheira is an extinct class of predatory arthropods that possessed a pair of great appendages, hence the class' name as well as the common name "great appendage arthropods". Their neural structures and deutocerebral appendages resemble those of chelicerates. Most of them were found in marine environments throughout the world from the lower to middle Cambrian. Megacheirans were important components of several faunas, including the Burgess and Maotianshan Shales Lagerstatten. Genera referred to the class include Yohoia, Leanchoilia, Yawunik, Jiangfengia, Tanglangia, Actaeus and Worthenella. Parapeytoia, which misinterpreted as an anomalocaridid was reveal to be a member of this group; the class might contain Enalikter aphson described from the Silurian Herefordshire Lagerstätte of the United Kingdom, Bundenbachiellus giganteus known from the Early Devonian of Germany. Previous inclusion of some "bivalved" genus such as Forfexicaris and Occacaris to Megacheira was questioned by investigations

1936 United States presidential election in Maine

The 1936 United States presidential election in Maine was held on November 3, 1936 as part of the 1936 United States presidential election. The state voters chose five electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president. Maine voted for Republican Party candidate Alf Landon of Kansas, over Democratic Party candidate and incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Landon won Maine by a margin of 13.97%, making it his best state in the Union, with 55.49% of the popular vote, made it his second strongest state after nearby Vermont. This Landon achieved despite losing two counties that had voted for Herbert Hoover in 1932, as he made gains of up to ten percent in the rock-ribbed Yankee counties of Hancock and Waldo. Maine had been one of only 6 states to vote to re-elect Hoover, the embattled incumbent Republican president, over FDR in the latter's 1932 landslide, in 1936, it was one of only two states in the entire nation to vote for Alf Landon over the wildly popular Roosevelt.

Maine and Vermont would be the only states to reject FDR in all four of his presidential campaigns

Leadville Gunslinger

Leadville Gunslinger is a 1952 American western film directed by Harry Keller and starring Allan Lane, Elaine Riley and Eddy Waller. The film's art direction was by Fred A. Ritter Allan Lane as U. S. Marshal Rocky Lane Black Jack as Rocky's Horse Eddy Waller as Nugget Clark Grant Withers as Jonathan Graves Elaine Riley as Carol Davis Roy Barcroft as Chet Yonker / Pete Yonker Richard Crane as Jim Blanchard I. Stanford Jolley as Cliff Saunders Kenneth MacDonald as Sheriff Nichols Mickey Simpson as Henchman Monk Ed Hinton as Deputy Ned Smith Art Dillard as Sentry Wes Hudman as Stagecoach Driver Al Ferguson as Peters Frank O'Connor as Murdered Banker Bernard A. Drew. Motion Picture Series and Sequels: A Reference Guide. Routledge, 2013. Leadville Gunslinger on IMDb