A tour through history (1992)

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Thursday, 26 October 2017

1992 -

It feels like you’re part of a thriller when you set foot on the island in San Francisco Bay; Alcatraz Island. It was once a military fortification, a military prison and a federal prison. Nowadays you can visit the island. Today in 1972 the first guided tour on Alcatraz took place.

Notorious criminals
Alcatraz and history go hand in hand. For instance, Alcatraz was once home to of America’s most notorious criminals. Amongst others, Al ‘Scarface’ Capone, kidnapper George ‘Machine Gun’ Kelly and the ‘Birdman’ Robert Stroud were held prison in the federal penitentiary. Ten years before the first tour the Anglin Brothers and prisoner Frank Morris escaped from the maximum security prison. Till then, it was assumed nobody could be able to do so. Shortly after the escape, the prison doors closed.

Historic Landmark
In November 1969 Alcatraz was occupied by a group of Native Americans who were part of a wave of Native activism. In 1972 Alcatraz became a national park and it even got the designation as a National Historic Landmark in 1986.

360 trivial fact
Escaping Alcatraz was considered impossible. Swimming to the mainland was unsurvivable according to federal officials. However, it did happen. In 1962 John Paul Scott greased himself, squeezed through a window and swam to shore. Too bad for him; the police discovered him lying unconscious at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. Nowadays, hundreds of people swim the 1.5 miles during the annual Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.



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1963 Life in rosy hues. Today the sparrow died

1940 Tell me it’s not true!

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1919 KLM. The oldest airline in the world

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1962 007’s first movie mission

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1985 Space Shuttle Atlantis makes her maiden flight

1951 Every little thing he sings is magic. Happy birthday Sting!

1982 Inspirational technology: Epcot opens in Disneyworld Florida

1968 Boeing's 747 is celebrating

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1998 A phenomenon is launched: The first of search engine Google

1951 Professor Jongbloed demonstrates artificial heart in Paris

1944 Happy birthday Gordon Gekko!

1952 War between chicken and hamburger

1939 Unconsciously, Freud will always be in our minds

1964 Congratulations Fiddler on the Roof!

1958 The man who saved millions of lives

1934 Buon compleanno Sophia Loren!

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1977 First picture of moon and earth

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1965 The man with tiger blood

1952 Left-handed legend

1934 MGM's first animated cartoon

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