The Army’s most intriguing new gadget

General Dwight Eisenhower said America eouldn’t have won the war without it. Find out was this amazing thing was. Plus, little Opie grew up to star in a movie which defined the “innocence of the 50’s.” And a record was released that would go on to top the pop charts not just once but twice.

Wednesday, August 1, the 214th day of 2012




August is Happiness Happens Month.

(A warm puppy kickstarts the process.)








Today is World Wide Web Day, marking the birth of the Web in August 1990 at the Europe Laboratory for Particle Physics in Switzerland. Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau developed a prototype Web browser and introduced Hypertext Markup Language, HTML.







Today is Respect for Parents Day.







1941: Parade magazine called it “…the Army’s most intriguing new gadget.” The gadget was “a tiny truck which can do practically everything.” General Dwight D. Eisenhower said that America couldn’t have won World War II without it. The tiny truck was the Jeep, built at the time by the Willys Truck Company.






1973: The movie “American Graffiti” opened nationwide. It starred Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Cindy Williams, McKenzie Phillips and Wolfman Jack with Suzanne Sommers as the elusive girl in the T-Bird.







1960: Parkway Records released single #811: It would reach number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 not once but twice – Chubby Checker’s “The Twist.”