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Today is Saturday, July 1, the 182nd day of 2006 with 183 to follow.
By United Press International

Academy to honor Olivia de Havilland

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tuesday announced it will honor Oscar-winning screen legend Olivia de Havilland.

The Almanac

Today is Friday, July 1, the 182nd day of 2005 with 183 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, July 1, the 183rd day of 2004 with 183 to follow.
By United Press International

Seattle museum to get a Concorde

SEATTLE, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- British Airways announced Thursday it will donate a supersonic Concorde to The Museum of Flight in Seattle.

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, July 1, the 182nd day of 2003 with 183 to follow.
By United Press International

Analysis: War is 75th Oscars' backdrop

LOS ANGELES, March 24 (UPI) -- The Academy Awards celebrated its 75th anniversary in Los Angeles Sunday, but the ceremony was largely preoccupied with controversy over a U.S.-led war in Iraq.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Digest

Movie exhibitors are hoping for the best as four new pictures open on a weekend when many Americans are following the war in Iraq on TV.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

People

Steve Bechler, the Baltimore Orioles pitcher who had been battling a weight problem, died from too much sun during spring training in Florida.
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

Watercooler Stories

ANDRETTI TO BUY HIS RACING TEAM
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Monday, July 1, the 182nd day of 2002 with 183 to follow.
By United Press International

Scott's World -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

HOLLYWOOD, May 21 (UPI) -- Take a beautiful, sexy movie star and put her on a faraway location; add a handsome, virile actor and make him her leading man.
VERNON SCOTT, United Press International

Scott's World -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

HOLLYWOOD, April 8 (UPI) -- Age is a many splendored thing except in Tinseltown, a burgh dedicated to young audiences and servile to youthful talent.
VERNON SCOTT, United Press International
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President George W. Bush (R) presents actress Olivia De Havilland with the 2008 National Medals of Arts during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House on November 17, 2008. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)
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The de Havilland Aircraft Company was a British aviation manufacturer founded in 1920 when Airco, of which Geoffrey de Havilland had been chief designer, was sold to BSA by the owner George Holt Thomas. De Havilland then set up a company under his name in September of that year at Stag Lane Aerodrome in Edgware, England. The company later moved to Hatfield in Hertfordshire, England. De Havilland Aircraft Company was responsible for producing the first passenger jet and other innovative aircraft.

Initially, de Havilland concentrated on single and two-seat biplanes, essentially continuing the DH line of aircraft built by Airco, but powered by de Havilland's own Gipsy engines. These included the Gipsy and Tiger Moths. These aircraft set many aviation records, many piloted by de Havilland himself. Amy Johnson flew solo from England to Australia in a Gipsy Moth in 1930.

The Moth line of aircraft continued with the more refined (and enclosed) Hornet Moth and Moth Minor, the latter being a low-wing monoplane constructed of wood. One of de Havilland's trademarks was that the name of the aircraft type was painted on using a particularly elegant Roman typeface, all in capital letters. When there was a strike at the plant, the artisans who painted the name on the planes used the same typeface to make the workers' protest signs.

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