Today in History: Alcatraz Prison Closes

 

Panoramic View of Alcatraz

On March 21, 1963, Alcatraz Prison, known as “The Rock or “”America’s Devil Island”, in San Francisco Bay closes down and transfers its last prisoners. At it’s peak period of use in 1950s, Alcatraz housed over 200 inmates at the maximum-security facility. It remains an icon of American prisons for its harsh conditions and record for being inescapable. In 1972 Alcatraz became a national recreation area and received designation as a National Historic Landmark in 1986. Today, the island’s facilities are operated by the National Park Service as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Alcatraz Island 1940’s

 

Alcatraz Island 2005

Places of Worship: The Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah

 

The Salt Lake Temple is the centerpiece of the 10-acre Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is the largest and best-known of more than 130 temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is the sixth temple completed by the church, requiring 40 years to complete, and the fourth operating temple built since the Mormon exodus from Nauvoo, Illinois.

The Salt Lake Temple

2012 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta boasts 740 horsepower

The 2012 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is the new front-engined V12 supercar from Maranello that was unveiled last week at the 2012 Geneva motor show. The F12 Berlinetta is the most powerful road car ever produced by the Italians. It boasts a ridiculous 740 horsepower 6262cc V12 under its hood that’s capable hitting 62 mph in 3.1 seconds. Ferrari took the time to let the F12 Berlinetta loose for a few blistering laps around Fiorano (Ferrari’s private racetrack for development and testing purposes) and the coupe managed to snatch the lap record from the 599 GTO. The F12 Berlinetta did the deed in a blistering 1:23, beating the previous champ by a full second, and the mighty Ferrari Enzo by two seconds. No price has of yet been set , but it is being rumored to be in the £250,000 range ($396,000).

Today In History: Albert Einstein born, March 14,1879

 

Albert Einstein (March 14, 1879 – April 18, 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of general relativity, effecting a revolution in physics. For this achievement, Einstein is often regarded as the father of modern physics and one of the most prolific intellects in human history. While best known for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2, he received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics “for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect”. The latter was pivotal in establishing quantum theory within physics. Einstein’s theories of special and general relativity drastically altered man’s view of the universe, and his work in particle and energy theory helped make possible quantum mechanics and, ultimately, the atomic bomb.

Albert Einstein during a lecture in Vienna in 1921