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This Day in History (1993): Wild parakeets add color, commotion

The care and maintenance of visiting parakeets has been a tradition for 10th Street home dwellers in Dhahran.

This Day in History (1993): Wild parakeets add color, commotion

From the Dec. 15, 1993, edition of The Arabian Sun


Flocks of parakeets are adding an exotic touch to the lush greenery on Ibis Street, just below the Dhahran Library. The tropical rose-ringed parakeets, visitors from India, feed on apples and sunflower seeds in the early morning and before sunset.


They roost in the dense foliage of the large trees that stretch back to the dining hall, but they congregate at the garden of Al (Max) and Shirley Gore for breakfast and supper.


If someone walks by, a cloud of 20 or more will erupt noisily into the air from the bird feeder. They wait impatiently on the telephone wires.


Their daily snacks of sunflower seeds and apples are served up courtesy of Max Gore, who carries on the tradition from the previous occupant.


When Gore moved to Tenth Street three years ago, his golfing companions told him that the previous occupant, with "boundless enthusiasm and endless ideas," fed the parakeets and had built a large pond and waterfall in the garden.


Caption for top photo: Drawn by a bounty of ripe apples, the long-tailed parakeets make quick work of a daily supply of treats. Passers-by enjoy the sight.


Also on this day

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1978 U.S. President Jimmy Carter announces the U.S. will recognize the People's Republic of China and sever diplomatic relations with the Republic of China (Taiwan)


1973 John Paul Getty III, grandson of American billionaire J. Paul Getty, is found alive in Italy after being kidnapped by a gang there earlier in the year


1970 Venera 7, a Soviet spacecraft, successfully lands on Venus


1961 Adolf Eichmann is sentenced to death after being found guilty by an Israeli court on 15 counts including crimes against humanity and the Jewish People, and being a member of an outlawed organization


1939 Gone with the Wind premieres at Loew's Grand Theater in Atlanta, Georgia


1903 Italian American food-cart vendor Italo Marchiony receives a U.S. patent for a machine that makes ice cream cones


1890 Lakota chief Sitting Bull is killed by Indian agency police on the Standing rock Indian Reservation during an attempt to arrest him in connection with the Ghost Dance movement


1869 The Republic of Ezo, Japan's first attempt at democracy, is proclaimed, but is short-lived


1791 The U.S. Bill of Rights becomes law


1025 Constantine VIII becomes sole emperor of the Byzantine Empire, 63 years after being crowned co-emperor


37 Roman emperor Nero is born at Antium


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