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Today in History
917 A Byzantine counter-offensive is routed by Syeon at
1619 The first group of twenty Africans is brought to
1667 John Milton publishes Paradise Lost, an epic poem about the fall of Adam and Eve.
1741Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering, commisioned by Peter the Great of Russia to find land connecting Asia and North America, discovers
1794 American General "Mad Anthony"
Wayne defeats the Ohio
Indians at the Battle of Fallen Timbers in the Northwest
territory, ending Indian resistance in the area.
1847 General Winfield Scott wins the battle of Churubusco on his drive to
. Mexico City
's Abbey Theatre is founded, an
outgrowth of the Irish Literary Theatre founded in 1899 by William Butler Yeats
and Lady Gregory. Dublin
1908 The American Great White Fleet arrives in
, to a warm welcome. Sydney, Australia
1913 700 feet above Buc, France, parachutist Adolphe Pegond becomes the first person to jump from an airplane and land safely.
Russia wins an early victory over at
|Murder of Leon Trotsky|
1940 Radar is used for the first time, by the British during the Battle of Britain. Also on this day, in a radio broadcast, Winston Churchill makes his famous homage to the Royal Air Force: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."
1941 Adolf Hitler authorizes the development of the V-2 missile.
United States and British forces close the
pincers on German units in the Falaise-Argentan pocket in . France
acknowledges it tested a hydrogen bomb eight days earlier. USSR
1955 Hundreds killed in anti-French rioting in
and . Algeria
dogs, Belka and Strelka, the first animals to be launched into orbit and
returned alive (Sputnik 5). USSR
East Germany begins erecting a wall along
western border to replace barbed wire put up Aug 13; US 1st Battle Group, 18th
Infantry Division arrives in West Berlin.
Lyndon Baines Johnson signs the Economic Opportunity Act, an anti-poverty
measure totaling nearly $1 billion, as part of his War on Poverty. US
1968 Some 650,000 Warsaw Pact troops invade
to quell reformers there. Czechoslovakia
1971 The Cambodian military launches a series of operations against the Khmer Rouge.
|Pres. Gerald Ford|
1978 NASA launches Viking 1; with Viking 2, launched a few days later, provided high-resolution mapping of Mars, revolutionizing existing views of the planets.
1979 The Penmanshiel Diversion on the the East Coast Main Line rail route between England and Scotland opens, replacing the 134-year-old Penmanshiel Tunnel that had collapsed in March.
1980 UN Security Council condemns
declaration that all of Jersualem is its capital; vote is 14-0, with US
1982 A multinational force including 800 US Marines lands in
oversee Palestinan withdrawal during the Lebanese Civil War. Beirut,
1986 Part-time mail carrier Patrick Sherrill shoots 20 fellow workers killing 14 at
Okla., the first mass shooting by an
individual in an office environment in the . His actions give rise to the
phrase "going postal," for sudden violent outbursts. US
Western hostages to military installations to use them as human shields against
air attacks by a US-led multinational coalition. Iraq
1991 After an attempted coup in the Soviet Union,
declares independence from the . USSR
1993 Secret negotiations in
agreement on the Oslo Peace Accords, an attempt to resolve the ongoing
Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Norway
|White Buffalo (Not Albino)|
1994 Miracle, the Sacred White Buffalo, born on Heider Farm near
Wisc. The first white (not albino) buffalo born since 1933, she was a important
religious symbol for many US and Canadian Indian tribes. Janesville
1998 The Supreme Court of
Canada rules Quebec
cannot legally secede from
without the federal government's approval. Canada
1998 US launches cruise missile attacks against alleged al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical plant in Sudan in retaliation for the Aug. 7 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
2002 A group of Iraqis opposed to the regime of Saddam Hussein seize the Iraqi Embassy in
; after five hours
they release their hostages and surrender. Berlin
1833 Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President of the
and grandson of President William
Henry Harrison United
1890 H.P. Lovecraft, author of horror tales; created the Cthulhu mythos
1905 Jack Teagarden, jazz trombonist
1941 Slobodan Milocevic, President of Serbia (1989–1997) and of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1997–2000); tried by UN's International Criminal Tribunal for war crimes but died before trial concluded
1942 Isaac Hayes, composer, musician, actor, voice-over actor; co-wrote "Soul Man," won Academy Award for his composition "Theme from Shaft."
1944 Rajiv Gandhi, Prime Minster of
1952 John Hiatt, singer/songwriter ("Have a Little Faith in Me")
1958 Patricia Rozema, film director, screenwriter (
actress; multiple nominations for Academy Awards, Golden Globe and BAFTA awards
(Enchanted, The Fighter)
Word for the day:
noun: A person imposing conformity without concern for individuality.
After Procrustes, a giant in Greek mythology, who stretched or cut his victims to make them fit his bed. He was killed by Theseus. From Greek Procroustes (stretcher). The word is more often used in its adjective form procrustean. Earliest documented use: 1581.
"But is not almost every man a Procrustes? We have not the power of showing our cruelty exactly in the same method, but actuated by the like spirit, we abridge of their liberty, and torment by scorn, all who either fall short, or exceed the usual standard."
Sarah Scott; Millennium Hall; Broadview Press; 1995.
Sarah Scott; Millennium Hall; Broadview Press; 1995.
Quote for the day:
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer. -Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author (1817-1862)
Monte Cristo Sandwich
2 slices bread
1 teaspoon mayonnaise
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
2 slices cooked ham
2 slices cooked turkey meat
1 slice Swiss cheese
1/2 cup milk
Spread bread with mayonnaise and mustard. Alternate ham, Swiss and turkey slices on bread.
Beat egg and milk in a small bowl. Coat the sandwich with the egg and milk mixture. Heat a greased skillet over medium heat, brown the sandwich on both sides. Serve hot.
[Bloggers note: I have seen these served with powdered sugar sprinkled on them and raspberry jam served on the side, as seen in the picture.]
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