This Day in History Entry #302

November 19th, 2014 by Wordsman

Could a new birth of freedom ensure
That the founders’ creation’d endure?
That’s what still lay ahead
Once they’d buried the dead
Whose last sacrifice made the land pure

Event: Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address
Year: 1863
Learn more: Gettysburg Address

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This Day in History Entry #301

November 12th, 2014 by Wordsman

To the shores many searchers have flocked
And despite having often been mocked
All the depths they have plumbed
Yet no beast has succumbed
Will the mystery e’er be unloched?

Event: Hugh Gray takes the first known photographs of the “Loch Ness Monster,” which may or may not have been a dog carrying a stick
Year: 1933
Learn more: Loch Ness Monster

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This Day in History Entry #300

November 5th, 2014 by Wordsman

Poor Guy Fawkes, with his gunpowder casks
Wondered why this, of all of the tasks?
Sure, his plot to kill James
Went down not quite in flames
But at least now he’s got those cool masks

Event: The Gunpowder Plot is uncovered and the assassination of King James I prevented
Year: 1605
Learn more: Gunpowder Plot

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This Day in History Entry #299

October 29th, 2014 by Wordsman

Speculation bejeweled Wall Street’s crown
But what’s up will most surely come down
And the twenties’ last roar
Told us what was in store
As the bears drove the bulls out of town

Event: The Crash
Year: 1929
Learn more: Black Tuesday

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This Day in History Entry #298

October 22nd, 2014 by Wordsman

First world problems: when Vanderbilts fret
‘Cause they cannot fine opera seats get
By old money door shown,
They just started their own
And ’twas thus they gave birth to the Met

Event: New York’s Metropolitan Opera opens its first season (and its new opera house) with a performance of Faust
Year: 1883
Learn more: Metropolitan Opera

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This Day in History Entry #297

October 15th, 2014 by Wordsman

“I’m a daughter of Java,” she claimed
For her body this dancer was famed
With her feminine wiles
She smuggled out files
“Femme fatale,” is now how she is named

Event: Mata Hari executed for espionage
Year: 1917
Learn more: Mata Hari

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This Day in History Entry #296

October 8th, 2014 by Wordsman

The whole region was suff’ring from drought
And a strong southwest wind was about
All around the great lake
Did the flames start to take
A cow did it? There may be some doubt

Event: The Great Chicago Fire (along with several other significant fires around Lake Michigan) begins
Year: 1871
Learn more: Great Chicago Fire
Peshtigo Fire
Great Michigan Fire

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This Day in History Entry #295

October 1st, 2014 by Wordsman

Like a rocket ship held to the ground
For their speed these white streaks are renowned
Ride on hope or on light
But be sure the time’s right
These torpedoes do not wait around

Event: The first shinkansen (bullet train) runs from Tokyo to Osaka
Year: 1964
Learn more: Shinkansen

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This Day in History Entry #294

September 24th, 2014 by Wordsman

Though the Jazz Age is long in the past
In his words it will ever on last
For whatever our tack
We are always borne back
Boats beat on, but they go nowhere fast

Event: Birth of F. Scott Fitzgerald
Year: 1896
Learn more: F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby

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This Day in History Entry #293

September 17th, 2014 by Wordsman

Not content to be free by herself
She determined to share in the wealth
Though she worked underground
She became quite renowned
As she rescued her family through stealth

Event: Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery
Year: 1849
Learn more: Harriet Tubman
Underground Railroad

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