This Day in History Entry #343

September 2nd, 2015 by Wordsman

When diplomacy needs to be slick
Speaking softly’s just half of the trick
Let it widely be seen
That it’s business you mean
As you quietly hold a big stick

Event: Soon-to-be President Theodore Roosevelt describes the gist of his foreign policy as “Speak softly, and carry a big stick” in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair
Year: 1901
Learn more: Big Stick ideology
The Great Minnesota Get-Together

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This Day in History Entry #342

August 26th, 2015 by Wordsman

And here’s the second (this one’s actually August 26th):

Forty miles? Your eardrums would break
At five thousand, your ship would still shake
Global temperatures dropped
‘Neath a sky photoshopped
In the epic paroxysm’s wake

Event: Krakatoa begins its final, cataclysmic eruption
Year: 1883
Learn more: Krakatoa Eruption

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This Day in History Entry #341

August 26th, 2015 by Wordsman

Apologies for missing last week. I was on vacation. So we’ll have a bonus TWO entries today. Here’s the first, which should have been for August 19th:

She knew fashion impossibly well
How to look, what to wear, how to smell
The black dress’s mystique
Even tans became chic
Chalk it all up to Coco Chanel

Event: Birth of Coco Chanel
Year: 1883
Learn more: Coco Chanel

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This Day in History Entry #340

August 12th, 2015 by Wordsman

At the end, in Octavian’s grasp
She had nothing to which she could clasp
With her dynasty done
There was nowhere to run
Cleopatra then turned to the asp

Event: Cleopatra VII Philopator, last of the Ptolemaic Dynasty, dies, according to popular belief, from the bite of an asp
Year: 30 BC
Learn more: Cleopatra

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This Day in History Entry #339

August 5th, 2015 by Wordsman

On the great Union sea blockade wheel
The last stop was the Bay of Mobile
Though Tecumseh got slammed
They let ‘pedoes be damned
And the southern Gulf Coast off did seal

Event: The Battle of Mobile Bay
Year: 1864
Learn more: The Battle of Mobile Bay

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This Day in History Entry #338

July 29th, 2015 by Wordsman

“We explorers are quite ill at ease
What’s the problem? We’ve run out of seas!”
“Well you folks are in luck
There’s a deal I’ve just struck
Wanna see if the moon’s made of cheese?”

Event: President Eisenhower signs the National Aeronautics and Space Act, creating NASA
Year: 1958
Learn more: NASA

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This Day in History Entry #337

July 22nd, 2015 by Wordsman

When he came to where river meets lake
Cleaveland said, “Let’s a settlement make”
But the city he’d spurn
Not to ever return
Was it all just a giant mistake?

Event: Surveyors from the Connecticut Land Company lay out a plan for a city where the Cuyahoga River flows into Lake Erie. They decide to name it after their leader, Moses Cleaveland (yes, Cleaveland, not Cleveland).
Year: 1796
Learn more: Moses Cleaveland
Cleveland

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This Day in History Entry #336

July 15th, 2015 by Wordsman

When it seemed that things couldn’t get worse
Fate had one final trick to disburse
Xuanzong’d get clean away
But without Yang Guifei
Now his sorrow lives on in Bai’s verse

Event: While fleeing the capital, Emperor Xuanzong is forced to order the death of his beloved consort Yang Guifei in order to prevent his troops from mutinying. Later, their love affair is made the subject of the legendary work The Song of Everlasting Sorrow by the poet Bai Juyi.
Year: 756
Learn more: Yang Guifei
An Lushan Rebellion

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This Day in History Entry #335

July 8th, 2015 by Wordsman

Standing tall with his four ships of black
Matthew Perry sought not to attack
No, instead he did bring
A much scarier thing:
Tides of change that could not be held back

Event: Commodore Matthew Perry sails the “black ships” (USS Mississippi, USS Plymouth, USS Saratoga, and USS Susquehanna) into Edo Bay, bringing a symbolic end to Japan’s centuries-old policy of sakoku, in which contact with the outside world (and especially the West) was kept to a minimum
Year: 1853
Learn more: Matthew Perry (no, not Matthew Perry)
Black Ships
Sakoku

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This Day in History Entry #334

July 1st, 2015 by Wordsman

Independence? Not noteworthy seen
By a land still quite fond of their Queen
What they do celebrate
Is their unified state
When one Canada came on the scene

Event: The British North America Act of 1867 joins the Province of Canada with the colonies of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to form a single dominion, called Canada
Year: 1867
Learn more: Canadian Confederation
Constitution Act
Canada Day

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