This Day in History Entry #311

January 21st, 2015 by Wordsman

Not long-lived or successful, all told
In design, though, quite famously bold
With those vertical doors
How could you not want yours?
(Flux capacitors separately sold)

Event: The first DeLorean DMC-12 (the only model ever produced by the DeLorean Motor Company) rolls off the production line
Year: 1981
Learn more: DeLorean DMC-12
Back to the Future Trilogy

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This Day in History Entry #310

January 14th, 2015 by Wordsman

Poor Toronto’d been brought to a halt
By a vigorous winter assault
Though some called it an “Oops”
Lastman summoned the troops
Armed with shovels and blankets and salt

Event: Toronto mayor Mel Lastman calls in the army to help dig out the city following a horrific blizzard
Year: 1999
Learn more: North American blizzard of 1999

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This Day in History Entry #309

January 7th, 2015 by Wordsman

Held by England two cent’ries and more
Henry II sought to Calais restore
Wentworth, forced to back down,
Gave up keys to the town
That they’d owned since the Hundred Years’ War

Event: France captures Calais, the last territorial possession of England on the European continent
Year: 1558
Learn more: Siege of Calais (1558) (not to be confused with Siege of Calais (1346, 1348, 1436, 1596, 1940, or 1944))

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This Day in History Entry #308

December 31st, 2014 by Wordsman

Now perhaps the world’s most famous ball
Needs no sport to hold viewers in thrall
Every year in the Square
Sixty seconds we stare
While the thing makes its world-famous fall

Event: The first “ball drop” held in Times Square
Year: 1907
Learn more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Times_Square_Ball

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This Day in History Entry #307

December 24th, 2014 by Wordsman

A carol for times that lack light
That can render a twelfth month’s eve bright
Song of peace and of grace
In a gentle babe’s face
Shocking silent those gathered that night

Event: “Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht” (Eng: “Silent Night”) is performed for the first time
Year: 1818
Learn more: Silent Night

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This Day in History Entry #306

December 17th, 2014 by Wordsman

Not the first ones to take to the air
The balloons had them way beat up there
But they gave us a mode
Not so wont to explode
And for that we owe much to this pair

Event: The Wright Flyer flies at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
Year: 1903
Learn more: Wright Flyer
History of aviation
National Air and Space Museum

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This Day in History Entry #305

December 10th, 2014 by Wordsman

Though it’s never worked quite right for time
Other measures it handles sublime
And its flag has unfurled
Over most of the world
That some mock it is truly a crime

Event: France adopts the metric system as its official system of measurement
Year: 1799
Learn more: Metric system

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This Day in History Entry #304

December 3rd, 2014 by Wordsman

Though he was not the Wizard of Oz
Barnard pulled Louis back from death’s jaws
For those folks who need hearts
This is where it all starts
An achievement to give us all pause

Event: Dr. Christiaan Barnard performs the first successful heart transplant
Year: 1967
Learn more: Heart transplantation

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This Day in History Entry #303

November 26th, 2014 by Wordsman

As ruler, he several times fell
Even spent many years in a cell
And though what he left trailing
’s a taste for impaling
To Slavs, he’s a hero as well

Event: Vlad III, aka Vlad the Impaler, aka Dracula, takes control of Wallachia for the third and final time
Year: 1476
Learn more: Vlad the Impaler

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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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