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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This Day in History Entry #292

September 10th, 2014 by Wordsman

At the first, Britain held the Lake tight
But the stage soon was set for a fight
Though his flagship went down
Perry still won renown
“Met the foe; they are ours,” he’d write

Event: U.S. ships under Oliver Hazard Perry defeat the British in the Battle of Lake Erie
Year: 1813
Learn more: The Battle of Lake Erie

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This Day in History Entry #291

September 3rd, 2014 by Wordsman

Once the largest dominion on Earth
It had reached ’bout th’extent of its girth
They took Baghdad in stride
But the Mamluks defied
And to fractured empire gave birth

Event: Mamluks defeat Mongols in the Battle of Ain Jalut, the first time in history a Mongol invasion had been permanently driven back
Year: 1260
Learn more: The Battle of Ain Jalut

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This Day in History Entry #290

August 27th, 2014 by Wordsman

Through the wilds to Castlebar take
Humbert’s boys beat the pants off of Lake
To the races they flew
And though ’twas quite a coup
One win’d not a free Ireland make

Event: Combined Irish and French forces defeat the British in the Battle of Castlebar
Year: 1798
Learn more: Battle of Castlebar
Irish Rebellion of 1798

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This Day in History Entry #289

August 20th, 2014 by Wordsman

Through the whole solar system it tore
Past Uranus and Neptune and more
And inside it does hold
Our culture, in gold
Asking folks to come knock on our door

Event: Space probe Voyager 2 launches (curiously enough, 2 weeks before Voyager 1)
Year: 1977
Learn more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voyager_2
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voyager_Golden_Record

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This Day in History Entry #288

August 13th, 2014 by Wordsman

With his Birds, he made viewers distressed
At Vertiginous films he was best
Did the Man Know Too Much?
Only Psychos say such
As they wander off North by Northwest

Event: Birth of Alfred Hitchcock
Year: 1899
Learn more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Hitchcock

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This Day in History Entry #287

August 6th, 2014 by Wordsman

Ever since the year fourteen-nine-two
They’d a massive domain ‘cross the blue
But Napoleon’s war
Meant a shift was in store
And America got a new view

Event: Bolivia gains independence from Spain
Year: 1825
Learn more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_American_wars_of_independence

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This Day in History Entry #286

July 30th, 2014 by Wordsman

Much of Europe just seemed to care naught
But Earth’s western half made it hard-fought
It was thirteen showed up
To the FIFA World Cup
And host Uruguay bested the lot

Event: Uruguay defeats Argentina 4-2 to become the champion of the 1st FIFA World Cup (the United States was later declared to be the 3rd-place finisher based on having a better goal differential than the other semi-final loser, Yugoslavia)
Year: 1930
Learn more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1930_FIFA_World_Cup

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This Day in History Entry #285

July 23rd, 2014 by Wordsman

In response to the death of Duke Franz*
They produced a long list of demands
Though the Serbs wanted peace
They could not take police
Which fit right in with Austria’s plans

*Pronounce it with a nice, Anglicized “franz” (rhymes with “cans”) rather than the more Germanic “frahnz” (rhymes with “prawns”)

Event: After the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, the Austro-Hungarian Empire issues an ultimatum. The Serbian government’s refusal to comply with all elements of the ultimatum eventually led to the start of World War I
Year: 1914
Learn more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/July_Crisis

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This Day in History Entry #284

July 16th, 2014 by Wordsman

Night to day, unbelievably fast
Ever on, repercussions would last
A destroyer was spawned
And a new age had dawned
In the wake of the Trinity blast

Event: The Trinity test; first detonation of a nuclear weapon
Year: 1945
Learn more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity_%28nuclear_test%29

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