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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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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