This Day in History Entry #271

April 16th, 2014 by Wordsman

Not content to just sit there like freight
The jailed King carried on the debate
“Though by courts we’re dismissed
We will ever resist
It’s not justice if you have to wait”

Event: Martin Luther King Jr. writes “Letter from Birmingham Jail”
Year: 1963
Learn more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Letter_from_Birmingham_Jail

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This Day in History Entry #270

April 9th, 2014 by Wordsman

Baseball’s tough at a hundred degrees
But the dome blocked the sun (and the breeze)
There the Cougars beat Lew
Billie Jean won big too
And it even could house refugees

Event: The Harris County Domed Stadium (later called the Houston Astrodome) opens
Year: 1965
Learn more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astrodome

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This Day in History Entry #269

April 2nd, 2014 by Wordsman

Now, an island of flowers it’s not
But the sunshine they’ve certainly got
When you do there set forth
You go south to get north
And their voting with trouble’s oft fraught

Event: Ponce de León and his expedition become the first Europeans to sight what is now Florida
Year: 1513
Learn more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Ponce_de_Le%C3%B3n
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida

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This Day in History Entry #268

March 26th, 2014 by Wordsman

Pick just one? I don’t know how you’d try
Eagle? Elephant? Donkey? Oh my!
But I think, in all candor
It’s the gerrymander
And the votes back me up! Ain’t that sly?

Event: A cartoon depicting a “Gerry-mander” (a strange animal in the peculiar shape of a new Massachusetts congressional district) appears in the Boston Gazette
Year: 1812
Learn more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerrymander

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This Day in History Entry #267

March 19th, 2014 by Wordsman

Calling images out of thin air
They could show scenes that weren’t really there
With their magical light
They caused dreams to take flight
Quite the wizards, the bros Lumière

Event: The Lumière brothers record their first film footage on their cinematograph (one of the first movie cameras)
Year: 1895
Learn more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auguste_and_Louis_Lumi%C3%A8re

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This Day in History Entry #266

March 12th, 2014 by Wordsman

More than fifty-nine mill’ have enrolled
To do duty and honor uphold
But to me what’s most dear
Is the eight weeks a year
When those marvelous Thin Mints are sold

Event: The Girl Scouts (then Girl Guides) of the USA are founded
Year: 1912
Learn more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girl_Scouts_of_the_USA

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This Day in History Entry #265

March 5th, 2014 by Wordsman

“In our fabulous heavenly plot
A fine center we’ve already got
Now you say it’s the sun?
That’s it, Nicky! You’re done!
No one else will be reading this rot!”

Event: The Catholic Church bans Copernicus’ De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres) despite the fact that almost no one was interested in reading it or capable of understanding it
Year: 1616
Learn more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_revolutionibus_orbium_coelestium

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This Day in History Entry #264

February 26th, 2014 by Wordsman

Many wonders the parks do contain
Teton mountains and green coasts of Maine
See the continent’s peak
That grand hole cut by creek
Conservation is everyone’s gain

Events: Denali National Park established; Acadia (then Lafayette) and Grand Canyon National Parks are established; Grand Teton National Park established
Years: 1917; 1919; 1929

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This Day in History Entry #263

February 19th, 2014 by Wordsman

The VP’s? Not a mem’rable lot
‘Cept for those who the pres’dency got
But we all know of Burr
The contemptible cur
And the Treasury Sec that he shot

Event: Former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr is arrested for treason (which doesn’t actually have anything to do with the fact that he shot Alexander Hamilton)
Year: 1807
Learn more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Burr

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This Day in History Entry #262

February 12th, 2014 by Wordsman

Some things really are best set in stone
Or in steel, which we shall not bemoan
See the shining arch crest
Whence a nation looked west
And the god on his marble-wrought throne

Events: First stone of the Lincoln Memorial is laid; construction begins on the Gateway Arch
Years: 1914, 1963
Learn more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gateway_arch
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Memorial

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