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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This Day in History Entry #333

June 24th, 2015 by Wordsman

Now in tennis, you must win by two
But I’m not sure they thought that plan through
It took three days in June
Each one gone well past noon
‘Fore John Isner could fin’lly say “Whew!”

Event: The longest match in the history of professional tennis comes to a merciful conclusion, with John Isner defeating Nicolas Mahut after winning the final set 70-68
Year: 2010
Learn more: Isner-Mahut Match at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships

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This Day in History Entry #332

June 17th, 2015 by Wordsman

Though at first he could do naught but bawl
Shah Jahan knew that tears are too small
He’d ensure that not one
By the time he was done
Could forget his dear Mumtaz Mahal

Event: Mumtaz Mahal, wife of Shah Jahan, dies in childbirth. He would later commission the construction of the Taj Mahal to serve as her mausoleum.
Year: 1631
Learn more: Mumtaz Mahal
Taj Mahal

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This Day in History Entry #331

June 11th, 2015 by Wordsman

This happened on June 10th, not the 11th, so this entry really should have appeared yesterday. I’d like to be able to blame the mix-up on the website, but the fact of the matter is I simply missed it. Forgive me!

Swearing never to let bill see light
Mr. Thurmond got ready to fight
After long weeks of bluster
His great filibuster
Mr. Humphrey quite rightly did smite

Event: The U.S. Senate votes to end the filibuster against the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Year: 1964 (shocking, I know)
Learn more: Civil Rights Act of 1964

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This Day in History Entry #330

June 3rd, 2015 by Wordsman

Ed’s proposal caused many to frown
Leaving one way to calm them all down
And when push came to shove
He decided on love
As he gave to his brother his crown

Event: The Duke of Windsor (formerly King Edward VIII) marries Wallis Simpson
Year: 1937
Learn more: Edward VIII
Wallis Simpson
Edward VIII Abdication Crisis

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