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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This Day in History Entry #283

July 9th, 2014 by Wordsman

Yes, they’ve come a long way now since Gore
To the Men’s Singles they’ve added four
And the watchers don’t scream
They eat berries and cream
As for tennis, it stands at the fore

Event: Opening of the first Championship at Wimbledon
Year: 1877
Learn more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Championships,_Wimbledon

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This Day in History Entry #282

July 2nd, 2014 by Wordsman

Not content to mere prisoners be
They took charge of their route ‘cross the sea
Some tried to their cause thwart
But the land’s highest court
Ruled that all these brave souls should be free

Event: The Mende captives revolt and take over La Amistad
Year: 1839
Learn more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Amistad

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This Day in History Entry #281

June 25th, 2014 by Wordsman

In the attic, penned in by their fright
There was little to do but to write
Otto grieved that his girl’d
Never see the bright world
But her words, he could help them take flight

Event: The diary of Anne Frank is first published (original title: The Annex: Diary Notes 14 June 1942 – 1 August 1944)
Year: 1947
Learn more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Diary_of_a_Young_Girl

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This Day in History Entry #280

June 18th, 2014 by Wordsman

Many afterward took on her name
As a way to seek fortune and fame
Excavations and tests
Of the place where she rests
Brought to end any lingering claim

Event: Birth of the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna, daughter of Tsar Nicholas II
Year: 1901
Learn more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Duchess_Anastasia_Nikolaevna_of_Russia

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This Day in History Entry #279

June 11th, 2014 by Wordsman

Having run out of worlds to defeat
Alexander went back to his seat
None know what he there met
But to his great regret
He would never return to his feet

Event: Alexander, Basileus of Macedon, Hegemon of the Hellenic League, Shahanshah of Persia, Pharaoh of Egypt and Lord of Asia, dies at age 32
Year: 323 BC
Learn more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_the_Great

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This Day in History Entry #278

June 4th, 2014 by Wordsman

At first ready to soil their pants
By the end they could not help but dance
Free to fight one more day
“On the beaches,” he’d say
Once they’d gotten the hell out of France

Event: The evacuation of Allied forces from Dunkirk is completed
Year: 1940
Learn more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunkirk_evacuation
http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/We_shall_fight_on_the_beaches

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This Day in History Entry #277

May 28th, 2014 by Wordsman

It saw radio rise to the fore
It saw Asia best Europe in war
When that fleet met its fate
In the Tsushima Strait
‘Midst artillery’s deafening roar

Event: End of the Battle of Tsushima, the decisive conflict in the Russo-Japanese War
Year: 1905
Learn more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Tsushima

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This Day in History Entry #276

May 21st, 2014 by Wordsman

O’er the clouds, far from anywhere warm
Not a place for those folks who conform
Though they both escaped harm
One touched down in a farm
While the other took Paris by storm

Events: Charles Lindbergh lands in Paris, completing the first nonstop solo transatlantic flight; Amelia Earhart lands in Derry, Northern Ireland, completing the first nonstop solo transatlantic flight by a woman
Years: 1927; 1932
Learn more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Lindbergh
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amelia_Earhart

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