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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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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