This Day in History Entry #320

March 25th, 2015 by Wordsman

To the marchers, the miles weren’t far
Though they traveled without horse or car
They survived Sunday’s blood
And the billy club’s thud
To demand they be treated on par

Event: Marchers from Selma, AL arrive at the state capitol in Montgomery to protest in favor of voting rights
Year: 1965
Learn more: Selma to Montgomery marches

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This Day in History Entry #319

March 18th, 2015 by Wordsman

On the morn after Paddy’s parade
Two fake cops did the Gardner invade
And from Chez Tortoni
To the Galilee Sea
A baked dozen of works were mislaid

Event: History’s largest art theft: Two thieves steal 13 works valued at $500 million from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston
Year: 1990
Learn more: The Heist

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This Day in History Entry #318

March 11th, 2015 by Wordsman

Seeing Europe and China aflame
FDR sought to even the game
So he said, “I propose
That we lend them the hose
Charging money for aid would be lame”

Event: The Lend-Lease Act goes into effect
Year: 1941
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This Day in History Entry #317

March 4th, 2015 by Wordsman

Roman Emperor and German King
Mighty Redbeard could war and law bring
Now in Kyffhäuser lays
Frederick ’til end of days
When the ravens no longer take wing

Event: Frederick I Barbarossa is elected King of Germany
Year: 1152
Learn more: Frederick I

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This Day in History Entry #316

February 25th, 2015 by Wordsman

Never known for adapting real fast
U.S. Steel redefined the word “vast”
And at time of formation
‘Twas The Corporation
Though that day has now long since passed

Event: U.S. Steel, the world’s first billion-dollar corporation, is incorporated
Year: 1901
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This Day in History Entry #315

February 18th, 2015 by Wordsman

Gettin’ civilized’s never much fun
Not compared to a river raft run
Huck ‘n’ Jim out did slip
To the mighty Miss’ssip
Quite the tale their adventures have spun

Event: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is first published in the United States (after previously having been published in Canada and the United Kingdom)
Year: 1885
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This Day in History Entry #314

February 11th, 2015 by Wordsman

VE II had the city obtained
But the tough Roman Question remained
‘Til they carved out a home
Near the center of Rome
And a Vatican City ordained

Event: The Kingdom of Italy and the Holy See sign the Lateran Treaty, establishing Vatican City as an independent city-state
Year: 1929
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Roman Question

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This Day in History Entry #313

February 4th, 2015 by Wordsman

“Just a fad”? We can no more pretend
Now it’s redefined “like,” “poke,” and “friend”
From an Ivy League club
To the Net’s social hub
Past a billion, where will it hence wend?

Event: Facebook is founded
Year: 2004
Learn more: Facebook
The Social Network

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This Day in History Entry #312

January 28th, 2015 by Wordsman

Men of fortune, go search for a wife
To escape from your vain, snobbish life
If she seems to hate you
Don’t give up, for it’s true:
Wedded bliss may be prefaced by strife

Event: Pride and Prejudice is first published
Year: 1813
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This Day in History Entry #311

January 21st, 2015 by Wordsman

Not long-lived or successful, all told
In design, though, quite famously bold
With those vertical doors
How could you not want yours?
(Flux capacitors separately sold)

Event: The first DeLorean DMC-12 (the only model ever produced by the DeLorean Motor Company) rolls off the production line
Year: 1981
Learn more: DeLorean DMC-12
Back to the Future Trilogy

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