This Day in History Entry #356

December 2nd, 2015 by Wordsman

On its steps the old bird woman sits
Later on, it would live through the Blitz
There atop Ludgate Hill
You can see it now still
An enduring old symbol for Brits

Event: St. Paul’s Cathedral in London is consecrated
Year: 1697
Learn more: St. Paul’s Cathedral (London)

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This Day in History Entry #355

November 25th, 2015 by Wordsman

Though the twist at the end’s meant to stun
Far more shocking’s the length of its run
Now they’re caught in the trap
All the West Enders clap
With no sign that the show’ll e’er be done

Event: The Mousetrap, written by Agatha Christie, opens in the West End of London. With more than 25,000 shows, it is the longest continually-running production of any kind in the world
Year: 1952
Learn more: The Mousetrap

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This Day in History Entry #354

November 18th, 2015 by Wordsman

Placing apple atop the boy’s head
Albrecht Gessler “Just shoot it off!” said
William Tell did not bow
Nor did skill fail him now
Soon ’twas Gessler, not son, who’d be dead

Event: William Tell shoots an apple off his son’s head
Year: 1307
Learn more: William Tell
Apfelschuss
William Tell Overture

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This Day in History Entry #353

November 11th, 2015 by Wordsman

That the terms were unfair was a fact
But the army was done, Kaiser sacked
So they went to their knees
Midst the Compi├Ęgne trees
Little wonder the peace later cracked

Event: The German delegation agrees to the Allies’ fairly lopsided terms for ending the war in a train car in the forest of Compi├Ęgne, France. The armistice goes into effect at 11:00 Paris time.
Year: 1918
Learn more: Armistice of 11 November

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This Day in History Entry #352

November 4th, 2015 by Wordsman

When America took in the Shah
Zealous students conspiracy saw
Fifty-two were inside
Swept beneath the young tide
Diplomatic immunity? Nah

Event: The Muslim Student Followers of the Imam’s Line seize the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, beginning the Iran hostage crisis
Year: 1979
Learn more: Iran hostage crisis

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This Day in History Entry #351

October 28th, 2015 by Wordsman

The past century’s brinkiest brink
Made of missiles a thunderous stink
Would the Cold War get hot?
In the end, it did not
It was thanks to the X-Men, I think?

Event: Nikita Khrushchev commits to the removal of Soviet missiles from Cuba, ending the Cuban Missile Crisis
Year: 1962
Learn more: Cuban Missile Crisis
X-Men: First Class

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This Day in History Entry #350

October 21st, 2015 by Wordsman

Epic showdown of east versus west
Put the Warring States Era to rest
Mitsunari was burned
When Mt. Matsuo turned
Ieyasu the schemer proved best

Event: The forces of the east under Tokugawa Ieyasu defeat the forces of the western coalition under Ishida Mitsunari at the Battle of Sekigahara
Year: 1600
Learn more: Battle of Sekigahara

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This Day in History Entry #349

October 14th, 2015 by Wordsman

Tip your cap to the North Side’s own Cubs
One of baseball’s most woebegone clubs
Yes, by Bartman and goat
It’s misfortune they wrote
Good thing Clark Street’s got plenty of pubs

Event: The Chicago Cubs defeat the Detroit Tigers in Game 5 of the World Series. This would be the last World Series title for the Cubs in 107 years (BUT MAYBE THIS IS THEIR YEAR!)
Year: 1908
Learn more: 1908 World Series
Drought (sport)
Curse of the Billy Goat
Steve Bartman

IMPORTANT FACT: The two starting pitchers in that Game 5 were named Orval Overall and Wild Bill Donovan

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This Day in History Entry #348

October 7th, 2015 by Wordsman

In his field, not afraid to cause rifts
Said electrons have orbital shifts
That don’t do it for you?
He defied Hitler, too!
And was prized for his numerous gifts

Event: Birth of Nobel Laureate in Physics Niels Bohr
Year: 1885
Learn more: Niels Bohr
The Bohr Model of the atom
Bohrium

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This Day in History Entry #347

September 30th, 2015 by Wordsman

The Mojave’s a brutal expanse
Fit to live? You’d not think at first glance
But the Dam made Lake Mead
And it keeps them AC’ed
Now I’d say they’ve a fighting good chance

Event: Hoover Dam (or Boulder Dam, to sticklers) is dedicated
Year: 1935
Learn more: Hoover Dam

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