Today in History with a Twist
Let the Games Begin!
After a 12 year hiatus due to the distraction caused by World War II, the Olympic Games are back (1948). Not only did England win the war but they also won the right to host the Games of the XIV Olympiad in London. Obviously there will be many comparisons to the last Olympics which were held in Berlin. Just don't see the Brits being as extravagant as the Germans.
The Italian athletes will probably be breaking out mom’s famous recipe - it’s National Lasagna Day! This delicious Italian dish is usually made with layers of flat pasta sheets, tomato sauce, and cheese, but there are dozens of different variations. Some popular additions are meat, vegetables, and Béchamel sauce. People have been eating noodles for at least 4,000 years, but culinary historians disagree over when and where the first pasta dish originated. We do know that tomatoes are a "New World" food, which means pasta and tomato dishes (like lasagna) have only been around since the 16th century. To celebrate National Lasagna Day, bake a big pan of lasagna. Grab a bottle of red wine and invite some friends over to enjoy a fun, family-style dinner! (Punchbowl.com)
Fed up with the internal bickering the co-Emperors, Pupienus and Balbinus, the Praetorian Guard stormed the palace and took them prisoner (238). They then dragged them through the streets of Rome and executed them. This was followed by Gordian III, age 13, being proclaimed emperor. Think I would follow the Praetorian's advice if I were him. He could also visit our new Teen Center to learn some new skills.
Surprising news from Washington D.C. (1864) where socialite Belle Boyd has been arrested by Union troops and charged with being a Confederate spy. She is being detained at the Old Capitol Prison. The Yankees just couldn't bring themselves to hang a woman.
At a peace conference held at The Hague, Netherlands representatives from the United States, Great Britain, Austria-Hungary, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Japan, and China have signed a series of agreements that out line laws for the conduct of warfare and establishing international courts to settle disputes between countries (1899). I'm sure war will be much more civilized now that we have a set of rules to follow.
In nearby Germany a fledgling political party, the National Socialist German Workers Party has named a new leader (1921). He is the charismatic Adolf Hitler who can really whip up the emotions of a crowd with one of his speeches. Keep an eye on this up and comer.
In Washington D.C. today (1958) President Eisenhower signed into law the National Aeronautics and Space Act. The act creates the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). To the moon Alice, to the moon!
From the world of science we have learned today (2005) that our solar system has a new member with Astronomers announcing their discovery of the dwarf planet Eris. Maybe one day it will grow into a full blown planet.
Today we celebrate the birthdays of:
1805 - Alexis de Tocqueville - French historian and scientist (d. 1859) - How come a 200 year old (figuratively) old Frenchman knows more about us than us?
1883 - Benito Mussolini - Dictator of Italy (d. 1945) - Hard to believe he was actually a European powerhouse until he hooked his wagon to the wrong star.
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