Today in History with a Twist: August 15, 2013
Fort Dearborn Falls!
Our new conflict with England has suffered another defeat on the Western Front. Fort Dearborn, located on a river inlet into Lake Michigan known as Chicago, has been captured by a group of about 500 British allied Potawatomi Indians (1812). The battle lasted only 15 minutes. In the short battle 38 of the 66 soldiers of the garrison and 14 of their 27 dependants were killed. The number of Indian casualties is unknown. The Fort's survivors are being ransomed. This disaster follows the loss of Fort Mackinac last month.
No relaxing in Chicago, but don't let that stop you. It’s National Relaxation Day! Today we live in a very fast-paced world that is often stressful and overwhelming. National Relaxation Day is all about taking a step back to unwind and decompress. Although a certain amount of stress is normal, too much of it can be harmful to your physical and mental health. Take care of yourself today. Read a book, get a massage, watch a movie, go for a long walk, or take a nap. No matter what you choose to do, just remember to take it easy, even if it’s only for a few minutes. Happy National Relaxation Day! (Punchbowl.com)
News from Scotland (1040) is that the family feud for the control of the country has ended with King Duncan I being killed in battle against his first cousin and rival Macbeth, who has succeed Duncan King of Scotland. Not a happy ending for King Macbeth who himself has been killed at the Battle of Lumphanan (1057) by the forces of Máel Coluim mac Donnchada. What goes around comes around.
Japan has been saved by a miracle (1281). Kublai Khan's Mongol invasion fleet has been destroyed by a storm. The Japanese are calling the storm a "divine wind" or in Japanese Kamikaze. The Japanese should know that miracles rarely repeat themselves.
Teddy's dream has come true (1914). The Panama Canal opens to traffic with the transit of the cargo ship SS Ancon. Bet this bypass puts a lot of Argentinean port facilities out of business.
We are not alone! (1977) Representatives from the SETI Project report that The Big Ear, a radio telescope operated by Ohio State University as part of the project, has received a radio signal from deep space; the event is being called the "Wow! signal" from the notation made by a volunteer on the project. Mulder is vindicated.
Hollywood has a sure hit on their hands (1939). The Wizard of Oz premiered at Grauman's Chinese Theater to rave reviews. Couldn't they afford to film the whole movie in color?
On the music scene, a record was set (1965) when The Beatles played to nearly 60,000 fans at Shea Stadium in New York. Expect stadium rock to be the wave of the future. This is one invasion the British are winning.
More news for rock fans. A major outdoor concert has started today (1969) in Woodstock, NY. It will run for three days. Come on up should be fun.
Today we celebrate the birthdays of:
1769 - Napoleon - Corsican-French military officer and political leader (that's an understatement) (d. 1821). - Got to retire to a beautiful island resort.
1885 - Edna Ferber - Novelist (d. 1968) - You may be familiar with her work and not even know it.
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