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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.

 

For more information about the above topics check out the following books from the Library's collection:

 


War of 1812 by Kelly King Howes
Amazon Says: A chronological overview of the events of the War of 1812, accompanied by fifteen biographies of individuals associated with the war. more...
Amazon Says: A chronological overview of the events of the War of 1812, accompanied by fifteen biographies of individuals associated with the war. less...
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Amazon Says: Joel and Michelle Levey have taught thousands of people around the globe to live in greater harmony and balance. Field-tested and refined over many years, the Leveys' unique a more...
Amazon Says: Joel and Michelle Levey have taught thousands of people around the globe to live in greater harmony and balance. Field-tested and refined over many years, the Leveys' unique approach to stress-mastery and personal development offers step-by-step guidance for developing personal strengths, enhancing the quality of life, and making a real contribution to the world. The Fine Arts of Relaxation, Concentration and Meditation offers a treasury of their most useful teachings: Waking up throughout the day--finding your meditation practice and sticking to it. Balancing breath, brain, and mind-mastering stress--enhancing performance in every arena of your life. Creative intelligence--the dynamic synergy of active and quiet mind skills. Mastery, mystery, and meditation--awakening to your true nature. Inspired Work--relaxation, concentration, and meditation on the job. A vital blend of profoundly practical skills, advice, instruction, and encouragement makes Fine Arts a complete course for awakening more fully to your highest potentials in each moment of your life. less...
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Amazon Says: Blending historical research and contemporary literary criticism, this fascinating look at one of Shakespeare's most famous plays explains how the playwright conceived and w more...
Amazon Says: Blending historical research and contemporary literary criticism, this fascinating look at one of Shakespeare's most famous plays explains how the playwright conceived and wrote Macbeth and brings to life a production of the play. less...
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Amazon Says: Emerging out of the vast steppe grasslands of Central Asia in the early 1200s, the Mongols, under their ferocious leader, Genghis Khan, quickly carved out an empire that by th more...
Amazon Says: Emerging out of the vast steppe grasslands of Central Asia in the early 1200s, the Mongols, under their ferocious leader, Genghis Khan, quickly carved out an empire that by the late thirteenth century covered almost one-sixth of the Earth’s landmass—from Eastern Europe to the eastern shore of Asia—and encompassed 110 million people. Far larger than the much more famous domains of Alexander the Great and ancient Rome, it has since been surpassed in overall size and reach only by the British Empire. The Rise and Fall of the Second Largest Empire in the World recounts the spectacularly rapid expansion and dramatic decline of the Mongol realm, while examining its real, widespread, and enduring influence on countless communities from the Danube River to the Pacific Ocean. less...
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Amazon Says: Winner of the National Book Award for history, The Path Between the Seas tells the story of the men and women who fought against all odds to fulfill the 400-year-old dream of more...
Amazon Says: Winner of the National Book Award for history, The Path Between the Seas tells the story of the men and women who fought against all odds to fulfill the 400-year-old dream of constructing an aquatic passageway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is a story of astonishing engineering feats, tremendous medical accomplishments, political power plays, heroic successes, and tragic failures. McCullough expertly weaves the many strands of this momentous event into a captivating tale. Like his masterful, Pulitzer Prize-winning biography John Adams, David McCullough's The Path Between the Seas has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This audiobook is a must-listen for anyone interested in American history, international intrigue, and human drama. less...
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Amazon Says: This book describes a wide variety of speculations by many authors about the consequences for humanity of coming into contact with extraterrestrial intelligence. The assumptio more...
Amazon Says: This book describes a wide variety of speculations by many authors about the consequences for humanity of coming into contact with extraterrestrial intelligence. The assumptions underlying those speculations are examined, and some conclusions are drawn. The book emphasizes the consequences of contact rather than the search, and takes account of popular views. As necessary background, the book also includes brief summaries of the history of thinking about extraterrestrial intelligence, searches for life and for signals, contrasting paradigms of how contact might take place, and the paradox that those paradigms allegedly create. less...
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Amazon Says: This book chronicles the events, the bands, and the incidents that made up that momentous August weekend in the summer of '69. It also traces the history of the bands that per more...
Amazon Says: This book chronicles the events, the bands, and the incidents that made up that momentous August weekend in the summer of '69. It also traces the history of the bands that performed, what they performed, how they came to be there, and what affect Woodstock had on their careers - if any. Published to coincide with the festival's 40th anniversary. less...
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Napoleon by Timothy Wilson Smith
Amazon Says: This biography acknowledges Napoleon's rise and downfall, his legend and his lasting legacy, the reshaping of France, her government and laws (the Code Napoleon) as well as hi more...
Amazon Says: This biography acknowledges Napoleon's rise and downfall, his legend and his lasting legacy, the reshaping of France, her government and laws (the Code Napoleon) as well as his wider influence on the whole of Europe. less...
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Amazon Says: After forty years of feminism, views of the traditional Jewish family, religion, and gender roles have changed. In the process a new literature has been created, new paradigms more...
Amazon Says: After forty years of feminism, views of the traditional Jewish family, religion, and gender roles have changed. In the process a new literature has been created, new paradigms born, and many Jewish women writers have been reevaluated, reclaimed, and renamed, with their Jewish heritage often overlooked or misinterpreted. Modern Jewish Women Writers in America includes groundbreaking essays and interviews with scholars and authors who reveal that despite pressures of assimilation, personal goals, and in some cases, anti-Semitism, they have never been able to divorce their lives or literature from being Jewish. less...
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