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Today in History with a Twist: August 2, 2013

Get Ready to be Counted!

     For the first time the United States is going to find out how many Americans there are by conducting the country's first census (1790).  The information will be update every ten years. Many, including President Washington believe that the population will be undercounted, I'm sure this problem will get worked out as we become more experienced in conducting the census.

     After you are done filling out the forms treat yourself to an ice cream sandwich.  It’s National Ice Cream Sandwich Day!  On the beach or in an ice cream shop, these sweet sandwiches are always delicious.  Ice cream sandwiches come in many varieties.  In their traditional form, vanilla ice cream is tucked between two thin layers that resemble chocolate cake.  Other versions include chipwiches - ice cream between two chocolate chip cookies.  Variations of this delight can also be found in different countries.  In Australia, the most popular sandwiches are called “Giant Sandwiches," while "Maxibons" are half-dipped in chocolate.  However, the most exotic ice cream sandwiches might be found in Singapore.  Here, red bean, yam, and honeydew are all popular flavors.  

     They probably could have used some ice cream sandwiches in southern Italy where Hannibal's Carthaginian army defeated a numerically superior Roman army under command of consuls Lucius Aemilius Paullus and Gaius Terentius Varro (216 BC).  Fought on the plains outside of the Roman village of Cannae, the largest battle to date in this second major war between the Mediterranean powers has left the Roman government in disarray.  Drastic measures are being taken to rebuild the Legions before Hannibal can deal the death blow to the Republic.  Every General from this date forward will dream of so skillfully winning such a battle.

     Another decisive battle was fought today (1377) this one in Russia where a Russian army has been defeated by a small force from the Blue Horde, descendants of Genghis Khan and his Mongol Army.  Early in the day the Russians learned that Blue Horde was moving in their direction.  The Russian commander, Ivan Dmitriyevich, ordered his army to deploy.  As the Russians waited the day grew hot and the waiting Russian warriors got thirsty and started to break ranks to look for something to drink.  Fortunately/Unfortunately for the Russians the majority of the drinks that the Russians found were alcoholic.  By the time the Blue Horde finally showed up in the mid afternoon the Russians were falling down drunk.  The much smaller, but sober, Blue Horde easily dispatched the Russians turning the battle into a massacre.  They have named the nearby river Pyana which translated means 'drunken' to memorialize the battle.  Why didn't they just go down to the river to get a drink?.

     In Germany, after a series of elections where a true leader could not get elected, Adolf Hitler has finally emerged as the Fuhrer (1934).  In a move to eliminate the deep political divisions in the country the Nazi government has initiated a series of programs to bring uniformity to the country.  Collectively the movement is known as Gleichschaltung ("coordination", "making the same", "bringing into line").  Remember to report any of your neighbors who aren't coordinating properly.

     In the Gulf of Tonkin on the coast of the divided country of Vietnam, a country that many in the Pentagon haven't even heard of, North Vietnamese gunboats have allegedly fired on the U.S. destroyers USS Maddox and USS Turner Joy.  Make sure those Radars are properly calibrated.

     In the Middle East, Iraq has invaded Kuwait (1990).  Iraq has made several attempts in the past to annex Kuwait under the claim that it had been part of Iraq but had been forcibly taken away by the British in the early 1900's.  The previous attempts were stopped by the British.  This time the world is looking to the United States to settle the dispute.  Make no mistake about it, this is all about oil!

Today we celebrate the birthdays of:

     1872 - George E. Stewart - Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1946)  Award citation: While crossing a river in face of the enemy, this officer plunged in and at the imminent risk of his own life saved from drowning an enlisted man of his regiment. - Maybe not the most stirring of citations but he's still a hero.

     1900 Holling C. Holling - Author and illustrator (d. 1973) - his birth name was Holling Allison Clancy. I can see why he changed it.

The following are books that are in the Libraries collection that relate to the above topics:


Amazon Says: Erik Larson has been widely acclaimed as a master of narrative non-fiction, and in his new book, the bestselling author of Devil in the White City turns his hand to a remarka more...
Amazon Says: Erik Larson has been widely acclaimed as a master of narrative non-fiction, and in his new book, the bestselling author of Devil in the White City turns his hand to a remarkable story set during Hitler’s rise to power.   The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history.   A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another, including with the suprisingly honorable first chief of the Gestapo, Rudolf Diels. But as evidence of Jewish persecution mounts, confirmed by chilling first-person testimony, her father telegraphs his concerns to a largely indifferent State Department back home. Dodd watches with alarm as Jews are attacked, the press is censored, and drafts of frightening new laws begin to circulate. As that first year unfolds and the shadows deepen, the Dodds experience days full of excitement, intrigue, romance--and ultimately, horror, when a climactic spasm of violence and murder reveals Hitler’s true character and ruthless ambition.   Suffused with the tense atmosphere of the period, and with unforgettable portraits of the bizarre Göring and the expectedly charming--yet wholly sinister--Goebbels, In the Garden of Beasts lends a stunning, eyewitness perspective on events as they unfold in real time, revealing an era of surprising nuance and complexity. The result is a dazzling, addictively readable work that speaks volumes about why the world did not recognize the grave threat posed by Hitler until Berlin, and Europe, were awash in blood and terror. “Larson is a marvelous writer...superb at creating characters with a few short strokes.”—New York Times Book Review    less...

Pagoo by Holling C. Holling
Amazon Says: An intricate study of tide pool life is presented in text and pictures through the story of Pagoo, a her-mit crab. more...
Amazon Says: An intricate study of tide pool life is presented in text and pictures through the story of Pagoo, a her-mit crab. less...