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Today in History with a Twist: August 29, 2013

Tax Rebellion!

     Farmers in Massachusetts, most of them war veterans, led by veteran Daniel Shays are rising up against the government over aggressive tax and debt collect by the government (1786).  They are forming organized militias and attacking tax offices and collectors.  In response the state and local merchants, holders of most of the debt, are raising their own militias in response.  There have been some minor skimishes.  The IRS should take heed.

     Well after having all your money taken by the tax collectors you can still have a delicious inexpensive meal.  Today is Chop Suey Day!  No one really knows where this Chinese-American dish originated.  Some say that Chinese immigrants created the dish after arriving in America, while others insist that the dish is traditionally Chinese.  Either way, chop suey is now a staple on many Chinese restaurant menus across the country.  So, what exactly is chop suey?  It is a stir fry made with a hodgepodge of ingredients like egg, meat, and vegetables.  In fact, the name "chop suey" comes from a Cantonese word meaning “odds and ends.”  The dish is traditionally served with rice or noodles to soak up all the delicious flavors. (Punchbowl.com)

     In Eastern Europe the Ottoman Turks led by Suleiman the Magnificent (1526) continue to drive into Europe.  Today they have defeated Hungarian forces at the Battle of Mohács.  In the battle the last Jagiellonian king of Hungary and Bohemia was killed, bringing down the Hungarian Empire.  They continued on and captured Buda, the capital of the Hungarian Kingdom (1541).  But will they be able to take the Pest across the river?  

     From Kazakhstan we have learned that the Soviet Union has tested its first atomic bomb, known as First Lightning or Joe 1, at Semipalatinsk (1949).  Making it the second country after the United States to have the bomb.  Welcome to the club....NOT!

     The downfall is complete (1991).  Today the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union suspends all activities of the Soviet Communist Party. Now, ironically, the Communist Party is legal in America but not Russia! Sad news from the music world (1966).  The Beatles have performed their last concert before paying fans. It was held at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Can't wait for the reunion tour.  

Today we celebrate the birthdays of: 

     1809 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. - Physician and writer (d. 1894) - Regarded by his peers as one of the best writers of the 19th century, he is considered a member of the Fireside Poets.  His most famous prose works are the "Breakfast-Table" series, which began with The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table (1858).  He is also recognized as an important medical reformer. - And everyone only remembers his son.

    1958 - Michael Jackson - Singer-songwriter, producer, dancer, and actor (The Jackson 5) (d. 2009) - Victim of his own success.

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Amazon Says: In 1784, passengers on the ship Empress of China became the first Americans to land in China, and the first to eat Chinese food. Today there are over 40,000 Chinese restauran more...
Amazon Says: In 1784, passengers on the ship Empress of China became the first Americans to land in China, and the first to eat Chinese food. Today there are over 40,000 Chinese restaurants across the United States--by far the most plentiful among all our ethnic eateries. Now, in Chop Suey Andrew Coe provides the authoritative history of the American infatuation with Chinese food, telling its fascinating story for the first time. It's a tale that moves from curiosity to disgust and then desire. From China, Coe's story travels to the American West, where Chinese immigrants drawn by the 1848 Gold Rush struggled against racism and culinary prejudice but still established restaurants and farms and imported an array of Asian ingredients. He traces the Chinese migration to the East Coast, highlighting that crucial moment when New York "Bohemians" discovered Chinese cuisine--and for better or worse, chop suey. Along the way, Coe shows how the peasant food of an obscure part of China came to dominate Chinese-American restaurants; unravels the truth of chop suey's origins; reveals why American Jews fell in love with egg rolls and chow mein; shows how President Nixon's 1972 trip to China opened our palates to a new range of cuisine; and explains why we still can't get dishes like those served in Beijing or Shanghai. The book also explores how American tastes have been shaped by our relationship with the outside world, and how we've relentlessly changed foreign foods to adapt to them our own deep-down conservative culinary preferences. Andrew Coe's Chop Suey: A Cultural History of Chinese Food in the United States is a fascinating tour of America's centuries-long appetite for Chinese food. Always illuminating, often exploding long-held culinary myths, this book opens a new window into defining what is American cuisine. less...
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Amazon Says: On August 29, 1949, the first Soviet test bomb, dubbed First Lightning, exploded in the deserts of Kazakhstan. The startling event was not simply a technical experiment that c more...
Amazon Says: On August 29, 1949, the first Soviet test bomb, dubbed First Lightning, exploded in the deserts of Kazakhstan. The startling event was not simply a technical experiment that confirmed the ability of the Soviet Union to build nuclear bombs during a period when the United States held a steadfast monopoly; it was also an international event that marked the beginning of an arms race that would ultimately lead to nuclear proliferation beyond the two superpowers. Following a trail of espionage, secrecy, deception, political brinksmanship, and technical innovation, Michael D. Gordin challenges conventional technology-centered nuclear histories by looking at the prominent roles that atomic intelligence and other forms of information play in the uncertainties of nuclear arms development and political decision-making. With the use of newly opened archives, Red Cloud at Dawn focuses on the extraordinary story of First Lightning to provide a fresh understanding of the origins of the nuclear arms race, as well as the all-too-urgent problem of proliferation. less...
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Amazon Says: “A work of considerable delicacy and nuance….Brown has crafted a readable and judicious account of Communist history…that is both controversial and commonsensical.” more...
Amazon Says: “A work of considerable delicacy and nuance….Brown has crafted a readable and judicious account of Communist history…that is both controversial and commonsensical.”—Salon.com“Ranging wisely and lucidly across the decades and around the world, this is a splendid book.”—William Taubman, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Khrushchev: The Man and His EraThe Rise and Fall of Communism is the definitive history from the internationally renowned Oxford authority on the subject. Emeritus Professor of Politics at Oxford University, Archie Brown examines the origins of the most important political ideology of the 20th century, its development in different nations, its collapse in the Soviet Union following perestroika, and its current incarnations around the globe. Fans of John Lewis Gaddis, Samuel Huntington, and avid students of history will appreciate the sweep and insight of this epic and astonishing work. less...
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Amazon Says: This is the story of the Beatles’ harrowing rise to fame: focusing on that seven-year stretch from the time the boys met as teenagers to early 1964, when the Fab Four made t more...
Amazon Says: This is the story of the Beatles’ harrowing rise to fame: focusing on that seven-year stretch from the time the boys met as teenagers to early 1964, when the Fab Four made their momentous first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. From the boys’ humble beginnings in Liverpool, to the cellars of Hamburg, When They Were Boys includes stories never before told, including the heartbreaks and the lucky breaks. Included are an eyewitness account of that first meeting between Lennon and McCartney, the inside story of how Ringo replaced Pete Best, an exploration of the brilliant but troubled soul of manager Brian Epstein, and the real scoop on their disastrous first visit to Germany and the death of Stu Sutcliffe. With an eye for life in Liverpool during the 50’s and 60’s and over 65 eyewitness accounts from those closest to the Beatles, Larry Kane brings to life the evolution of the group that changed music forever. less...
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Amazon Says: Jermaine Jackson—older than Michael by four years—offers a keenly observed memoir tracing his brother’s life starting from their shared childhood and extending through t more...
Amazon Says: Jermaine Jackson—older than Michael by four years—offers a keenly observed memoir tracing his brother’s life starting from their shared childhood and extending through the Jackson 5 years, Michael’s phenomenal solo career, his loves, his suffering, and his tragic end. It is a sophisticated, no-holds-barred examination of the man, aimed at fostering a true and final understanding of who he was, why he was, and what shaped him. Jermaine knows the real Michael as only a brother can. In this raw, honest, and poignant account, he reveals Michael the private person, not Michael “the King of Pop.” Jermaine doesn’t flinch from tackling the tough issues: the torrid press, the scandals, the allegations, the court cases, the internal politics, the ill-fated This Is It tour, and disturbing developments in the days leading up to Michael’s death. But where previous works have presented only thin versions of a media construct, he provides a rare glimpse into the complex heart, mind, and soul of a brilliant but sometimes troubled entertainer. As a witness to history on the inside, Jermaine is the only person qualified to deliver the real Michael and reveal what made him tick, his private opinions, and unseen emotions through the most headline-making episodes of his life. Filled with keen insight, rich in anecdotes and behind-the-scenes detail, You Are Not Alone is the book for any true Michael Jackson fan and for anyone trying to make sense of the artist whose death was so premature. less...
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Amazon Says: Brings together Holmes' poems dealing with the medical profession, the virtue of distinguished colleagues, college days, and all facets of human society. more...
Amazon Says: Brings together Holmes' poems dealing with the medical profession, the virtue of distinguished colleagues, college days, and all facets of human society. less...
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