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Today in History with a Twist: August 9, 2013

Helter Skelter!

     Horror in California where cult members under direction of their leader, Charles Manson, murdered pregnant actress Sharon Tate (wife of Roman Polanski), coffee heiress Abigail Folger, Polish actor Wojciech Frykowski, men's hairstylist Jay Sebring and recent high-school graduate Steven Parent (1969).  The group was trying to initiate a race war which would leave them in charge to rebuild the world.  Never knew hippies to be so ambitious.

    

      They should have read books instead of listening to records.  Today is a day for those who love to read, Book Lovers Day, a day that encourages you to kick back and relax with a great book.  From shaded spots under arching trees to being tucked up warm in bed, there’s no better way to celebrate Book Lovers Day than to while the hours away lost in a book. (http://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/book-lovers-day/)

     Our sources in Rome report that Julius Caesar has won a great victory over the armies of his adversaries, led by Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus ("Pompey the Great"), at the Battle of Pharsalus (48 BC).  Though outnumbered three to one and running out of supplies Caesar was able to outmaneuver Pompey who had been rushed into attacking by the Roman Senate.  The victory all but ended the Civil War and left Caeser in control.  Pompey fled to Egypt.  If one of the advantages that you have, and know you have, is that the enemies army is exhausted, and thus greatly weakened, don't let them stop and rest.

     Things did not go as well for Roman Emperor Valens and his Legions who were defeated by the Gothic Rebels at the Battle of Adrianople (in present-day Turkey) (378).  The Roman Army was routed and Emperor Valens was killed along with over half of his army.  Rome will never be the same. Map makers job is a little easier today (1842) with the signing of the Webster-Ashburton Treaty that establishes the United States-Canada border east of the Rocky Mountains.  What about the other side of the mountains?

     Following their defeat at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend the Creek Indians were forced to sign the Treaty of Fort Jackson (not our Ft Jackson), giving up huge parts of Alabama and Georgia (1814).  The westward move is in full swing.  The American forces were led by General Andrew Jackson.  Now on to New Orleans.

     In sporting news Jesse Owens is the first American to win four medals in one Olympiad (1936).  He has become the star of the Berlin Olympics embarrassing the Nazi Ubermen. Though Owens has been reported as saying at least Hitler gave me his autographed picture.....

      In the literary world (1854) Henry David Thoreau has published his new book Walden.  How can a book about an expanded camping trip have any lasting impact.  

Today we celebrate the birthdays of:

    1911 - William Alfred Fowler - American physicist, Nobel Laureate (d. 1996) - Won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1983 for his theoretical and experimental studies of the nuclear reactions of importance in the formation of the chemical elements in the universe (shared with Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar) - Bet Sheldon understands it.

    1968 - Gillian Anderson - Can't leave out Scully.

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Amazon Says: The most authoritative account ever written of how an ordinary juvenile delinquent named Charles Manson became the notorious murderer whose crimes still shock and horrify more...
Amazon Says: The most authoritative account ever written of how an ordinary juvenile delinquent named Charles Manson became the notorious murderer whose crimes still shock and horrify us today. More than forty years ago Charles Manson and his mostly female commune killed nine people, among them the pregnant actress Sharon Tate. It was the culmination of a criminal career that author Jeff Guinn traces back to Manson’s childhood. Guinn interviewed Manson’s sister and cousin, neither of whom had ever previously cooperated with an author. Childhood friends, cellmates, and even some members of the Manson Family have provided new information about Manson’s life. Guinn has made discoveries about the night of the Tate murders, answering unresolved questions, such as why one person on the property where the murders occurred was spared. Manson puts the killer in the context of his times, the turbulent late sixties, an era of race riots and street protests when authority in all its forms was under siege. Guinn shows us how Manson created and refined his message to fit the times, persuading confused young women (and a few men) that he had the solutions to their problems. At the same time he used them to pursue his long-standing musical ambitions, relocating to Los Angeles in search of a recording contract. His frustrated ambitions, combined with his bizarre race-war obsession, would have lethal consequences as he convinced his followers to commit heinous murders on successive nights. In addition to stunning revelations about Charles Manson, the book contains family photographs never before published. less...
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Amazon Says: A comprehensive collection of the best words on words--from the world's most renowned bibliophiles. "Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered. more...
Amazon Says: A comprehensive collection of the best words on words--from the world's most renowned bibliophiles. "Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered."--W. H. Auden "A room without books is like a body without a soul."--Cicero "The proper study of mankind is books."--Aldous Huxley This collection of over five hundred quotations captures the wisdom and wit of the most insightful things ever said about books, spoken and written by such distinct legendary figures as: Aeschylus, Woody Allen, Maya Angelou, Jane Austen, Francis Bacon, Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Faulkner, Robert Frost, James Joyce, Rudyard Kipling, D. H. Lawrence, Abraham Lincoln, Christopher Lloyd, Marianne Moore, Marcel Proust, George Bernard Shaw, Sir George Sitwell, Gertrude Stein, Sara Stein, Ruth Stout, Henry David Thoreau, Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Jefferson, Franz Kafka, Helen Keller, Malcolm X, Groucho Marx, John Milton, George Orwell, John Ruskin, Charles Scribner, George Bernard Shaw, Wallace Stevens, Robert Penn Warren, William Carlos Williams, Oprah Winfrey, and W. B. Yeats. Encompassing the many facets of books and the pleasures and puzzlements they afford, The Quotable Book Lover includes chapters on writing, reading, and bookbinding, among others. With its wide range of commentary, this compilation will surely entertain and enlighten bibliophiles of all types. less...
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The Battle Of Pharsalus by Claude Simon
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Amazon Says: An account of Andrew Jackson's Indian Removal Act of 1830, which relocated Eastern Indians to the Okalahoma Territory over the Trail of Tears, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs more...
Amazon Says: An account of Andrew Jackson's Indian Removal Act of 1830, which relocated Eastern Indians to the Okalahoma Territory over the Trail of Tears, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs which was given control over their lives. less...
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Amazon Says: At the 1936 Olympics, against a backdrop of swastikas and goose-stepping storm troopers, an African-American son of sharecroppers won a staggering four gold medals and single- more...
Amazon Says: At the 1936 Olympics, against a backdrop of swastikas and goose-stepping storm troopers, an African-American son of sharecroppers won a staggering four gold medals and single-handedly demonstrated that Hitler’s myth of Aryan supremacy was a lie. The story of Jesse Owens at the Berlin games is that of an athletic performance that transcends sports. It is also the intimate and complex tale of one remarkable man's courage. Drawing on unprecedented access to the Owens family, previously unpublished interviews, and exhaustive archival research, Jeremy Schaap transports us to Germany and tells the dramatic tale of Owens and his fellow athletes at the contest dubbed the Nazi Olympics. With his incisive reporting and rich storytelling, Schaap reveals what really happened over those tense, exhilarating weeks in a nuanced and riveting work of sports history. less...
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The illustrated Walden by Henry David Thoreau
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Amazon Says: This work describes Henry David Thoreau's experiment in living in the relative wilds by Walden Pond from 1845 to 1847. It is an examination of the ecology of his time, and is by turns a source of philosophical speculation, social protest, personal anecdote and the study of nature. less...
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Amazon Says: Founded one hundred years ago by the inventor of dynamite, the Nobel Prize is the world's most celebrated and controversial honor. It grants its winners instant celebrity and more...
Amazon Says: Founded one hundred years ago by the inventor of dynamite, the Nobel Prize is the world's most celebrated and controversial honor. It grants its winners instant celebrity and acclaim for "service to mankind," despite accusations that it is too trendy, arbitrary, and narrow-minded. In examining both its fame and notoriety, Burton Feldman opens up the Nobel institution and process: how it originated, how it works, and how it is influenced by outside pressures (political, moral, personal and academic). The Nobel Prize is an extraordinary work that never fails to surprise, provoke, and entertain. less...
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Amazon Says: The Complete X-Files is a declassified look at all nine seasons of the American Peabody and Emmy Award-winning science fiction television series created by Chris Carter. Delve more...
Amazon Says: The Complete X-Files is a declassified look at all nine seasons of the American Peabody and Emmy Award-winning science fiction television series created by Chris Carter. Delve into the mystery and myth of X-Files with in-depth looks at its entire television run, the first X-Files film, and the upcoming cinematic sequel. X-Files creator and producer Chris Carter takes us into the never-before-seen archives with explanations of unsolved plots, discussions of the FBI's paranormal investigations, scene by scene breakdowns of popular episodes, and insider information on both the previous and upcoming X-Files films. Discover the mystery behind Mulder's alien abduction, Scully's secret objectives, the designs of the shadowy "Cancer Man," and the full truth about the Mytharc episodes. Includes many bells and whistles, such as gatefolds, alien and monster charts, alien and monster cards, movie posters, a secret dossier, Mulder and Scully booklets , and more! The Complete X-Files will captivate fans and sciencefiction audiences, proving that nothing is what it seems and that "the truth is out there." less...
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