Today in History with a Twist: July 30, 2013
Slaughter in the Crater!
In what is becoming called the Battle of the Crater (1864) Union forces tried to break Confederate lines at the siege of Petersburg, Virginia by exploding a large bomb under their trenches. The explosion did blow a large hole in the Confederate defenses but when the Union forces attacked they ran down into the crater that was formed and it was a turkey shoot for the Rebels. Need to think these things through a little bit better.
On a totally different note it is National Cheesecake Day! Cheesecake is a rich, decadent dessert made with cream cheese, eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Add a crumbly graham cracker crust and a fruit topping for the ultimate cheesecake experience! There are dozens of different cheesecake varieties. Some of the most popular flavors are strawberry, key lime, and peanut butter cup. There are also many styles of cheesecake. Different countries (and even cities) have their own version of this classic dessert. (Punchowl.com)
There are rumors that USS Indianapolis has gone missing and may have been sunk (it was, by the Japanese submarine I-58)(1945). The ship has a crew of over 1,200 men (883 died). There were unsubstantiated stories that Indianapolis was on a top secret mission. If it did sink it may take days before any survivors might be found. Cue Jaws music.
That famous secret organization has established itself in the New World (1733) with the establishment of a Masonic Grand Lodge in the Massachusetts colony. Now where did they put that treasure?
The United States has a new motto (1956). Congress passed a joint resolution that was signed by President Eisenhower, authorizing In God we trust as the U.S. national motto. Everyone else has to use their library card..
Famous Union boss Jimmy Hoffa has been reported missing. He was last seen in the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, at about 2:30 p.m. (1975) He's probably being fitted for a pair of cement shoes.
It's the end of a legend (2003). In Mexico today the last 'old style' Volkswagen Beetle rolled off the assembly line. Anyone can come up with a good idea once in a while.
Today we celebrate the birthday's of:
1863 - Henry Ford - Businessman, founded the Ford Motor Company (d. 1947) - Reportedly said you could have a Model T in any color you want as long as its black.
1947 - Arnold Schwarzenegger - Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor, and politician, 38th Governor of California. - The housekeeper?? Really?
Recommended books on the above subjects in the Library's collection:
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The story of one of the most violent yet least-known episodes of the Civil War — the daring excavation of the longest military tunnel in history. more...
The story of one of the most violent yet least-known episodes of the Civil War — the daring excavation of the longest military tunnel in history. less...
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A beloved, bestselling classic of humorous and nostalgic Americana, reissued in a strikingly designed paperback edition. Before Garrison Keillor and Spalding Gray there was J more...
A beloved, bestselling classic of humorous and nostalgic Americana, reissued in a strikingly designed paperback edition. Before Garrison Keillor and Spalding Gray there was Jean Shepherd: a master monologist and writer who spun the materials of his all-American childhood into immensely resonant--and utterly hilarious--works of comic art. In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash represents one of the peaks of his achievement, a compound of irony, affection, and perfect detail that speaks across generations. In God We Trust, Shepherd's wildly witty reunion with his Indiana hometown, disproves the adage "You can never go back." Bending the ear of Flick, his childhood-buddy-turned-bartender, Shepherd recalls passionately his genuine Red Ryder BB gun, confesses adolescent failure in the arms of Junie Jo Prewitt, and relives a story of man against fish that not even Hemingway could rival. From pop art to the World's Fair, Shepherd's subjects speak with a universal irony and are deeply and unabashedly grounded in American Midwestern life, together rendering a wonderfully nostalgic impression of a more innocent era when life was good, fun was clean, and station wagons roamed the earth. A comic genius who bridged the gap between James Thurber and David Sedaris, Shepherd may have accomplished for Holden, Indiana, what Mark Twain did for Hannibal, Missouri. less...
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From Muscle Beach to Hollywood superstar to The Governator—Ian Halperin, investigative journalist and # 1 New York Times bestselling author, reveals the untold story about t more...
From Muscle Beach to Hollywood superstar to The Governator—Ian Halperin, investigative journalist and # 1 New York Times bestselling author, reveals the untold story about the outsized and often outrageous Arnold Schwarzenegger. The former Austrian bodybuilding icon turned movie action hero turned governor of California is portrayed in all his larger-than-life glory in The Governator, an intimate biography that masterfully chronicles the twists and turns of Schwartzenegger’s amazing true-life Horatio Alger story. less...