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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:


Amazon Says: 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...
Amazon Says: 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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Amazon Says: "The worst part...wasn't the sharks, and it wasn't seeing your buddies die...It was when you realize...they've forgotten us. We can't last out here forever-- we're gonna die.. more...
Amazon Says: "The worst part...wasn't the sharks, and it wasn't seeing your buddies die...It was when you realize...they've forgotten us. We can't last out here forever-- we're gonna die..."--Giles McCoy, private first-class, USMC, USS Indianapolis On the night of July 30, 1945, the Navy cruiser USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese sub, sending 900 men into the black, churning waters of the Pacific. What happened next was a nightmarish battle for survival. Injured, adrift, clinging to each other and their waterlogged life rafts, the men watched in horror as their crewmates fell victim to catastrophic injuries, exposure, hallucinations, and relentless shark attacks. Worst of all, their last radio S.O.S. had been disregarded by the Navy as a possible prank. When help finally arrived an astonishing five days later, only 317 of the ship's crew were still alive. Meticulously researched, including eyewitness reports from USS Indianapolis survivors, In Harm's Way recounts with frightening accuracy those five harrowing days at sea, and gives readers a moving, unforgettable account of the worst naval disaster at sea in U.S. history. less...
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Amazon Says: Can the ancestry of freemasonry really be traced back to the Knights Templar? Is the image of the eye in a triangle on the back of the dollar bill one of its cryptic signs? Is more...
Amazon Says: Can the ancestry of freemasonry really be traced back to the Knights Templar? Is the image of the eye in a triangle on the back of the dollar bill one of its cryptic signs? Is there a conspiracy that stretches through centuries and generations to align this shadow organization and its secret rituals to world governments and religions? Myths persist and abound about the freemasons, Margaret C. Jacob notes. But what are their origins? How has an early modern organization of bricklayers and stonemasons aroused so much public interest? In The Origins of Freemasonry, Jacob throws back the veil from a secret society that turns out not to have been very secret at all.What factors contributed to the extraordinarily rapid spread of freemasonry over the course of the eighteenth century, and why were so many of the era's most influential figures drawn to it? Using material from the archives of leading masonic libraries in Europe, Jacob examines masonic almanacs and pocket diaries to get closer to what living as a freemason might have meant on a daily basis. She explores the persistent connections between masons and nascent democratic movements, as each lodge set up a polity where an individual's standing was meant to be based on merit, rather than on birth or wealth, and she demonstrates, beyond any doubt, how active a role women played in the masonic movement. less...
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Amazon Says: 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...
Amazon Says: 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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Amazon Says: Shocking Stories of the Most Infamous Unsolved Crimes Every criminal dreams of committing the perfect crime. A crime that is so well executed, with clues and evidence so scar more...
Amazon Says: Shocking Stories of the Most Infamous Unsolved Crimes Every criminal dreams of committing the perfect crime. A crime that is so well executed, with clues and evidence so scarce, that even the experts are left baffled. The Killer Book of Cold Cases takes you behind the crime scene tape and deep into the investigations of some of the most puzzling and notorious cold cases of all timefrom murders to kidnappings to massive bombings that were open for years before the criminal was finally brought to justice. Read about: *The New York City judge whose disappearance was so famous, his name became synonymous with cold cases * The first use of DNA to help solve a murder case that had been cold for years * The bomber who took down an entire plane of people, just to collect on his mother's insurance * The legendary bank robber D.B. Cooper * The murder of two cops in a small California town-a case that took more than SO years to solve * The Mad Bomber, who drove New Yorkers half crazy in the fifties by planting bombs all over the city Bury yourself in these edge-of-your-seat tales, read chilling quotes, and test your crime IQ with cold-case trivia. You'll stay up wondering which criminals might still be on the loose! less...
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Battle for the Beetle by Karl Ludvigsen
Amazon Says: The Volkswagen was the showpiece of the achievements of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. Backed by the Führer himself, it struck fear into the hearts of all who owned and managed more...
Amazon Says: The Volkswagen was the showpiece of the achievements of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. Backed by the Führer himself, it struck fear into the hearts of all who owned and managed Europe's car industry. Designed to "out-Ford Ford", the Beetle would dwarf their efforts with its low price and high production. After World War II what was to be the fate of this odd bug-shaped car and its colossal bomb-battered factory? View picture detail Legend has it that the victors underestimated the potential of the car that would become the automotive icon of several generations, indeed the world's most-famous and most-produced automobile. Karl Ludvigsen's interviews and researches in British, German, American, Australian and Belgian archives prove the contrary. His hitherto-untold story of why and how they didn't get the factory makes revealing and engrossing reading. History buffs and followers of World War II and its aftermath will relish the way Ludvigsen depicts afresh the creation of the VW by renowned and "untouchable" engineer Ferdinand Porsche, the building of its factory by Hitler crony Robert Ley, "a notorious womanizer who drank too much," and the wartime career of the huge Wolfsburg plant as the prime contractor for the jet-powered V-1 flying bomb, the world's first successful cruise missile. Car enthusiasts who consider themselves well-read will be absorbed by Ludvigsen's disclosures of the national and company mindsets that affected their respective attitudes toward the radical Volkswagen. Most astonishing are his revelations of the deep interest of Ford in the VW factory. Far from rejecting the VW plant, Ford proposed that it be merged with its existing German operations. But the executive charged with the mission (Ludvigsen reveals his identity) failed to follow through. Ludvigsen traces the Beetle's impact on the world of autos, from the Chevrolet Corvair and Hino Contessa to rear-engined Fiats, Skodas and Hillmans. We learn why the most startling decision made by VW chief Heinz Nordhoff was not to change his car's design. And we are brought right up to the 1998 launch of VW's New Beetle. For those who wish to comprehend its amazing impact on the auto market, Battle for the Beetle is the essential source. less...
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Amazon Says: A delightful reminiscence of the author's relationships with Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Alexis Carrel, and Charles Lindbergh. 40 black-and-white photographs. more...
Amazon Says: A delightful reminiscence of the author's relationships with Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Alexis Carrel, and Charles Lindbergh. 40 black-and-white photographs. less...
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Amazon Says: 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...
Amazon Says: 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...
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