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Today in History with a Twist Late edition: August 14, 2013

It's Over!  Japan Surrenders!

     The War is over! Japan has accepted the Allied terms of surrender.  The Emperor has recorded the Imperial Rescript on Surrender (August 15 in Japan Standard Time).  Try and sneak one over on us, will you?

     Celebrate with a Creamsicle.  It’s National Creamsicle Day!  This enjoyable frozen treat is the perfect way to sit back, relax, and cool down on a hot August day.  The combination of vanilla cream and fruity ice is pure genius!  Creamsicles are not hard to find, but they are also easy to make at home.  Mix together fruit juice and vanilla ice cream in a large bowl.  Then, gradually add milk and continue to mix.  Finally, pour the mixture into small paper cups and place them in the freezer.  Once they are partially frozen, insert popsicle sticks into them and place them back inside the freezer.  When they are frozen solid, peel off the paper cups and enjoy the creamsicle!  Happy National Creamsicle Day! (Punchbowl.com)

     In Japan the power struggle between the clans continues (1183).  The leader of the Taira Clan, Taira no Munemori, has taken his clan, the young Emperor Antoku and the three sacred treasures (The regalia represent the three primary virtues: valor (the sword), wisdom (the mirror), and benevolence (the jewel)) and fled to western Japan to escape pursuit by the Minamoto clan. (traditional Japanese date: Twenty-fifth Day of the Seventh Month of the Second Year of Juei).  Sounds like the Japanese version of Harry Potter.

     Across the sea in China the Eight-Nation Alliance has occupied Beijing in a campaign to end the bloody Boxer Rebellion.  It is in their best interest.  

     Down in Florida the second war with the Seminole Indians has come to an end (1842).  In a move to bring permanent peace to region the Seminoles are being relocated from Florida to Oklahoma.  What's so special about all that swampland?

      Good news from France where Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, the famous terrorist has been captured. (1994)  He is more popularly known as "Carlos the Jackal".  Did you know he got the nickname from supposedly haven read Forsythe's book?

     In Poland cracks are opening in in the wall.  Lech Wałęsa is leading dock workers in a series of strikes at the Gdańsk, Poland shipyards (1980).  The beginning of the end?

     Looks like we have another flop on our hands this summer (1975) a strange movie, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, opened at the USA Theatre in Westwood, Los Angeles, California. b Don't expect this one to last three weeks ( it's the longest-running release in film history).

Today we celebrate the birthdays of:

     1851 - Doc Holliday - Gambler and dentist (d. 1887) - Dentist with a gun, might make think twice.

     1950 - Gary Larson - Cartoonist - One my inspirations.

For more on the above topics checkout the following items from the Library's collection:


EAGLE AGAINST THE SUN by Ronald H. Spector
Amazon Says: Traces the war in the Pacific from Pearl Harbor to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and examines the major battles and campaigns. more...
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Amazon Says: Every meal deserves a happy ending, and it’s your job to help make that happen. From no-bake cheesecake pie to banana bread pudding, these kid-friendly desserts will be the more...
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Amazon Says: The year is 1900, and Western empires--both old and new--are locked in regional entanglements across the globe. The British are losing a bitter war against the Boers while the more...
Amazon Says: The year is 1900, and Western empires--both old and new--are locked in regional entanglements across the globe. The British are losing a bitter war against the Boers while the German kaiser is busy building a vast new navy. The United States is struggling to put down an insurgency in the South Pacific while the upstart imperialist Japan begins to make clear to neighboring Russia its territorial ambition. In China, a perennial pawn in the Great Game, a mysterious group of superstitious peasants is launching attacks on the Western powers they fear are corrupting their country. These ordinary Chinese--called Boxers by the West because of their martial arts showmanship--rise up, seemingly out of nowhere. Foreshadowing the insurgencies of the more recent past, they lack a centralized leadership and instead tap into latent nationalism and deep economic frustration to build their army. Their battle cry: "Support the Qing, exterminate the foreigners."Many scholars brush off the Boxers as an ill-conceived and easily defeated revolt, but the military historian David J. Silbey shows just how close they came to beating back the combined might of all the imperial powers. Drawing on the diaries and letters of allied soldiers and diplomats, Silbey paints a vivid portrait of the short-lived war. Even though their cause ended just as quickly as it began, the bravery and patriotism of the Boxers would inspire Chinese nationalists--including a young Mao Zedong--for decades to come. less...
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Amazon Says: "This important book explores one of the most pivotal periods in Polish history and deals with a topic nearly everyone else overlooked. Shana Penn's study begins with a simple more...
Amazon Says: "This important book explores one of the most pivotal periods in Polish history and deals with a topic nearly everyone else overlooked. Shana Penn's study begins with a simple question I wish I had thought more about myself: once the leadership of Solidarity had been arrested during the 1981 military coup, who kept the movement alive over the following months and years? The answer will surprise you, as Penn delves into the lives of seven Polish women activists who rose to the call, set about saving an entire political movement, and in time turned themselves into some of the most powerful women in Poland today." ---Lech Walesa, former President of Poland and winner of the 1983 Nobel Peace Prize Solidarity's Secret is the first book to record the crucial yet little-known role women played in the rise of an independent press in Poland and in the fall of that country's communist government. Shana Penn pieces together a decade of interviews with the women behind the Polish pro-democracy movement-women whose massive contributions were obscured by the more public successes of their male counterparts. Penn reveals the story of how these brave women ran Solidarity and the main opposition newspaper, Tygodnik Mazowsze, while prominent men like Lech Walesa were underground or in jail during the 1980s martial law years. The same women then went on to play influential roles in post-communist Poland. Solidarity's Secret gives us a richly detailed story-within-a-story-unheard of not only in the West, but until recently even within Poland itself-from one of the most important eras in modern history. less...
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Amazon Says: 'Splendid ...not only the most readable yet definitive study of Holliday yet published, it is one of the best biographies of nineteenth-century Western 'good-bad men' to appea more...
Amazon Says: 'Splendid ...not only the most readable yet definitive study of Holliday yet published, it is one of the best biographies of nineteenth-century Western 'good-bad men' to appear in the last twenty years. It was so vivid and gripping that I read it twice' - Howard R. Lamar, Sterling Professor Emeritus of History, Yale University, and author of "The New Encyclopedia of the American West". 'The history of the American West is full of figures who have lived on as romanticized legends. They deserve serious study simply because they have continued to grip the public imagination. Such was Doc Holliday, and Gary Roberts has produced a model for looking at both the life and the legend of these frontier immortals' - Robert M. Utley, author of "The Lance and the Shield: The Life and Times of Sitting Bull".'Doc Holliday emerges from the shadows for the first time in this important work of Western biography. Gary L. Roberts has put flesh and soul to the man who has long been one of the most mysterious figures of frontier history. This is both an important work and a wonderful read' - Casey Tefertiller, author of "Wyatt Earp: The Life Behind the Legend". 'Gary Roberts is one of a foremost class of writers who has created a real literature and authentic history of the so-called Western. His exhaustively researched and beautifully written "Doc Holliday: The Life and Legend" reveals a pathetically ill and tortured figure, but one of such intense loyalty to Wyatt Earp that it brought him limping to the O.K. Corral and into the glare of history' - Jack Burrows, author of "John Ringo: The Gunfighter Who Never Was". 'Gary L. Roberts manifested an interest in Doc Holliday at a very early age, and he has devoted these past thirty-odd years to serious and detailed research in the development and writing of "Doc Holliday: The Life and Legend". The world knows Holliday as Doc Holliday. Family members knew him as John. Somewhere in between the two lies the real John Henry Holliday. Roberts reflects this concept in his writing. This book should be of interest to Holliday devotees as well as newly found readers' - Susan McKey Thomas, cousin of Doc Holliday and coauthor of "In Search of the Hollidays". less...
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Amazon Says: 1989 FarWorks, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Far Side and the Larson signature are registered trademarks of FarWorks, Inc. more...
Amazon Says: 1989 FarWorks, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Far Side and the Larson signature are registered trademarks of FarWorks, Inc. less...
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