Today in History with a Twist: September 24, 2013
King Crowned, Emperor Next?
768 - Charlemagne gets crowned King of the Franks. Would eventually rise to become the first Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. Too bad he had three sons.
Maybe he celebrated with some Cherries Jubilee. Today is National Cherries Jubilee Day! Cherries jubilee is a classic flambé dessert made with cherries and liqueur (typically kirsch or brandy), served over vanilla ice cream. The original recipe is attributed to French chef Auguste Escoffier, who prepared the dish for one of Queen Victoria's jubilee celebrations. It is unclear whether it first appeared at the Golden Jubilee in 1887 or the Diamond Jubilee in 1897, but it quickly became one of the most fashionable desserts of the era. For many years, cherries jubilee was a standard menu item at America’s finest restaurants, reaching the peak of its popularity in the 1950s and 1960s. (Punchbowl.com)
1780 - After being involved in the plot to surrender West Point to the British by the capture of Major Andre the day before, Benedict Arnold fled to the British Army. Arnold defected because he felt he didn't get the credit he deserved and had been unfairly treated by some superiors. He did have reason to believe this. Let his vanity trump his loyalty.
1957 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower sends 101st Airborne Division troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, to enforce desegregation. Unfortunately, it took us a long time to get this democracy thing right.
1968 - 60 Minutes debuts on CBS. Still going strong, but could only handle one night.
1906 - President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed Devils Tower in Wyoming as the nation's first National Monument. Had to have some place where the UFOs could land.
1990 - Periodic Great White Spot is observed on Saturn. Appears about every thirty years, give or take. The "storm" is larger than North America. As if rings weren't enough.
Today we celebrate the birthday of:
1583 - Albrecht von Wallenstein, Austrian general (d. 1634) - Key leader on the Catholic side in the Thirty Years' War, won many early battles but was relieved in some political intrigue. Recalled when the war turned against the Catholics. However, political rulers again worked to undermine him. He was contemplating going over the Protestant side, taking his army with him, but was assassinated before he could make the move. Seems to be a bit of a theme here.
1717 - Horace Walpole - English historian, author, and politician - 4th Earl of Orford (24 September 1717 - 2 March 1797) was an English art historian, man of letters, antiquarian, and Whig politician. He is now largely remembered for Strawberry Hill, the home he built in Twickenham, southwest London, where he revived the Gothic style some decades before his Victorian successors, and for his Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto. Along with the book, his literary reputation rests on his letters, which are of significant social and political interest. He was the son of Sir Robert Walpole, and cousin of Admiral Lord Nelson. Obviously did not live off his name.
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