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Today in History with a Twist: September 25, 2013

It's the Law!

     1789 - The United States Congress passed twelve amendments to the Constitution: the Congressional Apportionment Amendment (which was never ratified), the Congressional Compensation Amendment (which would become the 27th Amendment about 200 years later), and the ten that are known as the Bill of Rights. - As good as it was, the Constitution still needed some tweeking.

      I wonder if we have the comic book version of the Constitution?  It's National Comic Book Day!  These creative and inventive books have been entertaining children and adults alike for more than 200 years!  While comic books have quite a storied history, they reached massive popularity in the late 1930s.  By the mid 1940s, comic books were outselling traditional books.  From Spider-Man to Batman to Superman, we all know a little something about these sketched panel books. (Punchbowl.com)

     1846 - U.S. forces led by Zachary Taylor capture the Mexican city of Monterrey.  Taylor took the 'impregnable' city in three days.  Though a hero for his victories in the Mexican War`he would be criticized for being too lenient on the Mexicans after the battle.  Strategic requirements would result in his being ordered to send half of his forces to assist in the siege of Vera Cruz.  Hearing of the halving of the American forces in the area, Santa Anna, the General who wouldn't go away, launched an attack.  In the resulting battle, the Battle of Buena Vista, Taylor routed the Mexicans giving the Americans the upper hand in the war.  The press began comparing him to George Washington and Andrew Jackson suggesting he might consider becoming President. - The future 12th President said he had no aspirations in that direction. True politician.

     1066 - The last major invasion of England by the Vikings was defeated at the Battle of Stamford Bridge.  The victory was so decisive that only 25 of the original 300 ships were needed to return Viking survivors to Denmark.  The victor, King Harold Godwinson wouldn't have much time to savor his victory though, the Normans would land in England three days later. - Some people just can't catch a break.

     1959 - Solomon Bandaranaike, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka is mortally wounded by a Buddhist monk, Talduwe Somarama, and dies the next day. (Sounds like the pilot episode to 'Kung Fu'.) The assassination was the result of a convoluted socialistic, nationalistic, racist, communistic, pro-Buddhist(?) policy.  His successor would prove to be ineffective and in the resulting election Bandaranaike's widow, Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike, would be elected Prime Minister.  The first female Prime Minister in history. - Rough way to be the first at something.

     1906 - In the presence of the king and before a great crowd, Leonardo Torres Quevedo successfully demonstrated his invention, the Telekino, in the port of Bilbao, guiding a boat from the shore, in what is considered the birth of the remote control. - Hero to men everywhere.

      2002 - The Vitim event - a possible bolide (fancy name for meteor) impact in Siberia, Russia.  U.S. military analysts calculated the blast was between 0.2–0.5 kilotons, while Russian physicist Andrey Olkhovatov estimates it at 4–5 kilotons. - I think it was another UFO crash.

Today we celebrate the birthdays of:

     1764 - Fletcher Christian - English navy officer (d. 1793) - Over rated whiner?

     1915 - Ethel Rosenberg - Soviet spy (d. 1953) - Maybe if she had smiled they would have gone easier on her.

     1961 - Heather Locklear - Actress and model - Had to be a good actress since she studied in two prime time shows simultaneously, Dynasty and T.J. Hooker, yes, had to be because of her acting ability.

To learn more about the about the above topics checkout the following books from the Library's collection:


Amazon Says: A war that started under questionable pretexts. A president who is convinced of his country’s might and right. A military and political stalemate with United States troops o more...
Amazon Says: A war that started under questionable pretexts. A president who is convinced of his country’s might and right. A military and political stalemate with United States troops occupying a foreign land against a stubborn and deadly insurgency. The time is the 1840s. The enemy is Mexico. And the war is one of the least known and most important in both Mexican and United States history—a war that really began much earlier and whose consequences still echo today. Acclaimed historian David A. Clary presents this epic struggle for a continent for the first time from both sides, using original Mexican and North American sources. To Mexico, the yanqui illegals pouring into her territories of Texas and California threatened Mexican sovereignty and security. To North Americans, they manifested their destiny to rule the continent. Two nations, each raising an eagle as her standard, blustered and blundered into a war because no one on either side was brave enough to resist the march into it. In Eagles and Empire, Clary draws vivid portraits of the period’s most fascinating characters, from the cold-eyed, stubborn United States president James K. Polk to Mexico’s flamboyant and corrupt general-president-dictator Antonio López de Santa Anna; from the legendary and ruthless explorer John Charles Frémont and his guide Kit Carson to the “Angel of Monterey” and the “Boy Heroes” of Chapultepec; from future presidents such as Benito Juárez and Zachary Taylor to soldiers who became famous in both the Mexican and North American civil wars that soon followed. Here also are the Irish Soldiers of Mexico and the Yankee sailors of two squadrons, hero-bandits and fighting Indians of both nations, guerrilleros and Texas Rangers, and some amazing women soldiers. From the fall of the Alamo and harrowing marches of thousands of miles in the wilderness to the bloody, dramatic conquest of Mexico City and the insurgency that continued to resist, this is a riveting narrative history that weaves together events on the front lines—where Indian raids, guerrilla attacks, and atrocities were matched by stunning acts of heroism and sacrifice—with battles on two home fronts—political backstabbing, civil uprisings, and battle lines between Union and Confederacy and Mexican Federalists and Centralists already being drawn. The definitive account of a defining war, Eagles and Empire is page-turning history—a book not to be missed. less...
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Amazon Says: While the date 1066 is familiar to almost everybody as the year of the Norman conquest of England, few can place the event in the context of the dramatic year in which it took more...
Amazon Says: While the date 1066 is familiar to almost everybody as the year of the Norman conquest of England, few can place the event in the context of the dramatic year in which it took place. In this book, David Howarth attempts to bring alive the struggle for the succession to the English crown from the death of Edward the Confessor in January 1066 to the Christmas coronation of Duke William of Normandy. There is an almost uncanny symmetry, as well as a relentlessly exciting surge, of events leading to and from the Battle of Hastings. The author draws on the wealth of contemporary sources to describe Harold Godwinson's seizure of the throne, the brilliant defeat of the invasion from Norway at Stamford bridge and the forced march south to eventual defeat at Hastings. Howarth recounts events from the perspective of the common Englishman - describing how he worked, fought and died - and how he perceived from his isolated shire the overthrow of his world. less...
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Sri Lanka: The Emerald Isle by Devika Gunasena
Amazon Says: Historical outline of the history of Sri Lanka. more...
Amazon Says: Historical outline of the history of Sri Lanka. less...
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Amazon Says: After single-handedly rescuing Melrose Place from the ratings doldrums with her portrayal of Amanda Woodward. Heather Locklear has emerged as one of the leading stars of the n more...
Amazon Says: After single-handedly rescuing Melrose Place from the ratings doldrums with her portrayal of Amanda Woodward. Heather Locklear has emerged as one of the leading stars of the nineties. With insights and information about every stage of her career, every boyfriend, and every movie, Heather! is a must for every Melrose-mad fan of America's favorite vixen. 2 cassettes. less...
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