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Today in History with a twist: September 3, 2013

War in Europe!

     Europe is at war for the second time this century.  Today (1939) France, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia declared war on Germany in response for Germany's invasion of Poland two days ago.  Once wasn't enough for them.

     Decided against National Beheading Day so today we celebrate National Welsh Rarebit Day!  Welsh rarebit is toast with hot cheese poured over it.  It is often served as a pub snack.  The origins of this dishes' name are unclear.  The Welsh term “rarebit” most probably means “rabbit.”  Why would cheesy toast be called rabbit?  The title is likely just a playful way to poke fun at the dish and those who eat it - much in the same way that “mock turtle soup” is not actually made from turtle.  Today, Welsh rarebit is a popular dish across Europe and in certain parts of the rest of the world.  If you've never had Welsh rarebit before, National Welsh Rarebit Day is a great opportunity to try it for the first time! (Punchbowl.com)

     A lot of hung over people in the world today after celebrating the official end of the Second World War yesterday (1945).  It became official when the Japanese signed the surrender document aboard the American battleship Missouri.  Can't wait for round three.

     One of the war trophies taken during the war has begun its move to its final berth (1954).  The German U-Boat U-505 is moving from a specially constructed dock to its final site at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.  The move will include the closure of Chicago's famous Lake Shore Drive for several hours.  The U-505 is one of six U-boats that were captured by Allied forces during World War II, and the first warship to be captured by U.S. forces on the high seas since the War of 1812.  In the battle all but one of U-505's crew were rescued by the Navy task group that captured the boat.  The submarine was towed to Bermuda in secret and her crew was interned at a US prisoner of war camp where they were denied access to International Red Cross visits.  The Navy classified the capture as top secret and prevented its discovery by the Germans.  Now there's a question for the legal people.

     On a more patriotic note, at a small battle in Delaware (1777) known as the Battle of Cooch's Bridge, the Flag of the United States has been flown in battle for the first time.  Unfortunately the British victory has opened the door to the potential capture of Philadelphia.  Not off to a glorious start.

     The Mongols have finally been stopped (1260).  After decades of victorious battles and expansion the Mongols have finally been stopped with the Mamluks (out of Egypt) victory over the Mongols at the Battle of Ain Jalut in Palestine.  This is the first decisive defeat they have suffered since before the rise Of Genghis Khan and it marks the point of maximum expansion of the Mongol Empire.  How different could the world have been?

     The world has taken another step back from the brink of nuclear war (1994) with Russia and the People's Republic of China agreeing to de-target their nuclear weapons against each other.  But they are still there, to point at anybody!

     Today we are celebrating the anniversary of the founding of San Marino, one of the smallest nations in the world and the world's oldest republic still in existence.  It was founded in 301 by Saint Marinus.  People tend to overlook you when you are not much more than a gas stop on a long trip.

Today we celebrate the birthdays of:

     1875 - Ferdinand Porsche - Austrian-German engineer and businessman, founded Porsche (d. 1951) - Made some good tanks also.

     1923 - Glen Bell - American businessman, founded Taco Bell (d. 2010) - Now that worth noting.

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


Amazon Says: A description of the "Lightning War" conducted by the German forces in World War II, this book shows the strategy used in all theatres, the hasty campaign across France to the more...
Amazon Says: A description of the "Lightning War" conducted by the German forces in World War II, this book shows the strategy used in all theatres, the hasty campaign across France to the Atlantic coast, and the action in Poland and Russia on the ill-fated Eastern Front. The book contains archive photographs. less...
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Amazon Says: The Great Big Cheese Cookbook is a delectable look at one of the world’s favorite ingredients: cheese. With more than 300 decadent recipes featuring a variety of cheeses (in more...
Amazon Says: The Great Big Cheese Cookbook is a delectable look at one of the world’s favorite ingredients: cheese. With more than 300 decadent recipes featuring a variety of cheeses (including Cheddar, Gouda, Swiss, Mozzarella, Feta, Gruyère, and many more), this book shows you how to make the most out of every cheese. It contains valuable information about selecting and storing cheese, pairing cheese with wine and beer, plus a glossary of cheese terms to help you understand the flavors and definitions. Heavily illustrated, this cookbook will be prized for its beauty, practicality, and price. less...
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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...
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. less...
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Amazon Says: The United States experienced its most harrowing military disaster of World War II not in 1941 at Pearl Harbor but in the period from 1942 to 1943, in Atlantic coastal waters more...
Amazon Says: The United States experienced its most harrowing military disaster of World War II not in 1941 at Pearl Harbor but in the period from 1942 to 1943, in Atlantic coastal waters from Newfoundland to the Caribbean. Sinking merchant ships with impunity, German U-boats threatened the lifeline between the United States and Britain, very nearly denying the Allies their springboard onto the European Continent--a loss that would have effectively cost the Allies the war.In Turning the Tide, author Ed Offley tells the gripping story of how, during a twelve-week period in the spring of 1943, a handful of battle-hardened American, British, and Canadian sailors turned the tide in the Atlantic. Using extensive archival research and interviews with key survivors, Offley places the reader at the heart of the most decisive maritime battle of World War II. less...
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Amazon Says: The origins of the United States flag have been tangled in claims and counterclaims throughout the countrys history. While most Americans accept the story of Betsy Ross, schol more...
Amazon Says: The origins of the United States flag have been tangled in claims and counterclaims throughout the countrys history. While most Americans accept the story of Betsy Ross, scholars believe that Captain Samuel Chester Reid was actually the designer of the flag we know today, with thirteen stripes and a star for each state. This and many other facts about the United States flag can be found in this book. Based in large part on the U.S. Flag Code (Title 36, Ch. 10, secs. 170-178), it includes information on the proper display of and respect for the flag, the history of the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance, and the origins of the Stars and Stripes. Other flag laws, including some state provisions, and their penalties are also discussed. less...
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Amazon Says: Emerging out of the vast steppe grasslands of Central Asia in the early 1200s, the Mongols, under their ferocious leader, Genghis Khan, quickly carved out an empire that by th more...
Amazon Says: Emerging out of the vast steppe grasslands of Central Asia in the early 1200s, the Mongols, under their ferocious leader, Genghis Khan, quickly carved out an empire that by the late thirteenth century covered almost one-sixth of the Earth’s landmass—from Eastern Europe to the eastern shore of Asia—and encompassed 110 million people. Far larger than the much more famous domains of Alexander the Great and ancient Rome, it has since been surpassed in overall size and reach only by the British Empire. The Rise and Fall of the Second Largest Empire in the World recounts the spectacularly rapid expansion and dramatic decline of the Mongol realm, while examining its real, widespread, and enduring influence on countless communities from the Danube River to the Pacific Ocean. less...
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Amazon Says: American security and prosperity now depend on Asia. William H. Overholt offers an iconoclastic analysis of developments in each major Asian country, Asian international relat more...
Amazon Says: American security and prosperity now depend on Asia. William H. Overholt offers an iconoclastic analysis of developments in each major Asian country, Asian international relations, and U.S. foreign policy. Drawing on decades of political and business experience, he argues that obsolete Cold War attitudes tie the U.S. increasingly to an otherwise isolated Japan and obscure the reality that a U.S.-Chinese bicondominium now manages most Asian issues. Military priorities risk polarizing the region unnecessarily, weaken the economic relationships that engendered American preeminence, and ironically enhance Chinese influence. As a result, despite its Cold War victory, U.S. influence in Asia is declining. Overholt disputes the argument that democracy promotion will lead to superior development and peace, and forecasts a new era in which Asian geopolitics could take a drastically different shape. Covering Japan, China, Russia, Central Asia, India, Pakistan, Korea, and South-East Asia, Overholt offers invaluable insights for scholars, policymakers, business people, and general readers. less...
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Lonely Planet Western Europe by Ryan Ver Berkmoes
Amazon Says: Lonely Planet has been exploring every corner of Western Europe for almost 20 years. Our 9th edition will help you find the best on offer in this region of food, wine, culture more...
Amazon Says: Lonely Planet has been exploring every corner of Western Europe for almost 20 years. Our 9th edition will help you find the best on offer in this region of food, wine, culture and landscapes - whether exploring the steep streets and enticing boutiques of Lisbon, getting your adrenalin pumping in Interlaken or relaxing with a pint in Killarney. Lonely Planet guides are written by experts who get to the heart of every destination they visit. This fully updated edition is packed with accurate, practical and honest advice, designed to give you the information you need to make the most of your trip. In This Guide: Full color chapter with expert tips on the best food, landscapes and culture 5 Inspiring itineraries, including a tour of Europe's hidden gems Travel arrangements made easy with transport planners in every chapter less...
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Amazon Says: No other sports car has had a run like Porsche’s, on the street or on the world’s racetracks. This richly illustrated volume tells the story of that fabled marque. Ren more...
Amazon Says: No other sports car has had a run like Porsche’s, on the street or on the world’s racetracks. This richly illustrated volume tells the story of that fabled marque. Renowned automotive writer and photographer (and Porsche aficionado) Randy Leffingwell focuses his lens on each important model from the first 356 to today’s Cayman and 911. His pictures, in-depth analyses of each car and its context, and interviews with key personnel comprise a complete, compelling, and often revealing history of the world’s premier name in sports cars. less...
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Taco Titan: The Glen Bell Story by Debra Lee Baldwin
Amazon Says: Presents the story of Taco Bell founder Glen Bell and his rise from poverty, expanding Taco Bell worldwide then selling it for $130 million. DLC: Bell, Glen William, 1923 more...
Amazon Says: Presents the story of Taco Bell founder Glen Bell and his rise from poverty, expanding Taco Bell worldwide then selling it for $130 million. DLC: Bell, Glen William, 1923 less...
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