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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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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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