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Today in History with a Twist: September 5, 2013

Don't Tax Our Tea!

     Representatives from all the colonies except Georgia are meeting in Philadelphia to discuss and hopefully take action about the human rights abuses against colonists in Massachusetts and the high taxes being unfairly leveled on the colonies (1774).  The group, known as the Continental Congress, is trying to get Parliament to recognize the colonists as being and having the same rights as English citizens.  Are you sure that is such a great idea, have you seen their taxes lately?

     In those late night sessions they are probably ordering out for pizza.  Today is National Cheese Pizza Day!  Did you know that Americans eat approximately 350 slices of pizza per second?  Whether you prefer thin crust, deep dish, or regular style, today's the day to celebrate one of the most popular meals in the country.  In the 1800s, most Italians thought of pizza as a peasant meal.  That changed when a baker named Raffaele Esposito created a margarita pizza for visiting royalty.  The king and queen were impressed by the colors of the Italian flag represented by the pizza's white mozzarella cheese, red tomato sauce, and green basil.  Pizza became fashionable overnight and was soon a staple in restaurants all across the country.  Today, there are hundreds of different pizza types and toppings, but they all originated with the classic cheese pizza.  To celebrate National Cheese Pizza Day, head to your favorite pizza place or make your own homemade pizza for dinner tonight. Enjoy! (Punchbowl.com)

     Breaking news from the Olympics in Munich where members of the Palestinian terrorist group called "Black September" have attacked the Olympic Village (1972) and taken hostage 11 Israel athletes.  There are reports that two of the athletes may already be dead.  We will keep you up to date as more information comes in.  The ghosts are stirring

In Canada (1945) Igor Gouzenko, a Soviet Union embassy clerk, has defected to the Canadian government.  He has brought proof of wide spread spying by the Russians in North America.  You didn't really believe that defeating Germany and Japan would bring peace and harmony to the world, did you?

     In Yokohama, Japan (1945) Iva Toguri D'Aquino, a Japanese-American, has been arrested.  She is suspected of being the wartime radio propagandist Tokyo Rose.  She did play good music.

     In Russia, Tsar Peter I has come up with a novel way to try and Westernize his nobility (1698).  He is imposing a tax on beards for all men except the clergy and peasantry!  Maybe he is just jealous because he can't grow a good one himself.

     In the world of sports some major, controversial changes are being made to all American game of Football (1906).  Of several rule changes the most significant is the legalization of the forward pass.  Claim of throwing the first one goes to Bradbury Robinson of St. Louis University to teammate Jack Schneider in a 22–0 victory over Carroll College (Wisconsin).  I'm sure the novelty will wear off and run will still dominate the game.

Today we celebrate the birthdays of:

      1846 - Jack Daniel - Founded Jack Daniel's (d. 1911) - A true American hero.

     1847 - Jesse James - Criminal and murderer (d. 1882) - That's one person's view.

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One Day in September by Simon Reeve
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Amazon Says: On September 5, 1945, cipher clerk Igor Gouzenko severed ties with the Soviet Embassy in Ottawa, reporting to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police allegations of extensive Soviet more...
Amazon Says: On September 5, 1945, cipher clerk Igor Gouzenko severed ties with the Soviet Embassy in Ottawa, reporting to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police allegations of extensive Soviet espionage in North America, providing stolen documents detailing Soviet intelligence matters to back his claims. This action sent shockwaves through Washington, London, Moscow, and Ottawa, changing the course of the twentieth century. Using recently declassified FBI and Canadian RCMP files on the Gouzenko case, author and Cold War scholar Amy Knight sheds new light on the FBI’s efforts to incriminate Alger Hiss and Harry Dexter White in order to discredit the Truman Administration. FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover seized upon Gouzenko’s defection as a means through which to demonize the Soviets, distorting statements made by Gouzenko to stir up “spy fever” in the U.S., setting the McCarthy era into motion. Through the FBI files and interviews with several key players, Knight delves into Gouzenko’s reasons for defecting and brilliantly connects these events to the strained relations between the Soviet Union and the West, marking the beginning of the Cold War. less...
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Peter the Great by M.S. Anderson
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Amazon Says: The Most Important Innovation in the History of Football In 1913, a small, up-and-coming school came to West Point to challenge the great Army football team. The opposing q more...
Amazon Says: The Most Important Innovation in the History of Football In 1913, a small, up-and-coming school came to West Point to challenge the great Army football team. The opposing quarterback dropped back, raised the football, and threw a perfect spiral to his wide open teammate. Again and again the quarterback and his receiver completed passes, resulting in a stunning 35-13 defeat of Army. That school was Notre Dame and the receiver was Knute Rockne: the game of football was transformed. The story of Notre Dame’s passing attack goes back seven years, when the forward pass was first legalized as a means of opening the game up to avoid the fatalities that plagued early football and nearly saw the game banned. A student of the legendary Amos Alonzo Stagg, Jesse Harper, envisioned a mixture of precision passing and running throughout the game, and after arriving at Notre Dame, he schooled his team in his new-fangled approach. In Forward Pass: The Play That Saved Football, Philip L. Brooks introduces the reader to the dirt, spectacle, and emotion of the great teams of the early twentieth century, including Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indians, Stagg’s University of Chicago Maroons, Fielding Yost’s Michigan Wolverines, Johnny Heisman’s Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, and Gil Dobie’s Washington Huskies. While most teams experimented with passing, it was Jesse Harper and Knute Rockne who showed how the forward pass could be used as the ultimate offensive strategy and key to the brilliant future of football. less...
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Amazon Says: The first-ever biography of the man who created America's most famous whiskey Born in Lynchburg, Tennessee, in 1850, Jack Daniel became a legendary moonshiner at age 15 before more...
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Jesse James by Marley Brant
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