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Today in History with a Twist: October 9, 2013

The Kings are Crowned!  768 - Brothers Carloman I and Charlemagne were crowned Kings of The Franks.  Carloman would die mysteriously in 771 (no brotherly love?).  Charlemagne would eventually become the first Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (he would be called the 'Father of modern Europe').  Upon his death the Empire would be devided between his three sons and never reach its full potential. - Too egaltarian?

     If he had come farther south maybe Leif Erikson would be know as the 'Father of North America' but hr did beat Columbus so today is Leif Erikson Day!  Leif Erikson, the son of Erik the Red, was the first European to land in North America.  According to The Sagas of Icelanders, a historical account from the 10th and 11th centuries, he established a Norse settlement in Newfoundland, Canada around the year 1001 - more than 400 years before Christopher Columbus was born!  Leif Erikson was only twenty-four years old at the time of his voyage. After rescuing an Icelandic castaway and his crew he was nicknamed Leif the Lucky.  In 1964, the United States Congress declared October 9 Leif Erikson Day in honor of this historical Viking.  Share your knowledge about Leif Erikson with others and celebrate his important role in the history of North America! (Punchbowl.com)

     1888 - The Washington Monument officially opens to the general public. - Hopefully they'll open it again soon!

     1635 - Founder of Rhode Island Roger Williams is banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony as a religious dissident after he speaks out against punishments for religious offenses and giving away Native American land. - Thought he came here for religious freedom!

     1999 - The last flight of the SR-71. - The world's fastest airplane, originally designed to intercept Russian bombers, or at least that's the story, but proved to be ineffective in that roll.  Became an excellent spy plane. - You know they only retired it because they had something better, check Area 51.

     1989 - An official news agency in the Soviet Union reports the landing of a UFO in Voronezh.  Reportedly it landed and aliens and robots emerged, though even eyewitnesses stated that the Russian newspaper, TASS, that reported the incident said that the newspaper greatly exaggerated the story. (http://www.ufocasebook.com/Voronezh.html) - Maybe they saw what was going to replace the SR-71.

      1919 - The Cincinnati Reds win the World Series but it is learned that several members of the highly favored White Sox took bribes to throw the series.  It would become known as the Black Sox scandal.  One of those implicated was South Carolinian native 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson;  There is still a major debate over his guilt. - If he was part of it his numbers don't show it.

Today we celebrate the birthdays of:

     1899 - Bruce Catton - Historian and author (d. 1978) - His American Heritage History of the Civil War was my favorite book when I was a kid.

     1940 - John Lennon - Singer-songwriter, musician, and producer (The Beatles, The Quarrymen, Plastic Ono Band, and The Dirty Mac) (d. 1980) - Couldn't he hold a job?

     1975 - Sean Lennon - Singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor (The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Plastic Ono Band and Cibo Matto. - Like father, like son. Not so unusual for a parent and child to share a birthday, my mother and brother did.

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


Amazon Says: Although Charlemagne held a strong position in defining France's national identity for more than ten centuries, he was swiftly rejected as a national hero from the 1870s onwar more...
Amazon Says: Although Charlemagne held a strong position in defining France's national identity for more than ten centuries, he was swiftly rejected as a national hero from the 1870s onwards for being too German and has never really regained his rightful place in France's history. This study, now available in English, explores the reasons why Charlemagne was at the heart of French mythology for so long. Morrissey examines two major stages or `cycles' in the history of Charlemagne, the first beginning after his death in 814, lasting until the end of the 16th century, and the second involving the remythologising of Charlemagne in the Renaissance and during the Reformation. He assesses Charlemagne's symbolic importance in people's quest to find their roots and define the origins of French identity, and asks what it was about the man that embodied French ideals and aspirations for so many years. less...
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Amazon Says: Well-written, loaded with information, and with a rich assortment of illustrations, each Discoveries "RM" volume is a look at one facet of art, archaeology, music, history, ph more...
Amazon Says: Well-written, loaded with information, and with a rich assortment of illustrations, each Discoveries "RM" volume is a look at one facet of art, archaeology, music, history, philosophy, popular culture, science, or nature. These innovatively designed, affordably priced, compact paperbacks bring ideas to life and amplify our understanding of civilization in a new way. less...
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Eight Men Out by Eliot Asinof
Amazon Says: This is the story of the fantastic scandal in which eight Chicago White Sox players arranged with the nation's leading gamblers to throw the 1919 World Series to Cincinnati. more...
Amazon Says: This is the story of the fantastic scandal in which eight Chicago White Sox players arranged with the nation's leading gamblers to throw the 1919 World Series to Cincinnati. Mr. Asinof vividly describes the backgrounds and motives of the players, the tense meetings, the hitches in the conniving, the actual plays in which the Series was thrown, as well as the Grand Jury indictment and the famous 1921 trial. Here, too, is a graphic picture of the American underworld that managed the fix, the deeply shocked newspapermen who uncovered the story, and the war-exhausted nation that turned with relief and pride to the Series, only to be rocked by the scandal. less...
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