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.
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