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America Under Attack!

     War came to America's shores today (1942) when a Japanese floatplane droped incendiary bombs on Oregon.  It was an attempt to start forest fires that could possibly hurt the American war effort.  It was also meant to demoralize the civilian population when they realized they could come under attack.  Thank God John Belushi was there to stop them!

     Maybe they could comfort themselves with their Teddy Bears.  Today is Teddy Bear Day.  It is the perfect opportunity to celebrate our most loyal childhood companions.  The teddy bear dates back to the early 1900s and its history is closely linked to an American president.  In November 1902, President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt attended a bear hunt in Mississippi.  The other members of the hunting party captured a young bear, tied it to a tree, and offered the shot to the president.  When news spread that Roosevelt refused to kill the bear, a political cartoonist named Clifford Berryman depicted the president with the bear in a cartoon titled, “Drawing the Line in Mississippi.”  In the first printing the cartoon bear was a full-grown animal, but it was later redrawn as a cuddly cub.  The story and cartoon became famous, toy makers were inspired to create “Teddy’s Bear,” and by 1906 the teddy bear craze was in full swing!  Today, teddy bears are a staple in any young child's life.  Celebrate this American icon and make sure the kids in your life have a huggable teddy bear today! (Punchbowl.com)

     There was a battle in Hawaii but it was not an invasion.  A Filipino sugar worker's strike against the Hawaiian Sugar Planters' Association in Hanapepe, Kauai, Hawaii has ended in disaster (1924).  When striking workers took two strike breaking workers hostage police moved in to rescue them.  A fire fight ensued resulting in 16 striking workers being killed as were 4 policemen.  You can probably figure out why sugar prices are still relatively low.

      President Washington was honored today (1791) when the new capital was named after him - Washington, D.C.  Don't remember the D.C. in his name.

     We go underground for the next story (1972).   In Kentucky's Mammoth Cave National Park, a Cave Research Foundation exploration and mapping team has discovered a link between the Mammoth and Flint Ridge cave systems, making it the longest known cave passageway in the world.   This will give us an edge in the 'mine shaft gap'. 

     Disaster for Rome in Germania (9).  Former Roman protege' the German leader Arminius turned on his former allies uniting six Germanic tribes who ambushed and annihilated three Roman legions of Publius Quinctilius Varus in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest.  Roman Legions never lost an Eagle (standard) in combat before but lost three in this battle.  Rome is having second thoughts about expanding into Germania.  Can't trust those sneaky Germans.

     Croatian forces suffered a similar defeat at the hands of the Ottomans (1493) at the Battle of Krbava field.  Between 7 and 10 thousand Croats died in the battle including many Nobles.  Several thousand more were taken prisoner.  Only an alliance of Croats, Serbs and Bosnians will be able to stop the invasion by the Ottoman Empire.  Like that will ever happen.

Today we celebrate the birthdays of:

      1585 - Cardinal Richelieu - French clergyman and statesman (d. 1642) - He obviously didn't believe in separation of Church and State.

     1754 - William Bligh - English admiral and statesmen, 4th Governor of New South Wales (d. 1817) - Faired better than Mr Christian.

     1828 - Leo Tolstoy - Russian author (d. 1910) - Anybody out there finish 'War and Peace'?

 

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


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Amazon Says: The World War II home front revisited, with a skeptical appraisal of the Good War as a watershed in the nation's history. A superb account...a starting point for future work on the war. —Journal of American History. American Ways Series. less...
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Amazon Says: Brilliantly mixing geology, folklore, music, cultural commentary, and history, Gary Y. Okihiro overturns the customary narrative in which the United States acts upon and domin more...
Amazon Says: Brilliantly mixing geology, folklore, music, cultural commentary, and history, Gary Y. Okihiro overturns the customary narrative in which the United States acts upon and dominates Hawai'i. Instead, Island World depicts the islands' press against the continent, endowing America's story with fresh meaning. Okihiro's reconsidered history reveals Hawaiians fighting in the Civil War, sailing on nineteenth-century New England ships, and living in pre-gold rush California. He points to Hawai'i's lingering effect on twentieth-century American culture—from surfboards, hula, sports, and films, to art, imagination, and racial perspectives—even as the islands themselves succumb slowly to the continental United States. In placing Hawai'i at the center of the national story, Island World rejects the premise that continents comprise "natural" states while islands are "tiny spaces," without significance, to be acted upon by continents. An astonishingly compact tour de force, this book not only revises the way we think about islands, oceans, and continents, it also recasts the way we write about space and time. less...
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Washington D.C. by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
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Amazon Says: It's the core of American power and the seat of its history. Washington DC lies along the Potomac River and under the warm Southern air, among green parks peppered with pink Japanese cherry blossom trees.   DC's skyline is low and sprawling, its architecture a mix of neoclassical, gothic, modern, and Georgian revival styles. The broad and open National Mall has played host to political protests and presidential inaugurations alike. The Bill of Rights, the Constitution, and thousands of other important American documents live within the thick walls of the National Archive. Step into the hub of America's past, present, and future, in the photographic tribute to the nation's capitol. less...
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Amazon Says: Tells the story of the seventeen-year-old slave whose interest in the Mammoth Cave in Kentucky led him to become the tour guide for many to this natural wonder, helping him es more...
Amazon Says: Tells the story of the seventeen-year-old slave whose interest in the Mammoth Cave in Kentucky led him to become the tour guide for many to this natural wonder, helping him escape the grueling work of his fellow slaves on the plantations above. less...
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Amazon Says: Over four days at the beginning of September AD 9, half of Rome's Western army was ambushed in a German forest and annihilated. Three legions, three cavalry units and six auxi more...
Amazon Says: Over four days at the beginning of September AD 9, half of Rome's Western army was ambushed in a German forest and annihilated. Three legions, three cavalry units and six auxiliary regiments - some 25,000 men - were wiped out. It dealt a body blow to the empire's imperial pretensions and was Rome's greatest defeat. No other battle stopped the Roman empire dead in its tracks. From the moment of the Teutoburg Forest disaster, the Rhine, rather than the Elbe as the Romans had hoped, became the limit of the civilized world. Rome's expansion in northern Europe was checked and Rome anxiously patrolled the Rhineland borders, awaiting further uprisings from Germania. Although one of the most significant and dramatic battles in European history, this is also one which has been largely overlooked. Drawing on primary sources and a vast wealth of new archaeological evidence, Adrian Murdoch brings to life the battle itself, the historical background and the effects of the Roman defeat as well as exploring the personalities of those who took part. less...
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Amazon Says: This volume presents 30 highly illustrated essays charting a cultural survey of Croatia from the 7th to the end of the 12th century. Richly illustrated with colour plates, map more...
Amazon Says: This volume presents 30 highly illustrated essays charting a cultural survey of Croatia from the 7th to the end of the 12th century. Richly illustrated with colour plates, maps, plans, and diagrams, it provides a major new resource for all those seeking to gain a broad understanding of the medieval world in central Europe and the Adriatic region before the Ottoman invasions. Since the mid-nineties, the republic of Croatia has taken its place among the independent nations of Europe, and its strong cultural identity is becoming better understood. As a result, the Croatian academy of Sciences and Arts, based in Zagreb, has embarked on an ambitious five-volume history of Croatian culture, commissioning essays on the arts and sciences from over 100 leading specialists in the field. Throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the relationship between Croatia and Western Europe was very close, with many important artists moving freely between them. Visitors to Zagreb and the Dalmatian Coast have long enjoyed the opportunity of sampling the enormous wealth and variety of Croatian art and architecture, and these volumes make the achievements of this ancient but inadequately understood area of Europe readily accessible for the first time. less...
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Amazon Says: In an extraordinary drama sweeping across seventeenth-century France, this probing biography of Cardinal Richelieu explores how a man of steely intelligence and ruthless ambit more...
Amazon Says: In an extraordinary drama sweeping across seventeenth-century France, this probing biography of Cardinal Richelieu explores how a man of steely intelligence and ruthless ambition not only fulfilled his dreams of social prestige, personal wealth, and political power but at the same time realized his vision of a France unified as much by its culture as by its king. less...
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Amazon Says: An account of the actual events surrounding the legendary conflict aboard the HMS Bounty focuses on the court-martial of its ten mutineers, citing the breakdown and exile of M more...
Amazon Says: An account of the actual events surrounding the legendary conflict aboard the HMS Bounty focuses on the court-martial of its ten mutineers, citing the breakdown and exile of Master's Mate Fletcher Christian and Lieutenant Bligh's navigation talents. 250,000 first printing. First serial, The New Yorker. less...
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Amazon Says: 'Russia in the Age of Alexander II, Tolstoy and Dostoevsky' is both history and story, incorporating in its analysis of Alexander II's turbulent reign the lives and ideas of t more...
Amazon Says: 'Russia in the Age of Alexander II, Tolstoy and Dostoevsky' is both history and story, incorporating in its analysis of Alexander II's turbulent reign the lives and ideas of the period's great writers, thinkers and revolutionaries who made this the Golden Age of Russian literature and thought. In his combination of considerable biographical material with the presentation of the main ideas of the era's chief writers and thinkers, Walter G. Moss has written a history that is of interest not only to scholars and students of the period, but also to more general readers. less...
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