Archive for March 2019

Today in History: March 22

  In 1621 Hugo de Groot under lock and key In the cover of  a book chest* Did  literally  flee.* * During a period of religious strife, Grotius was controversially sentenced to life imprisonment and transferred to Loevestein Castle. With help of his wife and his maidservant, he was able to escape in a book... Read more »

Cowardly Nunes proves he is an udder twit

After Devin Nunes Sues a Parody Cow, It Surpasses Him on Twitter  [New York Times Headline] Nunes is suing a site that does parody; It’s all tongue-in-cheek loosely based on some verity. It wasn’t well-known Now its viewership’s grown While he has been hung out to dry with hilarity.

Today in History: March 21

  In 1935 What once was Persia and the Persian* Was renamed Iran** and Iranian. Now using the old names might be an aspersion. *Reza Shah Pahlavi wanted foreign diplomats to use Iran, its indigenous name, rather than the Greek-derived Persia. ** The word ‘Iran’ is a cognate of “Aryan’; both are derived from the same... Read more »

Today in History: March 20

  In 1930 Colonel Sanders began His restaurant, now KFC,* And  remains its most famous pitchman. *Kentucky Fried Chicken’s first franchise opened in Utah in 1952.

Today in History: March 19

  In 1931 Nevada legalizes Gambling Enterprises.* *Because the Great Depression caused severe economic hardships, the state legislature decided to legalize gambling to generate revenue.  The construction of Boulder (later Hoover) Dam brought thousands of workers to Reno where gambling boomed years before Las Vegas eventually surpassed it.    

Today in History: March 18

  In 1781 Something known by very few: Messier** rediscovered M92.* *The 92nd  globular cluster in Messier’s Catalogue; that is, ” a large group of old stars that are closely packed in a symmetrical, somewhat spherical form. Globular clusters, so called because of their roughly spherical appearance, are the largest and most massive star clusters.”  ... Read more »

Today in History: March 17

  In 180 Marcus Aurelius died.* Being a Stoic,** He took it in stride. *Marcus Aurelius was the emperor of Rome from 161 to 180 A.D.  He was the last of the Five Good Emperors. The others were in chronological order Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, and Antoninus Pius. **Stoicism, according to Bryan Magee,  says that “our... Read more »

Today in History : March 16

  In 1621 The first Indian chief met The Pilgrims at Plymouth. His name was Samoset.* *Samoset was a sagamore, an elected chief. He learned English from English fishermen off the coast of Maine, and he knew many of the ship captains who visited the area.    

Today in History: March 15

  44 B.C. The most famous of  regicides: Brutus stabs Caesar On the Ides.* *The 15th day of March, May, July, or October or the 13th day of any other month in the ancient Roman calendar  [Merriam-Webster]

Today in History: March 14

  In 1794 Eli Whitney patented the cotton gin. And extended the life of Our original sin.* * This very common meme for slavery should not be misconstrued to suggest it is essentially like the original sin promulgated in the Old Testament. Something slaveowners used to absolve themselves of guilt.  It is better understood to... Read more »