Tag Archives: 19th Century

1876: The Battle of Greasy Grass ends in Custer’s defeat

Most people refer to this as Little Bighorn but I prefer to go with the winners, a combined force of First Nations known as the Lakota, North Cheyenne and Arapaho. It’s also known as one of America’s biggest defeats in … Continue reading

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Happy Juneteenth Day

It’s nice to see what was often a Texas-based holiday finally become a National Holiday in the US. The more amazing thing was how many Republicans voted with the Democrats on this. Currently, they can’t even have a compromise on … Continue reading

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1841: President Harrison dies

William Harrison started off as the oldest person to be elected president in American history, 68 (a spring chicken compared to St. Reagan, Orange Foolius & Grampa’ Brunch) and the first Whig. Within a month, being the first to die … Continue reading

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Someone rolled a ‘Natural 20’ on this French dude

Just horrifying to see this relic from the final battle between Napoleon and the allied forces against him. My first thought was, who the hell decided to take this off Fraveau’s corpse to save for posterity? My next was, well, … Continue reading

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Bad Company

Besides being the first movie to use the title Bad Company (the name reappeared in 1995 and 2002, both as modern Action flicks), we can also blame the 1972 period piece for giving the AOR band its name; Paul Rodgers loved … Continue reading

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1860: The beginning of modern Italy via Giuseppe Garibaldi

One hundred and sixty years ago Garibaldi left Genoa with 1000 volunteers to invade the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. In Garibaldi’s defense, the kingdom was an absolute monarchy and its ruler King Francis II, a Bourbon (blech!), wasn’t very … Continue reading

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1870: Texas re-enters the Union

If I remember my American History, Texas modified or rewrote its constitution to the satisfaction of Congress to regain its membership. With the “election” of Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876 (or 1877), it was all for naught as the GOP … Continue reading

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Happy Texas Independence Day 2020!

I can never remember if state government offices are closed today. Might as well be, have a nice three-day weekend, get some errands completed! I’m sure the morons who promote Texas seceding get some electrons to waste via the SCLM, … Continue reading

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1820: Missouri Compromise

Congress back then found a way to kick the can down the road on slavery by admitting Missouri into the US as a slave state if Maine joined as a free state. Thus setting off the continuing battle of always … Continue reading

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1869: Wyoming grants women the vote

The article from the History Channel gives a list of reasons but I go with the more realistic one purported by Adam Ruins Everything…women had the power to get it through the world’s oldest profession and I’m not talking about farming. … Continue reading

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1864: Grant promoted to General of the (US) Army

After firing numerous generals and getting a resounding “no” from Italian hero Garibaldi, President Lincoln finally found the commander he could trust to defeat the Confederacy once and for all. Grant was also the only officer who didn’t suffer any … Continue reading

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1819: US acquires Florida…America’s punchline

Originally colonized by the Spanish, despite people already living there. The future state was then handed over to the English after the French & Indian War; spoils for Spain trying to aid the French. Then it returned to Spanish control … Continue reading

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1809: Charles Darwin & Abraham Lincoln born

As Emo Philips has a joke: Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln have the same birthday which is fitting because they’re the two biggest enemies of the South. Being an American living in any region, even abroad, it is a painfully … Continue reading

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Frankenstein turns 200

I’ve always found the story behind the book to be more interesting. Trust me, after the 1992 release of Coppola’s take on Dracula, I tried to read Mary Shelley’s opus. Holy crap! It is boring! Frankenstein probably took off because there was … Continue reading

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Italian #43: Giovanni Schiaparelli

This year, my tribute to famous Italians has been heavy on the Science side, namely Astronomy but Dr. Schiaparelli is relevant due to the joint ESA-Russia Schiaparelli mission to Mars. Today is the day the probe makes its attempt to land … Continue reading

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