|Posted by Gilbert Stack on April 23, 2019 at 11:55 AM||comments (0)|
On this day (April 23) in 1014, High King Brian Boru led his allies in battle against a coalition of Irish and Viking armies led by the Viking King of Dublin, Sigtrygg Silkbeard (one of the best descriptive nicknames of any medieval king) and the king of Leinster. The resulting Battle of Clontarf became a landmark in Irish history and a symbol of Irish resistance to foreign rule. While Brian Boru's forces won the battle, he, his son and his grandson all died.
|Posted by Gilbert Stack on April 21, 2019 at 7:20 AM||comments (0)|
On this day (April 21) in 1649, the colony of Maryland passed the Maryland Toleration Act, granting religious freedom to Trinitarian Christians in the colony. This very limited toleration (it prescribed death for anyone who denied the divinity of Christ) proved too much for Oliver Cromwell who revoked it to force everyone into the Anglican Church.
|Posted by Gilbert Stack on April 20, 2019 at 9:30 AM||comments (0)|
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Marcus has defeated the smaller half of the army of Thegn Chilperic by the skin of his teeth, but now he must rally his legion and its allies to stop the Thegn’s main force from rolling back all of his victories. Yet even as he fights for control of the strategic bridges on the Rio Rocoso, Marcus’ allies remain as fractious as ever. The rebellious Gente of Morganita continue to fight among themselves for leadership of their cause, while the Gota also violently question the leadership of Marcus’ friend, Evorik. As if all of this weren’t bad enough, the mighty Thegn of Granate still tries to walk the middle path in this war, telling both Marcus and his enemies that he is loyal to them. Too soon now, Marcus will find out which side Granate betrays at the Bridges of Morganita.
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|Posted by Gilbert Stack on April 20, 2019 at 6:55 AM||comments (0)|
On this day (April 20) in 1861 Robert E. Lee resigned his commission in the U.S. Army so that he would be free to take command of the armed forces of the state of Virginia. One of the major attitudinal differences between the U.S. of today and the U.S. of the mid-nineteenth century is that most Americans of the mid-nineteenth century considered themselves citizens of their state first and of the nation second.
|Posted by Gilbert Stack on April 19, 2019 at 11:45 AM||comments (0)|
On this day (April 19) in 1995, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols expressed their anger at the Federal Government over Ruby Ridge and the Siege of the Branch Davidians at Waco by blowing up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. In doing so, they murdered 168 people including 15 children and injured 680 others. One-third of his target building was destroyed; 324 other buildings were damaged; and 86 cars were wrecked. McVeigh was pulled over 90 minutes later for driving without a license plate and arrested for possessing illegal weapons. He was tried and executed in 2001. His co-conspirator, Nichols, received life in prison. Michael Fortier was sentenced to 12 years in prison for failing to warn the government of the coming attack. His wife, Lori, who like Michael, testified against McVeigh and Nichols, was granted immunity for her testimony.
|Posted by Gilbert Stack on April 18, 2019 at 10:20 AM||comments (0)|
On this day (April Eighteen) in 1906, San Francisco was struck by an earthquake that registered 8.3 on the Ricter scale. The quake leveled buildings, broke water mains and started a fire that raged for three days destroying 1/4 of the city. More than 3000 people died.
|Posted by Gilbert Stack on April 17, 2019 at 6:30 AM||comments (0)|
On this day (April 17) in 1397 Geoffrey Chaucer read to the court of Richard II from his Canterbury Tales for the first time. The Canterbury Tales are one of the great works of literature to come down to us from the Middle Ages. They were revolutionary when written—depicting fictional protagonists from a wide variety of social classes and giving us insights into the very worldly society in which Chaucer lived.
|Posted by Gilbert Stack on April 16, 2019 at 8:10 AM||comments (0)|
On this day (April 16) in 1862, Abraham Lincoln freed all of the slaves in Washington D.C. It wouldn't be until January 1, 1863 that he freed the 3.1 million slaves living in Confederate States. Even then, slaves held in Union States (KE, MA, MO, & DE), occupied-and-Union-leaning TE and in the VA counties becoming WV and the Tidewater area all remained in bondage. Lincoln believed that his war powers gave him the right to free the slaves in the rebellious, but not in the loyal parts of the union. Making certain that all slaves were freed and remained free was the reason for his push to ratify the Thirteenth Amendment.
|Posted by Gilbert Stack on April 15, 2019 at 7:00 AM||comments (0)|
On this day (April 15) in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln died. He’d been shot the night before in the back of the head by John Wilkes Booth while watching the play, The American Cousin, at Ford’s Theater. Lincoln’s bodyguard was drinking in the saloon next door. While most of the country reacted with shock and sorrow, Lincoln haters cheered the news.
|Posted by Gilbert Stack on April 14, 2019 at 1:35 PM||comments (0)|
On this day (April 14) in 1561 a bizarre celestial phenomenon occurred in the skies above Nuremberg which contemporaries described as an aerial battle. According to broadsheet printed that month the phenomenon occurred at dawn and involved hundreds of spheres and strangely shaped objects flying about the sky in combat to each other. After these crashed from the sky, a large black triangular spear appeared.
UFO enthusiasts understandably think that UFOs were being described. Skeptics tend to credit the sundog phenomenon (an optical illusion which makes it appear that more than one sun is in the sky) is to blame. Here are pictures of both the broadsheet and the sundog phenomenon.