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Today in History: The Vasa Sinks

Posted by Gilbert Stack on August 10, 2018 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)

On this day (August 10) in 1628, the Swedish warship, Vasa, sank 20 minutes into her maiden voyage. The ship was terribly top heavy, encountered a strong wind and foundered.

Today in History: The U.S. and Canada Establish Their Common Border

Posted by Gilbert Stack on August 9, 2018 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

On this day (August 9) in 1842, the United States and Britain signed the Webster-Ashburton Treaty that established the border between the British territory that became Canada and the United States. It also called for a final end to the slave trade on the high seas, agreed that both parties would share the Great Lakes, and established seven crimes for which the alleged perpetrator would be extradited to the other country: murder, attempted murder, arson, robbery, piracy, forgery, and the “utterance of forged papers.”

Today in History: The Fantastic Four

Posted by Gilbert Stack on August 8, 2018 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

On this day (August Eight) in 1961, Fantastic Four #1 was published by Marvel Comics and in so doing changed the nature of American comics forever. Unlike it’s DC rivals, Fantastic Four was set in a real world city (New York City) and made relationships an important part of each story (the “family relationships” of the FF led to a lot of realistic bickering and fighting even while they maintained a family’s love for each other). The Thing was not happy with his powers (who wants to be transformed into a rock creature anyway?). And the group did not have secret identities. The more sophisticated storylines rocked the comics industry, but DC was slow to understand the threat these new storyline presented to their then dominance of the market. The Hulk, Spiderman, Thor, Iron Man, the Avengers, and the X-Men quickly followed, all finding a new take on the superhero which excited Marvel’s growing fan base.

Today in History: The Purple Heart

Posted by Gilbert Stack on August 7, 2018 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

On this day (August 7) in 1782, George Washington ordered that a medal honoring wounded soldiers be created. It was originally called the Badge of Military Merit but was later renamed the Purple Heart.

Today in History: The CSS Arkansas Is Scuttled

Posted by Gilbert Stack on August 6, 2018 at 5:15 AM Comments comments (0)

On this day (August 6) in 1862, the Confederates were forced to scuttle the CSS Arkansas, an ironclad, to keep it from falling into Union hands after it suffered engine trouble. The Arkansas had engaged Federal ships attacking Vicksburg and was instrumental in inducing the Union to lift the naval siege of Vicksburg (which probably was not going to succeed without a simultaneous action by the army). Less than three weeks later, the Arkansas suffered catastrophic engine trouble and with no hope for repair had to be destroyed by her own crew.

Today in History: The Pilgrims Take the Wrong Ship

Posted by Gilbert Stack on August 5, 2018 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (0)

On this day (August 5) in 1620, the Pilgrims left England in the Speedwell to journey to the new world and found a Godly City. The Speedwell had been purchased by the Pilgrims to make the journey alongside the more famous Mayflower. The ship immediately began to leak, requiring the Pilgrims to return to Dartmouth for repairs. A second attempt was aborted for the same reason after journeying 350 miles. Pilgrim William Bradford complained that a too-large mast was the problem. Historian Nathaniel Philbrick theorizes that the too-large mast was purposely installed by the Dutch who wished to frustrate the Pilgrim’s attempt to found an English colony in the New World.

Today in History: Champagne

Posted by Gilbert Stack on August 4, 2018 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)

On this day (August 4) in 1693, Dom Pierre Perignon is credited with inventing champagne—even if he didn’t actually invent it. Perignon was a Benedictine monk. His real contribution to sparkling wine was to invent processes that improved the quality of the beverage.

The Legionnaire Series Has Sold More than 2500 Copies

Posted by Gilbert Stack on August 3, 2018 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

I'm thrilled to announce that my Legionnaire Series has now sold more than 2500 copies. Thanks to everyone out there who has supported me by trying this series. It's a genuine labor of love and the best is definitely yet to come. 

Today in History: Jesse Owens Beats the Nazis

Posted by Gilbert Stack on August 3, 2018 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

On this day (August 3) in 1936, Jesse Owens won the 100 meter dash, taking the gold medal at the Berlin Olympics. These were the first televised Olympic games, and Adolf Hitler viewed them as a platform to demonstrate the alleged superiority of the Arian Race and his Nazi Party. Jesse Owens did more than his part to deflate that dream by winning four gold medals.

Today in History: The Battle of Chaeronea

Posted by Gilbert Stack on August 2, 2018 at 5:05 AM Comments comments (0)

On this day (August 2) in 338 BC, Philip II of Macedon (father of Alexander the Great) defeated Athens and Thebes at the Battle of Chaeronea. Philip had dominated Greece since 346 BC and cities like Athens worried that this would ultimately cost them their precious liberties. They attacked Philip’s territories and panicked when a few months later he began marching his army toward them. They asked Thebes for help and even though Thebes was traditionally hostile to Athens, it agreed to join forces against Philip.

The Macedonian army was comprised of roughly 30,000 infantry and 2,000 cavalry. Philip commanded his right wing and put his son, Alexander, in command of the left. Athens, Thebes and their allies fielded a larger army. After a hotly contested fight, Alexander and his troops broke the Greek right flank and Philip then crushed the Greek left. It has been described as one of the most decisive victories in history. Resistance to Philip crumbled permitting him to focus on his planned conquest of Persia which would be carried out by his son, Alexander, after Philip was assassinated by one of his bodyguards, possibly because he had abandoned the man for a younger lover.