Browsing: April 24

A Brief History On April 24, 2018, we await word as to whether or not President Donald Trump, a self-professed admirer of Napoleon I Bonaparte, Emperor of the French, will pardon former boxing champion and legend Jack Johnson, another admirer of Napoleon. Sylvester Stallone, the man who made fictional boxer Rocky Balboa a legend, has reportedly encouraged President Trump to issue the pardon.  (Note: Regarding their mutual admiration for Napoleon Bonaparte, it seems both men may have a mistaken historical impression of exactly who and what Napoleon Bonaparte was.  Trump has conflated Napoleon with Napoleon III and shown a shallow…

A Brief History On April 24, 1184 B.C., at least according to traditionalists, the city of Troy fell to Greek invaders, thus bringing about the end of the epic Trojan War that began some ten years earlier in 1194 B.C. Digging Deeper The story of this war has been repeated and altered many times since whatever actually occurred in history.  A consistent element of the ever-evolving story, however, is that it all began with perhaps the most beautiful woman of her era: Helen of Troy. Before the war began, the beautiful Helen was married to King Menelaus of Sparta, brother…

A Brief History Today, April 24, 2016, we take a moment to recognize the incredibly important role animals have played throughout human history.  When early Man first competed for food among other herbivores, those skills needed to survive helped shape the evolution of humans.  When early Man started eating meat, the rate of growth of the brain became dramatically increased, forever placing humans in a position of dominance over highly capable, but less intelligent animals. Digging Deeper King James Bible And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the…

A Brief History On April 24, 1885, Annie Oakley joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and went on to become America’s first female superstar.  Other women, famous or infamous, left their mark on the history of the American frontier.  Here are 10 well known ladies of the West.  Who would you include? 10. Pearl Hart. Proving that the fair sex can be just as rotten as the next guy, Pearl came from Canada to live it up in the American West in the 1880’s.  Hooking up with an outlaw named Joe Boot (not her husband) she went on a crime…

A Brief History On April 24, 1885, Phoebe Ann Moses, better known as Annie Oakley, joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and was a star attraction for the next 16 years. Digging Deeper Annie was born in North Star, Ohio in 1860, a somehow appropriate location considering her future stardom. Born into poverty in a log cabin, Annie took to trapping and shooting by the age of 8 years.  Even at an early age her marksmanship skills became well known and her ability to kill game animals considerably assisted the family finances.  When a traveling shooting show came to town…