Browsing: August 26

A Brief History On August 26, 2018, a nation mourns the loss of US Navy veteran John McCain, a prominent US Senator from Arizona and former Presidential candidate who finally succumbed to brain cancer on August 25, 2018, after a courageous fight.  As a high profile US politician, McCain became even more famous/infamous when he chose Sarah Palin as his Vice-presidential running mate in 2008.  We celebrate John McCain’s life and legacy today by chronicling his fascinating life, a life of incredible highs and lows, triumphs and terrible pain. Digging Deeper Born in the Canal Zone (Panama) to a prominent…

A Brief History NOTE:  Prior to the game on August 26, 2017, all Browns players and coaches stood for the National Anthem, the players arm in arm.  Apparently Browns great Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown had spoken to the team and implored the players to honor the flag and our country by standing during the National Anthem.  Is standing arm in arm good enough for you?  Is this gesture enough to cause you to forgive and forget?  Should fans still be irate over the previous political display?  Please give us your thoughts on this subject. On August 26,…

A Brief History On August 26, 1346, at the Battle of Crecy, the English longbow reigned supreme, and ever since the longbow has been closely associated with England.  Here we list 10 such weapons that are famous for representing the country that either invented or perfected the weapon.  Some countries are quickly identified with more than one iconic weapon.  What weapons would you add to the list?  Which are your favorites? Digging Deeper 1. Longbow, England. At Crecy and at Agincourt (1415) the English Longbow reigned supreme and made its mark as the quintessential English weapon.  An effective range of 250…

A Brief History On August 24, 410 the city of Rome fell to foreign invaders for the first time in 800 years.  Although no longer the capital of the Roman Empire (that had moved to Ravenna in 402), Rome was still the symbol of the Roman culture and world. Digging Deeper Rome had suffered the indignity of a previous sack in 387 BC (or 390 BC  depending on dating system used) at the hands of the Gauls (from France).  The defeated Romans were forced to pay a ransom to get the Gauls to leave. In 410 AD, the invaders were…

A Brief History On August 26, 1970, the Women’s Liberation movement spearheaded by Betty Friedan held the Women’s Strike for Equality.  The event, under the auspices of the National Organization for Women (NOW), was held on the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, the amendment that allowed women in the US to vote. Digging Deeper The idea of the strike, which featured a 20,000 person demonstration in New York City, was to champion equal rights for American women vis a vis employment (both positions and pay), access to abortion, free child care, marriage rights,…

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