Browsing: August 29

A Brief History On August 29, 798 (AD), Japan minted copper coins for the first time in their history.  As you may guess from the date, these were certainly not the first coins minted and not by a long stretch the first coins ever minted. The distinction of minting the first known coins goes back to the 7th and 6th Century BC in Anatolia (modern Turkey) by King Alyattes of Lydia (sometimes given a date of 610 BC).  The earliest known coin is the Lydian Lion coin.  The practice of making coins quickly spread throughout the Persian and Greek empires,…

A Brief History On August 29, 2017, Southern Texas is reeling from the ongoing effects of Hurricane Harvey, and in times of crisis, you can bet you will find extraordinary people that step up to be heroes, and other creeps that show their true colors as zeroes.  Today we cheer the heroes of this past week, and jeer the zeroes.  Who would add to the list and why?  (Yes, we know we are using an 8 day week!) Digging Deeper 1. Cheers: Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather.  McGregor, the current darling of MMA fans, sought the biggest fight of his career…

A Brief History From August 29-30, 1813, The Battle of Kulm was fought near the town Kulm (Chlumec) and the village Přestanov in northern Bohemia, during the War of the Sixth Coalition, part of the Napoleonic Wars. Digging Deeper 32,000 French troops under Dominique Vandamme attacked an army of about 50-60,000 Austrians, Russians and Prussians under Alexander Ostermann-Tolstoy.  The French were defeated with heavy losses on both sides.  The French lost some 5,000 killed or wounded and another 7,000-13,000 captured, including Vandamme, while the Austrian, Prussian, and Russian casualties and losses numbered around a similarly horrific 11,000 total.   For perspective, the…

A Brief History On August 29, 1786, disgruntled Massachusetts farmers disgusted by high taxes, economic hardships and civil rights violations formed an organized force of protesters and shut down the county court at Northampton, the beginning of an insurrection known as Shays’s Rebellion, 4000 rebels under the leadership of Daniel Shays with the goal of overthrowing the government. Digging Deeper If you were not aware of American History in the years immediately following the American Revolution (1776-1783), you might not realize everything was not ideal and universally agreed upon by all Americans.  The farmers in Massachusetts had been trampled economically…

A Brief History On August 29, 1949, nuclear scientists in the Soviet Union (USSR) successfully tested their first atomic bomb, an implosion type device they called “First Lightning.”   Although the Soviet atom bomb program had started during World War II, the United States in coordination with scientists from Canada and the United Kingdom was the first nuclear power, testing the first atom bombs and dropping 2 of them on Japan in 1945. Digging Deeper The implosion type device is the type used in the Nagasaki bomb called “Fat Man.”  Greatly simplified, it consists of a hollow sphere of Plutonium surrounded…

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