Browsing: August 4

A Brief History On August 4, 1920, in Winchester, Kentucky, Helen Amelia Thomas was born, a woman that would go on to the top of her profession as a White House journalist for UPI and then Hearst Newspapers. Highly esteemed, Thomas made remarks in 2010 pilloried in the press as being anti-Semitic. Her long and illustrious career now in tatters, Thomas retired from Hearst and died in 2013 at the age of 92, no longer famous as a journalist, but instead infamous as an anti-Semite. Numerous public persons have ruined their standing with the public by making seemingly racist comments,…

A Brief History On August 4, 1821, little Louis Vuitton was born in Anchay (Jura region), France, to a family of tradesmen and farmers.  Yet, he would grow up to be the esteemed trunk designer of Empress Eugenie de Montijo, wife of Napoleon III. Digging Deeper Vuitton left home at the age of 13 (his parents died prior to this move) and took the nearly 300 mile hike to Paris.  Homeless, Louis sought work in the industrial revolution he found in Paris, and got a job in a box making factory.  Box making then was not the automated assembly line…

A Brief History Turns out Khzir Khan, the irate grieving father of a slain American hero (his son was an Army captain that died heroically in the line of duty in Iraq) may have more motivation to attack Donald Trump than merely sticking up for Muslims. Digging Deeper Mr. Khan, a Muslim immigrant from Pakistan, spoke at the Democratic National Convention and spoke emotionally about his son, an Army captain awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart while being killed in combat while saving the lives of other soldiers, and severely chastised Trump for his call to ban Muslim immigrants…

A Brief History On August 4, 70 A.D., the Romans punished the rebellious Jews by destroying the Second Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.  In 66 A.D. the Jews had rebelled against Roman rule, and 4 years later the Romans retook Jerusalem. Digging Deeper The original temple was built around 1000 B.C. and was known as Solomon’s temple. After it was destroyed around 586 B.C., construction of the Second Temple began about 538 B.C. and was completed by 516 B.C. The Second Temple underwent reconstruction under Herod the Great in the 1st century (around 18 B.C.) and was often referred to…

A Brief History On August 4, 1693, the monk Dom Peringnon is traditionally believed to have invented Champagne.  This is not the case, but many people still believe he did, despite plenty of evidence to the contrary.  Many historical “facts” believed by the general public are simply not accurate.  On July 23 and July 24, 2014, we listed 10 such errors.  Here we list 10 more common misunderstandings.  Which other historical mistakes would you add to the list?   Digging Deeper 10. General Short and Admiral Kimmel were scapegoats. The Pearl Harbor debacle was blamed on the Army and Navy commanders of the U.S. forces in Hawaii,…

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