Browsing: July 12

A Brief History On July 12, 2018, the world celebrates the safe rescue of a dozen Thai boys and their soccer team coach from what seemed like certain death deep in a flooded cave. Found huddled in the cave in Thailand 4 kilometers (!) deep into the mountain 9 days after entering the cave, the world was astounded to find out the entire team was still alive. The next several days chronicled a most unlikely and heroic rescue attempt with many countries and individuals lending money and expertise to the incredibly difficult rescue attempt. The miraculous rescue was completed on…

A Brief History On July 12, 1543, King Henry VIII of England married Catherine Parr, his sixth and final wife.  Henry had divorced #1, beheaded #2, #3 died, divorced #4, beheaded #5, and Catherine outlived Henry.  Over the years, there have been some marriage happy people known for their many spouses.  Here we list 10 of those frequently wed individuals.  Who would you add to the list?  (Hint: Stan Laurel, Lana Turner, Mickey Rooney, Jennifer O’Neill, and Georgia Holt just from Hollywood.) Digging Deeper 1. King Henry VIII of England. Obsessed with producing one or more viable male heirs to the…

A Brief History On July 12, 1561, St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow was consecrated.  It would go on to become one of the most famous religious structures in the world and remains so to this day.  Here we list 10 of the most famous religious structures, not in a scientific order but the order as we think of them.  What buildings would you add to the list?  (Apologies to St. Basil’s, St. Patrick’s, Westminster Abbey, and your local parish.) Digging Deeper 10. Lotus Temple, India. Not the primary temple of the Baha’I faith, but what a beautiful building!  As this faith is…

A Brief History On July 12, 1862, a congressional resolution was signed into law authorizing the Army to issue the Medal of Honor to enlisted soldiers (only) for “personal valor.”  The Navy already had a similar medal for “personal valor” as of 1861.  Prior to this development, the US military had no medals at all since the Mexican War. Digging Deeper Objections to the issuing of medals, especially from senior Army General Winfield Scott, were based on the fact that Europeans engaged in the practice, therefore it must be bad.  Once the Civil War started it became apparent that some soldiers and…

A Brief History Yesterday we listed 10 people or groups we feel deserving of being named Scumbags of the Year (so far) for 2016, and today we take a brighter, more optimistic look at the year 2016 by naming 10 people or groups that provide someone we could look to for leadership, inspiration, and success.  Feel free to tell us some people or groups you think belong on this list. Digging Deeper 10. The Lake Erie Monsters, hockey. This American Hockey League team won the Calder Cup this year, giving Cleveland and Northeast Ohio a much needed breath of fresh…

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