Browsing: June 11

A Brief History On June 11, 1919, Sir Barton, a chestnut Thoroughbred race horse, won the Belmont Stakes, the third jewel in America’s horse racing Triple Crown, the “Big Three” horse races held in the United States each year. Sir Barton’s victory made it a sweep, the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes, making Sir Barton and his jockey, Johnny Loftus, the first man/horse team to win the fabled Triple Crown of horse racing. In the 99 years since then, there have been 12 more horses to win the coveted Triple Crown Trophy, the most recent being Justify…

A Brief History On June 11, 173, during the Marcomannic Wars (166–180), the Roman army in Moravia was encircled by the Quadi, who had broken the peace treaty of 171.  In a violent thunderstorm, emperor Marcus Aurelius (r. 161–180) defeated and subdued them in the so-called “miracle of the rain”! Digging Deeper Marcus Aurelius, the Roman emperor in the beginning of Gladiator (2000), is considered the last of Rome’s Five Good Emperors and, arguably, the last emperor of the Pax Romana or “Roman Peace”.  The author of one of the greatest works of philosophy, Marcus was no mere philosopher.  He (or rather his armies)…

A Brief History On June 11, 2016, 22 year old internet singing sensation Christina Grimmie was shot to death at an autograph signing after a concert in Orlando, Florida.  The beautiful Grimmie rode her beautiful voice to third place on the 6th season of the television singing contest, The Voice. Digging Deeper A 27 year old Florida man, James Loibl, shot the singer 3 times before being tackled by Grimmie’s brother.  Loibl then shot and killed himself during the struggle, his motives unknown at the time of this article. Grimmie had won a variety of music industry awards and had…

A Brief History We have covered numerous tragedies that have occurred at schools around the world.  This article presents a chronological timeline of the most infamous such incidents in our world’s history. Digging Deeper On May 18, 1927, Andrew Kehoe committed the worst mass murder in an American school ever, proving that this is not just something started recently.  On June 11, 1964, World War II veteran Walter Seifert went on a rampage at a Catholic elementary school outside of Cologne, Germany.  He did not have a gun, but he did have a home-made flamethrower, a mace and a lance! On May 4, 1970, the…

A Brief History On June 11, 1937, Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin had 8 of his top army generals executed as part of The Great Purge.  From 1934 to 1940 Stalin had vast numbers of government, party, and army officials murdered to satisfy his paranoid delusions that everyone was out to get him.  This left his military in bad shape when war came, stripped of many of its most capable officers, but just another day for “The Man of Steel.”  Stalin was a bad person indeed, and although Hitler is generally regarded as the most evil man in history, Uncle Joe gives him a run…

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