Browsing: October 21

A Brief History On October 21, 1096, a Seljuk Turk army led by Sultan Kilij Arslan I massacred a Christian army from Europe, known as the People’s Army, ending the first of the religious wars known as the Crusades.  This particular “Crusade” is not considered an “official Crusade,” a distinction reserved for the Catholic Church sanctioned invasion of the Middle East (i.e., Holy Land) a year later. Digging Deeper The so called “People’s Crusade,” “Popular Crusade,” “Peasants’ Crusade” or “Paupers’ Crusade” was the work of a charismatic French monk called Peter the Hermit.  In keeping with the multiple names theme,…

A Brief History On October 21, 2017 (and October 22), Heritage Gun Shows, LLC will be hosting a gun show at the Richland County fairgrounds in Mansfield, Ohio.  The subject of gun shows has become a topic of heated debate politically within the past couple years, and a common phrase thrown around in this debate is “the gun show loophole.”  Today, we aim (pun alert!) to set you all straight, with some straight shootin’ information! Digging Deeper Gun shows are held all over the United States, to the tune of about 5000 shows per year.  At the typical gun show,…

A Brief History On October 21, 1978, the Australian pilot of a Cessna 182 (small single engine propeller airplane) disappeared, but not before he radioed to Melbourne air traffic controller that he was being shadowed by “not an aircraft.” Digging Deeper The 20 year old pilot, Frederick Valentich, had 150 flying time under his belt, and was authorized to fly at night in clear conditions. Although strongly desiring a career in the Australian Air Force, he had been rejected on academic grounds and had failed key tests to start a career in commercial aviation. He was apparently a lackluster pilot,…

A Brief History On October 21, 1973, defensive end Fred Dryer of the Los Angeles Rams (yes, that is where they played before St. Louis, and they were the Cleveland Rams before that) became the first player in NFL history to score 2 safeties in 1 game, a remarkable feat. Digging Deeper Not because of that curious statistic, but because of his good looks and acting ability Dryer went on to become a successful Hollywood actor, notably in the title role of the television series, Hunter (1984-1991). Not only did Dryer have a stellar 13 year pro football career and star…

A Brief History On October 21, 1995, Spanish illustrator and author Jesús Blasco died at age 76.  Although largely unknown in the United States, he worked extensively on British comics in the 1960s and 70s. His parents had seen fit to name him after the son of God, something that is not so common outside of Catholic Spanish-speaking countries.  Granted there are many Mohammeds, how many people who go by the first name of Buddha, Allah, Jehovah or God do you know?  You might have better luck meeting someone named after a mythological god such as Zeus, Thor, Odin, Aphrodite, Athena, Venus, etc.  History…

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