Browsing: December

A Brief History On December 31, 1759, Arthur Guinness contracted for a lease on 4 acres of land in Dublin, Ireland, where he promptly commenced to brewing Guinness dry stout beer, a now world famous brew.  The terms of the lease?  Only £45 per year for 9000 years!  Today we commemorate this part of brewing history by listing what we think are the 10 Greatest Beers (ales, too) in the world today.  What brews do you think belong on the list?  (We know our choices are not for everyone, especially those that savor a particular type of brew, so tell…

A Brief History On December 30, 2006, former dictator of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, was hanged in a gruesome execution that nearly severed his head from his body.  In the aftermath of the terror attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, the US alleged Iraqi involvement with those attacks and by 2003 the US led a coalition of nations in an invasion of Iraq, eventually arresting Hussein in December of 2003, with the newly installed Iraqi government executing the reviled dictator 3 years later.  Many national leaders have been executed throughout history, usually by their own people.  Today we…

A Brief History On December 29, 1890, the 7th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army perpetrated a  massacre Native Americans of the Lakota People near Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota.  Included among those killed were about 200 women and children.  (Note:  It was the 7th Cavalry under Lt. Col. George A. Custer that was massacred at the Little Big Horn River in 1873.) Digging Deeper The soldiers had rounded up about 120 Lakota men and over 240 Lakota women and children (numbers vary with source) on December 28th and had herded them back toward the Pine Ridge Indian…

A Brief History On December 28, 1958, the Baltimore Colts played the New York Giants at Yankee Stadium in New York City for the National Football League Championship game, the first game in NFL history to played to “Sudden Death” overtime.  The Colts scored the game winning touchdown in overtime, and ever since NFL fans have referred to the contest as “The Greatest Game Ever Played.” Digging Deeper Of course, other sports may have their own versions of “the greatest game,” but this game is the one most often referred to in that sense.  Multiplying the effect of the game…

A Brief History On December 27, 2017, we stand on the brink of a new year, giving us cause to look back on the year that is finishing.  As with every year, many notable people died this past year, and we list 10 of the most significant or interesting of the Class of 2017.  Many people you might add to the list are included in the “honorable mentions,” but feel free to tell us who else we should have listed.  (Dishonorable mention: Roger Ailes, Fox TV boss and sexual harasser; Manuel Noriega, dictator) Digging Deeper 1. Hugh Hefner, magazine magnate. Founder…

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