A Brief History On October 8, 1806, British forces fighting the French at Boulogne employed Congreve rockets, the same type of rockets mentioned in the National Anthem of the United States (“…and the rockets red glare…”). Here 9 people or things named “Rocket” are listed.   Who or what else would you add to the list? Digging Deeper 9. Congreve Rockets. These weapons of war were actually developed to replicate the Mysorean rockets which had been used in India against the British in the late 18th century.  The Mysorean Rockets were the first iron-cased rockets to have been successfully utilized in combat.  The British rocket program…

A Brief History On October 7, 1916, in the most lopsided college football game of all time, Georgia Tech beat Cumberland College 222-0.  That is really, really creaming the other side!  Back on August 22, 2014, we ran a list titled “10 Times One Side REALLY Creamed the Other Side (Lopsided Victories),” and here we list another 9.  Last time some folks complained about the lack of examples from American football, so this follow-up list makes up for that.  As always, feel free to mention your own examples of mismatched opponents in the comments section.  Please note that YouTube videos are not available for many…

A Brief History On October 6, 1976, the former dictator (Prime Minister) of Thailand, Thanom Kittikachorn, returned to Thailand after he had fled the country in 1973, which generated mass protests.  The ensuing crushing of the protesters in an incident that became known as the Thammasat University Massacre made way for a military coup in which the military seized power from the elected civilian government.  It is a widespread belief that countries run by the military are second rate.  This article elaborates on this conception and the things dictatorships and military governments commonly do that fuel it. Digging Deeper If your country’s leader wears a military…

A Brief History On October 5, 2001, Barry Bonds hit 2 home runs giving him a total of 72 home runs in one baseball season and breaking Mark McGwire’s record of 70.  Bonds would later be implicated in a far-reaching steroids scandal that would also include McGwire.  On August 3, 2014 History and Headlines ran a list of “10 Sports Scandals,” and below we elaborate on 9 more.  There seems to be a never-ending supply of these, so if you do not see your favorite, you may see it in a future list. Digging Deeper 9. Ball Four, Baseball Exposé A…

A Brief History On October 4, 2010, the Ajka alumina plant in Hungary lost control of 35 million cubic feet of alumina sludge that ended up killing 9 people and polluting the Danube and Marcal Rivers.  Yes, it was inevitable that someone alone the line would die in alumina sludge.  As Murphy’s Law states, if it can happen, it will happen.  But it is unlikely that anyone actually wakes up thinking “today this will happen to me.”  People are inventive and creative, and throughout history they have come up with new products, machines and techniques that also accidentally killed them.  Here 9 off-the-wall ways people were sent off to their maker are…

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