Browsing: September 10

A Brief History On September 10, 2017, the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League open their regular season schedule for 2017 against arch-rival Pittsburgh Steelers.  Prior to the game, a plan having Cleveland Police and EMS (Rescue Employees) officers holding an enormous US Flag while the National Anthem is played is being boycotted by Police and EMS unions angry over Browns’ management reaction to players protests during previous playing of the National Anthem. Digging Deeper In 2016, 49’rs quarterback Colin Kaepernick, an African American, decided to sit during the playing of the National Anthem before football games as a…

A Brief History Despite being known for their formidable military, Sparta has actually suffered as many if not more famous defeats as they have won victories in battle.  Therefore, we ask, “Is Sparta’s much celebrated military actually overrated?”  Please examine the list of their battle record below and let us know your thoughts in the comments using Disqus! Digging Deeper: 22 Spartan Defeats In 669/8 BC, the Argives defeated Sparta in the First Battle of Hysiae. In c. 550 BC, the Arcadians defeated Sparta in the Battle of the Fetters. On either August 20 or September 8-10, 480 BC, the Persians…

A Brief History On September 25, 1066, the Battle of Stamford Bridge signaled the end of the Viking invasions of England.  This significant English victory was soon superseded by the Battle of Hastings only 3 weeks later, in which the Normans under William the Conqueror defeated the British.  Bridges have often been focal points of battles, often pivotal ones of great importance.  Here we list 10 Battles at Bridges that are either famous or significant.  (The order of listing does not signify importance.)  What battles would you add to the list?  (Note:  See tomorrow’s article about the ill fated attack…

A Brief History On September 10, 1960, the final event of the Summer Olympics held in Rome, Italy, was the scene of the first Sub-Saharan African (Black) to win an Olympic Gold Medal.  Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia won the prestigious Olympic Marathon race (about 26.2 miles long) and won it in high fashion, that is, barefoot! Digging Deeper Only 126 lbs, this slim 5’11” runner was 28 years old when he ran his historic race, and for good measure he won the Olympic Gold Medal in the Marathon in the 1964 Olympics as well.  The course of events that led…

A Brief History On September 10, 1898, Empress Elisabeth of Austria was stabbed in the chest by assassin Luigi Lucheni.  Just as men have been targeted over the years, women have also found themselves at the receiving end of an assassin’s bullet, sword or poison.  Here 10 women are listed who were famous or powerful enough that someone wanted to get rid of them for political reasons or personal convictions.  Who would you add to the list? Digging Deeper 10. Diana, Princess of Wales, 1997. Killed in a car wreck while supposedly trying to shake off paparazzi, rumors and conspiracy theories that Diana and her boyfriend (Dodi…

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