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Friday Fun: History Trivia & Comment (9/28/2007)

September 28, 2007

On this day in …

– 1066, “William the Conqueror, the duke of Normandy, invaded England.” … And, to the best of my knowledge, my “de Lacey” ancestors formally began their trek to Ireland—and the U.S. much later.

– 1867, “The United States takes control of Midway Island.” See map below. I didn’t realize our association with Midway was so old. For what reason, I wonder? Were Confederates in dresses suspected of hiding there?! 🙂

– 1976, “R&B singer Stevie Wonder releases the classic double album Songs in the Key of Life.” … This is one of the greatest R&B albums of all time. Please leave this site right now and buy it if you don’t already own it.

– 1995, “Bob Denard and a group of mercenaries take the islands of Comoros in a coup.” … Is this the same guy who played for the Cubs? Hmm… No, wait! That was 1984 and Bob DERNIER (right). Whew! My mind was about to explode.

– 1998, “Google was founded.” … Oh brother. Aren’t we getting a little trivial with our trivia? I guess that’s kind of an oxymoron, but still. And—[Doorbell rings]. Pardon me. … Ahem. … I was just reminded that this weblog wouldn’t exist without Google’s charity. My apologies to Messers Larry Page and Sergey Brin [as I bow and silently, humbly retreat from the room].

– 2000, “The last professional baseball game, between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Cincinnati Reds, is played at Milwaukee County Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.” … And, with apologies to my sometime partner here, hopefully today’s match-up between the Brewers and Padres will be the LAST meaningful game for the Brewers this season! I couldn’t keep my baseball partisanship out of today’s fun. … You’re probably starting to think that today’s trivia is some kind of “6 Degrees of Separation” from the Cubs.

– 2005, “House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was indicted by a Texas grand jury on a charge of conspiring to violate political fundraising laws.” Since that charge was “later thrown out,” and “Delay is awaiting trial on money laundering charges,” are we not adding another layer of meaning to DELAY? … Groans… I’m sorry; I couldn’t resist!

– 2005, “The U.S. Treasury unveiled the new $10 bill, which features splashes of red, yellow and orange.” … Doesn’t this make the new bill sound like a new fusion dish?

[Sources: NYT, Wikipedia — By the way, Wikipedia was WAY more useful than NYT today.]

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