Category Archives: History

When the Fourth of July wasn’t something to celebrate

During the French and Indian Wars George Washington participated as an officer of  Virginian colonial troops, although he was occasionally given nominal command over small units of British regulars. The French and British had both claimed sovereignty over the confluence of … Continue reading

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A Last Word About Oscar

Since we’re on about ships and cats, I finally got my e-mail problems sorted and  contacted the HMS Cossack Association. You may remember HMS Cossack from my posts here , here and here as figuring prominently in the story of a cat named … Continue reading

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Were There Cats Aboard RMS Titanic?

April 14th and 15th mark the 100th anniversary of RMS Titanic striking an iceberg and sinking in the north Atlantic. Since then Titanic has featured in hundreds of books, scores of movies, and dozens of websites. Rather than rehash topics … Continue reading

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They are still with us-

after a century of progress. Rather than the typical season’s greetings, I wanted to show one of our more unfortunate Christmas “traditions”. I truly hope you and yours are not among them, and have a happy holiday.

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The Men Who Went Up

Today is the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01. It is a time to remember those who are gone. It is part of our nation’s fiber to commemorate the fallen, to commemorate heroes. I have a problem with … Continue reading

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Happy Le Quatorze Juillet

Or Bastille Day, as it’s known to us English speakers. Today is a national holiday in France, celebrating the storming of the Bastille Saint-Antoine (number 232, Rue Saint-Antoine), a government prison, in 1789. This is often cited as the start … Continue reading

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Worse Than Monopoly!

Today is the 30th anniversary of history’s longest pro baseball game– a little contest between my (then) hometown team, the Rochester Red Wings and the Pawtucket Red Sox. It lasted for almost eight and a half hours and had 32 … Continue reading

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