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
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
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
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.
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
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
Stalin? Hitler? Attila the Hun? No, Thomas Midgley, Jr.. This kindly, grandfatherly looking gentleman was an inventor and chemist who was granted over a hundred patents and received numerous awards for scientific accomplishments during his lifetime. But this was before … Continue reading