THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Thursday, July 06, 2017

July 7 (A Double)

1520 - Hernando Cortes defeated the Aztecs.

Firearms, horses, smallpox and superstition were enough for Cortes and his band of a few hundred soldiers to overwhelm the greatest power in the New World - establishing Spain as the West's greatest power.

The Aztecs and every other American Indian group made a fatal mistake ignoring the 'First Rule of Invasions':  Don't let the invaders off the beach...As a result, the invaders never left, and more or less wiped out the invaded.
 

1937 - The 'China Incident' began WWII in Asia.

I bet most don't know WWII started with this incident, at the Marco Polo Bridge...Heck, I bet most thought the war started when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.

If I'm anywhere near correct on this assumption you desperately need to visit this blog every day.

1456 - Pope Calixtus III annulled the heresy charges brought against Joan of Arc, twenty-five years after her execution.

I'm sure this made Joan feel much better.

Leave it to the French to turn over for execution their national hero.


1647 - Thomas Hooker, Puritan pastor, founder of Connecticut, and organizer of the first American federal government system, died. He is known as the 'Father of American Democracy.'

I didn't know this...Learn something new every day.


1798 - The U.S. Congress rescinded all treaties with France, beginning the Quasi War.

I'm sure many think the French were our 'friends' because they helped us during the Revolutionary War, but this is one of the biggest lies in the entire history of our country.

The French would have gladly conquered the 'British Colonies' themselves, but Napoleon knew he couldn't, so he stuck it to the Brits by helping the Colonists...This is also why France sold the Louisiana Territory to the U.S.

The Quasi War was and undeclared naval war, and involved the young American fleet
against French pirates, who were supported by the French Revolution (Napoleon). So, don't fall into the trap of believing the French have always been our 'allies.' If anything, they've always been a bunch of duplicitous pricks. Nothing more, nothing less.

1997 - Three days after landing on Mars, the Pathfinder spacecraft yielded what scientists said was unmistakable photographic evidence that colossal floods scoured the planet's now-barren landscape more than a billion years ago.

Floods = Water, Water = Life...There should be no problem with this on an evolutionary or religious level.

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