Sunday, September 10, 2017

September 11

2001 - The worst terrorist attack in American history occurred. Two planes crashed into New York City's World Trade Center, collapsing the Twin Towers. One plane crashed into the Pentagon. A fourth airliner crashed in a field in southwest Pennsylvania.

This was by far the worst day of my life. It haunts me to this day.

After the fall of the Soviet Union, the U.S. assumed it was safe, but it's foolish to ever assume such a thing...There is always another enemy, and as long as the U.S. is the ‘beacon of hope for the world’ there will always be a source of evil looking to knock us out.


1297 – The Battle of Stirling Bridge.

The Scots, under William Wallace, amazingly, defeated the English invaders, who had a 5,000 to 15,000 man advantage...The Scots fought well, and kept their independence for a long time, but there was no way they could hold back the oncoming power of the English forever.

1709 – The Battle of Malplaquet: War of Spanish Succession.

Just another in the never-ending dynastic battles on the Continent, but it's worth mentioning because it was the bloodiest battle of the 18th Century - in Europe...A pretty big feat.

1777 - The Battle of Brandywine.  Troops commanded by General George Washington were crushed by the British under General Sir William Howe:  American Revolutionary War.

Brandywine was a terrible loss for the Revolutionaries, and allowed the Brits to capture Philadelphia...This caused the Continental Congress to flee Philly, and was the best opportunity the Brits had to end the revolution, but the American ring-leaders escaped and the war went on.

1814 - The Battle of Lake Champlain. The American Navy defeated the British:  War of 1812.

This battle is also known as the Battle of Plattsburgh, and was an extremely important battle in the history of the young nation.

At the time of the battle, the war was all but over and the Treaty of Ghent was being prepared to end the war...The importance of the battle is it ended any hopes the Brits had of gaining concessions from the U.S., and put the Americans in a even stronger position to negotiate from.

1857 - The Mountain Meadows Massacre: John D. Lee, angered over President Buchanan's order to remove Brigham Young from governorship of the Utah Territory, incited a band of Mormons and Indians to massacre a California-bound wagon train of 135.

At this time Utah wasn’t formally part of the U.S., and didn’t really want anything to do with the U.S...There are many possible reasons why Lee led this massacre, but the event did more to end Utah’s independence than any other.

It wasn't long before the U.S. government looked at Utah as a threat, instead of bizarre neighbors, and increased it’s military presence in the surrounding regions...The last thing Utah wanted.

1940 - Hitler ordered Operation Sealion - the invasion of Britain:  WWII.

Lucky for the world, Sealion never materialized - because the Battle of Britain failed so miserably for the Germans.

England has successfully resisted invasion of it’s homeland since 1066, but if any nation ever had the power to successfully invade it would have been this group of Germans.

It's impossible to imagine what would have happened if the Krauts successfully invaded England, because at this time there was no other nation standing up to the Nazi madmen...Needless to say, the failure of Operation Sealion to materialize is one of the turning-points of the war - and Western Civilization.

1941 - After German U-boats attacked three U.S. ships, President Franklin Roosevelt warned German and Italian warships away from American waters and ordered the U.S. Navy to shoot on sight:  WWII.

FDR should have entered the war in 1939...But it was only three months till his hand was forced.

Thankfully, the Brits were able to continue holding out in Europe.

1985 - Pete Rose cracked career hit number 4,192, eclipsing the record held by Ty Cobb.

I’m not a Pete Rose apologist and ’Charlie Hustle’ may be a degenerate gambler, but he sure could play ball...If the 'Roid Monsters' of the 1990’s make it in the Hall of Fame, Pete sure as Hell should, too.

So should Joe Jackson, by the way.

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