Wednesday, October 11, 2017

October 12

1492 - Believing he reached India, Christopher Columbus arrived with his expedition in the present-day Bahamas.

History changed with this event, adding a whole 'new world' to the geography of the known world, and a massive new territory for the genius of Western Civilization to conquer, settle, exploit and populate.

Some may look at this as a terrible thing, but it is what it is, which is nothing more than the natural evolution of mankind: The spread and conquest of man over space, distance and one another.

539 B.C. - Persian ruler Cyrus the Great conquered Babylon.

Cyrus founded the dynasty which created the world's first truly great empire, and was the greatest power in history until Alexander the Great and the Romans came along:  "At its greatest extent, the empire included the modern territories of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, all significant population centers of ancient Egypt as far west as Libya, Turkey, Thrace and Macedonia, much of the Black Sea coastal regions, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, much of Central Asia, Afghanistan, northern Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and parts of Oman and the UAE." - Wikipedia

1518 - Martin Luther was summoned before the Diet of Augsburg, where he refused to recant his protestation against the Church.

Luther snubbed the Holy Roman Emperor and the Pope, and it’s amazing he survived this meeting.

Both Charles and the Pope would regret the decision not to kill him, because Luther's life ensured the survival of the Reformation (which didn't have a name at the time) and empowered the German princes who supported and protected Luther.

1862 - J.E.B. Stuart completed his 'second ride around McClellan':  U.S. Civil War.

General McClellan had one of the largest and best trained, though terribly green, forces in the world, but didn’t have the testicular fortitude to put it to use...The fact that Lee, Stonewall, Stuart, etc., made him look incompetent is no surprise.

Unfortunately, it took years before Lincoln found his 'fighting general' - Grant...McClellan was just the first of many without a clue how to fight a winning war.

1960 - Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev began banging his shoe on a desktop at a U.N. General Assembly meeting.

Nikki was quite the dramatist, but he certainly wasn't a nut...Not compared to other nutters of the time, that is.

1973 - President Nixon nominated House Minority Leader Gerald Ford for the vice presidency to replace Spiro Agnew, who resigned in disgrace two days earlier.

Nixon picked a good man...Which was necessary, because he knew his ass was about to be strung up as well.

1999 - NBA Hall-of-Famer Wilt Chamberlain died at the age of 63.

I still don’t know how 'The Stilt' managed to have his way with 10,000 fillies (allegedly)...It’s amazing he lived to 63 at that rate.

2000 - The USS Cole was attacked by Islamists in Yemen, killing 17 U.S. sailors.

I thought the Jihadists ‘loved the U.S.’ before G.W. Bush? Hmmmm.

Oh well, at least our bold Commander-in-Chief (Clinton) taught them a lesson...Ooops. I forgot, he did nothing, except embolden them.

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  • At October 11, 2008 7:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Wilt C..... 20,000, actually! May he R.I.P.

  • At October 12, 2008 8:07 PM, Anonymous Gary Swenchonis said…

    Thank-you so much for remembering the USS Cole attack. Or should I say the forgotten Cole attack. The attack that both parties just want it to go away. But maybe with the up comming Judiciary hearing so long in comming will shed light on the truth. But I will not hold my breath.
    Father of Murdered Cole sailor

  • At October 13, 2008 2:24 PM, Blogger Poison Pero said…

    I'm so sorry about your son, Gary.....It is an awsome sacrifice to send one's child off to the military, but infinitely more so to lose them in such a senseless incident.

    As a former Airman, I am sure your son was proud to serve, and I hope you know he and his brothers will never be forgotten......Especially not here in Peroville.


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