Archive for the ‘History’ Category

“We all need someone to bleed on . . .”

May 11, 2009

Shrapnel, the pieces of metal shards that are distributed when an artillery shell explodes, got its name from the British officer who invented it.

http://www.riv.co.nz/rnza/hist/shrap/

We always thought that Shrapnel would be a good name for a German Shepherd type dog.

How many?

March 4, 2009

How many women have been awarded a U. S. Congressional Medal of Honor?

If you say:  “None!,” you will be wrong!

There was one:

http://www.defenselink.mil/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=42772

1908 Flashbacks

January 26, 2009

In 1908, there was a New York to Paris automobile race.  The 2009 New York to Paris “Great Race” will begin on April 25, 2009, according to their web site:

http://www.greatrace.com/newsite/

The 1908 White Fleet trip around the world celebrated its 100 annivsary in 2008, but we didn’t hear about it until we were in Australia.

http://www.historicalbany.com.au/whitefleet.htm

The USS John McCain visited Sydney and Melbourne as part of the centenial clebration.

http://perth.usconsulate.gov/perth/programs/2008.html

Better late than never, we say:  “Bully!”