Wednesday, October 10, 2012
On this date in history
Not an original title. Not an original idea. But these events weren't local and I was looking for an idea and happened to notice a long list of events that happened on this date some years back and a couple of events piqued my interest and I think this sentence is beginning to run on. (Did you hold your breath while reading that?)
The US Naval Academy opens for business. -- They had 50 students and 7 professors. When it opened it was known as The Naval School. The curriculum included mathematics and navigation, gunnery and steam, chemistry, English, natural philosophy, and French. Five years later the name was changed. A new curriculum required midshipmen to study at the academy for four years and to train aboard ships each summer--the basic format that remains at the academy to this day.
Custer's funeral held at West Point. -- Yeah, the guy that had a little kerfuffle with a bunch of local citizenry around Little Big Horn, Montana. Custer was at the bottom of the list the year he graduated (1861). Maybe if he'd studied more he'd have avoiding finishing on the losing side of the aforementioned kerfuffle and the bottom of the grave at age 37.
Braves beat the Yanks to win World Series. -- The final score, if you're interested, was Braves 5, Yankees zip. , but the reason it caught my attention was the year. I was stationed at, as we liked to call it, Forbes Airplane Parking Lot, Topeka, Kansas. I remember the game because it was on in every office of the building I worked in.
If you read the story, you'll find a lot of interesting facts connected with the '57 Series. If you're a "stats nut," the second link will win you a ton of bar bets.
A new expression enters our vocabulary -- "Going Postal." The incident was at the post office in Ridgewood, New Jersey, and the guy was Joseph Harris. When I read the story I wondered why the expression wasn't "Going Ninja."