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General Patton’s Prayer

General Patton’s Prayer

on December 12, 2019, 8:47 AM / in History

Many know the story of General Patton’s prayer for better weather in order to more efficiently kill the Germans in the winter of 1944. Few know of his Christmas Greeting that was issued along with the prayer, which he describes in War as I Knew It. Contrary to popular belief, the prayer was not ordered to be written during the […]

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Washington’s Last Ride

on December 12, 2019, 8:13 AM / in History

Good morning, it’s Wednesday, December 12, 2018. On this date in 1799, George Washington did what he did on most days since retiring from the presidency: He toured his sprawling estate on horseback to examine and direct Mount Vernon’s myriad farming activities. It was a Thursday and the weather was nasty. Snow was falling as Gen. Washington began his rounds […]

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Alexander Solzhenitsyn – ‘They are trying to disarm your strong and magnificent country… Working men of America…do not…become weak.’

Alexander Solzhenitsyn – ‘They are trying to disarm your strong and magnificent country… Working men of America…do not…become weak.’

on December 12, 2019, 6:00 AM / in History

Alexander Solzhenitsyn was born in Russia, DECEMBER 11, 1918. He was arrested for writing a letter criticizing Joseph Stalin and spent 11 years in labor camps. He began writing and eventually received the Nobel Prize for Literature. Speaking in Washington, D.C., June 30, 1975, Alexander Solzhenitsyn gave a warning to the west: “In pre-revolutionary Russia…there were attempts of the Tsar’s […]

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The British tree in the 20th century

The British tree in the 20th century

on December 12, 2019, 6:00 AM / in History

After Queen Victoria died, the country went into mourning, and the tree somehow died with her for a while in many homes. While some families and community groups still had large tinsel strewn trees, many opted for the more convenient table top tree. These were available in a variety of sizes, and the artificial tree, particularly the Goose Feather Tree, […]

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Today in History December 12th with Bill Federer

Today in History December 12th with Bill Federer

on December 12, 2019, 6:00 AM / in History

Pennsylvania became the 2nd State to join the Union, DECEMBER 12, 1787. The Continental Congress had met there, the Declaration of Independence was signed there, and the Liberty Bell was rung there.  The Continental Army spent the freezing winter of 1777 at Valley Forge there. In 1787, the Constitution was written there, and from 1790-1800, the United States Capitol was […]

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Quote of Today

Quote of Today

on December 12, 2019, 6:00 AM / in History

“The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.” Patrick Henry An American attorney, planter and politician who became known as an orator during the movement for independence in Virginia in the 1770s. A Founding Father, he served as the first and sixth post-colonial Governor of Virginia, from 1776 to 1779 […]

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Tinsel

Tinsel

on December 12, 2019, 6:00 AM / in History

Tinsel was invented in Germany around 1610. At that time real silver was used, and machines were invented which pulled the silver out into the wafer thin strips for tinsel. Silver was durable, but tarnished quickly, especially with candlelight. Attempts were made to use a mixture of lead and tin, but this was heavy and tended to break under its […]

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Christmas Quote December 12th

Christmas Quote December 12th

on December 12, 2019, 6:00 AM / in Bedtime Stories, History

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men!” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet whose works include “Paul Revere’s Ride”, The Song of Hiawatha, and “Evangeline”. He was also the first American to translate Dante Alighieri’s The Divine […]

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December 12th in History

December 12th in History

on December 12, 2019, 6:00 AM / in History

December 12 is the 346th day of the year (347th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 19 days remaining until the end of the year. Holidays Christian Feast Day: December 12 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics) Edburga of Minster-in-Thanet Feast of the Apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico) Vicelinus Constitution Day (Russia, 1993-2005) Feast of Masá’il (“Questions”), the […]

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Royal Romance

Royal Romance

on December 11, 2019, 6:00 AM / in History

Good morning, it’s Wednesday, December 11, 2019. Eighty-two years ago today, a thin and handsome man known to his beloved as “David,” but to the British people as Edward VIII, became the first English monarch to voluntarily abdicate the throne. He did so for love, which seems quaint today. As Tina Turner might say, what’s love got to do with […]

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December 11th in History

December 11th in History

on December 11, 2019, 6:00 AM / in History

December 11 is the 345th day of the year (346th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 20 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Friday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Wednesday or Thursday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on […]

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Christmas Quote December 11th

Christmas Quote December 11th

on December 11, 2019, 6:00 AM / in History, People

“Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!” Charles Dickens Charles Dickens was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world’s most well-known fictional characters and is generally […]

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Charles Dickens in Tax Court, courtesy Judge Mark Holmes

Charles Dickens in Tax Court, courtesy Judge Mark Holmes

on December 11, 2019, 6:00 AM / in Bedtime Stories, History

Bob Kamman, Procedurally Taxing: “I searched other Tax Court orders and decisions available at the Court’s website. Surprisingly, this is the only reference to Jarndyce. I searched for Dickens. There were petitioners named Dickens, and petitioners with an address on Dickens Street. But the only other Dickens reference came from an opinion by the same Judge Holmes” [U.S. Tax Court […]

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Christmas Quote December 10th

Christmas Quote December 10th

on December 10, 2019, 6:00 AM / in Bedtime Stories, History

“Christmas can be celebrated in the school room with pine trees, tinsel and reindeers, but there must be no mention of the man whose birthday is being celebrated. One wonders how a teacher would answer if a student asked why it was called Christmas.” Ronald Reagan Ronald Wilson Reagan was the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989) and the […]

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December 10th in History

December 10th in History

on December 10, 2019, 6:00 AM / in History

December 10 is the 344th day of the year (345th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 21 days remaining until the end of the year. You Have Only 14 Days Left Till Christmas Holidays Alfred Nobel Day or Nobeldagen, presentation ceremony of the Nobel Prize. (Sweden) Christian Feast Day: Eulalia of Mérida Miltiades Translation of the Holy […]

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Light Brigade

on December 9, 2019, 9:00 AM / in History

Good morning, it’s Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. On this date in 1854, a London newspaper published a poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson so evocative of battlefield bravery that it was still being memorized by schoolchildren a century later — on both sides of the Atlantic. “The Charge of the Light Brigade” is short poem, comprising only six stanzas and 260 […]

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Into the Season That Overwhelms

Into the Season That Overwhelms

on December 9, 2019, 8:11 AM / in History

by Erick Erickson  |  The Resurgent On Christmas Day 1863, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow sat in his chair at his writing table and began a poem. “I heard the bells on Christmas Day / Their old, familiar carols play, / and wild and sweet / The words repeat / Of peace on earth, good-will to men!” he wrote. His poem, “Christmas […]

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army Pfc. Floyd Lindstrom

Medal of Honor Monday: Army Pfc. Floyd Lindstrom

on December 9, 2019, 7:32 AM / in History

(AmmoLand.com)- Not every soldier who enlisted in the fight against World War II tyranny was a young man. Army Pfc. Floyd Lindstrom was 30 when he joined. His bravery and passion for the cause was infectious, and that helped earn him the Medal of Honor. Lindstrom was born on June 21, 1912, in Holdredge, Nebraska. His family eventually moved to […]

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December 9th in History

December 9th in History

on December 9, 2019, 6:00 AM / in History

December 9 is the 343rd day of the year (344th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 22 days remaining until the end of the year. Holidays Anna’s Day, marks the day to start the preparation process of the lutefisk to be consumed on Christmas Eve, as well as a Swedish name day, celebrating all people named Anna. […]

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The American Tree

The American Tree

on December 9, 2019, 6:00 AM / in History

In America, Christmas Trees were introduced into several pockets – the German Hessian Soldiers took their tree customs in the 18th century. In Texas, Cattle Barons from Britain took their customs in the 19th century, and the East Coast Society copied the English Court tree customs. Settlers from all over Europe took their customs also in the 19th century. Decorations […]

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