Category Archives: history

George Washington # 1

Six years ago George Washington was voted Britain’s greatest enemy commander by a poll over nearly 8000 people held by the War Museum in London, beating out IRA leader Michael Collins, Napoleon Bonaparte, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. Washington’s posthumous victory was explained by a prominent historian, […]

TORA TORA TORA 2020

Like JFK’s assassination everyone of a certain age remembered where they were during the announcement of the Japanese attack on the US Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor. Many had to ask, “Where’s Pearl Harbor?” This morning to commemorate their ignorance I posed the same question to younger people on the streets of Manhattan. Few of […]

Glatt Thanksgiving

The Brownist English Dissenters fled their homeland in the 16th and 17th Century to escape religious persecution by the Church of England, which worsened with the return of the Catholic Stuarts’ return to the throne. Leyden in Holland welcomed the refugees, but the Puritans led a precarious economic existence in the Netherlands, whose people were […]

October 13, 1492

FROM THE DIARY OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS SATURDAY OCTOBER 13, 1492 As soon as it dawned, many of these people came to the beach?all young, as I have said, and all of good stature?very handsome people, with their hair not curly but straight and coarse, like horsehair; and all of them very wide in-the forehead and […]

Happy Columbus Day

Five hundred and twenty-seven years ago Rodrigo de Triana spotted land at 2am from the Pinta’s lookout. “Tierra, tierra.” This shout woke his shipmates and the captain of this small caravel fired a cannon to announced the epic discovery of land. Later that day the three ships of Christopher Columbus or Cristoforo Colombo arrived at […]