Daily Links – April 2, 2012

    Today is April 2nd. On this date in 1513, Juan Ponce de Leon claimed Florida for Spain. He believed to be an island. He named it “La Florida”, both for the lushness of the foliage, and because it was Easter week, or Pascua Florida. After several days visiting Disney World, he decided it had become “too commercial” and carried on looking for the Fountain of | Read More »

    Daily Links – April 2, 2012

    Today is April 2nd. On this date in 1513, Juan Ponce de Leon claimed Florida for Spain. He believed to be an island. He named it “La Florida”, both for the lushness of the foliage, and because it was Easter week, or Pascua Florida. After several days visiting Disney World, he decided it had become “too commercial” and carried on looking for the Fountain of | Read More »

    Daily Links – March 31, 2012

    REMINDER: Today is the LAST DAY to get the Early Bird Rate for the RedState Gathering. Read about it here, or sign up right away here!Today is March 31st. On this date in 1889, the Eiffel Tower had its first official tour, as Gustave Eiffel led a group of reporters and city officials throughout the structure. The ascent to the top was accomplished by stairs, | Read More »

    Daily Links – March 31, 2012

    REMINDER: Today is the LAST DAY to get the Early Bird Rate for the RedState Gathering. Read about it here, or sign up right away here!Today is March 31st. On this date in 1889, the Eiffel Tower had its first official tour, as Gustave Eiffel led a group of reporters and city officials throughout the structure. The ascent to the top was accomplished by stairs, | Read More »

    Daily Links – March 30, 2012

    Today is March 30th. On this date in 1867, the U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia for 7.2 million smackers. So if you win the lottery tonight, you can buy, like, 80 million Alaskas all at once, which is way more Alaskas than most people will own in a lifetime! Also on this date in 1981, Ronald Reagan was shot by John Hinckley, Jr. in Washington, | Read More »

    Daily Links – March 30, 2012

    Today is March 30th. On this date in 1867, the U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia for 7.2 million smackers. So if you win the lottery tonight, you can buy, like, 80 million Alaskas all at once, which is way more Alaskas than most people will own in a lifetime! Also on this date in 1981, Ronald Reagan was shot by John Hinckley, Jr. in Washington, | Read More »

    Daily Links – March 29, 2012

    Today is March 29th. On this date in 1992, Bill Clinton admitted to having tried marijuana, but stated that he “didn’t like it, and didn’t inhale, and never tried it again.” He then asked if the host had any cheetos and pondered the odd nature of fingers. Also on this date, in 1918, Walmart founder Sam Walton was born. Walton once said: “There is only | Read More »

    Daily Links – March 29, 2012

    Today is March 29th. On this date in 1992, Bill Clinton admitted to having tried marijuana, but stated that he “didn’t like it, and didn’t inhale, and never tried it again.” He then asked if the host had any cheetos and pondered the odd nature of fingers. Also on this date, in 1918, Walmart founder Sam Walton was born. Walton once said: “There is only | Read More »

    Daily Links – March 26, 2012

    Today is March 26th. On this date, in 1827, classical composer Ludwig van Beethoven died in Vienna, Austria. He was, of course, one of history’s greatest composers. (I think my personal Beethoven favorite is probably Moonlight Sonata.) If he were alive today, he would probably say “Hi, I’m Gary Oldman.” Also on this date, in 2000, Vladimir Putin was elected President of Russia, thereby laying | Read More »

    Daily Links – March 26, 2012

    Today is March 26th. On this date, in 1827, classical composer Ludwig van Beethoven died in Vienna, Austria. He was, of course, one of history’s greatest composers. (I think my personal Beethoven favorite is probably Moonlight Sonata.) If he were alive today, he would probably say “Hi, I’m Gary Oldman.” Also on this date, in 2000, Vladimir Putin was elected President of Russia, thereby laying | Read More »

    Daily Links – March 23, 2012

    Today is March 23rd. On this date, in 1775, Patrick Henry famously said “Give me liberty, or give me death!” Today is also the 2nd anniversary of the passage of Obamacare. Things sure do change. Also on this date, in 1957, the U.S. Army apparently sold the last of its homing pigeons, having shut down the Pigeon Corps the year before. Statues and cars could | Read More »

    Daily Links – March 23, 2012

    Today is March 23rd. On this date, in 1775, Patrick Henry famously said “Give me liberty, or give me death!” Today is also the 2nd anniversary of the passage of Obamacare. Things sure do change. Also on this date, in 1957, the U.S. Army apparently sold the last of its homing pigeons, having shut down the Pigeon Corps the year before. Statues and cars could | Read More »

    Daily Links – March 22, 2012

    Today is March 22nd. On this date in 1903, the American side of Niagara Falls ran out of water due to drought, says the internet. But slowly the weather turned, and then, step by step, inch by inch, the water came back. Also on this date, in 1978, Karl Wallenda, founder of the flying Wallendas, died while trying to walk a tightrope between two ten | Read More »

    Daily Links – March 22, 2012

    Today is March 22nd. On this date in 1903, the American side of Niagara Falls ran out of water due to drought, says the internet. But slowly the weather turned, and then, step by step, inch by inch, the water came back. Also on this date, in 1978, Karl Wallenda, founder of the flying Wallendas, died while trying to walk a tightrope between two ten | Read More »

    Daily Links – March 21, 2012

    Today is March 21st. On this date in 1788 the Great New Orleans Fire nearly destroyed the entire city, which lost 856 of about 1,100 buildings. It is widely believed that George W. Bush was responsible. Also on this date, in 1824, a Cairo munitions dump fire killed over four thousand horses. On this date in 1934, a fire destroyed the Japanese city of Hakodate, | Read More »