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July 4th

When I was eight or nine I decided to become an American.  I discovered America in my local barber’s shop where they had old copies of the Saturday Evening Post. Turning the pages slowly, I glimpsed a world immensely more desirable than my own, and I decided, there...

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V1 Vergeltungswaffe (Revenge Weapon)

In June 1944, exactly one week after D-Day, and 77 years ago this month, the first V1s started landing in England. By the end of the month dozens were landing on London every day. Like many armaments the V1 was both an engineering triumph and a ruthless weapon. The V1...

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D-Day, June 6th, 1944

I cannot let today go by without reflecting on the extraordinary events that took place 77 years ago today: June 6th, 1944: D-Day! Everyone knows the images of brave men emerging from landing craft and wading ashore under a hail of fire, to begin the process of...

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A Slender Thread

We last saw Eleanor and Johnnie Shaux at the beginning of 1942… Some months have passed… Eleanor Shaux woke an hour before dawn. She stretched and kicked off the covers. Johnnie grunted without waking. He always slept on his back, with his arms wide apart and his legs...

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More Mondays

In April we focused on famous events that occurred during Mondays in April. By popular demand, we’ll do May as well. So, on this May 10th, a busy day in history:The Transcontinental Railroad CompletedOn May 10th, 1869, the Central Pacific Railroad’s eastbound tracks...

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Yet Another Monday

Two weeks ago I asked if it seemed like just another Monday, not much going on? Same old, same old? Well, I said, think again! In the context of history, there’s no such thing as just another day. After all, if the human race has been around for 100,000 years, it’s...

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