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Monday, May 05, 2008

History day again........


Happy Cinco de Mayo! Yep, the traditional day for Margaritas and good friends is here again...and why, do you ask? Good question. Here's the answer--

It's the anniversary of the battle of the Puebla. In 1862, General Ignacio Zaragoza's troops were outnumbered three to one as they battled the invading French army. They were way outnumbered, but they had the will to win. The Mexican army defeated Napoleon III's troops and once the French had hightailed it outta there, the General's soldiers relaxed with a well deserved party. So when you're hoisting that frosty margarita today, give a thought to the reason why.........

But before the General's sweeping victory, in 1809, Mary Kies was the first woman awarded a patent--what for? For her technique of weaving straw with silk and thread. What was she thinking??

In 1891, New York City dedicated its new Music Hall. Of course now, they call it Carnegie Hall...same diff.

In 1936 Edward Ravenscroft received the patent for a screw on bottle cap with a pour spout.....Now that guy was on to something!

In 1956, Jim Bailey was the first man to break the four minute mile (in the United States).....what was HE thinking??

Oh, and in 1867, Nelly Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman), courageous and way ahead of her time journalist was born! Happy Birthday Nelly.......from one woman writer to another..................

6 Comments:

  • At 2:58 PM, Blogger Arkansas Cyndi said…

    I'm lifting one today for Maggie (my Border Collie) who is 13 today!

    Plus, any Monday is a good day to lift one!

     
  • At 3:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    HI, DO YOU HAPPEN TO KNOW WHY WE DON'T HAVE A BOTTLE CAP WITH A SCREW TOP AND POURING SPOUT NOW???? OR MAYBE WE DO AND I JUST DON'T KNOW ABOUT IT.
    I LOVE HISTORY MONDAY........
    LOVE,
    MOM

     
  • At 6:47 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Hey, Cyndi! Happy Birthday to Maggie!! And you're right about Mondays!

     
  • At 6:48 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    HI MOM!! AWW, I'M GLAD YOU LIKE HISTORY MONDAY!!

    THINK ABOUT IT THOUGH...WE'VE GOT SCREW CAPS WITH SPOUTS ON KETCHUP BOTTLES! AND ON LOTS OF OTHER THINGS, I THINK....HMMM. I'LL WORK ON IT. =)

     
  • At 7:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    believe it or not, but ignacio zaragoza is my grandfathers great grandad! so that makes him my greatx4 grandad, something like that lol

     
  • At 8:36 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Wow!! That is VERY cool, anonymous!! You must be proud. And it's a shame more people don't know the real story of what happened on Cinco de Mayo!

     

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