Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Today In History: Family tradition.
On this date in 490BC, Darius I of the Persian Empire began a family tradition of getting imperial troops stomped by the Greeks. On the beach near Marathon, Greek hoplites chased the Persians into the surf amid the usual amount of chaos and slaughter. Also, Pheidippides got so excited that he invented a new sporting event, and then croaked on the spot.