1429: Jeanne d'Arc pulls an arrow from her own shoulder and charges back into the fighting, thereby earning promotion to Badass 1st Class.
1824: The most awesome piece of music ever is performed in public for the first time.
1832: In a move that makes sense only to Europeans, representatives of the British, French, and Russian governments meet in London and pick a seventeen year old Bavarian princeling to be King of Greece. Viewed in light of decisions like this, things like the '14-'18 War start to make a lot more sense.
1915: US passengers board a ship carrying munitions and flying the flag of a belligerent power which then sails into a war zone and gets sunk, just like the advertisements printed in the New York Times by the German embassy warned it might be. And yet people act surprised. After further escapades, we somehow wind up sucked into the aforementioned '14-'18 war, and then our crazy President helps break history. Sorry 'bout that.
1920: Marshal Józef Piłsudski, armed only with tens of thousands of soldiers and one truly fearsome mustache, takes Kiev as part of his ongoing struggle to... er... keep Ukraine Polish, or something.
Friday, May 07, 2010
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