On this day in history.

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  1. giradman

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    United States Military Academy founded today in 1802!

    The first major US military academy, i.e. West Point, established early in the Jefferson administration - a wonderful place to visit (which we did about 16 yrs ago on a week-long trip to the Hudson River area) not only for its beautiful location on the river, but for the long list of Notable Graduates (click the link, if interested) - map below along w/ a few pics. Also, there is an excellent PBS video that I own, which is recommended (can be rented on Amazon and likely elsewhere). Dave :)

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    One of the most notable graduates was Robert E. Lee, class of 1829 and commander of the Confederate forces in the Civil War.
     
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    Well, Ulysses S. Grant & Dwight D. Eisenhower are two other distinguished war-time generals and former cadets, who also became US Presidents - I've always wondered when Lincoln offered Lee command of the Union Army, which if accepted might have led to a shorter and less bloody Civil War, and also a different US President about the time that Grant was elected (although Lee died in 1870 which would have been in his first term) - BUT, pure speculation on my part. :) Dave
     
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    Also, if Lee had accepted the command of the Union army, there would be no Arlington National Cemetery, which was built on the Custis family estate, Arlington House, where Lee and his wife lived.
     
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    St. Patrick dies in Ireland on this day in 461 A.D. - HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!

    My paternal grandmother was born on Beaver Island (upper Lake Michigan - see map below) in the late 1880's - both her parents were Irish (one an immigrant & the other a child of recent immigrants from Ireland) - at that time, the island was pretty much an Irish community and she grew up speaking Gaelic - so, I'm at least a quarter Irish, but probably will not have any green beer today - ;) Dave

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    Well, off by just a few days BUT Apple's 40th anniversary started in a garage in the mid-1970s - hard to believe - :) Dave
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    Merle Haggard Dies Today at 79 Years!

    For 'old time' Country Music fans, one of my favorite singers of the genre from the late last century died today - below just the start of his Wiki article (link at end) - in addition to the hall of fame inductions, he also was honored at the Kennedy Center in 2010.

    Just pulled out my 7 or 8 CDs of Hag and will give each a spin over the next few days - did a composite of some I enjoy the most, i.e. his dedication recordings to Jimmie Rodgers & Bob Wills and two duet albums w/ several other country favorites - my interest in collecting this music waned in the 1990s - now, I mostly listen to classical music and some jazz. Dave :)

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    So, 120 years ago - WOW! :) I was just curious about the differences in the first Olympics vs. the upcoming one in Rio - quoted below (Source) from the first Athens Olympics, i.e. 43 events w/ 280 male only athletes from just 12 countries - pic below of the Rio predictions - quite a change! Dave :)

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    Lee Surrenders to Grant on April 9, 1865 at Appomattox, Virginia!

    Appomattox Court House is just east of Lynchburg (see map) - Lee was retreating west in early April leaving the Petersburg Siege - on this day in 1865, he surrender to U.S. Grant in the house of Wilmer McLean, who lived at Manassas Junction (site of the first battle of Bull Run) in July 1861 - he wanted to 'escape' the war, but amazingly his house was the site of its effective end (for more - see my travelogue from last year). Dave :

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