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this day in the yesteryear: Andrew Jackson Kills Charles Dickinson in a Duel (1806)


Andrew Jackson Kills Charles Dickinson

in a Duel (1806)

In 1806, nationally famous duelist and expert marksman Charles Dickinson—whose dueling career included 26 kills—was goaded by political opponents of future US President Andrew Jackson to insult Jackson’s wife. A duel was arranged between the men, and Jackson took a shot to the ribs before firing what would be a fatal shot at Dickinson—the only man Jackson ever killed in his 13 duels. Jackson’s wife died in 1828, two weeks after Jackson was elected president. Whom did Jackson blame for her death? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Kublai Khan Becomes Ruler of the Mongol Empire (1260)


Kublai Khan Becomes Ruler of the Mongol Empire (1260)

The grandson of Genghis Khan, Kublai Khan was a Mongol emperor who founded China’s Yuan Dynasty and became the first Yuan emperor in 1271.    In 1279, he completed his grandfather’s conquest of China by overthrowing the Sung dynasty. He promoted economic prosperity by rebuilding the Grand Canal, repairing public granaries, extending highways, and encouraging foreign commerce. His magnificent capital at Cambuluc—now Beijing—was visited by several Europeans, including what notable figure? More… Discuss

Read more about the expansion of the Mongol (Hordes) empire

quotation: Washington Irving


Who can look down upon the grave even of an enemy, and not feel a compunctious throb, that he should ever have warred with the poor handful of earth that lies moldering before him?Washington Irving (1783-1859) Discuss

quotation: You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Henry David Thoreau


You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Discuss

Mengelberg – Grieg – Two Elegiac Melodies for Orchestra, Op 34, great compositions/performances


Mengelberg – Grieg – Two Elegiac Melodies for Orchestra, Op 34

Japanese Cherry Blossoms: YouTube video 1,275,662 in 6 years


Japanese Cherry Blossoms

Ornamental cherry trees and their blossoms are a major symbol of Japan, where they are called sakura and are considered a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life. As such, they are frequently depicted in art and are associated with both the samurai and kamikaze. In 1912, Japan gave 3,000 sakura as a gift to the US to celebrate the two nations’ growing friendship. These trees have since lined the shore of the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. What is the practice of hanami? More… Discuss

Sakura “Cherry Blossoms”;Traditional Music of Japan, Classical Koto Music 日本の伝統音楽

Periodic Graphics: Scents Of The Season



the scents of the season

Periodic Graphics: Scents Of The Season


Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning explores the molecular basis of holiday smells

the scents of the season

the scents of the season


 

Multi ani traiasca: corul caelestis Onesti “Sf. Apostoli Petru si Pavel”


This Day in the Yesteryear: QUASI-WAR BETWEEN THE US AND FRANCE UNOFFICIALLY BEGINS (1798)


Quasi-War between the US and France Unofficially Begins (1798)

France was a major US ally during the American Revolutionary War, but relations between the two countries soured in the wake of the French Revolution and the Jay Treaty between the US and Britain. The US refused to pay debts to the new French Republic, while the Jay Treaty granted the US trading privileges with Britain. The French Navy began seizing American trading ships, and the Quasi-War, also known as the Pirate Wars, resulted, lasting from 1798 to 1800. What ended the undeclared war? More… Discuss