1967: The Green Bay Packers (remember them?) defeat the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10 in the first Super Bowl.
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Here's another fascinating fact: the hot dog stand in the middle of the courtyard has more nuclear weapons targeted on it than any other hot dog stand in the world. They are good hot dogs. Really….
[“17 miles of corridors, all leading nowhere” Under construction; The finished product, early on (look at all that gracious lawn...)]
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1943: Opening day for The Pentagon, at the time and for decades afterward, the world’s largest office building. For all of the evil associated with it, the building remains a uniquely functional space. Despite its size, a normal person can walk from any office to any other in 12 minutes or less. Its hubs and spokes provide for a straightforward office numbering system (I briefly worked in 2E977) and the courtyard in the middle provides a very nice respite from the cube-farm world inside.
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1929: Birth of Civil Rights activist and Baptist preacher, Martin Luther King, Jr. (d.1968)
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She remains a darling of the intellectual Left; in their minds her brutal death is an exemplar of what happens if the communists are not in charge of everything. [
Herself, doesn’t look like a threat, does she? Look again.]
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As a particularly blatant exemplar of those outside forces, Rosa Luxemburg found herself increasingly harassed by the Freicorps and finally on this day, she was arrested, tortured, and murdered- her corpse thrown into the Landwher Canal for good measure. Since her death, the international communist movement has worked to beatify her as a martyr for the Marxist-Socialist movement.
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1919: Death of Rosa Luxemburg (b.1871), a fiery Marxist absolutist who played a crucial role in agitating German workers during the 1918 revolution through her pamphleteering and communist agitation in the immediate aftermath of the Great War. With the functional dissolution of the German government, bands of vigilante enforcers known as the Freicorps roamed the cities and countryside, enforcing a harsh German nationalism against the untrammeled influences of outside forces.
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1889: In Atlanta, incorporation of the Pennington Medicine Company, which became famous and wealthy from their premier retail product. The company eventually changed their name to match that product, which is, of course, Coca-Cola.
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1815: The frigate USS President, under the command of Commodore Stephen Decatur, is captured by a squadron of four British frigates as it tries to break out of its year-long blockade of New York harbor.
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The priceless artifacts resident in museum are breathtaking to behold, preserving an international heritage that would likely have been lost without British stewardship and analysis of these cultural treasures.
[The REAL THINGS: Rosetta stone (the rock, not the computer program); Babylonian bull; Greek Hoplite; Assyrian gate]
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1759: Opening day for the British Museum. On this side of the pond, we refer to our Smithsonian as “the nation’s attic.” On the other side of the pond, the British Museum is, in every respect, the world’s attic (…and basement, and garage, and shed and junk drawer for that matter) making tangible the scope and breadth of Great Britain’s global empire, their trading relationships, and their insatiable curiosity about the world they eventually dominated.
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1493: From his anchorage off the Caribbean island of Hispanola, Christopher Columbus weighs anchor and sets his small fleet on a course back to Spain, bringing to a close the exploratory phase of his first voyage to the New World.
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You can read what it was like to be on the receiving end of this period in the Biblical books of 2 Kings, 2 Chronicles, Jeremiah (chapters 4 & 52), and the early chapters of Daniel. It is pretty sobering. When we start thinking our own times are rough, sometimes it is good to get a little wider perspective.
[Himself, stony-faced]
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History: A Day Late

Yesterday, January 15th:

588 BC: Traditional start date for Nebuchadnezzar II’s siege of Jerusalem, which steadily tightens the noose around the Jewish capitol until it finally capitulates in July, 586 BC, sending the majority of Judah’s population into exile in Babylon.
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