Wednesday, June 18, 2008

On this day...

I was having trouble coming up with something to write about today. Tim Russert died, but he was fat. Sheila Dixon had her shit confiscated, but she "didn't do nothing". Martin O'Malley is in San Diego not having sex with a TV reporter. Mike Miller said he definitely isn't maybe not going to retire or not. Michael Busch is hanging out in his back office munching on a package of Oreos wondering how he got so much hair on his head.

So out of curiosity, I looked up This Day In History on Wikipedia. So on June 18th, way back in 1815, Napoleon was defeated by Gebhard von Blucher of Prussia and the Duke of Wellington of England in the Battle of Waterloo in Belgium. 159 years later, ABBA released the song of the same name. And now I feel like I couldn't escape if I wanted to.

In 618, Emporer Gaozu of Tang initiated 3 centuries of rule over China. That dynasty abruptly ended in 922 when they were simultaneously attacked and defeated by Emporer Kool-Aide and the Hawaiian Punch.

In 1858 Charles Darwin received a manuscript on evolution by Alfred Russell Wallace, prompting Darwin to publish his works on the theory of evolution. Soon after, Wallace and several colleagues were chased by a lion. Wallace, being the slowest one, was attacked and eaten by the lion.

In 1940, Charles de Gaulle, leader of the Free French Forces, made a plee to the people of France, while sitting in a luxurious palace in England, to support the Resistance. de Gaulle later surrendered to 4 children when they threw water balloons at him.

In 2008, hundreds of houses flooded in Iowa when the river rose because of heavy rain. Iowans then demand that the government rebuild their riverside and flood plain houses.

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