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This Day in Colonial History -- August 1st:
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 •  1498-Christopher Columbus lands on "Isla Santa" near Venezuela
 •  1588-English Admiral Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Nottingham, beats Spanish Armada 
 •  1589-Murder attempt by monk Jacques Clement on French King Hendrik III 
 •  1619-First black Americans (20) land at Jamestown, Virginia 
 •  1626-Earl Earnest Casimir conquerors Oldenzaal 
 •  1628-Emperor Ferdinand II demands Austria Protestant convert to Catholicism 
 •  1664-Battle of St. Gotthard: Earl Raimondo Montecucculi beats Ahmed Koprulu
 •  1711-Surrounded Czar Peter the Great flees Azov 
 •  1714-Monarch Georg Ludwig becomes king George I of England 
 •  1716-First sculling race (London Bridge to Chelsea) 
  -Waterman's race on Thames first rowed 
 •  1732-Foundation laid for Bank of England 
 •  1759-Battle of Minden, Westfalen: Ferdinand van Brunswick beats France
 •  1774-Joseph Priestley discovers oxygen
 •  1780-Sweden declares neutrality 
 •  1781-English army under general Cornwallis occupies Yorktown, Virginia 
 •  1785-Caroline Herschel becomes first woman discoverer of a comet 
 •  1789-U.S. Customs begins enforcing Tariff Act 
 •  1793-France becomes first country to use the metric system 
 •  1794-Whiskey Rebellion begins
 •  1798-British under Admiral Horatio Nelson beat French fleet at Battle of the Nile (aka Battle of Abukir Bay)
 •  1812-Rare tornado hits Westchester County, New York 
 •  1814-Belgium King Willem I accept blame in Southern defeat 
 •  1831-London Bridge opens to traffic 
 •  1834-Slavery abolished through out the British Empire 
 •  1836-HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin return to Bahia, Brazil 
 •  1838-Emancipation of British slaves on Bahamas 
 •  1842-Rotherhithe Thames Tunnel opens 
 •  1852-San Francisco Methodists establish first black church, Zion Methodist 
 •  1855-Castle Clinton in New York City opens as first U.S. receiving station for immigrants 

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posted on Colonial Sense: 07/29/2014
Oldest recorded near-death experience discovered
July 27, 2014, The Times of India by Staff
The oldest medical description of a "near-death" experience has been discovered in a report from a French physician in 1740, scientists say.

The description was found by Dr Phillippe Charlier, a medical doctor and archeologist in France, in a book he had bought in an antique shop.

posted on Colonial Sense: 07/29/2014
Exhibit on real Johnny Appleseed will hit the road
July 19, 2014, The Associated Press by Lisa Cornwell
If you picture Johnny Appleseed as a loner wearing a tin pot for a hat and flinging apple seeds while meandering through the countryside, experts say you're wrong.

They're hoping that a traveling exhibit funded by an anonymous donation to a western Ohio center and museum will help clear misconceptions about the folk hero and the real man behind the legend.

posted on Colonial Sense: 07/25/2014
The Myth of the Perpetual Motion Machine
July 22, 2014, by Marcie Gainer
History is rife with intriguing stories of conmen and their ploys. The pathetic, but interesting, story of Charles Redheffer is a testament to the fact that smart men will always expose the dumb man (especially when they are as arrogant as Charles Redheffer).

In 1812, Mr. Redheffer arrived in Philadelphia claiming that he had invented a “perpetual motion machine.” He claimed that it required nothing to run. Quickly Redheffer became something of a celebrity in Philadelphia, where he charged the locals to witness his fantastical machine at work.

posted on Colonial Sense: 07/25/2014
The Descendants of Abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison Donate Family Heirlooms to the Smithsonian
July 18, 2014, Smithsonian by Max Kutner
Growing up, the descendants of abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison knew the attic was off-limits. The Victorian house near Boston had been in their family since the turn of the 20th century, and as family members passed away, heirlooms accumulated on the top floor. When the Garrisons decided to sell the house four years ago, they moved those heirlooms into storage. Last week, the family donated ten of them, including stunning photographs, a watch and Civil War weaponry, to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, set to open in 2016.

Garrison, who was white, helped found the American Anti-Slavery Society, the first abolitionist society to include both blacks and whites. “It’s really the bedrock for where white America begins to demonstrate inequality with African Americans,” says museum curator Nancy Bercaw. In 1831, Garrison founded The Liberator, an anti-slavery publication that Bercaw says likely inspired the Nat Turner slave rebellion.

posted on Colonial Sense: 07/24/2014 -- Followup
Researchers explore cursed 450-year-old shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea
July 11, 2014, Fox News by Staff
Researchers have begun exploring the wreckage of the Mars, a Swedish war ship that sank during a naval battle in 1564.

Johan Rönnby, professor of maritime archeology at Södertörn University in Sweden, was recently awarded a grant from the National Geographic Society for his project, "The Maritime Battlefield of Mars (1964)."

posted on Colonial Sense: 07/24/2014
Little-remembered Revolutionary War hero a step closer to citizenship
July 10, 2014, The Los Angeles Times (CA) by Richard Simon
Honorary U.S. citizens: Lafayette, Winston Churchill, Mother Teresa. And soon, perhaps, Bernardo de Galvez.

Legislation to make the Spanish hero of the American Revolution an honorary U.S. citizen cleared the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, even though some of its members said they had never heard of him.

posted on Colonial Sense: 07/23/2014
Interns follow Donner Party path through Utah
July 13, 2014, The Associated Press by Staff
A group of U.S. Bureau of Land Management interns trekked three days this week across a blistering stretch of Utah desert, recreating part of the 1846 path of the ill-fated Donner Party.

The path across Utah's Great Salt Lake Desert en route to California delayed the Donner Party, leading to starvation, deaths and cannibalism when they became stranded in the Sierra Nevada later than expected.

posted on Colonial Sense: 07/23/2014
What If America Had Lost the Revolutionary War?
July 04, 2014, The Atlantic by Uri Friedman
The Fourth of July—a time we Americans set aside to celebrate our independence and mark the war we waged to achieve it, along with the battles that followed. There was the War of 1812, the War of 1833, the First Ohio-Virginia War, the Three States' War, the First Black Insurrection, the Great War, the Second Black Insurrection, the Atlantic War, the Florida Intervention.

Confused? These are actually conflicts invented for the novel The Disunited States of America by Harry Turtledove, a prolific (and sometimes-pseudonymous) author of alternate histories with a Ph.D. in Byzantine history. The book is set in the 2090s in an alternate United States that is far from united. In fact, the states, having failed to ratify a constitution following the American Revolution, are separate countries that oscillate between cooperating and warring with one another, as in Europe.

posted on Colonial Sense: 07/16/2014
The atlas of King George
July 05, 2014, The Economist by Staff
WHEN King George III proclaimed in 1763 that Canada’s indigenous peoples had rights to their ancestral lands, it bought peace with the locals who outnumbered and sometimes outfought the British colonists. But as the balance of inhabitants shifted—indigenous people now account for only 4.3% of the population—governments took an increasingly narrow view of that promise. In some cases they ignored it completely. On June 26th the Supreme Court of Canada provided a sharp reminder that King George’s word is still law.

posted on Colonial Sense: 07/16/2014
Phil Collins gives collection of Alamo artefacts to Texas
June 26, 2014, The Guardian (UK) by Tom Dart
Phil Collins, the British pop star, is in the limelight again for donating his private collection of about 200 artefacts from the Texas revolution and the Battle of the Alamo to the state of Texas so they can be stored and displayed at the historic site of the Alamo in San Antonio.


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