Thursday, August 18, 2011

More like lazy majority.

August 18th
On this day in 1590 John White returns to his colony at Roanoke, Virginia to find it deserted. Roanoke was originally settled by Sir Walter Raleigh 5 years prior had experienced it's ups and downs. Virginia Dare was the first English child born in the new world on this day in 1587. White had returned to England to get supplies for the colony but was delayed in his return for 3 years due to financial and political reasons. No trace of the colony was ever found except for the word "Croatan". This could refer to the native indian tribe or an island some 50 miles away. Either way no one from Roanoke was ever seen again.

On this day in 1227 the scourge of the eastern world, Genghis Khan died. He was in his 60's and in failing health, but his legacy of conquest would live on in his descendants. The Mongols employed a type of warfare unseen on traditional battlefields. The Mongols were famous for their horsemanship and were masters of light cavalry which could move faster as a unit than any other at the time. They also had skilled archers who could fire with great accuracy from their horses. Khan had conquered Asia from China to the edge of Europe and down to India. His descendants made it all the way to Austria and Poland.

On this day in 1977 the Police made their live debut in Birmingham, England. Stewart Copeland, Sting and Andy Summers formed the unlikely trio that would go onto become the biggest band in the world. Copeland was an American drummer in England, eager to form a band in the wake of the punk scene. He met Sting and formed the Police with Henry Padovani, who was quickly replaced by Andy Summers. The eclectic influences of all three members showed in the music they performed and recorded which was the breath of fresh air Rock and Roll needed.

On this day in 1920 the 19th amendment is ratified by the two thirds majority of states and gave women the right to vote. Long an issue in the United States, women's suffrage was put at the forefront of the nation after WWI. The equality of women had a long way to go, but this at least gave them a voice in their government.

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