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Ten-Cent Beer Night in Cleveland

The ill-fated "Ten-Cent Beer Night" promotion at a baseball game between the Cleveland Indians and the Texas Rangers in Cleveland on June 4, 1974, led to the biggest riot at a sporting event in North America.  On the Rangers team…

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Garden Spot Village Half Marathon

On April 14, I successfully completed the Garden Spot Village Half Marathon in New Holland, PA. Over seven months of rigorous training, including many 5k's and 5-Mile Runs have made me a seasoned long-distance runner. More half-marathons will likely follow…

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Thomas Paine

On January 10, 1776, Thomas Paine’s famous pamphlet, Common Sense, was published.  It was highly critical of the system of monarchy and argued for American independence from England. This 48-page pamphlet was read all over America and even in England…

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Disco Demolition Night

On July 12, 1979, “Disco Demolition Night,” an infamous promotion at a baseball game on the South Side of Chicago, took place.  Fans who brought a disco record to be destroyed received a game ticket for less than a dollar…

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The Boston Tea Party

Two hundred forty years ago on December 16, the Sons of Liberty, some disguised as Indians, dumped chests of British tea into the Boston Harbor protesting the tax on tea.  The Boston Tea Party was actually the first of…

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Sleepy Hollow

I mentioned “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” in the epilogue of my book The Hessians and the American Revolution: The Whole Story.  In the original version, written by Washington Irving in 1820, the Headless Horseman was said to be the…

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Battle of Germantown,1777

After the American defeat at the Battle of Brandywine, George Washington made a bold attack on the British army led by General William Howe. The result was a British victory. Nevertheless, American morale benefited from the battle because it was…

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August 1776

August 1776 was a pivotal month in the American Revolution. England first received word of the Declaration of Independence. With the largest army the British had ever sent to North America, King George III was pulling out all the stops…

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Bunker Hill

The bloody battle of Bunker Hill was fought on June 17, 1775 near Boston.  After the British defeat at Concord two months earlier, the British were determined to use overwhelming force to crush the American rebellion.  However, the American forces…

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Marine Corps Museum

Some time ago I visited the Marine Corps Museum off of I-95 in Virginia. This free museum covers centuries of American history. I highly recommend a visit. For more information, go to  http://www.usmcmuseum.org.

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St. Patrick's Day

This month is an appropriate time to read about the San Patricios. My book, The Irish Who Fought for Mexico, tells the story of the Irish immigrants who came to America shortly before the Mexican-American War (1846-48). Some of…