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By Tim ONeill
Funny Guy 

Vesuvius erupts, Republic of Franklin, Mona Lisa stolen

This week in History


Which are real?...

Aug. 21: 1427—Citing poor working conditions, guardian angels go on 40-day strike, leaving humanity to fend for its self. 1841—The venetian blind is patented by John Hampton. 1858—The first Lincoln-Douglas debate is held in Ottawa, Ill. 1959—Hawaii becomes the 50th U.S. state. Born: Kenny Rogers (1938). Senior Citizen’s Day. Today’s Word: Seraglio—a sultan’s palace.

Aug. 22: 1762—In Newport, R.I., Ann Franklin becomes the first female newspaper editor. 1864—The International Red Cross is formed. 1911—Representatives for the Louvre Museum in Paris announce the Mona Lisa was stolen. It is found two years later in Italy. Born: Cindy “Shirley” Williams (1947). Be An Angel Day. Today’s Word: Lalochezia—cursing used to relieve tension.

Aug. 23: 1784—A portion of North Carolina named Franklin is offered to Congress to pay off state debt from the Revolutionary War. When that does not work, Franklin tries to become the 14th state, but this fails as well. On today’s date, Franklin declares itself an independent republic entitled the Free Republic of Franklin but folds after about four years. Today’s Word: Fescue—a stick used by a teacher as pointer.

Aug. 24: 79 AD—An estimated 20,000 people die with the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. 1932—Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the U.S. non-stop. Died: Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, a Swiss-American psychiatrist. Today’s Word: Sockdologer—something that finishes a matter such as a heavy blow or conclusive answer.


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