Saturday, September 04, 2004

On this day in military 476 and others

On this day in military 476. The western Roman empire falls when the Odoacer, a German barbarian warrior, deposes Romulus Augustus, the last Roman Emperor. His conquest does not last very long because after fighting with Theodoric the Great of the Ostrogoths for a number of years, in 493, he consents to a treaty with Theodoric the Great to share the kingdom of Italy. He is later killed along with his sons at a banquet held by Theodoric in his honor.

On this day in military 1886. Germonimo, the last American Indian warrior surrenders in Skeleton Canyon, Arizona, making his name synonomous with paratroopers and bad Bugs Bunny puns for eternity.

On this day in military 1969. Ho Chi Minh, "Uncle Ho" to millions of Vietnamese, dies. Over 30 years later, future presidential candiate, John "War Hero" Kerry will tell anyone who will listen how the event was seared, seared into his consciousness, just like the time when he spent Christmas in Cambodia in 1968 on a secret mission from President Nixon's head (a la Futurama).

And two events that have nothing to do with the military:

On this 1967. The final episode of Gilligan's Island airs. Unfortunately, this did not mean the death of the crew of the Minnow. They were destined to be in syndication for years to come enabling even people who didn't own TVs (like the Amish) the ability to respond to the age-old question "Who was hotter, Ginger or Mary-Ann?"

On this 1971. Lawrance Welk and his Champagne Music Makers goes off the air. It stayed on TV in syndication until 1982, but all is not lost for those of you who secretly crave to see Bobby & Cindy and the Champagne Lady again. It is shown every Saturday night (with reruns on Sunday) at 7:00 PM on KBYU, Channel 11, in Provo, Utah.


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