Monday, April 30, 2012

George Washington, Alben Barkley, and Camarón Day

On this day in 1789, from the balcony of Federal Hall in New York City, George Washington takes the oath to officially become the first elected President of the United States.


On this day in 1956, Kentucky born Former Vice President and Senator Alben Barkley dies during a speech in Virginia. Barkley, who had recently been elected as Kentucky's junior senator after serving as Vice President, collapsed from a heart attack as he had just finished a speech in Virginia proclaiming "I would rather be a servant in the house of the lord than sit in the seats of the mighty."

The Historical Inebriant:  Woodford Reserve Bourbon
                       Straight up and honest 

The best audience is intelligent, well-educated and a little drunk.

~ Alben W. Barkley


For Benoit

In a situation almost the reverse of Cinco de Mayo, on this day in 1863, a 65-man French Foreign Legion infantry patrol fought a force of nearly 2,000 Mexican soldiers to nearly the last man in Hacienda Camarón, Mexico.

Today France and the French Foreign Legion celebrate this day as Camarón Day
It's an interesting story if you want to read about it further.

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