Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Truth and Dare, Dust Bowl Days, Simón Bolívar and The Boulevardier Cocktail

This post appears on Wiki for today:
1487 – Citizens of Leeuwarden, Netherlands strike against ban on foreign beer.

This would have been pretty cool to write about, if it were true. I was not able to find anything, anywhere that described this event in any detail. By the way, it also appears on countless other blogs that have an "On this Day" format.

So I dare any of my readers to try to find me some shred of evidence that this event actually occurred. I would love to write about it next year.


On this day in 1783, Simón Bolívar was born in Venezuela to a wealthy and politically connected family. After the death of his parents however, Bolívar would become a military and political leader instrumental in Latin America's successful struggle for independence from the Spanish Empire.

Similar to this era's Arab Spring, Bolívar would lead forces in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and Bolivia to independence, and help lay the foundations for democracy in Latin America.

The Historical Inebriant:  The Boulevadier Cocktail


  • 2 ounces rye or bourbon
  • 1 ounces Campari
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
Stir ingredients together in a mixing glass filled with ice, strain into either a stemmed cocktail glass or a rocks glass with ice, to preference. Garnish with a twist of lemon zest.

The NYT article has an interesting history of The Boulevadier including how it got its name.
Well worth the read if you have a chance.


On this day in 1935, The dust bowl heat wave peaks with temperatures of 109°F in Chicago and 104°F in Milwaukee.


On this day in 1897, Amelia Mary Earhart - the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean was born.

For more information on Amelia Earhart including a film about her life:

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