Archive for June 11th, 2008

11
Jun
08

Hiking in Lake Kegonsa State Park

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While hiking through the park this clump of trees caught my attention.  I thought I saw deer.  When I got over there I found the trampled down grass of about a half a dozen beds where the deer had laid down for the night beneath these trees.

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11
Jun
08

On This Day, 6-11-08: Henry VIII

Henry VIII marries first wife

King Henry VIII of England marries Catherine of Aragon, the first of six wives he will have in his lifetime. When Catherine failed to produce a male heir, Henry divorced her against the will of the Roman Catholic Church, thus precipitating the Protestant Reformation in England.

Henry went on to have five more wives; two of whom–Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard–he executed for alleged adultery after he grew tired of them. His only surviving child by Catherine of Aragon, Mary, ascended to the throne upon the death of her half-brother, Edward VI, in 1553. In 1558, Mary was succeeded by her half-sister, Elizabeth, the only surviving child of Henry VIII by Anne Boleyn. She was crowned Queen Elizabeth I.

“Henry VIII marries first wife.” 2008. The History Channel website. 10 Jun 2008, 01:10 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history.do?action=Article&id=5084.

Congress appoints “Committee of Five” to draft the Declaration of Independence

On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress selects Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, Roger Sherman of Connecticut and Robert R. Livingston of New York to draft a declaration of independence.

“Congress appoints “Committee of Five” to draft the Declaration of Independence.” 2008. The History Channel website. 10 Jun 2008, 01:16 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history.do?action=Article&id=718.

D-Day landing forces converge

Five days after the D-Day landing, the five Allied landing groups, made up of some 330,000 troops, link up in Normandy to form a single solid front across northwestern France.

“D-Day landing forces converge.” 2008. The History Channel website. 10 Jun 2008, 01:12 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history.do?action=Article&id=5086.

University of Alabama desegregated

Facing federalized Alabama National Guard troops, Alabama Governor George Wallace ends his blockade of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and allows two African American students to enroll.

“University of Alabama desegregated.” 2008. The History Channel website. 10 Jun 2008, 01:13 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history.do?action=Article&id=5087.

Six-Day War ends

The Six-Day War between Israel and its Arab neighbors ends with a United Nations-brokered cease-fire. The outnumbered Israel Defense Forces achieved a swift and decisive victory in the brief war, rolling over the Arab coalition that threatened the Jewish state and more than doubling the amount of territory under Israel’s control. The greatest fruit of victory lay in seizing the Old City of Jerusalem from Jordan; thousands of Jews wept while bent in prayer at the Second Temple’s Western Wall.

“Six-Day War ends.” 2008. The History Channel website. 10 Jun 2008, 01:15 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history.do?action=Article&id=6925.




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