The week that was: March 26 – April 1

In case you missed it

March 26, 1881 Old Abe – The real-life Civil War mascot, who became the symbolic “Screaming Eagle” of the 101st Airborne Division

March 27, 1912 Cherry Trees of the Potomac – The Japanese gift of 3,000 cherry trees to the United States, and how that gift came back, after WWII

March 28, 1915 Thrasher Incident – Leon Thrasher of Hardwick Massachusetts, was the first American killed in “The War to End All Wars”

March 29, 1973 Vietnam – The War in Vietnam, how we got there, and where it led

March 30, 1282 War of Sicilian Vespers – How a French soldier molested an Italian woman outside of church, and lost the kingdom of Sicily, to Spain.

March 31, 2016 Toot Toot Tootsie, Goodbye – The number of Allied soldiers serenading Nazis during WWII, must be precisely, one.  It had to be Mel Brooks.

April 1, 1698 Washing the Lions – It’s the Annual Grand Event of Washing the Lions in the tower moat.  Or maybe it’s just April Fools.

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Author: Cape Cod Curmudgeon

I'm not a "Historian". I'm a husband, a father, a son and a grandfather. A history geek and sometimes curmudgeon, who still likes to learn new things. I began writing "Today in History" nearly six years ago, as sort of a self-guided history course.  I told myself I’d write 365, the leap year changed that to 366. As I write this, I believe there are over 600. I make every effort to get my facts straight, but I'm as good at being wrong as the next guy. I offer these "Today in History" stories in hopes that you'll enjoy reading them, as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them. Rick Long

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