The Week that Was. August 5-11

Last Week in History. In case you missed it.

August 5, 1942 Old Doctor – The man who declined Freedom, to die with the orphans he had dedicated his life, to serve.

August 6, 1940 A different Kind of Courage – In the Funhouse Mirror world of the Soviet Union, nine scientists once starved to death, in a room full of edible plant material.

August 7, 1573 El Draque – Pirate, Mariner and Explorer, the first Englishman to sail around the world, and back.

August 8, 1974 A Third-Rate Burglary – Sometimes, the cover-up is worse than the crime

August 10, 2010 An Awful Place – Life and death in the balmy vicissitudes of Antarctica, where the coldest temperature in history was recorded at -135.8°, Fahrenheit

August 11, 1885 Liberty Enlightening the World – The Story of the Statue of Liberty

Author: Cape Cod Curmudgeon

I'm not a "Historian". I'm a father, a son and a grandfather. A widowed history geek and sometimes curmudgeon, who still likes to learn new things. I started "Today in History" back in 2013, thinking I’d learn a thing or two. I told myself I’d publish 365. The leap year changed that to 366. As I write this, I‘m well over a thousand. I do this because I want to. I make every effort to get my facts straight, but I'm as good at being wrong, as anyone else. I offer these "Today in History" stories in hopes that you'll enjoy reading them, as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them. Thank you for your interest in the history we all share. Rick Long, the “Cape Cod Curmudgeon”

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