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Postby radstockjeff » 21 Apr 2020, 18:11

Palilia (The Feast of the Pales) ; celebrated in Ancient Rome to honour the pastoral Godess Pales.
Shepherds, trailed by their flock, leap through bonfires, in special purifcation rites performed to keep the sheep disease free.
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Postby Tresagreen » 21 Apr 2020, 19:44

Sounds like they may have needed plenty of mint sauce :lol:
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Postby radstockjeff » 28 Apr 2020, 10:54

1772 . The world's best travelled goat dies in London. She had circumnavigated the globe twice, accompanied first by Wallace on The Dolphin and then by Cook on the Endeavour . On this day also she discovers Botany Bay (1770)!
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Postby EWW » 28 Apr 2020, 11:27

Also...1945 - US Troops Liberate Buchenwald Concentration Camp.
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Postby radstockjeff » 23 May 2020, 11:32

Should have put this in yesterday, 22nd May ! :oops:

When 60 members of a Benefit Society- meeting to decide who is in most need of assistance this year - find that almost everyone is in dire staits, they rouse several hundred Littleport townsfolk and go armed Fund Raising, looting every shop and the homes of the rich (1816).

Finding themselves unopposed they determine to proceed to Ely to spread the fun and continue "the collection". Here, local bosses manage to placate the rioters with a promise of a minimum wage.

However, when free ale is given out to celebrate the resolution, the rioters (their numbers now swelled by local Ely comrades) go free-market-wild again, attacking bankers and other rich folk.
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Postby radstockjeff » 22 Jun 2020, 12:05

Henry Hudson's crew mutinied and left him to his fate in the bay he had named after him. Dumped in a small boat he was never seen again. (1611)
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Postby radstockjeff » 09 Jul 2020, 12:26

9th July 1951

Writer Dashiell Hammett chooses 6 months imprisonment rather than co-operate with the US House Un-American Activities Committee inquiries into domestic subversion.

Well now! :roll:
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Postby EWW » 09 Jul 2020, 12:45

Yes at the height of the despicable McCarthyism era.
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