Wow, today was a big day in history.

In reverse order:

  • 1976 — The first Space Shuttle, Enterprise, is unveiled by NASA.
  • 1920 — The National Football League is organized in Canton, Ohio, United States.

And God bless ’em for it, go Pack.

  • 1862 — American Civil War: the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day in American history.
  • 1814 — Francis Scott Key finishes his poem The Star-Spangled Banner.

Which is distinctly related to this next one:

  • 1787 — The United States Constitution is signed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Happy birthday, Constitution!

One more, appropriately enough:

  • 480 BC — The Battle of Thermopylae, fought between 300 Spartans, led by their king, Leonidas, and the Achaemenid Empire begins.*


* Note: there seems to be some debate as to the exact dates of the Battle of Thermopylae, but I like the connectivity of having it begin on the same day that the Constitution was signed. So I’m sticking with it.

Cross posted at The TrogloPundit.

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