Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Duly Noted: The Battle of Brooklyn

Today is the 232nd anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn, also called the Battle of Long Island. (It's a little busy here at the office today so I won't go into detail, but I bookmarked the following a while ago.)

Further Reading:
Barnet Schecter, The Battle for New York, and
David McCullough, 1776.

"Battle of Long Island" on Wikipedia
Articles can also be found here and here.

Gowanus Lounge reports on a possible location of a burial ground from this battle. See post for details.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

News: Madrid plane crash kills nearly 150

A plane crashed during takeoff at Madrid's international airport. Of more than 170 passengers and crew, only about 28 have survived. The death toll still varies by source, but most put the number at around 150.

New York Times: Nearly 150 Are Dead in Madrid Plane Crash
CNN: Madrid plane crash kills dozens, and Plane in Madrid crash a 'workhorse'
AP: 149 dead in plane crash at Madrid airport
BBC: Many dead in Madrid plane crash
International Herald Tribune: About 150 killed leaving Madrid on Spanair flight

Friday, August 15, 2008

News off the Blogs: Battle of Brooklyn stuff

Gowanus Lounge has a pair of posts about events to commemorate the Battle of Brooklyn (also called the Battle of Long Island). One post lists a bunch of events; a second post appeared this week with information about further events at The Old Stone House.

More information about the Battle of Brooklyn/Long Island can be found on Wikipedia, GL's post the first also posted this link about the battle.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Duly Noted: the Wonder Wheel and another pair of 8's

According to a post on the Gowanus Lounge, the Wonder Wheel, the famous ferris wheel in Coney Island, turns 88. This double-8 day is in addition to that other event of the day -- the start of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.