July 23, 2004

Today in History

Here are some random today in history facts. I can find no way to link them but I thought they were all interesting, so I list them here as trivia, along with a little research by yours truly to add some value:

*1599 Caravaggio receives his first public commission for paintings, click here for cool website gallery of all his works
*1885 Ulysses S Grant, brilliant general and much less brilliant 18th President of the United States, dies in Mount McGregor, NY, at age 63. Click here for a dissenting point of view by the US Grant Association.
*1904 Ice cream cone supposedly created by Charles E Menches during Lousiana Purchase Expo at the St. Louis World's Fair. Here is an extremely cool link from the Library of Congress on ice cream in America.

Posted by Random Penseur at July 23, 2004 10:01 AM

RP, has anyone found out who is buried in Grant's Tomb yet? Ivan

Posted by: stolypin at July 24, 2004 02:16 PM

Actually, there was a great to do a couple of years ago when one of Grant's descendents wanted to exhume the bodies because the tomb was so neglected by the park service. They fixed it up eventually.

Posted by: RP at July 26, 2004 10:33 AM
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