Saturday, August 20, 2011

August 20th

1866: President Andrew Johnson formally declares the American Civil War over... except, of course, for NASCAR fans.

1882: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture debuts in Moscow. Considering the audience had been waiting in line for 70 years to hear it, the reviews were luke warm.

1998: The Supreme Court of Canada rules that Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada... at least not without sharing its recipe for crepes and cafe au lait.


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