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Celebrating the “Shot Heard Round the World”

Today is April 19th, the day the American Revolution began:

They don’t do stuff like this for kids anymore. Maybe that’s why you have problems like this.

11 Responses to “Celebrating the “Shot Heard Round the World””

  1. ExurbanKevin says:

    Looks like you’ve got a tag that ain’t closed in that embed.

    Oh, and also, I found this. Turns out the NRA was A-OK with Romney signing the “Assault Weapons Ban” back in 2004

    http://www.exurbanleague.com/misfires/Home/tabid/59/EntryId/1658/The-NRA-Romney-and-guns.aspx

  2. Archer says:

    We bought the two-DVD set of School House Rock for our kids. The wife and I both watched it growing up, and thought the next generation would benefit.

    Plus the tunes are damn catchy. :)

  3. Lots of momentous events happened today besides Lexington and Concord. Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, April 19, 1943. The destruction by fire of the Waco buildings and dozens of people inside, April 19, 1993.

  4. It’s an appropriate day to read (perhaps aloud) this chapter “The General Rising of America” from George Bancroft’s History of the United States of America from the Discovery of the Continent (1886).

    We don’t write history like this anymore–and it’s really quite a shame, even though it lacks the objectivity that we are supposed to have.

  5. Thirdpower says:

    Have the DVD set and played a number of the clips for some of my classes today.

  6. If Massachusetts had the same gun laws then that they have now, our national anthem would be God Save the Queen!

  7. Ceefour says:

    It is a little known fact that,after the first shot was fired, someone in the crowd was heard to say “oops,sorry” and it was said with British accent.

  8. Alpheus says:

    Ceefour, everything was said with a British accent back then!

    I’ve taken to call this day “Lexington Day”, as an opportunity to reflect on the American Revolution. Yesterday, my family intended to have johnnycakes and ham for dinner (it’s sort-of Colonial fare; we need to do more research) and to have a lesson on Lexington and Concord.

    We didn’t get around to it, because of car troubles: we spent the day looking for a new family vehicle instead. We’ll get around to doing something, though, hopefully tomorrow!

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