This Day in History Entry #366

February 10th, 2016 by Wordsman

Though by name she had nothing to fear
Not for long was this ship without peer
And the race to build more
Howled what was in store
On a path from which no one could veer

Event: Launch of the HMS Dreadnought
Year: 1906
Learn more: Dreadnought

. . . and that’s it, folks! One history-themed limerick for every day of the year! Hard to believe I’ve been doing this for 7 years now. It’s been a lot of fun, but it’s also gotten harder to keep up with one every week as time has gone by and I’ve gotten busier with other things, and I’ve known for a while now that #366 would be a stopping point. Hopefully at some point in the future I’ll come back to the project, maybe revisit some earlier entries whose poems have questionable meter, or whose events have questionable actually-happened-on-that-dayness. But for now, we’re giving it a rest.

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This Day in History Entry #365

February 3rd, 2016 by Wordsman

‘Neath a storm-riven Iowa sky
Bid farewell, Miss American Pie
It’s not easy to say
That that would be the day
When the music would suddenly die

Event: Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens, and pilot Roger Peterson are killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa
Year: 1959
Learn more: The Day the Music Died

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