Roger Mickelson’s History Today 1/19/14

In 1807, future Confederate General Robert Edward Lee was born in Stratford, Virginia. He was the fourth child of Colonel Henry Lee and Ann Hill Carter. On both sides, his family had produced many of the dominant figures in the ruling class of Virginia. Lee’s father, Henry (“Light-Horse Harry”) Lee, had been a cavalry leader during the Revolution, a post-Revolution governor of Virginia, and the author of the famous congressional memorial eulogy to his friend, George Washington. Intermarriage with most of Virginia’s ruling families was a tradition, and Robert would eventually marry a distant cousin, Mary Anne Randolph Custis, the great-granddaughter of George Washington’s wife and heiress of several plantation properties.
Robert Edward Lee, as a U.S. Army Colonel befo...

Robert Edward Lee, as a U.S. Army Colonel before the Civil War (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1825, Ezra Daggett and Thomas Kensett obtained a patent for a preservation process used to store food in tin cans. In 1810, Peter Durand of England patented the use of tin-coated iron cans instead of bottles, and by 1820 he was supplying canned food to the Royal Navy in large quantities. European canning methods reached the United States soon thereafter, and that country eventually became the world leader in both automated canning processes and total can production. In the late 19th century, Samuel C. Prescott and William Underwood of the United States set canning on a scientific basis by describing specific time-temperature heating requirements for sterilizing canned foods.
World War II:    In 1942, Japan invaded Burma.
In 1966, Indira Gandhi became prime minister of India, assuming the office first held by her father, Jawaharlal Nehru, following the sudden death of Indian Premier Lal Bahadur Shastri eight days earlier.

Nehru (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Regards, Roger Mickelson
“Democracy is not freedom. Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to eat for lunch. Freedom comes from the recognition of certain rights which may not be taken, not even by a 99% vote.” Marvin Simkin
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