Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Fighting Back, Jaws, -and- Dawn of the Dead

In the News Today
  • Fighting Back - Two plane hijackers beaten to death by passengers
  • Jaws - A shark, believed to be a great white, was spotted Monday about 50 yards off the coast at La Jolla Shores, prompting lifeguards to close the ocean to swimmers and surfers.
  • Dawn of the Dead - A naked man went on a rampage against police officers, doing ninja-like flips and ignoring stun gun shocks

    Technology in the News Today
  • Judge Denies Apple's Bid to Ban HTC Devices
  • Groups Join Forces for "Declaration of Internet Freedom"
  • Microsoft Offering $39.99 Windows 8 Pro Upgrades

    Born on this Day in History: July 3, 1883 - Born in Prague, capital of what is now the Czech Republic, writer Franz Kafka grew up in a middle-class Jewish family. After studying law at the University of Prague, he worked in insurance and wrote in the evenings. In 1923, he moved to Berlin to focus on writing, but died of tuberculosis shortly after. His friend Max Brod published most of his work posthumously, such as Amerika and The Castle.

    On this Day in History: July 3, 1863 - On the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg, Confederate General Robert E. Lee's last attempt at breaking the Union line ends in disastrous failure, bringing the most decisive battle of the American Civil War to an end. In June 1863, following his masterful victory at the Battle of Chancellorsville, General Lee launched his second invasion of the Union in less than a year. He led his 75,000-man Army of Northern Virginia across the Potomac River, through Maryland, and into Pennsylvania, seeking to win a major battle on Northern soil that would further dispirit the Union war effort and induce Britain or France to intervene on the Confederacy's behalf. The 90,000-strong Army of the Potomac pursued the Confederates into Maryland, but its commander, General Joseph Hooker, was still stinging from his defeat at Chancellorsville and seemed reluctant to chase Lee further. Meanwhile, the Confederates divided their forces and investigated various targets, such as Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania capital.

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