9 CE — Arminius’ Germanic tribes defeat the Romans in the Teutoburg Forest

The Battle of the Teutoburg Forest was a stunning defeat of the Roman legions by Germanic tribesmen. 2000 years ago today, the three day battle began, when elements of six different Germanic tribes under the overalll command of Arminius of the Cherusci ambushed three Roman legions under the command of Publius Quinctilius Varus.

The batttle was the first engagement of a war that would last for the next seven years, and end with a Roman defeat. The Romans would end up withdrawing to the opposite bank of the Rhine, which became the border of the Roman Empire for the next four hundred years.

Armininius (or Hermann, as he is known in Germany) has become a folk hero to the German people, a symbol of resistance against invaders, especially Napolean.

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Chervscan — Ancient Rites

1965 – Hurricane Betsy hits New Orleans

Hurricane Betsy was the most destructive hurricane of its day, the first in history to cause more than a billion dollars of property damage in the Atlantic region. It developed on August 27 the east of the Windward Isles, and finally dissipated on September 12, four days after making landfall in New Orleans.

The storm made landfall in the Bahamas, narrowly missed the southern tip of Florida, and hit New Orleans on September 9. Much like Katrina, forty years later, the storm destroyed many houses in the poorer more low lying regions, and breached the levees, leading to extensive flooding. A total of 76 people were confirmed killed in Hurricane Betsy, although the full toll may be higher.

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Hurricane Betsy — Lightnin’ Hopkins
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