- 1836: The Mexican troops of Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna enter San Antonio de Bexar at the beginning of the Battle of the Alamo.
- 1847: During the Mexican-American War, the troops of United States Gen. Zachary Taylor defeat the army of Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna at the…
55 years ago today, the first Daytona 500 set a high bar for drama. Lee Petty and Johnny Beauchamp battled to the finish line in a race too close to call, although Beauchamp celebrated what he thought was a win. Days later, NASCAR officials discovered — after viewing a still of just-developed news reel footage — that Petty had actually nosed the finish line first and was declared the winner. (AP)
GALLERY: 10 Memorable Daytona 500 Moments
The HONY Book just quietly spent its 18th consecutive week on the NYT bestseller list. This feat was achieved by clinging to the bottom of the list like a frightened barnacle, while the whales battle it out for the top spots. Anyway, it’s been several weeks since I mentioned the book on the blog. (Hope you noticed, I try.) So for all you newcomers: there’s a HONY book. It’s freaking awesome. And it’s been dominating the absolute bottom of the bestseller list. Like a barnacle.
We discovered that the Sochi 2014 mascots perfectly match the personalities of Team NPR Sochi. Sonari is the cool snow leopard, Robert is the friendly bear (aka #nightmarebear) and Tamara is the happy little rabbit. It’s possible we’ve been working in close quarters too long.
How about SOAKED?
I usually play it safe and avoid running through melting snow puddles. Why? Because my father always said I would get sick with wet feet, that’s why. And I hate being sick more than I hate chafing under my sports bra.
But yesterday, I ran through every single puddle on…
Here’s my Friday read! And I hope all you out there in radioland are getting ready to read along with us. Of course, SOME people here on the NPR Books staff are just goofing off — Camila reports, “I’m reading Annihilation! Because the review we ran was so weirdly awesome I want to experience it for myself.” And Intern Jordan is reading Joan Chase’s 1983 novel During the Reign of the Queen of Persia, which she describes as “like Winesburg, Ohio + Housekeeping.” Meanwhile, Internet-famous Proust fan Colin will be joining us in the Grapes of Wrath book club, but of course there’s “still Proust, yes, with whom after countless breaks I was finally hitting my stride (almost done with the third volume!).”
Boss Lady Tanya says “See, what had happened wuz, season 2 of House of Cards was on Netflix and so I watched it.” And she also says she took the Buzzfeed character quiz and came out as sociopath Frank Underwood. So I better not mess with her!