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Battle of New Orleans    General Andrew Jackson
[1815 - The Battle of New Orleans - General Andrew Jackson decimates a superior British force]

Publisher Frank Nelson Doubleday
[1862 - Frank Nelson Doubleday, publisher,
founder Doubleday & Co,
born in Brooklyn]

Actor Jose Ferrer    Jose Ferrer as Cyrano    Director Jose Ferrer    Director Jose Ferrer
[1912 - Jose Ferrer (Jose Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintron), Academy and Tony Award-winning actor, director, born in Santurce, Puerto Rico]

Actress Elisabeth Fraser    Actress Elisabeth Fraser
[1920 - Elisabeth Fraser (Jonker), actress, born in Brooklyn]

Comedian Soupy Sales    Actor Soupy Sales    Soupy Sales
[1926 - Soupy Sales (Milton Supman), comedian, actor, born in Franklinton, North Carolina]

Soprano Evelyn Lear    Soprano Evelyn Lear    Soprano Evelyn Lear
[1926 - Evelyn Lear (Shulman), Grammy Award-winning operatic soprano, born in Brooklyn]

Promoter Bill Graham    Promoter Bill Graham    Promoter Bill Graham    ;Promoter Bill Graham
[1931 - Bill Graham (Wolfgang Grajonca), concert promoter, born in Berlin]

Singer Elvis Presley    Singer Elvis Presley
[1935 - Elvis (Aron) Presley, singer, born in Tupelo, Mississippi]

On the Bayou

Battle of New Orleans - print

What if Andrew Jackson and a few thousand frontiersmen from Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana (who could shoot the eye out of a gnat at one hundred yards), together with some regular US Army troops, pirates, Choctaw warriors, and free black soldiers had not turned back the British at New Orleans? Would tea and crumpets instead of jambalaya be on the menu in the bayou? Would there be ballroom dancing instead of Zydeco, and maybe a very different kind of jazz?

Scene from Battle of New Orleans

Additionally, it seems unlikely that the Prime Minister of Great Britain would have stood by impotently for a week before providing effective relief to the inhabitants of New Wellington as President Bush did when he watched the City of New Orleans drown before his eyes.

William's Whimsical Words:

In the old days, generals who screwed up often died on the battlefield trying to rally their troops, as did Major General Sir Edward Pakenham in the Battle of New Orleans. One mourns the passing of this useful tradition.

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