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SINCE 2007

This Week in History (Sep 12-18 2014)

(Research by Jun Marcelo, Antioch, California)

September 12
1940 - Four teens, following their dog down a hole near Lascaux, France discover 17,000-year-old drawings now known as Lascaux Cave Paintings


September 13
2001 - Civilian aircraft traffic resumes in the U.S. after the September 11, 2001 attack

September 14
2003 - Estonia approves joining the European Union in a referendum

September 15
1975 - The French department of Corse (the entire island of Corsica) is divided into two: Haute-Corse and Corse-du-Sud

September 16
1950 - Soviet representatives condemn an essay writing contest sponsored by the United Nations; the incident, though small, indicated that the Cold War was as much a battle of words as a war of bombs and guns

September 17
1935 - Manuel Luis Quezon y Molina is chosen first president of the Philippines

September 18
1973 - Future president Jimmy Carter files a report with the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP), claiming he had seen an Unidentified Flying Object
(UFO) in October 1969; after the UFO sighting experience, he vowed never again to ridicule anyone who claims to have seen a UFO


• When someone has wasted his life, we say he or she has “gone to the dogs.” In prehistoric China, for hygiene and safety reasons, dogs were not allowed inside the city walls. It was also forbidden to dispose of garbage within the city, and so the designated dump outside the walls was where the stray dogs found food. When undesirables and criminals were banished from the city and forced to compete with the dogs for food at the garbage dump, it was said they had “gone to the dogs.”

• When someone is successful, we say he or she is “bringing home the bacon.” This thousand-year-old expression came from a common British competition of trying to catch a greased pig at a country fair. But the first time it was recorded and entered into modern use in North America was in 1910, when, after her son won a championship fight, Jack Johnson’s mother told the press, “My boy said he would bring home the bacon.” From then on, “bringing home the bacon” meant achieving success.