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What Happened in 1769?
One of Dartblog’s well traveled readers and an all around nice guy sent in a picture of a wine that he recently had in Corsica. Is there an alumnus on that beleaguered island making a rich red in commemoration of Eleazar Wheelock’s big year?
Nope. While 1769 was good for Hanover, it was a bad year for Corsica: in May, 1769 French forces defeated the troops of the Corsican Republic at the Battle of Ponte Novu, and the island became part of France (save for a brief period between 1794-1796, when invading English troops created the Anglo-Corsican Kingdom). Many people on Corsica have never accepted that outcome.
Addendum: A longtime reader takes me to task:
Can’t believe you didn’t mention that that’s how Napoleon came to be French.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…