June 8: Ode to Leaders and Losers

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Volunteer spirit:

 Tennessee is known as the Volunteer State. This is due to the record number of Tennesseans fighters the state provided during both the War of 1812 and the Mexican War.

On June 8 1861, the state of Tennessee voted to join the Confederacy. True to their tradition, the men from Tennessee provided more troops for the Confederacy than any other state and more volunteers for the Union than any southern state.

Furthermore, Elvis lived there from the very pivotal age of 13 and for that, we thank you Tennessee.



New inspiration expired by guillotine:

 On June 8 1794, France officially adopted a new state religion. Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre declared that Revolutionary France must embrace a brand new faith: The Cult of the Supreme Being. We can only assume that most French promptly prayed for Robespierre’s demise. The new deity acted fast: fifty days later, Robespierre was guillotined.

The cult, like his head, dropped down into the rankings and became a foot note in the history of Revolution.

And now, for an interlude of a musical historical note!

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