Category Archives: History

On This Day

On June 24, 1915, young Oswald Boelcke, one of the earliest and best German fighter pilots of World War I, makes the first operational flight of the Fokker Eindecker plane. The years of the First World War, 1914 to 1918, … Continue reading

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Redwood Forests – Lumber Felling & Milling 1940’s

I may have posted this before. If I have, oh well. It’s a good video -WiscoDave

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Bill Jordan

The year 1965 saw Bill Jordan’s book No Second Place Winner arrive. I was in high school, with a budget not geared to hardcover books, but I bought it anyway and pored over every word. I’ve lost count of how … Continue reading

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The Jesse Evans Gang

Jesse Evans Gang, aka: The Boys (1872-1879) – Lead by Jesse Evans, this gang was actively involved in cattle rustling and armed robbery in New Mexico in mid 1870’s, and for a while Billy the Kid rode with the gang. … Continue reading

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The Crusades – Facts & Summaries

The first of the Crusades began in 1095, when armies of Christians from Western Europe responded to Pope Urban II’s plea to go to war against Muslim forces in the Holy Land. After the First Crusade achieved its goal with … Continue reading

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WWI Soldier’s Loadouts

A reader sent me a link to a pretty cool image gallery showing the basic clothing and equipment of five different major combatant powers from mid-WWI. I have re-uploaded the individual photos in case the original links go dead (click … Continue reading

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And now you know…..

The Confederados were individuals from the U.S. Confederate states who left the American South and resettled in São Paulo, Brazil, immediately after the Civil War. Although the exact number of individuals is difficult to determine, between 2,000 and 4,000 emigrants … Continue reading

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James Kirker

James Kirker (1793–1852) was an Irish-born American pirate, soldier, mercenary, merchant, Mountain man, and scalp hunter. He is best known for his contracts with the Mexican government to kill or capture Apache Indians. Kirker was born in Killead, County Antrim, … Continue reading

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Prostitutes of the Wild West

From famous outlaws to inspiration for Gone With The Wind, these are the notorious prostitutes and madams who ruled the men of the wild west. Prostitutes – or ‘soiled doves’ and ‘sportin’ women’ as they were commonly known – were … Continue reading

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Days past

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John Joel Glanton

John Joel Glanton (1819 – April 23, 1850) was an early settler of Mexican Texas, a Texian fighting for independence, and later a Texas Ranger. After the Mexican-American War, he became a soldier-of-fortune and mercenary and led the notorious Glanton … Continue reading

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On This Day

In 1862 On this day, a Union attempt to capture Charleston, South Carolina, is thwarted when the Confederates turn back an attack at Secessionville, just south of the city on James Island. MORE In 1961 Following a meeting between President … Continue reading

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At the mill

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Dangerous Dan Tucker

Dan Tucker, better known as “Dangerous Dan” Tucker, (1849 – unknown), is a little-known lawman and gunfighter of the Old West. Author Bob Alexander, who wrote the biography Dangerous Dan” Tucker, New Mexico’s Deadly Lawman, proclaimed Tucker was more dangerous … Continue reading

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How DIY Smallpox Vaccinations in the Civil War Spread Syphilis

(NEWSER) – Smallpox has been eradicated and the vaccine is no longer necessary, but the infectious disease used to kill millions, and is credited with taking down Pharaoh Ramses V, the Roman Empire, and even the Aztec Empire. MORE

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Texas, baby!

HOUSTON (AP) — Hundreds of individuals, some armed, gathered at a Houston park to protest what they believe are efforts to remove a statue of Texas hero Sam Houston because he owned slaves. There hasn’t been any organized effort to … Continue reading

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On This Day

On this day in 1692, a massive earthquake devastates the infamous town of Port Royal in Jamaica, killing thousands. The strong tremors, soil liquefaction and a tsunami brought on by the earthquake combined to destroy the entire town. MORE On … Continue reading

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D-Day – The 6th of June

-WiscoDave

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Your D-Day Good Morning Girls

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Revolutionary War gunboat to be raised

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — More than two decades after it was discovered at the bottom of Lake Champlain, a Revolutionary War gunboat will be raised, preserved and displayed for the public. The Spitfire, a 54-foot boat that’s part of a … Continue reading

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