Category Archives: History

Thunder Road, Vietnam

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Anybody got a few hundred thousand bucks I can borrow?

Because no one knows for sure who fired “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World,” it is impossible to know what gun fired it. Were that information to be known, then that gun – should it still exist – would certainly … Continue reading

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SCV Argues Confederate Statue Removals Violate Free Speech

A federal court of appeals heard arguments in a lawsuit challenging the University of Texas’ removal of three Confederate statues from campus two years ago. The Texas chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans sued the school after it removed … Continue reading

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Jack Slade

Joseph Alfred “Jack” Slade, (January 22, 1831 – March 10, 1864), was a stagecoach and Pony Express superintendent, instrumental in the opening of the American West and the archetype of the Western gunslinger. Born in Carlyle, Illinois, he was the … Continue reading

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On This Day

On October 9, 1967, socialist revolutionary and guerilla leader Che Guevara, age 39, is killed by the Bolivian army. The U.S.-military-backed Bolivian forces captured Guevara on October 8 while battling his band of guerillas in Bolivia and assassinated him the … Continue reading

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Cu Chi, Vietnam

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Tom Pickett

Tom Pickett (1858 – May 14, 1934) was a 19th-century American cowboy, professional gambler and, as both a lawman and outlaw at various points in his life, was an associate of Dave Rudabaugh and later Billy the Kid. MORE

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Sold: Charles Dickens’s Liquor Log

On June 6, 1870, Charles Dickens strolled into the cellar of his country house, Gad’s Hill Place in Kent, and surveyed his liquor stores. The day before, wine merchants at Joseph Ellis & Sons had dropped off a cask of … Continue reading

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Air Rescue – Vietnam

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Bill Longley

William Preston Longley (October 6, 1851 – October 11, 1878), also known as Wild Bill Longley, was an American Old West outlaw and gunfighter noted for his ruthless nature, speed with a gun, quick temper, and unpredictable demeanor. He is … Continue reading

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Owning a piece of history

Several personal items related to 1930s Texas outlaw Clyde Barrow have sold at a Boston auction for nearly $186,000. RR Auction officials say the Bulova watch that Barrow wore when he and Bonnie Parker were killed in 1934 sold on … Continue reading

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When Shotguns Were Weapons Of War

David Hunt on the Trench Gun. The enemy didn’t like the trench broom one bit. In September 1918, the German government issued a diplomatic protest, complaining that the Model 97 Trench Gun was illegal because “it is especially forbidden to … Continue reading

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American Life in the Late 19th Century

In the decades following the Civil War, the United States emerged as an industrial giant. Old industries expanded and many new ones, including petroleum refining, steel manufacturing, and electrical power, emerged. Railroads expanded significantly, bringing even remote parts of the … Continue reading

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The War in Laos

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The History of Fort Huachuca, Arizona

A product of the Indian Wars of the 1870s and 1880s, Fort Huachuca, Arizona was established in March 1877, at the base of the Huachuca Mountains. The name “Huachuca” comes from an obscure local American Indian language which, when loosely … Continue reading

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The Battle for Hue, Vietnam

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Daniel in the Lion’s Den

Upon entering the gates of the Auschwitz concentration camp, Witold Pilecki said that he “bade farewell to everything I had hitherto known on this earth and entered something seemingly no longer of it.” There are people who volunteer to serve … Continue reading

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“…I will never forget what they did for us.’”

As a nine-year-old schoolgirl, she laid flowers on the grave of a British soldier she had never met. Willemien Rieken was paying tribute to Trooper William Edmond for making the ultimate sacrifice during the fight for freedom from Nazi oppression. … Continue reading

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Misty Forward Air Controllers

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Sylvester Roper – Motorcycle Man

Sylvester H. Roper, second child or Merrick Roper, was born in Francistown, Vermont, November 24, 1823. He married first Almira D. Hill of Peterboro, Vermont, April 23, 1845, and (second) Ellen. F. Robinson, of Lynn, Massachusetts, October 28, 1873. When … Continue reading

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