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In 1806 Congress authorizes surveying to begin for the construction of the Cumberland Road, which sped the way for thousands of Americans heading west. Four years earlier, Congress had recognized the importance of building a network of national roads to … Continue reading

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Branding livestock

When 19th century Texas land baron Samuel Maverick flouted tradition by refusing to brand his cattle, he could not have known his name would come to represent everything from brassy independence to Tom Cruise to Alaskan politicking. But his indifference … Continue reading

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In 1814 The funeral of Guillotin, the inventor and namesake of the infamous execution device, takes place outside of Paris, France. Guillotin had what he felt were the purest motives for inventing the guillotine and was deeply distressed at how … Continue reading

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The 1872 Lone Pine earthquake struck on March 26 at 10:30 UTC with an estimated moment magnitude of 7.4 to 7.9 and a maximum Mercalli Intensity of X (Extreme). Its epicenter was near Lone Pine, California in Owens Valley. Historical … Continue reading

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Blacksmithing History 1

Blacksmithing began with the Iron Age, when primitive man first began making tools from iron. The Iron Age began when some primitive person noticed that a certain type of rock yielded iron when heated by the coals of a very … Continue reading

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What about Right On and No Shit?

On this day in 1839, the initials “O.K.” are first published in The Boston Morning Post. Meant as an abbreviation for “oll korrect,” a popular slang misspelling of “all correct” at the time, OK steadily made its way into the … Continue reading

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Granny witches

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On This Day

…Alabama’s Worst Tornado Day…a Look at the Great Storm of March 21, 1932…57 years ago… March 20, 1932 dawned warm and springlike across Alabama. By afternoon, temperatures reached the 80s in most of the state. It was a Sunday. The … Continue reading

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The Story of the Plott Hound

Appalachia is home to a unique breed of dog, one of the few breeds created in America. The Plott Hound. Their story, like many Americans’ began in Europe. Two young brothers by the last name of Plott left what is … Continue reading

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The Hatfield-McCoy feud

William Anderson Hatfield (September 9, 1839 – January 6, 1921)—known as Devil Anse Hatfield—was the patriarch of the Hatfield clan during the infamous Hatfield–McCoy feud which has since formed part of American folklore. Devil Anse survived the feud and agreed … Continue reading

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On This Day

On this day in 1999, law enforcement officials discover the charred bodies of forty-two-year-old Carol Sund and sixteen-year-old Silvina Pelosso in the trunk of their burned-out rental car, a day after the vehicle was located in a remote area several … Continue reading

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A Quick History of Smith & Wesson Firearms

It all started with a partnership that was forged in 1852. Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson, the namesakes of the business, learned the firearms trade during their time working at the National Armory, located in Springfield, Massachusetts. Wesson was … Continue reading

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Privateers in the American Revolution

When the American colonies declared their independence from Great Britain, the infant nation was in no position to defy British rule of the seas. Britain’s navy in 1776 was the world’s most powerful. States individually outfitted vessels of war and … Continue reading

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In 1945 On this day, U.S. warplanes launch a new bombing offensive against Japan, dropping 2,000 tons of incendiary bombs on Tokyo over the course of the next 48 hours. Almost 16 square miles in and around the Japanese capital … Continue reading

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Making your homework interesting

A Danish boy has discovered the remains of a German World War Two bomber – complete with the pilot’s skeleton – in a field near to his family’s farm. Daniel Rom Kristiansen, 14, found the German Messerschmitt plane, and its … Continue reading

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31 rolls of film from a WW2 soldier


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In 1965 The USS Henrico, Union, and Vancouver, carrying the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade under Brig. Gen. Frederick J. Karch, take up stations 4,000 yards off Red Beach Two, north of Da Nang. First ashore was the Battalion Landing Team … Continue reading

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In 1885 The Kansas legislature passes a law barring Texas cattle from the state between March 1 and December 1, the latest action reflecting the love-hate relationship between Kansas and the cattle industry. Texans had adopted the practice of driving … Continue reading

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The Chuck Wagon

Outside of the “round-up,” there just might be no more identifiable image for the cowboy and cattle trail of the Old West than that of the Chuck Wagon. Some people may think that a chuck wagon was part of every … Continue reading

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At 12:45 a.m. on March 3, 1991, robbery parolee Rodney G. King stops his car after leading police on a nearly 8-mile pursuit through the streets of Los Angeles, California. The chase began after King, who was intoxicated, was caught … Continue reading

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