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During the bloody Battle for Iwo Jima, U.S. Marines from the 3rd Platoon, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Regiment of the 5th Division take the crest of Mount Suribachi, the island’s highest peak and most strategic position, and raise the … Continue reading

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Charlie Storms

Charles Spencer Storms, known as Charlie Storms (1823-1881) was a professional gunfighter and gambler of the Old West, who is best known for having been killed in a gunfight with Luke Short in Tombstone, Arizona. ~ He had a reputation … Continue reading

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Henry Brown

Henry Newton Brown (1857 – April 30, 1884) was an American Old West gunman who played the roles of both lawman and outlaw during his life. Brown was raised in Cold Springs Township, in Phelps County, ten miles south of … Continue reading

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On February 16, 1894, old west gunslinger John Wesley Hardin was pardoned and released from a Texas prison after spending 15 years in custody for murder. Hardin, who was reputed to have shot and killed a man just for snoring, … Continue reading

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Henderson Motorcycles

There are many people who feel that the Henderson motorcycles (1912-1931) were the finest motorcycles in the world. The four-cylinder Hendersons were the largest and fastest motorcycles of the time and were favored by both police departments and sports riders … Continue reading

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Harvesting crew

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Dallas Stoudenmire

A gunfighter and lawman, Dallas Stoudenmire was born in Aberfoil, Alabama on December 11, 1845, one of nine children born to Lewis and Elizabeth Stoudenmire. In 1862, he joined the Confederate Army serving in the 45th Alabama Infantry, during which … Continue reading

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Texas Jack Reed

Reed was born in Madison County, Arkansas. His father, Mason Henry Reed, was killed in action fighting for the Union Army during the American Civil War, probably at the Battle of Campbell’s Station on November 16, 1863. His mother was … Continue reading

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On This Day

In 1820 The first organized immigration of freed slaves to Africa from the United States departs New York harbor on a journey to Freetown, Sierra Leone, in West Africa. The immigration was largely the work of the American Colonization Society, … Continue reading

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Porter Rockwell

Orrin Porter Rockwell (June 28, 1813 or June 25, 1815 – June 9, 1878) was a figure of the Wild West period of American History and a law man in the Utah Territory. Nicknamed Old Port and labeled “the Destroying … Continue reading

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The Oklahoma Land Rush

In 1889 the opening to white settlement of a choice portion of Indian Territory in Oklahoma set off one of the most bizarre and chaotic episodes of town founding in world history. A railroad line crossed the territory, and water … Continue reading

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On This Day

On this day in 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo is signed, ending the Mexican-American War in favor of the United States. The Treaty of Guadeloupe Hidalgo added an additional 525,000 square miles to United States territory, including the area … Continue reading

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Russian Bill and Sandy King

Russian Bill Russian Bill was born in 1853 as William Tattenbaum. Bill claimed to be of Russian royalty being the son of Countess Telfrin, a wealthy Russian aristocrat. He first made his appearance in the Arizona Territory in the mid … Continue reading

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Harlots of the Barbary Coast

There was such a dearth of females in the San Francisco of gold-rush days that a woman was almost as rare a sight as an elephant, while a child was an even more unusual spectacle. It is doubtful if the … Continue reading

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On This Day

On this day in 1968, as part of the Tet Offensive, a squad of Viet Cong guerillas attacks the U.S. Embassy in Saigon. The soldiers seized the embassy and held it for six hours until an assault force of U.S. … Continue reading

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On This Day

On January 29, 1979, 16-year-old Brenda Spencer killed two people and wounded nine when she fired on San Diego’s Grover Cleveland Elementary School with a .22-caliber rifle from her family’s house across the street. The two victims were Principal Burton … Continue reading

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On This Day

At 11:38 a.m. EST, on January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and Christa McAuliffe is on her way to becoming the first ordinary U.S. civilian to travel into space. McAuliffe, a 37-year-old high … Continue reading

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Kate Townsend

In the years following the Civil War, Basin Street in New Orleans was the center of the most notorious red-light district in America, and the house at No. 40 Basin Street, run by Miss Kate Townsend, was the most elegant … Continue reading

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John Moses Browning

Today is John Moses Browning’s birthday. Celebrate responsibly. John Moses Browning was the most famous and competent gunmaker the world has ever known. He was the son of Jonathan Browning, himself a highly competent gunsmith, and Elizabeth Clark. John Moses … Continue reading

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The night Alfalfa died

The death of Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer is still a very murky chapter in Hollywood history. The story usually goes that on the night of January 21, 1959, Alfalfa and a friend named Jack Piott came to the ranch-style Los Angeles … Continue reading

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