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    Re: On This Day in Firearms History

    August 4th

    U.S. Coast Guard Day

    in 1693, Date traditionally ascribed to Dom Perignon's invention of Champagne

    in 1753, George Washington becomes a Master Mason

    in 1790, The U.S. Coast Guard is formed as "The Revenue Cutter Service"


    in 1892, Sunday school teacher Lizzie Borden is arrested in Fall River, Mass for the grizzly murder of her parents

    in 1906, gun maker Daniel B Wesson dies

    in 1914, WWI: German army shoots Belgian priests and burns down village of Battice; Germany declares war on Belgium; Britain declares war on Germany

    in 1916, Denmark cedes Danish West Indies, including the Virgin Islands, to the US for $25 million

    in 1917, USSR's Pravda calls for the killing of all capitalists, priests & officers

    in 1944, Anne Frank & her family are arrested in Amsterdam by German Security Police (Grüne Polizei) following a tip-off from an informer who was never identified

    in 1987, FCC vote 4-0 to rescind fairness doctrine for broadcasters

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    Re: On This Day in Firearms History

    August 5th

    in 910, The last major Viking army to raid England is defeated at the Battle of Tettenhall by the allied forces of Mercia and Wessex, led by King Edward and Earl Aethelred

    in 1305, William Wallace (Braveheart), who led Scottish resistance to England, is captured by the English near Glasgow and transported to London for trial and execution.

    in 1583, Humphrey Gilbert claims Newfoundland for the British crown - first English colony in North America and the beginning of the British Empire

    in 1812, War of 1812: Tecumseh's Native American force ambushes Thomas Van Horne's 200 Americans at Brownstone Creek, causing them to flee and retreat.

    in 1846, Oregon territory divided between US & Britain at 49th parallel

    in 1861, US Army abolishes flogging

    in 1864, US Civil War Battle of Mobile Bay won by the Union led by Rear Admiral Farragut with the cry "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"

    in 1884, Cornerstone for Statue of Liberty laid on Bedloe's Island

    in 1914, Montenegro declares war against Austria-Hungary in World War I

    in 1943, World War II: at around 11 A.M during the Battle of Troina, Mount Etna erupts sending ash and lava miles into the sky.

    in 1945, WWII: Col. Paul Tibbits assumes command of the B-29 Superfortress and names it for his mother Enola Gay

    in 1953, Operation "Big Switch"; Korean War prisoner exchanged at Panmunjom

    in 1973, Arab terrorists open fire at Athens airport, killing 3 injuring 55

    in 1981, US President Regan fires 11,500 striking air traffic controllers

    in 1992, The Four LA Policemen involved in the Rodney King Arrest are illegally indicted on civil rights charge

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    Re: On This Day in Firearms History

    August 6th

    in 1787, Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia begins debate

    in 1815, The US ended the Second Barbary war by sending the U.S. Navy to North Africa.

    in 1819, Norwich University is founded in Vermont as the first private military school in the United States.

    in 1864, U.S. Civil War: Confederate forces evacuate Fort Powell, Mobile Bay, Alabama

    in 1890, At Auburn Prison, New York murderer William Kemmler becomes first person to be executed by electric chair.

    in 1914, WWI: Austria-Hungary declares war on Russia & Serbia; Serbia declares war against Germany; Denis Patrick Dowd Jr. enlists in the French Foreign Legion, becoming the first American to fight in World War I.

    in 1918, WWI: 2nd battle of the Marne ends

    in 1919, Romanian forces bring down Hungarian Soviet Republic in Budapest

    in 1942, WWII: Canadian destroyer HMCS Assiniboine sinks German U-210

    in 1944, WWII: Deportation of 70,000 Jews from Lodz Poland to Auschwitz begins

    in 1945, WWII: Hiroshima is laid to waste by the Atom Bomb "Little Boy" at 8:15 AM

    in 1974, Explosion & fire destroy Great Northern RR yard in Wenatchee, Wash

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    Re: On This Day in Firearms History

    August 7th

    In 322, Battle of Crannon between Athens and Macedon following the death of Alexander the Great
    In 626, Battle at Constantinople: Slavic/Persians/Avarenvloot defeated
    In 1573, Francis Drake's fleet returns to Plymouth after a year spent raiding for Spanish treasure
    In 1620, Battle at Ponts-the-Ce, Poitou: French king Louis XIII beats his mother Marie de Medici
    In 1760, Ft Loudon, Tennessee surrenders to Cherokee Indians
    In 1782, George Washington creates the Purple Heart medal (original name Badge of Military Merit) as commander of the Continental Army
    In 1789, US Congress creates Department of War & Lighthouse Service
    In 1802, Napoleon Bonaparte orders re-instatement of slavery on St Domingue (Haiti)
    In 1819, Battle of Boyacá; Simon Bolívar defeats Spanish in Colombia
    In 1864, U.S. Civil War: Battle of Moorefield, WV
    In 1874, The U.S. Army established the first proving grounds for testing ordnance and material at Sandy Hook, New Jersey


    In 1882, Hatfields of south WV & McCoys of east Ky feud, 100 wounded or die
    In 1912, The Bull Moose Party nominates Theodore Roosevelt for U.S. President
    In 1914, WWI: German army occupies city of Liege, Belgium, Russia invades East Prussia
    In 1915, WWI: Assault against Russell's Top at Gallipolis, Turkey - 232 Australians are killed
    In 1927, US rum smuggler Horace Alderman kills 3, including a Secret Service Agent and a U.S. Coast Guardsmen
    In 1930, A large mob estimated at 2,000 lynch two young black men, Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith in Marion, Indiana
    In 1933, The Iraqi Government slaughters over 3,000 Assyrians in the village of Sumail. The day becomes known as Assyrian Martyrs Day.
    In 1935, The Free City of Danzig vote for Nazism (60%)
    In 1940, WWII: Alsace Lorraine is annexed by the Third Reich (Germany)
    In 1941, 551 Jews are shot in Kishnev ghetto in Romania
    In 1942, WWII: Solomon Islands and Guadalcanal become the first offensives for the U.S. In the Pacific theater.
    In 1944, WWII: US 3rd Army reaches suburbs of Brest, Brittany
    In 1964, Turkey begins air attack on Greek Cypriots
    In 1966, Race riot in Lansing Michigan
    In 1970, Shootout at Marin Courthouse in San Rafael, California, kills 4, including the presiding judge
    In 1988, Rioting in New York City's Tompkins Square Park.
    In 1990, Operation Desert Shield begins - US deploys troops to Saudi Arabia
    In 2012, 21 people are killed by a gun attack in a church in Okene, Nigeria


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    Re: On This Day in Firearms History

    Desert Shield... 27 years of U.S. armed conflict in Iraq.... tsk tsk


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    Re: On This Day in Firearms History

    August 8th
    In 1220, Sweden is defeated by Estonian tribes in the Battle of Lihula
    In 1508, Spanish Explorer Juan Ponce De Leon establishes Caparra, the first European settlement in Puerto Rico
    In 1549, Henry II of France declares war on England and orders the siege of Boulogne
    in 1647, The Irish Confederate Wars and Wars of the Three Kingdoms: Battle of Dungans Hill - English Parliamentary forces defeat Irish forces
    In 1673, Dutch battle fleet of 23 ships demands surrender of NYC
    In 1758, British troops occupy & plunder Cherbourg, France
    In 1786, US Congress adopts silver dollar & decimal system of money
    In 1854, Smith & Wesson patents metal bullet cartridges
    In 1863, American Civil War: Tennessee's "military" Governor Andrew Johnson frees his personal slaves. Celebrated as a holiday by Tennessee African Americans
    In 1918, WWI: 6 US soldiers surrounded by Germans in France, Alvin York given command, shoots 20 Germans and captures 132 more
    In 1925, 1st national march of Ku Klux Klan (200,000) in Washington, D.C.
    In 1942, WWII: 6 convicted Nazi saboteurs who landed in US executed in Washngton, DC
    In 1943, WWII: US amphibians land at St Agata on North coast of Sicily
    In 1945, WWII: USSR declares war against Japan then establishes a communist government in North Korea
    In 1974, U.S. President Richard M. Nixon announces that he will resign the Presidency effective 12 noon the next day

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    Re: On This Day in Firearms History

    August 9th

    in 1173, Construction of the Tower of Pisa begins, and it takes two centuries to complete.

    in 1757, English Fort William Henry, NY, surrenders to French & Indians troops

    in 1790, Robert Gray's Columbia Rediviva returns to Boston after 3 year journey, 1st American ship to circumnavigate the Globe

    in 1842, US-Canada border defined by Webster-Ashburton Treaty

    in 1862, US Civil War: Battle of Cedar Mountain VA

    in 1864, US Civil War: Battle of Ft Morgan AL

    in 1945, WWII: at 11:02 AM, US drops 2nd atomic bomb "Fat Man" on Japan destroys part of Nagasaki

    in 1969, just after midnight, the "Manson Family" invades 10050 Cielo Drive in LA, the home of Sharon Tate, they murder 5 people including Tate.

    in 1974, President Richard Nixon resigns the presidency, taking responsibility for the Watergate cover-up (in which no one was harmed or killed), VP Gerald Ford becomes 38th US president.

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    Re: On This Day in Firearms History

    August 10th

    in 991, Battle of Maldon: English, led by Bryhtnoth, confront a band of inland-raiding Vikings near Maldon in Essex. The English are defeated and the story is immortalized in a well-known poem.

    in 1776, American Revolutionary War: word of the United States Declaration of Independence reaches London

    in 1792, Mobs in Paris attack palace of Louis XVI

    in 1821, Missouri admitted as 24th US state

    in 1846, US Act of Congress passes establishing the Smithsonian Institution, now world's largest museum and research complex

    in 1861, US Civil War: Battle of Wilson's Creek (Oak Hills) Missouri - General Lyon killed

    in 1911, in the UK, The Parliament Act reduces the power of The House of Lords

    in 1914, WWI: German troops reconquer Mulhouse in Elzas, French retreat at Alsace

    in 1943, WWII: The Germans lynch allied POW pilots, Hitler is in attendance

    in 1944, WWII: US recaptures Guam from Japanese

    in 1945, WWII: Japan announces willingness to surrender to Allies provided status of Emperor Hirohito remained unchanged

    in 1969, The Manson Family Murders Leno & Rosemary LaBianca in Los Angeles

    in 1977 postal employee David Berkowitz was arrested in Yonkers, N.Y., accused of being the “Son of Sam” gunman responsible for six random slayings and wounding seven.

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    Re: On This Day in Firearms History

    August 11th



    In 1860, The first successful silver mill in American, located in Viginia City, NV, began operations.


    In 1909, The American Ship Arapahoe became the first to ever use the SOS distress signal, off the coast of Cape Hatteras, NC


    In 1934, Alactraz prison received its first Federal Prisoners


    In 1945, The Allies informed Japan, that Emperor Horohito's future would be decided after Japan's unconditional surrender.


    In 1954, After seven years of fighting, a formal peace was settled between the French and the Communist Vietminh.


    In 1965, Riots in Watts (SE Los Angeles), lasts for 6 days


    In 1984, during a microphone test (preparing for his weekly radio broadcast) President Reagan said: “ My Fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you that I just signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever, we begin bombing in five minutes”


    In 2003, NATO assumes command of the peace-keeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54 year history.

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    Re: On This Day in Firearms History

    August 12th

    In 1099, The First Crusade: Battle of Ascalon Crusaders under the command of Godfrey of Bouillon defeat Fatimid forces led by Al-Afdal Shahanshah. This is considered the last engagement of the First Crusade.

    In 1676, Praying Indian John Alderman shoots and kills Metacomet, the Wampanoag war chief, ending King Phillip's War.

    In 1898, The Hawaiian flag is lowered from 'lolani Palace in an elaborate annexation ceremony and replaced with the flag of the United States to signify the transfer of sovereignty from the Republic of Hawaii to the United States.

    In 1914, World War I: The United Kingdom declares war on Austria-Hungary the countries of the British Empire follow suit.

    In 1944, World War II: Waffen SS troops massacre 560 people in Sant'Anna di Stazzema; Nazi German troops end the week-long Wola Massacre, during which time at least 40,000 people were killed indiscriminately or in mass executions.

    In 1950, Korean War: Bloody Gulch Massacre—American POWs are massacred by North Korean Army.

    In 1952, The Night of the Murdered Poets: Thirteen prominent Jewish intellectuals are murdered in Moscow, Russia, Soviet Union.

    In 1976, Between 1,000 and 3,500 Palastinians are killed in the Tel al-Zaatar Massacre, one of the bloodiest events of the Lebanese Civil War.

    In 2000, The Russian Navy submarine Kursk explodes and sinks in the Barents Sea, during military exercises, killing her entire 118-man crew.

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