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    Re: On This Day in Firearms History

    August 13th

    in 3114 BC, According to the Lounsbury correlation, the start of the Mayan calendar

    in 1521, Spanish conquistadors under Hernán Cortés capture Aztec Emperor Cuahtemoc in Tenochtitlan marking the end of the Aztec Empire

    in 1792, Revolutionaries imprison French royals including Marie Antoinette

    in 1860, Trick Shooter Annie Oakley is born

    in 1864, US Civil War: Battle of Deep Bottom VA (Strawberry Plains) & Fussell's Mill VA

    in 1898, US forces under George Dewey captures Manila during Spanish-Amer war

    in 1913, Invention of stainless steel by Harry Brearley, Sheffield, England

    in 1914, WWI: France declares war on Austria-Hungary

    in 1953, US General Omar Bradley becomes US chief of staff

    in 1961, Construction of the Berlin Wall begins in East Germany

    in 1981, President Reagan signs the largest tax cut in US history

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    Re: On This Day in Firearms History

    August 14th

    in 1281, During Kublai Khans 2nd Invasion of Japan, his invading Vhinese fleet of 3,500 vessels disappears in a typhoon near Japan. The 1st invasion attempt was also halted by a storm. The Japanese call this Kamikaze (Divine Wind)

    in 1765, Massachusetts colonists begin acts of rebellion at the Elm Tree in Boston Common (The Liberty Tree)

    in 1851, John Henry "Doc" Holliday is born

    in 1861, US Civil War: Martial Law is declared at St Louis, Missouri due to pro-secession sentiment which surged throughout Missouri after the Battle of Wilson's Creek

    in 1873, The Magazine "Field & Stream" begins publishing

    in 1917, WWI: China declares war on Germany & Austria

    in 1935, Social Security Act becomes law

    in 1936, Rainey Bethea is hanged in Owensboro, Kentucky in the last public execution in the United States.

    in 1937, China declares war on Japan

    in 1945 - President Truman announced that Japan had accepted an unconditional surrender, ending World War II; The famous photograph of a sailor and nurse kissing in Times Square is taken.

    in 1962, US mail truck in Plymouth, Mass robbed of more than $1.5 million

    in 1997, Convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh formally sentenced to death

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    Re: On This Day in Firearms History

    August 15th



    In 778, Battle of Roncevaux Pass: Roland, commander of the rearguard of Charlemagne's army is defeated by the Basques


    In 1040, King Duncan I of Scotland killed in battle against his first cousin and rival Macbeth (not murdered in his sleep as in Shakespeare's play). The latter does succeed him as King.


    In 1519, Panama City founded by Spanish conquistador Pedro Arias Dávila


    In 1620, Mayflower sets sail from Southampton, England, with 102 Pilgrims


    In 1684, Spain & Germany sign cease fire with France


    In 1824, Freed American slaves establish Liberia on the West African coast through the American Colonization Society (ACS)


    In 1870, Transcontinental Railway actually completed in Colorado


    In 1900, The Boxer Rebellion: In China, the Empress, her family and court retainers flee while foreign troops move through Peking in an attempt to quell the rebellion


    In 1906, King Edward VII of Great Britain visits German Emperor Wilhelm II to discuss the escalating rivalry between their nations' naval forces


    In 1914, The Panama Canal was officially opened to commercial traffic as an American ship sailed from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. The first vessel to pass through the canal was the American cargo and passenger ship SS Ancon.


    In 1918, Diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Russia were severed.


    In 1920, With the strategic help of the French, Polish troops defeat the Soviets at the Battle of Warsaw (Miracle upon the Vistula)



    In 1944: WWII: Operation Anvil: The Allied forces of World War II landed in southern France.; German field marshal Günther von Kluge vanishes for one day; he killed himself on the 19th in the aftermath of the attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler


    In 1964, Race riot in Dixmoor (Chicago suburb)


    In 1973, The Islamic Terrorist group Black September kills 3 and wounds 55 in Athens


    In 1979, The film "Apocalypse Now" is released in theaters


    In 1994, Terrorist Carlos the Jackal, captured in Khartoum Sudan


    In 1997, The U.S. Justice Department decided not to prosecute FBI officials in connection with the deadly 1992 Ruby Ridge siege in Idaho. The investigation dealt with an alleged cover-up.


    In 1998, Omagh bombing in Northern Ireland, the worst terrorist incident of The Troubles, kills 29 people and injures about 220

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    Re: On This Day in Firearms History

    August 16th



    In 1780, U.S. Revolutionary War: General Horatio Gates were beaten by the British at Camden, SC. The Patriots had 900 men killed and 1,000 captured. The British only lost 68 killed and 245 wounded. (Battle of Camden)


    In 1861, U.S. Civil War: U.S. President Lincoln prohibited the Union states from trading with the states of the Confederacy.


    In 1864, U.S. Civil War: Confederate General John Chambliss was killed during a cavalry charge at Deep Bottom Run, Virginia.


    In 1896, Gold was discovered at Bonanza Creek Alaska, starting the Klondike Gold Rush


    In 1917, WWI: British troops captured the village Langemarck, Belgium, from the Germans.


    In 1945, Lt. Gen. Jonathan Wainwright was freed by Russian forces from a POW camp in Manchuria, China. He had been captured by the Japanese on the island of Corregidor, in the Philippines.


    In 1966, In Washington, DC, more than 50 people were arrested for disorderly conduct while disrupting hearings by the House Un-American Activities Committee. The committee was investigating Americans that had given aid to the Viet Cong.


    In 1989, A solar flare hit Canada, causing among other things a halt to trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange


    In 2001, Near Katpadi, Tamil Nadu, India, 20 people died when a government-owned dynamite factory experienced an explosion.


    In 2002, Friedrich Engel, a former Nazi SS major, was sentenced to seven years in prison for his part in the shooting of Italian prisoners on a mountain pass above Genoa during World War II.

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    Re: On This Day in Firearms History

    August 17th



    In 1786, Davy Crockett is born in Limestone, North Carolina


    In 1862, In Minnesota, Dakota Indians (Sioux) attacked white settlements along the Minnesota River. The U.S. military overwhelmed the Dakota six weeks later after 500 white settlers and 150 Sioux warriors had been killed. President Lincoln dispatched General John Pope to organize the Military Department of the Northwest.


    In 1877, F.P. Cahill became the first person to be killed by "Billy the Kid."


    In 1914, WWI: Russian troops invaded East Prussia in an effort to divert German resources from France.


    In 1929, James Alderman was hanged for the murder of three men, including a U.S. Coast Guardsmen at Coast Guard Base Six near Fort Lauderdale, FL., to date it is the only execution overseen by the Coast Guard.


    In 1943, WWII: The Allied conquest of Sicily was completed as U.S. and British forces entered Messina.


    In 1954, U.S. President Eisenhower committed the U.S. Seventh Fleet to protect Taiwan from invasion


    In 1962, 18-year-old Peter Fechter was killed by East German border guards when he attempted to cross the Berlin Wall into the western sector


    In 1987, Rudolph Hess died after apparently committing suicide. Hess was the last member of Adolf Hitler's inner circle.


    In 1991, At a shopping mall in Strathfield, Australia, a man killed seven people before killing himself. He had been armed with a rifle and a machete.

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    Re: On This Day in Firearms History

    August 18th

    in 1590, Governor of Roanoke Island colony returns from England & found everyone in the colony had disappeared

    in 1835, The last Pottawatomie Indians leave Chicago

    in 1862, Sioux Indians begin uprising in Minnesota

    in 1864, US Civil War: Petersburg Campaign-Battle of Weldon Railroad day 1 of 3 days; 6th day of battle at Deep Bottom Run, Virginia: Confederate assault

    in 1909, Mayor of Tokyo Yukio Ozaki presents Washington, D.C. with 2,000 cherry trees, which President Taft decides to plant near the Potomac River.

    In 1914, WWI: French troops under general Dubail occupy Sarrebourg; US President Woodrow Wilson issues "Proclamation of Neutrality"

    in 1920, US ratifies the 19th Amendment to the constitution bringing in women's right to vote

    in 1940, WWII: Battle of Britain - 'The hardest day": Luftwaffe attacks the RAF in largest ever air battle, 71 German aircraft shot down above England

    in 1942, WWII: Carlson's Raiders land on Makin, Gilbert islands, kill 350 Japanese

    in 1969, Mick Jagger was accidentally shot while filming "Ned Kelly"

    in 1976, In the Korean Demilitarized Zone at Panmunjeom, the Axe Murder Incident results in the death of two US soldiers.

    in 2005, Dennis Rader is sentenced to 175 years in prison for the BTK serial killings.

    in 2011, The West Memphis Three are released from prison after 18 years in imprisonment

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    Re: On This Day in Firearms History

    August 21st



    In 1772, King Gustav III of Sweden completes coup d'etat by adopting a new Constitution and installing himself as an enlightened despot - ends 50 years of parliamentary rule


    In 1863, U.S. Civil War: In Lawrence, Kansas, pro-Confederate William C. Quantrill and 450 proslavery followers raided the town and killed 182 men. The group also burned 185 buildings before riding back to Missouri.


    In 1891, Gangster Bugs Moran is born Adelard Cunin in St. Paul, MN


    In 1911, "Mona Lisa" stolen from the Louvre by Vincenzo Perugia (Recovered in 1913)


    In 1914, Near Ardennes in northern France, the second "Battle of the Frontiers" was fought between German and French forces. (Battle of Ardennes)


    In 1940, Exiled Communist revolutionary Leon Trotsky died in Mexico City from wounds that had inflicted by an assassin.


    In 1943, Japan evacuated the Aleutian island of Kiska. Kiska had been the last North American foothold held by the Japanese.


    In 1959, Hawaii becomes the 50th US state


    In 1971, Antiwar protestors associated with the Catholic Left raided draft offices in Buffalo, NY, and Camden, NJ. They confiscated and destroyed draft records. The FBI and local police arrested 25 protestors.


    In 1983, Philippine politician Benigno Simeon Aquino was assassinated as he deplaned in Manila.


    In 1987, A U.S. Marine was convicted for spying for the first time. Sergeant Clayton Lonetree was giving secrets to the KGB while working as a guard at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. He served eight years in a military prison.


    In 1992, Ruby Ridge, Randall Weaver, a neo-Nazi leader, opened fire on U.S. marshals from his home in Idaho. Weaver surrendered 11 days later ending the standoff. During the standoff a deputy marshal, Weaver's wife and his son were killed.


    In 1998, Samuel Bowers, a 73-year-old former Ku Klux Klan leader, was convicted in Hattiesburg, MS, of ordering a firebombing that killed civil rights activist Vernon Dahmer in 1966.

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    Re: On This Day in Firearms History

    August 22nd

    in 1485, Battle of Bosworth Field - Henry Tudor's forces defeat English King Richard III during last battle War of the Roses

    in 1826, Colonies under Jedediah Strong Smith move near Salt Lake Utah

    in 1848, The United States annexes New Mexico

    in 1851, Robert Adams is granted a patent for the double action revolver

    in 1861, US Civil War, Battle of Catlett's Station, VA

    in 1861, Santee Sioux indian attack Fort Ridgely

    in 1902, Pres Teddy Roosevelt became 1st US chief executive to ride in a car

    in 1911, Mona Lisa stolen from the Louvre by Vincenzo Perugia (Recovered in 1913)

    in 1914, WWI: 1st encounter between British & German troops (in Belgium); German troops execute 384 inhabitants of Tamines Belgium

    in 1934, General H. Norman Schwarzkopf is born

    in 1941, WWII: Nazi troops reach Leningrad

    in 1942, WWII:Brazil declares war on Germany, Japan & Italy

    in 1945, Vietnam conflict begins as Ho Chi Minh leads a successful coup de tat, killing his political rivals

    in 1962, Savannah, world's 1st nuclear-powered ship, completes maiden voyage from Yorktown, Va, to Savannah, Ga

    in 1994, DNA Testing links OJ Simpson to murder of Nicole Simpson & Ron Goldman

    in 1995, FBI agent Lon Horiuchi shoots at Randy Weaver's cabin in Idaho, killing the unarmed Vicki Weaver as she held her 10 month old daughter

    in 2004, A version of The Scream and Madonna, two paintings by Edvard Munch, are stolen at gunpoint from a museum in Oslo, Norway.

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    Re: On This Day in Firearms History

    August 23rd



    In 1850, 1st US National Women's Rights Convention convenes in Worcester, Massachusetts


    In 1865, The trial of Henry Wirz began. He had been charged with conspiracy to injure the health and lives of Union soldiers and murder. The trial lasted two months and he was executed on November 10.


    In 1876, Sharp Shooter Annie Oakley weds traveling show marksman Frank E. Butler


    In 1877, Texas outlaw John Wesley Hardin was captured in Pensacola, FL


    In 1914, WWI: The town Dinant, Belgium, fell to German forces. After German soldiers were allegedly fired upon while working on a bridge, more than 600 civilians were massacred; Japan declared war on Germany after its ultimatum went unanswered.


    In 1919, The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted on the first amendment to the Treaty of Versailles. The amendment was the reversal of the award of Japan of the Shantung Peninsula, and its return to Chinese control.


    In 1927, Nicola Sacco and Bartolemeo Vanzetti were executed in Boston, for the murder of two men during a 1920 robbery.


    In 1939, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression treaty.


    In 1940, WWII: The first German air raids on Central London took place.


    In 1942, WWII: Battle of Stalingrad: 600 Luftwaffe planes bomb Stalingrad (40,000 die)

    In 1944, Marseilles was liberated by Allied troops


    In 1966, The U.S. cargo ship Baton Rouge Victory hit a Viet Cong mine in the Long Tao River south of Saigon. Seven crewmen were killed.


    In 1996, Osama Bin Laden, issues message entitled "A declaration of war against the Americans occupying the land of the two holy places"


    In 1998, Michael Jones, a 16-year old boy, was shot when he refused to drop a water gun that appeared real to police officers. In New York City it was illegal to carry to possess a toy gun that looks real or is painted black.

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