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    Re: On This Day in Firearms History

    March 17th

    St. Patrick's Day

    in 432, St Patrick, a bishop, is carried off to Ireland as a slave

    in 1755, Transylvania Land Company buys Kentucky for $50,000 from a Cherokee chief

    in 1756, St Patrick's Day 1st celebrated in NYC at Crown & Thistle Tavern

    in 1804, famous mountain man Jim Bridger was born

    in 1886, Carrollton Massacre, (Mississippi) 20 African Americans killed

    in 1926, Spain & Brazil prevent Germany joining League of Nations

    in 1960, Eisenhower forms anti-Castro-exile army under the CIA

    in 1986, Haemers gang robs gold transport in Belgium of 35 million BF

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    Re: On This Day in Firearms History

    March 19th

    in 1831, 1st US bank robbery (City Bank, NY/$245,000)

    in 1848, Wyatt Earp is born

    in 1863, The SS Georgiana, said to have been the most powerful Confederate cruiser, is destroyed on her maiden voyage with a cargo of munitions, medicines and merchandise then valued at over $1,000,000. The wreck was discovered on the same day and month, exactly 102 years later by then teenage diver and pioneer underwater archaeologist E. Lee Spence.

    in 1865, Battle of Bentonville-Confederates retreat from Greenville NC

    in 1942, FDR orders men between 45 & 64 to register for non military duty

    in 1943, Frank Nitti, the Chicago Outfit Boss after Al Capone, commits suicide at the Chicago Central Rail yard.

    in 1945, 800 killed as Kamikaze attacked USS Franklin off Japan; Adolf Hitler issues "Nero Decree" to destroy all German factories

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    Re: On This Day in Firearms History

    March 20th

    in 1616, Walter Raleigh released from Tower of London to seek gold in Guyana

    in 1760, Great Fire of Boston destroys 349 buildings

    in 1813, Western Lore Author Ned Buntline is born

    in 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" published (Boston)

    in 1868, Jesse James and his gang robs a bank in Russelville, Kentucky, of $14,000

    in 1882, Frank Stillwell is gunned down by Wyatt Earp and friends in Tuscon, AZ

    in 1933, Dachau, The 1st Nazi concentration camp, completed

    in 1942, General MacArthur gives his "I shall return" speech

    in 1976, Patricia Hearst convicted of armed robbery

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    Re: On This Day in Firearms History

    March 21st

    in 1349, 3,000 Jews killed in Black Death riots in Efurt Germany

    in 1791, Capt Hopley Yeaton of NH becomes 1st commissioned officer in US Navy

    in 1865, Battle of Bentonville ends, last Confederate effort to stop Sherman

    in 1907, American Troops sent to Honduras, to protect American interests during a war between Honduras and Nicaragua

    in 1943, Assassination attempt on Hitler fails, Massacre of the town of Kalavryta, Greece by German Nazi troops

    in 1947, President Harry Truman signs Executive Order 9835 requiring all federal employees to have allegiance to the United States

    in 1951, Julius & Ethel Rosenberg convicted of espionage

    in 1963, Alcatraz federal penitentiary in SF Bay closed

    in 1980, President Jimmy Carter announces US boycott of Moscow Olympics

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    Re: On This Day in Firearms History

    March 22nd

    in 1622, 1st American Indian (Powhattan) massacre of whites Jamestown Virginia, 347 slain

    in 1765, Stamp Act passed; 1st direct British tax on colonists

    in 1794, Congress bans US vessels from supplying slaves to other countries

    in 1821, Benjamin Tyler Henry is born, he perfected the lever action design for Winchester

    in 1871, William Holden of NC becomes 1st governor removed by impeachment

    in 1903, Niagera Falls runs out of water because of a drought

    in 1933, FDR makes wine & beer with up to 3.2% alcohol legal

    in 1941, Grand Coulee Dam in Washington goes into operation

    in 1945, The US 3rd Army Div. crosses Rhine at Nierstein

    in 2012, Largest protest in Quebec's history occurs in Montreal with over 200,000 people marching against government tuition hikes and for free access to post-secondary education

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    Re: On This Day in Firearms History

    March 23rd

    in 1645, Pirate William Kidd is born in Scotland

    in 1775 Give me Liberty or give me death speech given by Patrick Henry

    in 1889, President Harrison opens Oklahoma for white colonization

    in 1903, The Wright brothers obtain airplane patent

    in 1933, Enabling Act: German Reichstag grants Adolf Hitler dictatorial powers

    in 1934, US Congress accepts Philippines independence in 1945

    in 1936, Italy, Austria & Hungary sign Pact of Rome

    in 1942, US move native-born of Japanese ancestry into detention centers

    in 1945, Largest operation in Pacific war, 1,500 US Navy ships bomb Okinawa

    in 1972, Evel Knievel breaks 93 bones after successfully clearing 35 cars

    in 1983, US President Ronald Reagan introduces "Star Wars"-plan (SDI)

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    Re: On This Day in Firearms History

    March 24th

    in 1629, 1st game law passed in American colonies, by Virginia

    in 1765, Britain enacts Quartering Act, required colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers

    in 1832, Mormon Joseph Smith beaten, tarred & feathered in Ohio

    in 1882, Curly Bill Brocius is gunned down by Wyatt Earp at Iron Springs, AZ,

    in 1944, Gunnery Sergent R. Lee Ermey is born

    in 1945, Operation Varsity: British, US & Canadian airborne landings east of the Rhine, 600 transports and 1300 gliders

    in 1989, Worst US oil spill, Exxon's Valdez spills 11.3 mil gallons off Alaska

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    Re: On This Day in Firearms History

    March 25th

    in 1199, Richard I, Lion Heart, King of England, is wounded by a crossbow bolt while fighting France which leads to his death on April 6.

    in 1634, Under charter granted to Lord Baltimore and led by his brother Leonard Calvert first settlers found Catholic colony of Maryland

    in 1856, A E Burnside patents Burnside carbine

    in 1863, The 1st Army Medal of Honor awarded

    in 1898, The Intercollegiate Trapshooting Association formed in NYC

    in 1944, RAF Flight Sgt Nicholas Alkemade survives a jump from his Lancaster bomber from 18,000 feet over Germany without a parachute; his fall was broken by pine trees and soft snow, and he suffered only a sprained leg.

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    Re: On This Day in Firearms History

    March 26th

    in 1790, US Congress passes Naturalization Act, requires 2-year residency

    in 1862, U.S. Civil War, Battle of La Glorieta Pass, NM Terr (Apache Canyon, Pigeon's Ranch)

    in 1863, Voters in West Virginia approve gradual emancipation of slaves

    in 1913, Bulgaria captures Adrianople, ending the 1st Balkan War

    in 1917, Stanley Cup: Seattle Metropolitans (PCHA) beat Montreal Canadiens (NHL), 3 games to 1 - Seattle is 1st US team to win Stanley Cup

    in 1942, Explosion of 20 tons of gelignite in a stone quarry at Easton, Pa, kills 21

    in 1945, Japanese resistance ends on Iwo Jima

    in 1970, The 500th nuclear explosion announced by the US since 1945

    in 1982, Ground-breaking in Washington, DC for Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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    Re: On This Day in Firearms History

    March 27th



    1775 - Virginian delegate Thomas Jefferson was elected to the second Continental Congress.

    1776 - The British left Boston and sailed for Halifax, Nova Scotia.


    1836 - In Goliad, TX, about 350 Texan prisoners, including their commander James Fannin, were executed under orders from Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna. An estimated 30 Texans escaped execution.


    1865 - At City Point, Virginia, U.S. President Lincoln met with Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman to discuss the last stages of the war


    1941 - Tokeo Yoshikawa arrived in Oahu, HI, and began spying for Japan on the U.S. Fleet at Pearl Harbor.

    1942 - The British raided the Nazi submarine base at St. Nazaire, France.


    1974 - The "Rockford Files" TV movie "Backlash of the Hunter" aired on NBC.


    1998 - Ax-wielders killed at least 52 people in southern Algeria, most of which were toddlers.

    2006 - Zacarias Moussaoui testified in his federal trial that he was supposed to hijack a fifth airplane on September 11, 2001, and fly it into the White House.

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