Today in History: March 19, Nevada legalizes casino gambling
Today is Sunday, March 19, the 78th day of 2023. There are 287 days left in the year. On March 19, 1945, during World War II, 724 people were killed when a Japanese dive bomber attacked the carrier USS Franklin off Japan (the ship was saved). Adolf Hitler ordered the destruction of German facilities that could fall into Allied hands in his so-called “Nero Decree,” which was largely disregarded.
Hitting the Books: During World War II, even our pigeons joined the fight
In the years leading up to, and through, World War II, animal behaviorist researchers thoroughly embraced motion picture technology as a means to better capture the daily experiences of their test subjects — whether exploring the nuances of contemporary chimpanzee society or running macabre rat-eat-rat survival experiments to determine the Earth's "carrying capacity." However, once the studies had run their course, much of that scientific content was simply shelved.
American Democracy Would Be at Stake in a Criminal Trial of President Trump
An indictment of the sort that is being mooted would be an act of hypocrisy and cowardice.
Michael Alexander: The British Commando Who Escaped Death By Faking His Family Tree
Not all those who were captured in combat were taken as prisoners of war (POWs) during the Second World War. Some were shot on-site, particularly those who fell under the Commando Order. Implemented on October 18, 1942, it allowed the German forces to kill Allied commandos upon capture, with no trial. Michael Alexander should have fallen under this category. He saved himself, however, with some quick thinking – and an exaggerated family tree.
Battle of Le Cateau Facts in World War 1
The Battle of Le Cateau was essentially a rearguard action fought by the British in late August 1914, during the general Allied retreat along the Western Front in the face of sustained German successes at the four Battles of the Frontiers. On the night of August 25, General Smith-Dorrien’s II...
Famous Actors Who Served in the US Military
Folks from all walks of life join the military. Even some of the biggest actors of all time have spent time in the armed forces, and you might be surprised at who some of them were. There’s no shortage of reasons why people enlist. Some join out of a simple desire to serve their country. […]
Abortion wait times in Tucson decrease; Mother says Swift keeps son's memory alive; Wildflowers popping at Picacho Peak
For Arizonans wanting to get abortion care in Tucson, they will no longer have to wait weeks or a month for an appointment due to limited staff and health care providers. Among the 126,000 or so people who reunited with Taylor Swift during her sold-out Eras Tour opening shows in Arizona is Maya Thompson, a Scottsdale woman who has a special — and bittersweet — friendship with the singer.
Boris Johnson defiant as allies fighting to save his career warn of Partygate ‘witchhunt’
Boris Johnson’s detailed defence of his conduct during “Partygate” will be published on Monday before a televised showdown with the Commons committee investigating him. The privileges committee will hold an hours-long hearing with the former prime minister on Wednesday as part of its inquiry into whether he lied to Parliament when he said he did not believe any Covid rules were broken in No 10.
Maine’s Marines: The Search for Remembrance of the Great War
Of the 32,083 Maine men who served in World War I, approximately twenty-four did so as enlistees in the United States Marine Corps. While Maine marines at that time represented only a small percentage of servicemen, they participated in some of the most significant battles in the war, battles that boosted the morale of the Allied forces in Europe, bolstered military recruitment efforts in the United States, and, by many estimates, helped turn the tide of the war. In the following article, author J. Michael Miller offers a remembrance of some of these marines by naming them and providing an account of their deaths. He also provides context for the conditions under which they served and imagines what they may have experienced by examining the recollections of war correspondent Floyd Gibbons, whose reporting elevated the profile of the marines, both at home and abroad. In doing so, Miller also provides an overview of some sources on Maine in WWI, which other researchers might find useful for future projects. Miller retired in 2016 from the Marine Corps History Division after over three decades of service, including as director of the archives. He is currently writing a multi-volume history of the marines in WWI.
The Case for a Security Guarantee for Ukraine
All wars end. Eventually, the war between Russia and Ukraine will, too. The time to begin preparing for peace is not after the last gun falls silent but now, as the conflict rages. Long before they had triumphed in World War II, Allied leaders began to contemplate the shape of the future peace. At conferences in Tehran, Yalta, Potsdam, and elsewhere, they discussed proposals and made plans to create international institutions that could prevent another war. Today, a similar effort is needed. Western leaders must develop security mechanisms and consider strategies to assist Ukraine and manage future relations with Russia.
4 People Who Died at the Worst Possible Moment
I think pretty much any living person you’d pose the question to would agree that there’s never a “good” time to die, and if we were capable of communicating with the dead, I don’t think there’s too many who thought they went right when they should have. Of course, there’s still a hierarchy as far as best and worst moments to go, one that of course inspired the famous joke, “I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather, not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.”
Author, filmmaker to speak on German U-boat attacks in FTCC lecture
Author and filmmaker Kevin P. Duffus will speak about attacks by German U-boats on Allied forces during World War II off North Carolina’s coast in a lecture this week at Fayetteville Technical Community College. The lecture is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday in the Tony Rand Student...
Reddit point out 'interesting' framed photo of Spanish dictator in Dublin property listing
Irish Reddit users couldn’t help but be drawn to a property listing in north Dublin — in particular an ‘interesting’ framed photo of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco. Franco, who ruled as leader of Spain from 1939 to 1975, was responsible for the period of political repression known as the ‘White Terror’ — which, alongside the Spanish Civil War, resulted in between 100,000 and 200,000 deaths.
Court case to declare load shedding unconstitutional starts today
NATIONAL NEWS - The full bench of the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria is set to hear the legal case brought by the United Democratic Movement (UDM) and 18 others to declare load shedding unconstitutional. Load shedding court case. The applicants in the matter are the UDM, the National...
How a Swarm of German Bf 109 Fighters Altered the Course of History
The sudden leap in aviation technology after World War 1 and the onset of World War 2 was so dramatic that it led the Royal Air Force to believe that any future conflict would be won by air supremacy alone. During the period known as the Phoney War, the Royal Air Force launched a daring raid on the crucial naval base at Wilhelmshaven. The objective was to cripple the Kriegsmarine and stop it from engaging Allied supply routes in the Atlantic. As such, 22 Vickers Wellington bombers were suddenly unleashed upon the sheltered German area in the North Sea in December of 1939. The warplanes were tasked with sinking as many German ships in Wilhelmshaven and the area surrounding Heligoland Bight as possible. Emboldened by the British mantra about the bomber always being able to get through, the confident Allied pilots swept into the area believing the day would result in a decisive victory. Soon, however, the Luftwaffe would unbridle a formidable fleet of Messerschmitt Bf 109 interceptors that would bring the British pilots to their knees and force the Royal Air Force to rewrite their aviation combat philosophy for the remainder of the war…
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