On this day .....

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  1. Joe Fan

    Joe Fan 10,000+ Posts

    OTD 1187: Jerusalem fell to Saladin
    And is basically lost to Christendom for evermore (brief exception 1229-44)

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  2. Joe Fan

    Joe Fan 10,000+ Posts

    OTD 1871 - The Great Fire of Chicago
    3/4 mile wide X 4 miles long, 1/3 of all residents were left homeless.
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  3. Joe Fan

    Joe Fan 10,000+ Posts

    OTD 74 years ago -- first known photo from space, taken by a V-2 rocket launched from White Sands

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  4. Joe Fan

    Joe Fan 10,000+ Posts

    OTD 1854 The Charge of the Light Brigade

    "Boldly they rode and well into the jaws of Death; into the mouth of hell rode the six hundred."
    -- Tennyson

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  5. LousianaHorn

    LousianaHorn 1,000+ Posts

    Oct. 26th, 1881.......the Earps/Doc Holliday and the Clantons/McLaurys with Billy Claiborne shoot it out in side lot next to CS Flys Photographic studio on Fremont street...........not the OK Corral.

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  6. Joe Fan

    Joe Fan 10,000+ Posts

    OTD 1968

    Native Texan George Foreman wins heavyweight gold at the Mexico City Olympics -- stopping communist Jonas Cepulis (USSR) in the 2nd round

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  7. LousianaHorn

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    On 26 October 1930, the Southern Methodist University Mustangs beat the Indiana Hoosiers 27-0 in the first football game at the brand-new Cotton Bowl in Dallas's Fair Park.

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  8. Joe Fan

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    OTD: 1340
    King Alfonso XI "the Avenger" of Castile, allied with King Afonso IV of Portugal, to defeat the last organized invasion by the Muslims of North Africa (lead by Moroccan Sultan Abu al-Hasan 'Ali and Yusuf I of Granada).
    At Rio Salado.
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  9. Horn6721

    Horn6721 Half of seeming clever is keeping your mouth shut.

    He looks like a Leader
    wonder if he'd like to coach
     
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  10. Joe Fan

    Joe Fan 10,000+ Posts

    Save the Ewers
     
  11. WillUSAF

    WillUSAF 500+ Posts

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    Congress Admits Nevada as 36th state (31 October 1864)

    On October 31, 1864, anxious to have support of the Republican-dominated Nevada Territory for President Abraham Lincoln’s reelection, the U.S. Congress quickly admits Nevada as the 36th state in the Union.

    In 1864, Nevada had only 40,000 inhabitants, considerably short of the 60,000 normally required for statehood
     
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  12. LousianaHorn

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    November 10, 1975, the Edmund Fitzgerald sinks near Sault Ste Marie Mich enroute to a steel mill in Detroit from Superior Wisconsin.

     
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  13. WillUSAF

    WillUSAF 500+ Posts

    There were a couple of residents in the town I live in that were on that vessel. There is a memorial at the water for them. (I live on Lake Erie)
     
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  14. BevoJoe

    BevoJoe 5,000+ Posts

    It took them a long time to find where it sank.
     
  15. BevoJoe

    BevoJoe 5,000+ Posts

    November 10

    1973 -
    Newspapers report the burning of 36 copies of Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. Vonnegut’s book was a combination of real events and science fiction. His hero, Billy Pilgrim, was a WWII soldier who witnessed the firebombing of Dresden, as had Vonnegut himself. Some found the book’s pessimistic outlook and black humor unsuitable for school children. During World War II, he was captured by Germans and held in Dresden, where he was forced to dig out dead and charred bodies in the aftermath of the city’s bombing.
     
  16. BevoJoe

    BevoJoe 5,000+ Posts

    11-11-11-18

    102 years ago today at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, the guns fell silent on the battlefields and front lines as the Armistice was signed and the "Great War" ended. There were 20 million deaths and 21 million wounded in the four year conflict. For many years the November 11th was celebrated as Armistice Day and the end of World War I.

    Unfortunately, the peace in Europe would only last about 21 years, until a new threat would spark a new, but more deadly world war.

    Today, we celebrate this day as Veterans Day. Too all who served in our armed forces, I tip my hat and give you a heart felt, "THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR NATION." May God Bless America
     
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  17. LousianaHorn

    LousianaHorn 1,000+ Posts

    November 13th 1942 the USS Juneau was sunk during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal claiming the lives of the 5 Sullivan Brothers.....George Thomas Sullivan, Francis Henry "Frank" Sullivan, Coxswain, Joseph Eugene "Joe" Sullivan, Madison Abel "Matt" Sullivan, and Albert Leo "Al" Sullivan.

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    Below comes from the Wiki page on that battle and Juneaus part in it.

    "On 8 November, Juneau departed Nouméa, New Caledonia, as a unit of TF 67 under the command of Rear Admiral Richmond K. Turner to escort reinforcements to Guadalcanal. The force arrived there early morning on 12 November, and Juneau took up her station in the protective screen around the transports and cargo vessels. Unloading proceeded unmolested until 1405, when 30 Japanese planes attacked the alerted United States group. The AA fire was effective, and Juneau alone accounted for six enemy torpedo bombers shot down. The few remaining Japanese planes were, in turn, attacked by American fighters; only one bomber escaped. Later in the day, an American attack group of cruisers and destroyers cleared Guadalcanal on reports that a large enemy surface force was headed for the island. At 0148 on 13 November, Rear Admiral Daniel J. Callaghan's relatively small landing support group engaged the enemy.[4] The Japanese force consisted of two battleships, one light cruiser, and nine destroyers.

    Because of bad weather and confused communications, the battle occurred in near-pitch darkness and at almost point-blank range, as the ships of the two sides became intermingled. During the melee, Juneau was struck on the port side by a torpedo launched by Japanese destroyer Amatsukaze,[6] causing a severe list, and necessitating withdrawal. Before noon on 13 November, Juneau, along with two other cruisers damaged in the battle—Helena and San Francisco—headed toward Espiritu Santo for repairs. Juneau was steaming on one screw, keeping station 800 yd (730 m) off the starboard quarter of the likewise severely damaged San Francisco. She was down 12 feet (3.7 m) by the bow, but able to maintain 13 kn (15 mph, 24 km/h).

    A few minutes after 1100, two torpedoes were launched from Japanese submarine I-26.[4] These were intended for San Francisco, but both passed ahead of her. One struck Juneau in the same place that had been hit during the battle. There was a great explosion; Juneau broke in two and disappeared in just 20 seconds.[4] Fearing more attacks from I-26, and wrongly assuming from the massive explosion that there were no survivors, Helena and San Francisco departed without attempting to rescue any survivors. In fact, more than 100 sailors had survived the sinking of Juneau. They were left to fend for themselves in the open ocean for eight days before rescue aircraft belatedly arrived. While awaiting rescue, all but 10 died from the elements and shark attacks. Among those lost were the five Sullivan brothers. Two of the brothers apparently survived the sinking, only to die in the water; two presumably went down with the ship. Some reports indicate the fifth brother also survived the sinking, but disappeared during the first night when he left a raft and got into the water.[7] On 20 November 1942, USS Ballard recovered two of the ten survivors. Five more in a raft were rescued by a PBY Seaplane five miles away.[8][9] Three others, including a badly wounded officer, made it to San Cristobal (now Makira) Island, about 55 miles away from the sinking.[10] One of the survivors recovered by Ballard said he had been with one of the Sullivan brothers for several days after the sinking."
     
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  18. Horn6721

    Horn6721 Half of seeming clever is keeping your mouth shut.

    What a heart wrenching story. We sometimes forget the incredible sacrifices made
     
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  19. WillUSAF

    WillUSAF 500+ Posts

    There is a reason we call them the "greatest generation" they leave you in awe :usflag:
     
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  20. SabreHorn

    SabreHorn 5,000+ Posts

    Will,

    Have you been to the WWII Museum in NOLA?

    It is now NOLA's biggest tourist attraction. Truly outstanding. My grandson's favorite is Drew Breese - he wears #9 in football, lacrosse, & baseball. We were in the interactive section where soldiers tell you about their experiences in certain battles. Pops up on the screen, Marine Ray Akins, veteran of the Pacific Theater, father of Marty, grandfather of Huston Street & Drew Breese
     
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  21. WillUSAF

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    NO!! Its a destination that I have wanted to go to. Just haven't been to NOLA in a few years.
     
  22. SabreHorn

    SabreHorn 5,000+ Posts

    It's worth the trip just for the museum, which they keep adding onto.

    If you haven't been since Katrina, Bourbon Street is even sleazier than it was in the 70s-90s. Still great food.
     
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  23. nashhorn

    nashhorn 2,500+ Posts

    Thanks for that Sabre. Wife and I will be going for sure. One of my greatest memories in live is taking my Dad to the WWII dedication in DC. Pushed him in that darn chair all over Washington but it was worth it. Never saw him so proud. He was in the DDay invasion and a proud Army Vet.
     
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  24. LousianaHorn

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    and thats saying something SaberHorn........but yes the food is incredible.
     
  25. WillUSAF

    WillUSAF 500+ Posts

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    • 2017: Charles Manson, the hippie cult leader behind the gruesome murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles in 1969, dies in a California hospital at the age of 83 after nearly a half-century in prison.
     
  26. WillUSAF

    WillUSAF 500+ Posts

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    • 2007: Amazon.com releases its first Kindle e-book reader.
    AMAZING what he has done in just 13 years...
     
  27. Joe Fan

    Joe Fan 10,000+ Posts

    OTS: 1863 -- Republican President Abraham Lincoln delivered Gettysburg address
    50 years later to the day, still living officers from both sides met on the same field

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  28. nashhorn

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    And 100 years later we tear down the statues. I get it.
     
  29. Joe Fan

    Joe Fan 10,000+ Posts

    OTD 1990: Mrs. Thatcher resigns after betrayal by her Cabinet while she was in France signing a Treaty formally ending the Cold War that she had seen through to victory. That evening, she went and wiped the floor with the Opposition in the Commons: LOL

     
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  30. Joe Fan

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    OTD 2011 - final game with aggy before they ran away

     
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