A Brief History On March 29, 1911, the Colt M1911 .45 ACP caliber semi-automatic pistol became the standard pistol of the US Army.  We used this historical event for our impetus to write an article in 2016 titled, “Top Ten Must have Calibers for the “Apocalypse.””  Little did we know back in 2016 that many places in the United States would be shutting down gun stores and ammunition sales because of the spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  While we may still be a long way from an “apocalypse” that may never happen, we are a lot closer to a catastrophic event…

A Brief History On March 28, 1920, Palm Sunday for Christians that are keeping track, a flurry of tornadoes swept across the Midwest and Southern United States, 37 of the terrible storms that left 380 Americans dead in their paths!  Some people see such tragic natural events as just nature being nature, while others see the hand of God in the event, thus describing tornados, severe hail storms, hurricanes, lightning strikes, earthquakes, floods and other nature related events as “An Act of God.”  Here is the Merriam-Webster’s online definition: “an extraordinary interruption by a natural cause (such as a flood…

A Brief History On March 27, 1945, the United States Army Air Forces began Operation Starvation, an extensive program of using naval mines in all the waterways in and around Japan in an effort to greatly inhibit the transportation of food and essentials between Japanese islands.  Initiated at the command of Admiral Chester Nimitz, the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet and Commander in Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas, the plan utilized the latest and most modern heavy bombers in the American arsenal, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress to drop the mines from the air. Digging Deeper Nimitz, born in Fredericksburg, Texas…

A Brief History On March 26, 2020, not only Popeye the Sailor Man but all Americans should be celebrating National Spinach Day.  Loaded with water soluble vitamins, iron, calcium antioxidants, and other nutrients, eat it raw to gain the maximum benefit from its nutrition.  In honor of this special day and this special dark green leafy vegetable, we offer several ways for you to enjoy spinach and to celebrate this holiday.  Feel free to share other spinach ideas with the rest of us! Digging Deeper Watch Popeye cartoons and/or the movie. Popeye and his buddy Wimpy, his girlfriend Olive Oyl,…

A Brief History On March 25, 1958, the Canadian supersonic interceptor, the Avro Arrow made its first flight. Designed to fly at Mach 2+ it seemed like a good airplane, but was mysteriously cancelled prior to production, with all partly assembled units and prototypes destroyed.  Other promising weapons have suffered the same fate, some of which may well have been effective while others faded away due to insurmountable problems.  Today we list 10 more military weapons that failed to make it into mass production or widespread issue, expanding on our original article “10 Weapons That Never (Or Barely) Went into…

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