Author Major Dan

Major Dan

Major Dan is a retired veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He served during the Cold War and has traveled to many countries around the world. Prior to his military service, he graduated from Cleveland State University, having majored in sociology. Following his military service, he worked as a police officer eventually earning the rank of captain prior to his retirement.

A Brief History On January 29, 1967 the “hippie” counterculture scene melded with Hare Krishna at the Mantra-Rock Dance in San Francisco, later referred to as “the ultimate high.” Digging Deeper Digging Deeper, we find San Francisco about to give birth to the Summer of Love where the drug-using, free-loving, bead-wearing, mantra-chanting, status quo-rejecting, long-haired hippie counterculture reached its peak!  Amidst this atmosphere, an Indian spiritual teacher, who was eventually popular enough to be featured on an Indian stamp, had founded the Hare Krishna Movement in 1966. He spent much of the 1960s and 1970s spreading his message around the world.…

A Brief History On January 27, 1973, the United States, North Viet Nam and South Viet Nam signed a treaty in Paris, France, effectively ending direct American involvement in the Viet Nam War. Digging Deeper Digging deeper, we find Viet Nam to be a country divided into a communist North and a (supposedly) democratic South. The North was allied with and supported by the U.S.S.R. and China, while the South was supported by and allied with the U.S. and some other western countries. The split had taken place after the country’s liberation from Japanese control at the end of World…

A Brief History On January 26, 1909, the South African earth gave up the largest gem-quality diamond in history! Digging Deeper Digging deeper (no, really, digging deeper!), we find the Premier Number 2 mine producing an enormous diamond of over 3106 carats! Named the Cullinan Diamond, this gemstone was over 4 inches long before it was cut and polished into gems.  The largest of those cut gems is the 530.4-carat “Great Star of Africa” which currently has a home on the royal sceptre of England.  The Star remained the largest cut and polished diamond in the world until 1985 when…

A Brief History On January 25, 1971: Idi Amin ousted Milton Obote and seized power in Uganda, starting a reign of terror! Digging Deeper Digging deeper, we find Uganda a former British colony and Amin a former soldier in the British Colonial Army. Continuing his military career as a general in the Ugandan Army, Amin first took over as commander of the Army and then as ruler of Uganda in the 1971 coup.  Characterized by an enormous ego, he promoted himself to Field Marshal while he was at it!  As if naming himself “president for life” and field marshal was…

A Brief History On January 24, 1972, on the U.S. territory of the island of Guam, Japanese Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi was found hiding, believing that World War II was still going on! Digging Deeper Digging deeper, we find an incredibly dedicated soldier discovered by 2 islanders who had captured him and presented him to American military officials. Yokoi had taken part in the 1941 invasion and capture of Guam and was fighting the losing battle when the Americans retook the island in 1944.  Yokoi did not surrender then and continued to hold out for the next 27 years, never believing the leaflets that…

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