Browsing: April 15

A Brief History On April 15, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers to join the US Army to put down the rebellion known later as the American Civil War. He was so far off on the number of troops needed it would be laughable if not so tragic. Often times politicians or military commanders have greatly underestimated the manpower or resources needed to succeed, and today we list 10 of those miscalculations. What other instances would you add to the list? Digging Deeper 1. Lincoln calls for 75,000 volunteers, 1861. So how many men did Lincoln really need…

A Brief History On April 15, 2017, we get a 2-day reprieve from the filing limit date for filing our Federal Income Tax Returns, since the day falls on Saturday. By Monday, April 17, 2017, you better either have your tax return in the mail or have applied for an extension. Americans did not always have an income tax, although it may seem like it to you. Digging Deeper Back in the 1890’s through the 1920’s the United States of America underwent a period called the Progressive Era, a period in which activists sought to improve the quality of life…

A Brief History April 15 is the day your income tax return must be filed by each year in the United States.  Whether or not you look forward to that day or dread it depends on whether or not you expect to pay the government or get a refund.  Some days are like that, good or bad.   Here are 5 of those days.  Which days do you eagerly await or dread? Digging Deeper 5. April 15, Tax Day. Eagerly Await: Knowing you are going to get a nice big tax refund from the government makes tax time a happy time…

A Brief History Earlier, we posted an article about the greatest bomber in history, but you may be wondering what else rounds out the top ten… Digging Deeper 10. Consolidated B-24 Liberator With 18,400 built, it remains to this day the most prolific American warplane ever produced.  Slightly faster than the B-17 and capable of carrying more bombs farther, the B-17’s superior ruggedness keeps this airplane from scoring higher.  The Liberator was operational with the Indian Air Force until 1968! 9. Gotha G.V-G. X The German Gotha was the premier bomber of World War I with a range of over…

A Brief History On April 15, 1952, a milestone in aviation history was crossed when the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress made its first flight! Digging Deeper There is no typographical error in the date, it really was 62 years ago!  The pilots flying the B-52 for the US Air Force were not even born then! When the B-52 first flew, it was the largest airplane in the world and could not be caught by fighter planes of the day.  Designed to carry nuclear weapons at high altitude to any point on the globe, the B-52 is air refuel able, and can…