Browsing: April 3

A Brief History On April 3, 1882, notorious Wild West train and bank robber Jesse James was gunned down in his own house by a new member of his reconstituted gang, Bob Ford. Jesse had survived combat in the Civil War and several shootouts with law enforcement and concerned citizens, only to be killed by “the dirty little coward, that shot at Mr. Howard.” If you hang around with robbers and murderers, it should come as no surprise when one of them turns on you. Today we discuss 10 Bad Guys Killed by Bad Guys. Just goes to show you,…

A Brief History On April 3, 1948, President Harry S Truman (there is no period after the “S” because it was just an initial, not standing for a name!) signed legislation authorizing $5 billion for the Marshall Plan, a foreign aid bill championed by former five star general George C. Marshall who was Secretary of State at the time. Digging Deeper Marshall was the first officer of five star rank promoted during World War II so that the US would have officers of a rank equal to or greater than Field Marshall.  After the war he became Secretary of State…

A Brief History On February 20th, we covered how Ted Kaczynski (the “Unabomber”) blew up a computer store in 1987.   Today marked the end of his reign of terror as he was finally arrested on April 3, 1996.  A recluse who was anti-technology, he probably would not have been caught without his brother having turned him in.  Here are 10 civilian people who are known for bombing, good or bad.  (For our companion list of military bombers, please see this article). Please Note: This list is not a rogues’ gallery!  It includes good guys as well as bad guys famously…

A Brief History On April 3, 2008, an army of law enforcement descended upon a polygamist compound with snipers, machine guns, SWAT equipment, a helicopter and even an armored personnel carrier! Digging Deeper Child welfare workers and enforcement officers were among the police, surrounding and sealing off the compound. Law enforcement had been alerted by a call purportedly from a teenage girl kept in the compound as a child bride, or as some would describe, a sex slave.  Getting a warrant to conduct the raid was based on the calls from this person who turned out not to be even…

 A Brief History On April 3, 1885, German engineer Gottlieb Daimler had his internal combustion engine that was fueled by gasoline patented, paving the way for the development of what would become the main type of automobile engine.  Digging Deeper Only 5 years later, fellow German Rudolf Diesel patented the rugged engine that bears his name, and the second most prevalent automobile engine was born.  Even before Daimler and Diesel, other Germans had done pioneering work in regard to engines. Siegfried Marcus patented his version of the internal combustion engine in 1864 and later patented a type of magneto used in all…