Browsing: April 9

A Brief History On April 9, 1388, at the Battle of Näfels, a military force of the Old Swiss Confederation fought a much larger force representing the Austrian royal family, the Habsburgs.  In a stunning example of David beating Goliath, the Swiss soldiers won a rousing victory, an indication of why other powerful European countries have been leaving Switzerland alone for many years now. Digging Deeper At the Battle of Näfels, the Swiss fielded a modest troop of only about 400 or so fighting men against a superior Austrian force numbering around 6500 soldiers.  The attacking Austrians at first forced…

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A Brief History On April 9, 1948, events in Palestine brought to the forefront the adage that “One man’s freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist.”  (An adage of uncertain origins, but dating back well over a century, or more.)  On that fateful day about 120 Zionists from the Irgun and Lehi groups attacked a Palestinian town called Deir Yassin outside Jerusalem, killing about 107 of the Palestinian inhabitants of the village of only 600.  In the massacre, 4 Zionists were also killed. Digging Deeper The Civil War in Palestine conducted by Jewish Zionists (those intent on establishing a Jewish state…

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A Brief History On April 9, 1937, a Japanese aircraft made the first ever flight by a Japanese built airplane to London, England, when the Mitsubishi Ki-15 Karigane nick named “Kamikaze” made the nearly 4 day flight. Not to be confused with the World War II Japanese suicide airplane missions dubbed Kamikaze (Divine Wind), this flight was purely peaceful in purpose, though it should have given a wake up call to British and American war planners that the Japanese aircraft industry had indeed entered the world stage as cutting edge in technology. Digging Deeper The Kamikaze, piloted by Masaaki Iinuma…

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A Brief History On April 9, 1967, the Boeing 737 made its first flight, and would go on to become the biggest selling jet airliner of all time, with over 9400 built and 50 years later it is still in production!  Over 4400 of the latest generation are on order at this time. (Note:  On April 8, 2019, Boeing announced a stoppage of the assembly of new 737 airliners in the wake of 2 major crashes of the latest model of the aircraft.  When the problem that led to the crashes is identified and rectified, it is likely production of…

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On April 9, 2005, Prince Charles, heir to the throne of the United Kingdom, married Camilla Parker Bowles in a civil ceremony.  Remember, this guy is going to be King and thus “Defender of the Faith” and he does not get a church wedding?  Normally, royal weddings are festive occasions celebrated by the entire commonwealth, but in this case resentment against Charles and Camilla over the loss of the beloved Princess Diana made this wedding a dud. Sometimes, for a variety of reasons, weddings are just not all that popular or respected. Here are 10 unpopular or weird weddings. Digging…

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