Browsing: August 13

A Brief History On August 13, 2008, the military forces of Russia took over the Georgian city of Gori following a Russian war of aggression against its smaller neighbor and former Soviet Socialist Republic, during the Russo-Georgian War between August 1 and August 12 of 2008. Digging Deeper Russia had previously waged war on Georgia during another Soviet-Georgian War, this time an invasion during 1921.  We say “Soviet” because at that time Russia was the leading Republic in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.  An expansionist invasion, the Soviets, or Russians if you will, sought to expand the territory of…

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A Brief History On August 13, 2019, we went and saw the latest horror movie from Hollywood, the movie version of Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.  Perhaps you read the books back in the day (the 3 books spanned the time from 1981 to 1991), as we did.  Aimed at the preteen and teen-aged audience, even as an adult I found the stories interesting enough to read and finish the books.  It was with this fond memory that we went to the movies this morning. Digging Deeper We enjoyed the movie.  While not a pure anthology…

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A Brief History On August 13, 1779, a combined US Naval and ground expeditionary force was defeated after a 3 week campaign known as The Penobscot Expedition, the worst defeat in US Navy history until the surprise attack against Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Digging Deeper During the American Revolutionary War, the British had seized the mid-coastal region of Maine and declared it to be “New Ireland,” and the fledgling American government sought to reclaim this area from the British.  A large expedition was assembled, including 19 warships, 25 smaller auxiliary craft, and 1000 ground troops, consisting of Colonial…

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A Brief History On August 13, 1913, Harry Brearley began production of stainless steel in Britain.  A form of low carbon, high chromium (10.5% minimum, sometimes as much as 27%) steel, this wonderful stuff makes modern technology possible.  Metallurgists had discovered the addition of chromium to steel increased the resistance to corrosion of the metal long before, and an American, Elwood Haynes, had applied for a patent to process and produce stainless steel in 1912. Digging Deeper Even before both of these groundbreaking metallurgists others had made serious contributions to the development of stainless steel, including Pierre Berthier of France…

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A Brief History On August 13, 1918, Opha Mae Johnson became the first of 305 women to enlist in the United States Marine Corps Women’s Reserve, proving that women can do and be just about anything!  Taking over clerical duties in the U.S. while the men went overseas, these first female Marines were unofficially called “Marinettes.”  Although first formed during World War I, the Women’s Reserve was again mobilized during World War II and only became a permanent part of the Marine Corps in 1948.  The first female Lieutenant General (3-star rank) in the U.S. military was a Marine, Carol Mutter. …

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