Browsing: August 2

A Brief History On August 2, 1916, Austrian saboteurs managed to sink the Italian battleship, Leonardo da Vinci as the great ship lay in Taranto harbor. Was the magazine explosion an accident, or did the Austrians use some sort of novel booby trap to sink the mighty vessel? Either way, World War I, like other wars, saw the imagination of arms designers and military engineers run wild. Previously we have discussed 10 Weird Weapons of World War I, and today we expand our list by another 5 goofy gadgets both sides came up with to pursue victory in this terrible…

A Brief History On August 2, 1943, US Navy torpedo boat PT-109 commanded by a young John F. Kennedy was rammed by a Japanese destroyer, cutting the boat in half and sinking it.  Lt. Kennedy later became President Kennedy in January of 1961.  Although we have pointed out the lily-livered chicken hawks that either dodged the draft or merely failed to enlist in the military, today we honor those politicians that also served in the US Armed Forces.  (See our May 22 article 10 Celebrities that Fought in a War and our March 24 article 10 “Patriots” that Dodged the…

A Brief History Fantasy fans, here is your chance to be among the first in Cleveland to see The Dark Tower before it opens in theaters. Digging Deeper What: THE DARK TOWER Advance Screening When: Wednesday, August 2nd at 7:00 PM Where: AMC Classic Solon 16 How: Click the link for a pair of passes // www.sonyscreenings.com/JCUTDT Synopsis: There are other worlds than these. Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, the ambitious and expansive story from one of the world’s most celebrated authors, makes its launch to the big screen. The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter…

A Brief History On August 2, 216 BC, the Carthaginian army of Hannibal defeated the larger Roman Army at Cannae, a major battle during the Second Punic War.  This battle was one of the most humiliating defeats in the history of Rome and is considered one of the great strokes of tactical military genius of all time. Digging Deeper After losing 2 major battles to the Carthaginians at Trebia and Lake Trasimene (218 and 217 BC respectively),  the Romans had regrouped and sought a decisive battle against the invaders.  Able to field an army of  86,000 men against only 50,000…

A Brief History On August 2, 1916, the Italian battleship Leonardo da Vinci was sunk in its own harbor at Taranto courtesy of Austrian sabotage.  The mighty battleship was only 2 years old and was sunk by a magazine explosion, a sorry end to a capital ship. Digging Deeper The Italian military and its Roman predecessors have had plenty of notable military triumphs over the years, but seem to have a reputation for disaster despite that.  Here we list 10 Italian Military Disasters or Catastrophes.  Which incidents would you add to the list?  (Note: We are tempted to count World…

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