Browsing: February 25

A Brief History On February 25, 1836, Sam Colt patented his cap and ball revolver that would give rise to all the modern revolvers that followed. Early attempts at revolvers in the flintlock era were disasters waiting to happen, as all too often the firing of one cylinder would set off the others as well. Over the years some iconic revolvers have been produced, and until the late 20th Century they remained the sidearm of choice for police and private citizens (although the semi-automatic pistol had superseded revolvers for military use for the most part as of the early 20th…

A Brief History On February 25, 1836, Samuel Colt of Hartford Connecticut made good on the “All men are created equal” theme by making sure they stayed that way.  Colt did this by patenting his famous revolving cylinder pistol. Digging Deeper The revolving pistol was not a new concept, and previous efforts using flint lock pistols were attempted with uneven results.  The loose powder in the pan of a flintlock made “chain firing” all too possible and keeping the powder in the pan as the cylinder rotated was also difficult at best.  Once the percussion cap was invented and reached…

A Brief History On February 25, 1932, Adolf Hitler applied for German citizenship.  Why?  Because he was not German!  And that is just the first of today’s fascinating facts about Adolf Hitler.  To see our full list of the “Top Ten Bizarre Adolf Hitler Facts,” please click here.  For more on this particular entry, please read on below… Digging Deeper Digging deeper, we find Hitler born in Austria, and thus had to apply for naturalization as a German citizen in order to hold political office. So how many other famous people were not of the nationality or ethnicity you thought they…

From the Series Lil’ History Chips On February 25, 1336, the 4,000 defenders of the medieval Lithuanian fortress of Pilénai thought they had no other choice but to make the horrible decision to kill themselves and their families after torching and destroying everything they had of value to deny their Teutonic besiegers the spoils of victory and the opportunity to kill or enslave them. The number of women and children sacrificed is unknown, but even just the number of defenders, recorded at 4,000, is more than enough to rank as history’s largest mass suicide, eclipsing the 900+ dead at Masada in 37-31 B.C. and the…

A Brief History In another article, we featured an interesting fact of Adolf Hitler (Adolf Hitler only became a naturalized German citizen on February 25, 1932.)  Here we list 10 more little-known facts about one of history’s most evil men! Digging Deeper 10. Hitler was a vegetarian and frequently had gas!  Irritable bowel syndrome, syphilis and heart problems may also have ailed him. 9. Hitler had been a corporal during World War I, was decorated for bravery and wounded by poison gas.  (No connection to the above!) 8. Hitler’s father was illegitimate, originally given the last name of Schicklgruber and later changing it to Hitler (or Hiedler,…