Browsing: July 19

A Brief History On July 19, 1814, Samuel Colt was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and though he lived only to the age of 47 became rich and famous as the man that made the repeating firearm a practical reality.  Here we list 10 of the most important designers of firearms and their components (no significance to the order listed), and we ask our readers to nominate other contributors to firearms engineering for inclusion on this list. Digging Deeper 1. Samuel Colt, Revolver. The familiar revolving cylinder pistol is the legacy of Mr. Colt, the man about which it is said, “God…

A Brief History In light of the current troubles with Islamic terrorists and our military operations in Arabic countries (Iraq, Syria, Yemen), we at History and Headlines would like to point out the contribution to American society made by just a few of the many Great Arab-Americans living here or that have made their mark on American society.  The order listed has no significance, and you can feel free to mention any other Arab-Americans you think should be on such a list.  As you can see, we chose to include mostly highly visible Arab-Americans that you may be familiar with. …

A Brief History On July 19, 1919, England celebrated Peace Day in honor of winning World War I. Unfortunately, her veterans were not so thrilled, and expressed their unhappiness by rioting and burning down the Luton Town Hall. Digging Deeper British commoners were drafted to fight in World War I, for low pay and under horrible conditions.  Treated like cannon fodder by politicians and generals that did not understand modern warfare, they died and suffered en masse.  Soldiers with trench foot, pneumonia, and other serious illnesses were treated with contempt at recovery centers and were made to engage in physical…

A Brief History On July 19, 1963, Joe Walker flew a North American X-15 rocket plane to a record altitude of 106 kilometers, qualifying him as an astronaut.  The X-15 rocket plane was an extraordinary aircraft, to say the least.  Over the years there have been airplanes that have stood out among the rest, for their performance, their records, their longevity or for capabilities that no planes before had mastered.  Here we list 10 of these exceptional machines, real operational planes, not fantasy experimental ones, ones that caught our attention.  Which fantastic airplanes would you add to the list? Digging Deeper 10. Lockheed…

A Brief History On July 19, 1848, somewhat earlier than you may have imagined, the modern Women’s Rights movement began with a 2 day convention held in Seneca Fall, New York. Digging Deeper This first Women’s Rights convention, known appropriately as the Seneca Falls Convention, was not to be an aberration.  Only 2 weeks later another convention was held, also in New York (Rochester) and within 2 years annual conventions concerning women’s rights were being held. The convention was organized by several Quaker women, including Lucretia Mott and with the collusion of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a famous suffragist  and advocate…

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