Browsing: July 23

A Brief History On July 23, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln finally found a replacement for General George B. McClellan as General-in-Chief of the Union Army when he appointed General Henry W. Halleck.  Lincoln had spent the previous 4 months as de facto head of the Army himself until he found another commander. Digging Deeper During the Civil War the US Army (Union Army) had a total of 4 men assigned as General-in-Chief, more or less akin to today’s designation as Chief of Staff of the Army as the top soldier.  The Union started the War with General Winfield Scott in…

A Brief History On July 23, 1903, Ford Motor Company, the product of the Henry Ford’s engineering genius, sold their first automobile.  By the early 1920 perhaps half of all cars in the entire world were Ford, but somehow, something went wrong, and the market share of the once mightiest car company on Earth now ranks #5 (#2 in the US). Digging Deeper There has to be a reason for this decline, and here we list 5 of the worst Ford products that contributed to declining sales and reputation.  For each lousy car, we will name a great automotive product…

A Brief History On July 23, 1903, the Ford Motor Company sold its first car.  For some reason many Americans are under the impression that Henry Ford invented the automobile and that Ford was the first brand of cars.  Although Ford got into the business early in the industry’s infancy, he was far from the first.  These sort of misunderstandings, myths, and mistakes fill our minds and our history books.  We are listing 10 such erroneous “facts” to help set things straight.  Do we need a second list?  A third?  What incorrect assumptions about history would you add to the list? Digging Deeper 10.…

A Brief History On July 23, 1943,  an English lad of 19 had enough of his crippled father’s abuse and blew up the 47 year old in his bath chair.  The incident, famous in Britain as the Rayleigh Bath Chair Murder, has to be one of the first and perhaps only incident where someone killed their dad with an anti-tank bomb, thereby arguably meriting a ranking on our list of unusual deaths! Digging Deeper Archibald Brown lost the use of his legs at age 24 due to a motorcycle wreck and was confined to a wheeled “bath chair.”  Although he was attended…