Browsing: June 4

A Brief History On June 4, 1855, Major Henry C. Wayne got on board the USS Supply in New York Harbor and headed to the Mediterranean Sea to procure camels (29 of the Dromedary or one-hump variety and 2 of the Bactrian or two-hump kind) for use by the US Army in the Western United States. In 1848, Wayne had conducted a more detailed follow-up study to the 1836 report submitted to the Army by Major George Crossman who had recommended the US Army acquire camels as pack animals for hot weather environments. These reports and recommendations went nowhere until…

A Brief History On June 4, 2017, American singer and philanthropist Ariana Grande is performing in a concert with fellow celebrities to raise funds to help victims of the recent Islamist suicide bombing that occurred after her concert held in Manchester, England on May 22, 2017. Digging Deeper Twenty-three people (including the perpetrator) died in the disgusting attack and another 119 suffered non-fatal injuries. The concert to help those victims comes just one day after yet another Islamist terror attack occurred in England.  Last night, June 3, 2017, in London, England, three Islamic extremists used a van and knives to…

A Brief History On June 4, 1942, the Battle of Midway began with Admiral Nagumo of the Imperial Japanese Navy ordering an airstrike on the US held island of Midway in the Central Pacific.  Flush with victory after victory, the powerful Japanese task force expected another rousing victory on the road to defeating the United States, but “you can’t always get what you want!” Digging Deeper The Japanese took America by surprise on December 7, 1941, with a crippling blow struck at the Pacific Fleet headquarters at Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii, quickly followed up by equally devastating strikes against other…

A Brief History On June 4, 1896, Henry Ford completed his Quadricycle, the first Ford automobile, which he promptly took for a test drive.  Almost 120 years later nearly 100 million Ford cars can trace their lineage back to this humble vehicle.  Every company has to start somewhere and somehow, and here we list 10 First Products of some of these iconic companies (in no particular order). Digging Deeper 10. Ford Quadricycle, 1896.  This Granddaddy of all Fords had a 2 cylinder 4 horsepower motor, could seat 2 and rode on bicycle tires.  Steering was accomplished by a “tiller” (stick…

A Brief History On June 4, 1411, King Charles IV of France granted a monopoly to the people of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon for the ripening of Roquefort cheese. Today, what we call “bleu cheese” is basically Roquefort cheese that is not from Roquefort, as only the cheese from that original location is allowed to bear that name. Many good things have come from France (uh-oh, do we need a sequel list?) and Roquefort/bleu cheese is just one of them. Here we list 10 of the absolute best things from France. There are so many people and things to consider any list is…

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