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A Brief History On April 26, 1865, Union Army troopers of the US Cavalry shot the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, dead on the spot in spite of orders to take the murderer alive.  Booth is just one of many assassins that died without the benefit of being tried for their crime.  Today we list several such assassins and welcome you to nominate others to this list.  (See some of our other articles about assassinations.) Digging Deeper John Wilkes Booth, assassin of US President Abraham Lincoln (1865) Boothe was the most famous American actor of his day,…

A Brief History On April 12, 2009, the East African nation of Zimbabwe gave up entirely on its troubled currency, the Zimbabwean Dollar, using various foreign currencies in place of the worthless national money.  Many countries have come and gone, and their forms of currency with them, while other nations have changed their national currency for a variety of reasons.  Today we take a look at some of the interesting monetary changes that have occurred in recent history.  What currency would you add to this list? Digging Deeper Zimbabwean Dollar replaced with Real Time Gross Settlement Zimbabwe Dollar (2019) Africa…

A Brief History On March 29, 1911, the Colt M1911 .45 ACP caliber semi-automatic pistol became the standard pistol of the US Army.  We used this historical event for our impetus to write previous articles about firearms, and today we use this red letter day in firearms history to explore some of the individual arms (pistols and rifles/shotguns) that are extra-adaptable due to their ability to fire more than one particular cartridge.  During the 2020-2021global pandemic, many gun owners have felt the need to consider guns and ammo for possible apocalyptic scenarios, making today’s topic quite apropos.  Feel free to…

A Brief History On March 1, 1961, a new pet project of newly sworn in President John F. Kennedy was created, the Peace Corps, a volunteer organization for the betterment of humankind run by the United States Government, just one of many agencies, departments and programs that would come to existence during this author’s lifetime.  Sure, Franklin Roosevelt invented all sorts of government agencies and programs during the Great Depression, but the Presidents and Congresses that have come since have not exactly been slackers when it comes to expanding our government.  Many of these agencies and programs seem so ingrained…

A Brief History On February 8, 1960, the Hollywood Walk of Fame was officially opened with the placement of the first 8 brass and terrazzo stars in the famous sidewalk.  The Walk of Fame would almost immediately become a tourist favorite and a treasured honor to have one’s name placed in the sidewalk at Hollywood Blvd. and Vine St. in Hollywood, California.  Thus starts our previous article on the subject, and today we take a look back at the marvelous things we have today that we did not have when this author was born.  Imagine living without some of these…

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