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A Brief History Today, January 3, 2023, we at History and Headlines just want to send out some positive thoughts to actor Jeremy Renner and athlete Damar Hamlin, both of whom have experienced potentially life-threatening accidental injuries on January 1st and January 2nd, respectively.  In addition to entertaining millions of film and sports fans, both men have been involved in various charitable endeavors. So, we hope that they are both able to recover. Our best to their families as well. Digging Deeper On January 2, 2023, Americans were shocked when a beloved screen actor, Jeremy Renner, was reported to be…

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A Brief History On January 3, 1944, America’s leading fighter Ace of that time, Marine Major Pappy Boyington, was shot down and taken captive by the Japanese.  Today, we take a look at some of the leading fighter pilot aces of World War II by their country. Digging Deeper Top Aces of World War II: Johnnie Johnson, Britain, 38 kills Mato Dukovac, Croatia, 44 kills Ilmari Juutilainen, Finland, 94 kills Pierre Clostermann, France, 33 kills Erich Hartmann, Germany, 352 kills György Debrődy and Lajos Tóth, Hungary, 26 kills Teresio Martinoli, Italy, 22 + 14 shared kills Tetsuzō Iwamoto, Japan, 80…

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A Brief History On December 29, 1916, the Russian known as “Rasputin,” or “The Mad Monk,” was murdered by a group of Russian noblemen, finally dying the next day after surviving being poisoned with cyanide and shot three times, and ultimately having to be drowned.  Today, we look at some of history’s toughest characters that were hard to kill. Digging Deeper Blackbeard the Pirate: In 1718, the most notorious pirate of them all was finally killed in spectacular fashion, only after being shot five times and slashed by swords 20 times! Hugh Glass: A tough as nails Mountain Man and…

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A Brief History On December 27, 1771, French engineer, Henri Pitot, died at the age of 76.  Although you may not be familiar with him, his invention, the Pitot Tube, has probably served you well in your life, as it is the primary instrument used for measuring the speed of aircraft and boats, as well as other liquids and gases.  Today, we take time to remember some of the famous folks that died on December 27th. Digging Deeper 1834: Charles Lamb, English essayist and poet. 1836: Stephen Austin, known as “The Father of Texas” and the namesake of the state’s…

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A Brief History On December 26, 2022, the British world, including Canada, celebrate Boxing Day, a holiday historically when well off people would give gifts to their servants, lower working class, and poor people.  The day after Christmas is good for some other things, too, especially resting after all the hubbub of Christmas Eve and Christmas. Digging Deeper Here are some notable events related to December 26th: 1776: American forces, led by George Washington after his famous crossing of the Delaware River, won the Battle of Trenton. 1898: Marie and Pierre Curie announce the isolation of Radium. 1919: Babe Ruth…

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