Browsing: Military

A Brief History On December 1, 1768, the Danish ship Fredensborg sank in a storm off the coast of Norway on her return trip from a death filled delivery of slaves to St. Croix in the Caribbean.  Previously we reported on “10 Infamous Ships”  and today we list “10 More Infamous Ships” that either served an evil purpose or were particularly unlucky, and are remembered today with less than fond memories.  As always, we invite our readers to add those nominees they think belong on such a list.  (Note: the RMS Titanic and SS Edmund Fitzgerald are TOO obvious!) Digging…

A Brief History On November 29, 1729, the Native American Natchez people who had been living peacefully with their French colonist neighbors in the area of what is now Natchez, Mississippi rose up and attacked the French, killing 138 men, 56 children and 35 women at the French Fort Rosalie. Digging Deeper New France had extended in North America well beyond Canada and Northern part of what is now the United States, with a large Southern and Western territory claimed by France, much of which later became the property of the United States with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.  French…

A Brief History In 1952, the .308 Winchester was introduced, just two years before the NATO adopted the 7.62x51mm NATO T65. Winchester branded the cartridge, introduced it to the commercial hunting market, and shortly after, it became the most popular short-action, big-game hunting cartridge worldwide. I delve more into that later, but for now, some of you might be thinking: what is the best scope for 308?  Ask the Swedish. We actually did not know the Swedes use a .308 scope until one American’s journey to Ikea’s homeland. Digging Deeper It all began when an American hunter journeyed to Sweden,…

A Brief History On November 16, 1871, the National Rifle Association received its charter from the State of New York, starting a long and distinguished history as a major force in encouraging marksmanship by Americans as preparation for possible military service and promoting the shooting sports.  Later emphasis on the rights of gun owners and shooters embroiled the organization in political mire and in recent years the once universally admired organization has generated much backlash against its political activities, including hatred from those that oppose the 2nd Amendment.  How did things go so wrong?  The answer is a bit complex,…

A Brief History On November 10, 1871, Welsh-American journalist Henry Morton Stanley finally met the man he had come so far to see, the missionary Rev. David Livingstone, prompting Stanley to blandly state, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”  As if it was some other Rev. Livingstone in the African jungle!  People sometimes understate things, and today we look at a few of those notable occurrences, but first we are compelled to say a bit about Henry Morton Stanley, a really fascinating guy. Digging Deeper Stanley was born John Rowlands in Wales in 1841, to an unwed 18 year old mother that…

1 2 3 4 137