Browsing: Military

A Brief History On January 6, 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt (FDR) delivered perhaps his greatest speech, known as the “Four Freedoms Speech.”  FDR is but one of many famous orators that have delivered great speeches, and today we list a few of those famous talks, asking you to tell us which of these or others you believe is the greatest speech of all time. Digging Deeper Pericles, Funeral Oration, 431 BC Socrates, “Apology,” 399 BC Marc Antony, eulogy of Julius Caesar, 44 BC Patrick Henry, “Give me liberty, or give me death!” 1775 Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address, 1863 Winston Churchill,…

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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 January 2, 2022, the Omicron variant of the Covid virus was on the rise, but that was minor news compared to the top stories of 2022, some of which include: Digging Deeper Russia invaded Ukraine. Inflation ran rampant and gasoline reached an average of $5 per gallon. Queen Elizabeth II died and Charles III took the throne. The Cleveland Browns dumped Baker Mayfield and signed Deshaun Watson to a record contract. Elon Musk bought Twitter for $44 billion. The ongoing investigations of Donald Trump resulted in his company being found guilty of fraud and his tax…

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A Brief History On January 1, 1735, Paul Revere, silversmith and patriot, was born, starting a long line of famous Americans born on the first of the year.  Which one of these New Year’s babies do you rate as the greatest?  Feel free to nominate your own choice. Digging Deeper Paul Revere, Revolutionary, 1735 Anthony Wayne, General, 1745 Betsy Ross, Flag Designer, 1752 Frank Knox, World War II Secretary of the Navy, 1874 William J. Donovan, General and Master Spy, 1883 Edgar Hoover, Director of the FBI, 1895 Hank Greenberg, 1911, Baseball player J. D. Salinger, Army veteran and author,…

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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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