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    This Day In History: The Gun

    Like in baseball, every day of the calendar, an interesting event has occurred with the gun.An invention,the birth of a firearms genius,an evil event,a heroic act by a citizen, something interesting has happened.

    So perhaps we can make this a running thread every day Maybe,who knows? We shall see.Please contribute any interesting finds pertaining to the day if you can.

    I'll start off with this almost forgotten San Francisco story which has led to fable in books and movies:

    1943 U.S.A. Alcatraz Attempted Escape

    13th April 1943 : Four convicts attempted to escape from the prison at Alcatraz today. Two were drowned in San Francisco Bay after being shot and the other two were recaptured.
    "A man's got to know his limitations."

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    Today is the day that the HBO documentary Gun Fight debuts. I hope it doesnt show us in a bad light.

    Here is a better one:
    This is the anniversary of Idaho joining Montana in a Federal court case. The case is about a states right to manufacture and sell firearms within its borders and have no federal regulations or interference attached to it.
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    Thank you,Brandon.Perhaps every day we'll be able to come up with an interesting piece of gun lore.Or more.
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    Apr 12-14, 1861 Battle of Fort Sumter starting the American Civil War
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    CD!

    You would bring up Sumter!

    I have fond memories of consuming Schlitz on the beach (Sullivan's Island?) near Fort Moultrie, watching the Polaris/Poseidon boats come and go from Charleston's harbor during '74 and early '75. It was always sort of spooky to have a sail suddenly pop up in one's field of view with a person's BAC approaching the legal limit!

    Best of all was watching the Yorktown loom out of the mist when they towed her to her final berth! I almost stopped consuming alcohol.
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    Apr 12-14, 1861 Battle of Fort Sumter starting the American Civil War
    There we go.3 days covered right there!
    Thank you,Combat Diver all the way from Afghanistan!

    Stay safe, and thanks for all you're doing for us.
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    A tragedy for the nation on this date in 1865.Lee had surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattax Courthouse,Virginia just 5 days earlier on April 9th to General Grant.

    1865 U.S.A. Lincoln Assassination

    14th April 1865 : President Lincoln is shot and mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth while attending the comedy "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. He died the next day
    "A man's got to know his limitations."

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    Sacco and Vanzetti.One of the most sensational trials of the 20th Century.
    It all began on April 15th,1920.

    It ended with their execution in August,1927.

    Apr 15, 1920:
    The Sacco-Vanzetti case draws national attention

    A paymaster and a security guard are killed during a mid-afternoon armed robbery of a shoe company in South Braintree, Massachusetts. Out of this rather unremarkable crime grew one of the most famous trials in American history and a landmark case in forensic crime detection.
    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-h...onal-attention
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    I wonder what lucky poster gets to do the 19th!

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    I wonder what lucky poster gets to do the 19th!
    Whoever wakes up first,Bob!
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    4 years ago.And the same clueless, inept administrators are still running that campus.Unbelievable.

    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-h...leaves-32-dead

    Apr 16, 2007:
    Massacre at Virginia Tech leaves 32 dea

    On this day in 2007, in one of the deadliest shootings in U.S. history, 32 students and teachers die after being gunned down on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University by Seung Hui Cho, a student at the school who later dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
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    On April 17th, 1915, future USMC pilot and Medal of Honor winner Joe Foss was born.

    On January 11th, 2002, Joe Foss was arrested by TSA in Phoenix for refusing to surrender a sharply pointed implement (his Medal of Honor), to TSA agents.

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    Billy the Kid makes it to the Library of Congress in 1882:

    Apr 17, 1882:
    Life of Billy the Kid arrives at Library of Congress

    Several copies of Sheriff Pat Garrett's wildly inauthentic biography, An Authentic Life of Billy the Kid, arrive at the Library of Congress, beginning the widespread dissemination of this highly fictionalized story of the western outlaw.
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    April 18th a bill to protect gun makers was introduced.


    (Warning the content of what you are about to read may induce uncontrollable vomitting and/or uncontrolable diarrhrea.)


    http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/1999...akers-debated/
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    April 19th

    2005 - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger elected Pope Benedict XVI on the second day of the Papal conclave.

    1995 - Oklahoma City bombing

    1994 - Rodney King award $3,800,000 in compensation of police beating

    1993 - Waco assault

    1982 - Sally Ride announced as 1st woman astronaut

    1971 - Charles Manson sentenced to life (Sharon Tate murder)

    1956 - U.S. actress Grace Kelly marries Monaco's Prince Rainier III (in Church)

    1948 - ABC-TV network begins

    1947 - French ship explodes in Texas City harbor, kills about 522

    1943 - Warsaw, Poland Ghetto uprising

    1939 - Connecticut finally approves Bill of Rights (148 years late)

    1934 - Shirley Temple appears in her 1st movie, "Stand Up & Cheer"

    1933 - FDR announces U.S. will leave gold standard

    1897 - 1st Boston Marathon

    1775 - Minutemen Capt John Parker orders not to fire unless fired upon
    1775 - Revolution begins-Lexington Common, shot "heard round the world"
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    On January 11th, 2002, Joe Foss was arrested by TSA in Phoenix for refusing to surrender a sharply pointed implement (his Medal of Honor), to TSA agents.
    What nitwits. It is difficult for me to imagine people not knowing who Joe Foss is/was, he had several ways to be famous.

    1993 - Waco assault
    Let's talk about that, shall we? .gov buffoonery at its most inept.
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    April 18, 1945. Ernie Pyle,American's most beloved war correspondent, dies off the coast of Okinawa at the age of 45:

    Apr 18, 1945:
    Ernie Pyle killed at Okinawa

    On this day in 1945, Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent Ernie Pyle was killed by Japanese machine-gun fire on the island of Ie Shima off the coast of Okinawa. Extremely popular, especially with the average GI, whose life and death he reported on (American infantrymen braved enemy fire to recover Pyle's body), Pyle had been at the London Blitz of 1941 and saw action in North Africa, Italy, France, and the Pacific. A monument exists to him to this day on Ie Shima, describing him simply as "a buddy."
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    The beginning of the Revolutionary War,a momentous day:

    Apr 19, 1775:
    The American Revolution begins


    At about 5 a.m., 700 British troops, on a mission to capture Patriot leaders and seize a Patriot arsenal, march into Lexington to find 77 armed minutemen under Captain John Parker waiting for them on the town's common green. British Major John Pitcairn ordered the outnumbered Patriots to disperse, and after a moment's hesitation the Americans began to drift off the green.

    Suddenly, the "shot heard around the world" was fired from an undetermined gun, and a cloud of musket smoke soon covered the green. When the brief Battle of Lexington ended, eight Americans lay dead or dying and 10 others were wounded. Only one British soldier was injured, but the American Revolution had begun.
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    April 20,1977. The Supreme rules that Live Free or Die can be covered on New Hampshire license plates.

    Although perhaps not directly gun related,the slogan does reach a chord with a multitude of believers of freedom and the Second Amendment.

    It certainly was an interesting case, settled by a 6-3 vote.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Live_Free_or_Die

    In 1977, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Wooley v. Maynard, 430 U.S. 705, that the State of New Hampshire could not prosecute motorists who chose to hide part or all of the motto. That ruling came about because George Maynard, a Jehovah's Witness, covered up "or die" from his plate. "[B]y religious training and belief, I believe my 'government' - Jehovah's Kingdom - offers everlasting life. It would be contrary to that belief to give up my life for the state, even if it meant living in bondage." [2] Pursuant to these beliefs, the Maynards began early in 1974 to cover up the motto on their license plates.

    He was convicted of breaking a state law against altering license plates.

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6–3 in his favor and likened Maynard's refusal to accept the state motto with the Jehovah’s Witness children refusing to salute the American flag in public school in the 1943 decision West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette.
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    Gun salutes will be fired in London and around the United Kingdom today (21 April) to mark The Queen's 85th birthday.


    I cant believe they arent wanting to ban this practice.
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    April 22nd ,2011 this guy wasnt being safe or responsible with his firearm.

    An 18-year-old man fleeing police was fatally shot with his own gun when police tackled him in North Philadelphia early Friday, authorities said.

    Khalil Burton, whose last known address was the 500 block of McKinley Street in the Crescentville section, died at Temple University Hospital about 5 a.m.

    Just after midnight, police responded to a call about a person with a gun at 13th and Cambria Streets. They saw Burton nearby, police said.
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    April 23rd 2007. Edmonton Journal reports that the V-Tech maasacre actually strengthened the gun lobby.

    By The Edmonton Journal April 23, 2007. WASHINGTON - The powerful US gun lobby, far from being weakened by last week's tragic college campus shooting, actually has emerged stronger, gun advocates said, stepping up calls Sunday for a better- armed citizenry to prevent future attacks. Gun-rights advocates said that following last week's massacre, in which 23-year-old Cho Seung-Hui fatally shot 32 victims at Virginia Tech University, gun-control forces will be hard
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    April 24th and 25th 1914 was the dates of the Larne gun running scandal of Ireland.

    The Larne gun-running was a major gun smuggling operation organised in Ireland by Major Frederick H. Crawford and Captain Wilfrid Spender for the Ulster Unionist Council to equip the Ulster Volunteer Force.[1][2][3] The operation involved the smuggling of almost twenty-five thousand rifles and three million rounds of ammunition[clarification needed] from Germany, with the shipments landing in Larne, Donaghadee, and Bangor in the early hours between Friday 24 and Saturday 25 April 1914.[1][2][4] The Larne gun-running may have been the first time in history motor-vehicles had been used "on a large scale for a military-purpose, and with striking success".[2]
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    April 26,1865:

    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-h...n-wilkes-booth

    Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth dies.

    John Wilkes Booth is killed when Union soldiers track him down to a Virginia farm 12 days after he assassinated President Abraham Lincoln.After receiving aid from several Confederate sympathizers, Booth's luck finally ran out. The countryside was swarming with military units looking for Booth, although few shared information since there was a $20,000 reward. While staying at the farm of Richard Garrett, Federal troops arrived on their search but soon rode on.

    The unsuspecting Garrett allowed his suspicious guests to sleep in his barn, but he instructed his son to lock the barn from the outside to prevent the strangers from stealing his horses. A tip led the Union soldiers back to the Garrett farm, where they discovered Booth and Herold in the barn. Herold came out, but Booth refused. The building was set on fire to flush Booth, but he was shot while still inside. He lived for three hours before gazing at his hands, muttering "Useless, useless," as he died.
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    We are back up to speed on this one JD. As you were.
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