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Old October 9th, 2012, 12:19 PM   #421

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Some people just don't get it, so it was with Eugen V. Debs.
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Mr. Debs, a union leader and socialist, ran for the US presidency four times.
His last time was from a jail cell for violations against
the Espionage Law. He was given a ten year prison term in 1918. In 1920
he ran for president, for his fourth time, from a cell in the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary
and received almost a million votes. President Warren Harding commuted Debs' sentence in December 1921 and even received him at the White House.
Mr. Debs died five years later of heart failure.
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Old October 9th, 2012, 03:25 PM   #422

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Sometimes people are remembered for really one thing, so it was with John L. O'Sullivan.
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Mr. O'Sullivan gave a nation a catch phrase that is still used today, "Manifest Destiny"
He was a huge Democratic supporter and one time Ambassador to Portugal under the
Pierce administration. He co-owned The New York Morning News with Samuel J. Tilden. He was also co-founded & editor for
The United States Magazine and Democratic Review or as it was generally called the Democratic Review. It was in the
Democratic Review in July of 1845 that he first mentioned adding Texas and the
Oregon territory to the US with the phrase of 'manifest destiny.'
Mr. O'Sullivan mentioned the phrase once more in a column in his New York Morning News in late 1845. The phrase caught on and has been with us ever since.
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Old October 9th, 2012, 06:58 PM   #423

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look up the history of Abraham Lincoln's corpse

also apparently there were 6 "states" that didnt make the cut during their appeal for statehood. including: jefferson, lincoln, franklin, etc.. i dont remember the details but you can find it on crack.com and other places.
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Old October 9th, 2012, 07:05 PM   #424

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look up the history of Abraham Lincoln's corpse

also apparently there were 6 "states" that didnt make the cut during their appeal for statehood. including: jefferson, .
The only attempt at creating a new US state using Jefferson's name, was
in the early 1940s when a few Northern California & Southern Oregon counties
dreamed up the idea. WWII started and everything changed after that.
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Old October 14th, 2012, 09:32 PM   #425

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There's always a first in America, so it was with the first balloon flight in America for Jean-Pierre Blanchard
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Mr. Blanchard began his flight from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 9 January 1793 and ended up landing in New Jersey. In attendance to see this
flight was a huge crowd who had purchased tickets and George Washington. The flight lasted 46 minutes and he successfully landed in an open field near the town of
Woodbury, New Jersery. He had traveled about fifteen miles and had even taken a
small dog with him.
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Old October 26th, 2012, 10:48 PM   #426

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I wouldn't call this "useless" exactly, but I find it a facinatating little known piece of WWII history.

Pictured are members of Mexico's 201st Fighter Squadron, The Aztec Eagles, around the wingtip of a destroyed Japanese Zero fighter. It is painted with the squadron's adopted mascot, Pancho, from the Disney movie "The Three Caballeros". Attached to the USAAF's 58th Fighter Group, and flying the P-47 Thunderbolt from their base on Luzon, the unit performed both close air support and tactical bombing raids deep into Japanese held territory during the liberation of the Philippines. They served with distinction, losing 7 of 30 pilots. They were the first unit of Mexico's armed forces to ever fight outside her borders. It is even less known that more Mexican air units were training in the US to join the 201st in supporting the planned allied invasion of Japan.
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Nicknames, History has some wacky ones, just ask Benjamin F. Butler about his two.
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Butler had two nicknames, neither one was a term of endearment. One one "Beast" and the
other horrible one was "Spoons".
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Old November 5th, 2012, 07:15 AM   #428

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These are mostly early America things, but here they are:
1.Benjamin Franklin had the first bath tub in the colonies.
2.America never lost a war when donkeys were involved.
3.Edison used to kill dogs, cats, and even bought an elephant just to kill using the electrical currents that Tesla was using, to make him look bad.
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Old November 8th, 2012, 01:15 AM   #429

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2.America never lost a war when donkeys were involved.
Hm I think donkeys were used quite a lot in Vietnam ....
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The Confederacy had a lot of famous names on their rolls, one was Mark Twain.
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At he beginning of the Civil War, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, aka Mark Twain, formed a Missouri Confederate militia unit known as the "Marion Rangers."
His enlistment lasted for about two weeks when he left the unit to follow his older brother Orion, to the
Nevada Territory. His brother had been appointed secretary to James W. Nye, the governor of territory.

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