Saturday, October 25, 2008

History Day!

Today held two of the best battles in history. In 1881, Wyatt, Virgil, and Morgan Earp and Doc Holliday took on Frank and Tom McLaury, Billy and Ike Clanton, and Billy Claiborne. The McLaurys and Claiborne were killed. The fight has been in every other western since then.
In 1944, a far worse battle took place in Leyte Gulf in the Philippines. The US and Japan clashed in three seperate but connected battles. The superbattleship Musashi was sunk, US forces landed on the islands, the imperial Japanese fleet was effectively demolished, kamikazes were first used, and Taffy 3 took on a superfleet. 6 light carriers, 3 destroyers, and 4 destroyer escorts, collectively known as tin cans, took on 1 superbattleship, 3 battleships, 6 heavy cruisers, 2 light cruisers, and 11 destroyers. We lost 4 ships; the Japanese lost 4 sunk and 4 seriously damaged. The book The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors is a great account of the battle.
In total, the battle killed over 11,500 men. 64 years.
In other news:
1797: Giuditta Pasta, one of the world's greatest female opera singers, is born. Thousands, sadly, laugh at her name.
1825: the Erie Canal opens
1861: the Pony Express ceases operations
1940: the P-51 Mustang makes its first flight. It will go on to dominate the skies of Europe.
1943: The German Do.335 with propellers in front and back flies, amazingly. It will go on to dominate the 'Albatross attracted to airplane' category.
1947: Hillary Clinton is born. No comment.
1948: Killer smog kills 20 and sickens thousands in Donora, PA. Ken Griffey Sr. is three years old and survives the smog.
1955: Austria declares itself permanently neutral
2001: George Bush signs the Patriot Act into law. Any action beyond breathing is automatically illegal.

2 comments:

mandachan said...

i just had an epiphany. read my last post OR ELSE!!!!
(and i'm not saying that it'll actually work, i'm just imagining it in my little fantasy world where everything works)

The EGE said...

2+2=5 for sufficiently large values of two.