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Today we share with you the story of Bill Overstreet who, while in WWII, flew underneath the Eiffel Tower during a dogfight with a German Bf 109.
In the 1950s and 1960s, the U.S. government was extremely worried about the impact of biological attacks on urban centers in the United States. In order to assess how widespread the damage of attacks on such sensitive and population-dense areas would be, they went to great lengths to conduct classified studies on large population centers.
In 1966, the U.S. Army released enormous amounts of aerosolized (but harmless)Bacillus globigii (also known as Bacillus subtilis) into the New York City subway system. Bacillus globigii is a gram-positive, catalase-positive bacteria commonly found in soil samples and, outside of cases where a patient has a severely compromised immune system, is completely harmless. After each release in the test, agents from the Army would study the subway platforms at set intervals to determine how long the bacteria survived, how long the area remained contaminated, and how many people would have been affected if the released substance was deadly.
The subway experiments were repeated in Chicago and were only one of over 200 different studies conducted across the U.S. during that time period.
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US Marines, Afghanistan. hand in hand with an Afghan boy. This young boy knows nothing but war. Its been this way for over 30 years in Afghanistan. I think peace would receive a warm welcome.
The Knights of Labor, a labor union of tailors in Philadelphia, hold the first Labor Day ceremonies in American history. The Knights of Labor was established as a secret society of Pennsylvanian tailors earlier in the year and later grew into a national body that played an important role in the labor movement of the late 19th century.
The first annual observance of Labor Day was organized by the American Federation of Labor in 1884, which resolved in a convention in Chicago that “the first Monday in September be set aside as a laborer’s national holiday.” In 1887, Oregon became the first state to designate Labor Day a holiday, and in 1894 Congress designated the first Monday in September a legal holiday for all federal employees and the residents of the District of Columbia.
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This will be part of #Vietnam50Years tribute.2015 marks the 50th anniversary of direct US involvement in the Vietnam war. Each of the posts will have the above hashtag attributed to them. Here’s the link to the post that explains my [rough draft] plan for the event. Tonight, we’ll begin with the campaign that was only supposed to last 8 weeks…It didn’t see its end until October of 1968.
Operation Rolling Thunder was the name given to America’s sustained bombing campaign against North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Operation Rolling Thunder was a demonstration of America’s near total air supremacy during the Vietnam War. It was started in an effort to demoralise the North Vietnamese people and to undermine the capacity of the government in North Vietnam to govern. Operation Rolling Thunder failed on both accounts.
I will continue as I am with minor additions as they come along, and one addition I hope to run weekly through the year. This idea came to me just today so it’s still a little rough around the edges but I should have it all ironed out by the 1st of the year.
What’s it going to cover?
It was the bravest of the brave who volunteered to enter the maze of tunnels, carved below the battlefields, A maze of hiding places, boobie traps and weapon cashes. The men that dared the dark underworld of the Viet-cong were to become know as the