Once Upon a Time in America (10.22.13)

This week in United States history…

October 20:

  • 1803: The Louisiana Purchase is ratified by the U.S. Senate
  • 1977: Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Convair CV-300 crashes in McComb, Mississippi en route to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, killing Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaints, road manager Dean Kilpatrick and the pilot and co-pilot.

October 21:

  • 1774: The word “Liberty” appears on a flag raised by colonists in Taunton, Massachusetts in defiance of British rule.

October 22:

  • 1746: Princeton University (originally called The College of New Jersey) is chartered.
  • 1836: Sam Houston is elected President of the Republican of Texas.
  • 1879: Thomas Edison tests the first electric incandescent light bulb.

October 23:

  • 1861: Habeas corpus is suspended in Washington DC by President Abraham Lincoln. He was a Republican by the way. So much for the Republican Party being the party of liberty.
  • 1946: The United Nations General Assembly meets for the first time in Queens, New York.

October 24:

  • 1861: The 1st transcontinental telegraph across the United States is completed.

October 25:

  • 1812: During the War of 1812, the USS United States captures the British frigate HMS Macedonian. Yeah, I know. Slow news day.

October 26:

  • 1881: The Gunfight at the OK Corral occurs in Tombstone, Arizona between Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Virgil Earp, Morgan Earp and the outlaw Cowboy’s Billy Claiborne, Ike Clanton, Billy Clanton, Tom McLaury and Frank McLaury. It last about 30 seconds and resulted in the death of Tom and Frank McLaury and Billy Clanton.
  • 2001: The USA PATRIOT Act becomes law. Boooo!
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