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   GO3 posted on Veterans' Page & Militaria  April 10 in military history:

847 - Consecration of Pope Leo IV (847-55 ), who would fortify the Vatican against the Moors and is later canonized
1864 - Austrian Archduke Maximilian becomes Emperor of Mexico (1864-1867 ), executed 1867

1918 - Near Toul, in eastern France, the 104th Infantry begins four days determined defense against a German assault. First established in Springfield, Massachusetts, the regiment was the first American unit to be awarded the French Croix de Guerre. The regimental citation read: "For greatest fighting spirit and self-sacrifice during action of April 10, 12 and 13, 1918. Suffering from heavy bombardments, and attack by very strong German Forces, the regiment succeeded in preventing their dangerous advance, and with greatest energy reconquered, at the point of bayonet, the few ruined trenches which had to be abandoned at the first onset, at the same time making prisoners". Photo: Soldiers of the 104th Infantry Regiment being decorated in France, June, 1918.

1940 - First Battle of Narvik: Royal Navy destroyers defeat German destroyers, two of which are lost
1941 - Axis troops capture Cyrenaica, invest Tobruk, initiating an unsuccessful seven month siege
1941 - USS 'Niblack' (DD-424 ) depth charges a U-boat; first US action against German forces although prior to a declaration of war.
1942 - Manila Bay: Japanese bombard Corregidor and other forts
1944 - Soviet forces liberate Odessa from Nazis
1945 - Allies liberate the Buchenwald concentration camp; British carriers attack Japanese airbases on Formosa.
1948 - Jewish Hagana repels an Arab attack on Mishmar Ha-Emek
1963 - USS 'Thresher' (SSN-593 ) sinks east of Cape Cod, 124 die

   April 10 at 01:08 EST .

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   GO3 posted on Veterans' Page & Militaria  April 8 in military history:

0 - Feast of St Walther Gautier of Pontoise, Patron of Prisoners-of-War
1861 - US mint at Dahlonega, Georgia, seized by Confederate officials
1864 - Battle of Mansfield, La; U.S. forces routed by Lt Gen Richard Taylor

1865 - Lee's retreat cut off near Appomattox Court House. Lee, having abandoned the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia retreated west, hoping to join his army with the Confederate forces in North Carolina. Union forces pursued and cut off the Confederate's retreat at the village of Appomattox Court House. Lee launched an attack to break through the Union force to his front, assuming the Union force consisted entirely of cavalry. When he realized that the cavalry was backed up by two corps of Union infantry, he had no choice but to surrender. Painting: Lee surrenders to General Grant.

1898 - Battle of the Atbara River: Kitchener's Anglo-Egyptian forces crush the Sudanese Mahdists
1940 - British destroyer 'Glowworm' is sunk after a gallant fight with the German heavy cruiser 'Admiral Hipper'
1945 - Okinawa: Marines probe Japanese lines on the Motobu Peninsula
1950 - Unarmed USN patrol plane downed over the Baltic Sea by Soviet aircraft
1956 - Parris Is, SC: Six Marine recruits drown during an unauthorized night exercise

   April 8 at 00:48 EST .

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   GO3 posted on Movies & Reviews  As it turns out, Bond arch-villain and head of SPECTRE, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, had a previous relationship with 007. He was Bond's:

a. Uncle
b. Foster brother
c. School mate
d. MI6 mentor
   April 6 at 10:16 EST .

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   StormCnter  My Bond-a-philic granddaughter could answer this in a heartbeat. I can't, however.
April 6 at 17:23 EST .

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   GO3  The only hint I could give would concern Bond being an orphan so it would just give it away, So the answer is foster brother. Bond was taken in by a foster father who took a liking to him more so than his own son. Hence, it set in motion a couple of decades of deadly events.
April 6 at 22:46 EST .

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   GO3 posted on Veterans' Page & Militaria  April 5 in military history:

1812 - British take Badajoz, Spain, from the French by storm
1861 - U.S. troops abandon Ft Quitman, Tx
1881 - Transvaal regains independence from Britain
1916 - Battle of El Hanna: Unsuccessful British attempt to break the Turkish siege of Kut
1939 - Germany: "Aryan" youth ordered to join the Hitlerjugend
1942 - Bataan: Japanese troops capture Mt. Samat
1942 - Ceylon: Japanese carrier aircraft attack Colombo, other towns, and shipping, inflict heavy damage, and sink British heavy cruisers Cornwall and Dorsetshire
1943 - Burma: British 6th Brigade HQ is overrun by advancing Japanese in the Arakan
1951 - Julius & Ethel Rosenberg, atomic spies, sentenced to death
1962 - NASA civilian pilot Neil Armstrong takes X-15 to 54,600m altitude
1986 - Berlin: two US servicemen and a Turkish woman die in a terrorist bombing

1991 - Iraq: US begins relief air drops to Kurds in the north. Operation Provide Comfort was actually initiated by the British (Operation Haven ) and was quickly joined by the United States and other Coalition nations of the Gulf War. The mission started in April 1991 to defend Kurds fleeing their homes in northern Iraq in the aftermath of the Gulf War and to deliver humanitarian aid. It was spearheaded by 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines, with elements from the Army, Royal Air Force, and other coalition members. The ground mission within Iraq took 58 days to complete. Operation Provide Comfort/Haven officially ended shortly after that, but the enforcement of the No Fly Zone continued to ensure security in the region. Photo: USMC LAV-25 during Operation Provide Comfort.

   April 5 at 00:20 EST .

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   GO3 posted on Coffee Klatch  I live in a house where all four walls face south, rand a bear walks by. What color is the bear?
   March 22 at 20:08 EST .

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   GO3  Meant and not rand.
March 22 at 20:08 EST .

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   Safetydude  White.
March 22 at 21:24 EST .

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   GO3  Yup.
March 23 at 01:21 EST .

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   GO3 posted on Coffee Klatch  I have two coins in my pocket totaling 55 cents. One is not a fifty cent piece. What are the coins?
March 17 at 07:05 EST .

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   Safetydude  A fifty cent piece and a nickel.
March 17 at 12:30 EST .

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   GO3  Correct!
March 22 at 20:05 EST .

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   GO3 posted on Veterans' Page & Militaria  March 16 in military history:

597BC - The Babylonians capture Jerusalem

1865 - Battle of Averasboro, NC. The Confederate military action on the Smith plantation four miles south of the village of Averasboro was and is of considerable significance. The battle resulted from a deliberate, well-planned, and well-executed Confederate tactical military maneuver in force--the first since the beginning of Sherman's march. The action was designed to delay and to damage General Sherman's progress, and it did both under the able and experienced leadership of General William J. Hardee. Painting: Battle of Averasboro.

1916 - The new Dutch passenger liner 'Tubatina' is torpedoed off the Netherlands, Germany denies responsibility despite recovery of portions of the torpedo
1935 - Hitler announces German rearmament, after years of covert efforts under the Weimar Republic, in violation of the Treaty of Versailles.
1941 - The Pennsylvania Railroad's Cleveland-Pittsburgh express is derailed near Baden, Pa. by Ukrainian fascists acting in German pay; 5 dead,. about 114 injured
1945 - Iwo Jima: organized Japanese resistance ends, mopping up continues.
1968 - My Lai Massacre, perhaps 450 die
1985 - Hezbollah terrorists capture Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson, hold him until 1991

   March 16 at 07:55 EST .

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   GO3 posted on Veterans' Page & Militaria  March 14 in military history:

1653 - Naval Battle off Livorno: Dutch fleet under Johan van Galen defeats the English
1836 - Battle of Refugio: Mexicans capture Texian force

1941 - German Air Raid on Clydebank: After two nights of bombing by 439 German bombers, nearly every building the town is damaged or destroyed, more than 500 were dead, and over 35,000 homeless. Clydebank, Scotland was a major ship building town and it also produced munitions for the Allies. This made it a target for the Luftwaffe. Major industries included the John Brown & Company shipyard, Royal Ordnance Factory Dalmuir and the Singer Corporation factory. Out of 12,000 houses only seven remained undamaged. Photo: Clydebank after the bombing.

1942 - MacArthur arrives on Mindanao by PT-boat, from Bataan en route to Australia.
1945 - B-29s raid Osaka, 13,000 casualties.
1945 - RAF bombs railway link at Hanover-Hamm
1991 - The Emir returns to Kuwait, newly liberated from Iraqi occupation

   March 14 at 05:49 EST .

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   GO3 posted on Movies & Reviews  These two ladies pictured below played the same character; one in a TV show and the other in the movie version. Name the actors, their character name, and the name of the TV show/movie.
   March 11 at 01:34 EST .

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   MeiDei  June Lockhart on left Mamma in Lassie series?
March 11 at 06:45 EST .

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   GO3  One down, June on the left, but not Mom on Lassie.
March 11 at 06:54 EST .

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   MeiDei  Nutty idea - was she in Lost in Space? Equally nutty does the gal on right go by the last name of Chastain?
March 11 at 07:36 EST .

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   MeiDei  or is she Mimi Rogers?
March 11 at 07:53 EST .

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   GO3  June and Mimi both played Maureen Robinson in Lost in Space.
March 11 at 19:20 EST .

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   GO3 posted on Veterans' Page & Militaria  March 9 in military history:

1226 - Massacre of Tbilisi, Georgia: King Jalal ad-Din Mingburnu the Khwarazmian slaughters thousands of Georgian Christians for refusing to convert to Islam.
1847 - Winfield Scott lands an army at Veracruz, Mexico, and begins a siege.
1862 - Battle of Hampton Roads II: USS 'Monitor' fights CSS 'Virginia' to a draw, preserving the blockade
1864 - Ulysses S. Grant promoted to lieutenant general and commanding general
1943 - New Guinea: Japanese aircraft conduct a major raid on Wau.
1945 - Indochina: Japanese attack French garrisons, massacring thousands.
1945 - Waiting for ideal weather and sufficient winds, US B-29s drop 1,665 tons of incendiaries on Tokyo on the night of 9-10 March creating a firestorm. By dawn on the 10th, 80,000-120,000 have died, the highest toll in a single air raid, exceeding even the atomic bombs. Photo: Tokyo after the firebombing.

   March 8 at 21:51 EST .

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   GO3 posted on Veterans' Page & Militaria  March 6 in military history:

1836 - Santa Anna's Mexicans storm the Alamo, after a 13 day siege. Poem by Joaquin Miller:

The Defence of the Alamo

Santa Ana came storming, as a storm might come;
There was rumble of cannon; there was rattle of blade;
There was cavalry, infantry, bugle and drum --
Full seven thousand in pomp and parade.
The chivalry, flower of Mexico;
And a gaunt two hundred in the Alamo!

And thirty lay sick, and some were shot through;
For the siege had been bitter, and bloody, and long.
"Surrender, or die!" -- "Men, what will you do?"
And Travis, great Travis, drew sword, quick and strong;
Drew a line at his feet. . . . "Will you come" Will you go?
I die with my wounded, in the Alamo."

Then Bowie gasped, "Lead me over that line!"
Then Crockett, one hand to the sick, one hand to his gun,
Crossed with him; then never a word or a sign
Till all, sick or well, all, all save but one,
One man. Then a woman stepped, praying, and slow
Across; to die at her post in the Alamo.

Then that one coward fled, in the night, in that night
When all men silently prayed and thought
Of home; of to-morrow; of God and the right,
Till dawn; and with dawn came Travis's cannon-shot,
In answer to insolent Mexico,
From the old bell-tower of the Alamo.

Then came Santa Ana; a crescent of flame!
Then the red escalade; then the fight hand to hand;
Such an unequal fight as never had name
Since the Persian hordes butchered that doomed Spartan band.
All day -- all day and all night; and the morning? so slow,
Through the battle smoke mantling the Alamo.

Now silence! Such silence! Two thousand lay dead
In a crescent outside! And within? Not a breath
Save the gasp of a woman, with gory gashed head,
All alone, all alone there, waiting for death;
And she but a nurse. Yet when shall we know
Another like this of the Alamo?

Shout "Victory, victory, victory ho!"
I say 'tis not always to the hosts that win!
I say that the victory, high or low,
Is given the hero who grapples with sin,
Or legion or single; just asking to know
When duty fronts death in his Alamo.

   March 6 at 05:50 EST .

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