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Cement Shoes: Method of Execution

Cement shoes or Chicago overcoat is a largely fictional method of execution and/or body disposal, usually associated with criminals such as the Mafia or gangs. It involves weighing down the victim, who may be dead or alive, with concrete and throwing them into the water in the hope the body will never be found. In the US, the term has become tongue-in-cheek for a threat of death by criminals. [...]

By | 2017-12-16T11:35:19+00:00 December 16th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , , |0 Comments

B-26 Marauder American Medium Bomber: World War II

The Martin B-26 Marauder was an American World War II twin-engined medium bomber built by the Glenn L. Martin Company from 1941 to 1945. First used in the Pacific Theater in early 1942, it was also used in the Mediterranean Theater and in Western Europe. After entering service with the US Army, the aircraft received the reputation of a "Widowmaker" due to the early models' high accident rate during [...]

By | 2017-12-15T13:16:41+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

USS Fletcher Destroyer: World War II

USS Fletcher (DD/DDE-445), named for Admiral Frank Friday Fletcher, was the lead Fletcher-class destroyer, and served in the Pacific during World War II. She received fifteen battle stars for World War II service, and five for Korean War service. Fletcher was laid down by the Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Kearny, New Jersey, on 2 October 1941. She was launched on 3 May 1942; sponsored by Mrs. F. [...]

By | 2017-12-14T14:00:31+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

American Soldier: Sergeant Leonard Alfred Funk

It goes without saying that many gallant actions of war are often never recorded and lost to the passage of time as they are treated as simply what is required of men in combat. But if you are an American soldier, like First Sergeant Leonard A. Funk, who had already picked up a Silver Star and Distinguished Service Cross by 1945, you tend to stand out from the crowd. [...]

By | 2017-12-09T13:24:49+00:00 December 9th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures, World War II|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Prohibition in the United States, 1920 – 1933

The ratification of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution–which banned the manufacture, transportation and sale of intoxicating liquors–ushered in a period in American history known as Prohibition. The result of a widespread temperance movement during the first decade of the 20th century, Prohibition was difficult to enforce, despite the passage of companion legislation known as the Volstead Act. The increase of the illegal production and sale of liquor [...]

By | 2017-12-05T07:41:36+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , , |0 Comments

T14 Tank: American Assault Tank

The Assault Tank T14 was a joint project between the United States and the United Kingdom with the goal being to produce an universal infantry tank. A pilot model was not delivered to the UK by 1944 by which time the British Churchill tank had been in service for two years and greatly improved over its initial model. The T14 project never came to fruition due to this fact. [...]

By | 2017-12-02T13:22:23+00:00 December 2nd, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

H-4 Hercules: The Spruce Goose

The single 400,000-pound (181,436-kilogram) H-4 Hercules flying boat, built by the Hughes Aircraft Co., was the largest flying boat ever built with the widest wingspan. It was built after a U.S. government request in 1942 for a cargo and troop carrier that would not be susceptible to Axis submarines and, by substituting wood for metal in its construction, would not use critical wartime materials. Originally conceived by Henry J. [...]

By | 2017-11-22T07:34:04+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

USS Arkansas (BB-33): American Battleship

Conceived at the 1908 Newport Conference, the Wyoming-class of the battleship was the US Navy's fourth type of dreadnought after the earlier -, -, and -classes. The first incarnations of the design came about through war games and debates as the earlier classes had not yet entered service. Central among the conference's findings was the need for increasingly larger calibers of main guns. During the latter months of 1908, [...]

By | 2017-11-16T14:34:02+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Cursed B-17E Flying Fortress, Old 666

When you see the number “666” on the tail number of a plane, it is entirely understandable if you opt to stay on the ground. That number is as superstitious as a black cat walking under a ladder and given the reputation of this particular plane for returning to base shot to pieces; it becomes impossible to distinguish fact from superstition. But that didn’t stop an insubordinate and audacious [...]

By | 2017-11-10T07:28:30+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Golden State Serial Killer, Night Stalker

While not as well known as the Zodiac Killer or the Night Stalker, the Golden State Killer is one of California's creepy serial killers. Between 1976 and 1986, he committed at least 45 rapes, 12 murders, and 120 residential burglaries throughout California, and then disappeared without a trace. Who is the Golden State Killer? He preyed on women in their bedrooms, he was known to make disturbing phone calls [...]

By | 2017-11-07T08:21:17+00:00 November 7th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, Public Figures|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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