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06-24-2012, 09:35 PM
Lead Story
U.S. Air Force reports on Roswell, 1997
American Revolution
New Hampshire Patriot Matthew Thornton dies, 1803
Senate passes landmark auto safety bill, 1966
Civil War
Lincoln consults Winfield Scott, 1862
Cold War
Soviets blockade West Berlin, 1948
Mail bomb injures Yale professor, 1993
Eastern Flight 66 crashes at J.F.K., 1975
General Interest
King Philip's War begins, 1675
Napoleon's Grande Armee invades Russia, 1812
Picasso exhibited in Paris, 1901
Eamon de Valera resigns, 1973
Tom Cruise raises eyebrows, 2005
Pete Hamill is born, 1935
Disney pulls album on release day, 1997
Old West
Colorado Governor orders Indians to Sand Creek, 1864
Woodrow Wilson marries Ellen Axson in Savannah, Georgia, 1885
Jacqueline Bouvier and Senator John F. Kennedy announce engagement, 1953
Mandela cheers on South African rugby team, 1995
Vietnam War
Senate repeals Tonkin Gulf Resolution, 1970
Martin becomes the U.S. ambassador in Saigon, 1973
World War I
First operational flight of new German fighter plane, 1915
World War II
Russians enjoy a victory parade, 1945
Conservative Underground
Retread makes 1000th post, 2012

06-24-2012, 09:58 PM
1699 - San Juan Bautista Mission was founded near Lampazos, Neuvo León, Mexico. A few months later the mission moved to a site near Guerrero, Coahuila. This mission served as a gateway for many expeditions into the interior of Texas.

1851 - Fort Belknap was established in what later became known as Young County, in north central Texas.

1900 - Singer/composer Gene Austin was born in Gainesville, TX. He went on to record "My Blue Heaven" in 1927 which sold over 12 million copies.

1981 - In San Antonio, TX, U.S. President Reagan addressed the 61st National Convention of the U.S. Junior Chambers of Commerce.

06-25-2012, 12:54 AM
Wednesday June 24 1863

Last year’s invasion of Maryland by the Army of Northern Virginia had culminated in a vast battle in Sharpsburg, MD, on the banks of Antietam Creek. The forces of Gen. Lee were on the move again and the logic of geography dictated that they pass that way again, this time on their way to Pennsylvania. “Take Harrisburg if it comes within your grasp” were the orders to the lead forces.

James Longstreet and A.P. Hill had passed not far from Harpers Ferry, and today they neared Antietam Creek again. A sharp and bloody skirmish broke out that added even more spirits to those already haunting the battlefield.