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  1. #1 Today in History september 15 2012 
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    September 15
    1588 The Spanish Armada, which attempted to invade England, is destroyed by a British fleet.
    1776 The British occupy Manhattan.
    1788 An alliance between Britain, Prussia and the Netherlands is ratified at the Hague.
    1858 The Butterfield Overland Mail Company begins delivering mail from St. Louis to San Francisco. The company's motto is: "Remember, boys, nothing on God's earth must stop the United States mail!"
    1862 Confederates capture Harpers Ferry, securing the rear of Robert E. Lee's forces in Maryland.
    1891 The Dalton gang holds up a train and takes $2,500 at Wagoner, Oklahoma.
    1914 President Woodrow Wilson orders the Punitive Expedition out of Mexico. The Expedition, headed by General John Pershing, had been searching for Pancho Villa, a Mexican revolutionary.
    1916 Armored tanks are introduced by the British during the Battle of the Somme.
    1928 Scottish bacteriologist Alexander Fleming discovers, by accident, that the mold penicillin has an antibiotic effect.
    1935 In Berlin, the Reich under Adolf Hitler adopts the swastika as the national flag.
    1937 Prime Minister of England Neville Chamberlain flies to Germany to discuss the future of Czechoslovakia with Adolf Hitler.
    1939 The Polish submarine Orzel arrives in Tallinn, Estonia, after escaping the German invasion of Poland.
    1950 U.N. Forces, lead by the U.S. Marine Corps, invade occupied Korea at the port of Inchon. Considered the greatest amphibious attack in history, it is the zenith of General Douglas MacArthur's career.
    1963 Four young African-American girls are killed by the bombing of a church in Montgomery, Alabama.
    1971 The environmental group Greenpeace is founded.

    Born on September 15
    1789 James Fenimore Cooper, novelist whose works include The Pioneers and Last of the Mohicans.
    1857 William Howard Taft, 26th president of the United States (1909-1913).
    1889 Robert Benchley, humorist.
    1890 Agatha Christie, English writer of mystery novels.
    1890 Claude McKay, poet and novelist, part of the Harlem Renaissance.
    1894 Jean Renoir, French film director (Grand Illusion, The Rules of the Game).
    1901 Sir Howard Bailey, British engineer who gave his name to a prefabricated bridge used extensively during World War II.
    1926 Bobby Short, singer and pianist.
    1945 Jesse Norman, soprano.
    1946 Oliver Stone, film director and screenwriter (Platoon, JFK).

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    1829 - Mexican President Vicente R. Guerrero issued the Guerrero Decree. The act abolished slavery throughout the Republic of Mexico except the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.

    1858 - The southern route of the Butterfield Overland Mail crossed Texas on its way between St. Louis, MO, and the West Coast. Service was discontinued in March 1861 when the contract was modified to move the route northward out of the state.

    1883 - The University of Texas opened and held its first orientation for new students.

    1896 - About 15 miles north of Waco, a publicity stunt by the Katy Railroad resulted in the death of three people. The stunt involved deliberately crashing two trains.

    1999 - A gunman killed 7 people and himself after opening fire at the Wedgewood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, TX.

    2011 - It was announced that the Dallas Stars had signed an agreement to sell the team to Vancouver businessman Tom Gaglardi. To facilitate the sale the Dallas Stars commenced a voluntary chapter 11 bankruptcy case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Retread View Post
    ...............
    1896 - About 15 miles north of Waco, a publicity stunt by the Katy Railroad resulted in the death of three people. The stunt involved deliberately crashing two trains.
    ........
    That had to be about the dumbest thing I never heard of. So I looked it up:
    In 1896, as a publicity stunt set up by William George Crush, the Katy crashed two locomotives, pulling loaded trains, at a site that came to be known thereafter as Crush, Texas. The collision occurred before over 40 thousand spectators, three of whom died (and there were several injuries) when the exploding boilers sent debris flying. Ragtime composer Scott Joplin, who was performing in the area at the time, commemorated the event in "The Great Crush Collision March" (which he dedicated to the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railway).
    Seems like the promoters were not the only dumb people in Texas that day......
    The next day, I am sure, arose on a wiser Texas. Hua.
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