Wyatt Earp- Boxing referee. Wait, what?

It was  billed as a contest for the heavyweight championship of the world. And yet, by noon on Dec. 2, 1896, with the fight slated to take place that same evening in San Francisco’s Mechanics’ Pavilion, they had the boxers, they had the venue but they didn’t have a referee. It was the problem promotersContinue reading “Wyatt Earp- Boxing referee. Wait, what?”

The Utah POW camp incident.

During World War II, Utah was home to approximately 15,000 Italian and German prisoners of war that were distributed across a number of  camps. Camp Salina was a small, temporary branch camp to accommodate overflow prisoners in Fort Douglas in Salt Lake City. From 1944 to 1945 it was home to about 250 Germans, mostContinue reading “The Utah POW camp incident.”

SPAM

I am going to Spam this blog and I won’t even apologize for it. But wait before you delete the post. On this day in 1937 the Hormel Foods Corporation,  head quartered in Austin- Minnesota, USA,  first introduced the product SPAM The square can of pork, salt, water, sugar, potato starch and sodium nitrite thatContinue reading “SPAM”

White House Prom

We sometimes forget that the White House is not only the residence of the President of the USA , but also the residence of the President’s family. In 1975 Susan Ford, daughter of President Gerald Ford, was in her final year at Holton-Arms School.Her classmates, petitioned headmaster James Lewis to ask Susan if she could arrangeContinue reading “White House Prom”

US registered patent No. 6,469

On March 10,1849, a 40 year old inventor filed  an application for a patent relating to an invention to lift boats over shoals and obstructions in a river. The patent was registered today 170 years ago on May 22,1849. The inventor was none other than Abraham Lincoln. “Be it known that I, Abraham Lincoln, ofContinue reading “US registered patent No. 6,469”

The opinions after the Pearl Harbor attack.

There is not much I can add to the narrative of the Pearl Harbor attack. So much haS already been written about it. But something we didn’t get to hear a lot of, was the reactions of the ordinary US citizen after the attack. Following are some recordings of interviews of a few civilians eitherContinue reading “The opinions after the Pearl Harbor attack.”

George Takei and Executive Order 9066.

I am not saying I agree with Executive Order 9066, in fact I strongly disagree with it. It was a breach of basic human rights.However it is also very easy for people nowadays to judge about things retrospectively and for people who never found themselves in the unprecedented times like WWII. Executive Order 9066 wasContinue reading “George Takei and Executive Order 9066.”

Typhoid Mary

How could a seemingly healthy woman spread a potentially deadly disease? Typhoid or Typhoid fever fever is a bacterial infection that can spread throughout the body, affecting many organs. Without prompt treatment, it can cause serious complications and can be fatal.If typhoid fever isn’t treated, it’s estimated that up to 1 in 5 people withContinue reading “Typhoid Mary”

Somewhere in Corsica

In order to understand the true horrors of WWII it is important to read the accounts of survivors, or listen to the stories of those who fought on the battlefields and saw the horrors first hand. Although they survived they would have been scarred forever either physically or mentally or both. However sometimes it takesContinue reading “Somewhere in Corsica”

Harry Truman

I know what you all will be thinking that this will be a blog about President Truman, possibly about the order he gave to drop the atomic bombs. Well, you’d be wrong. It is indeed a blog about some explosive events but nothing WWII related. In fact it isn’t about President Truman either. The subjectContinue reading “Harry Truman”