Today in 1917 – The first U.S. troops arrive in France to fight alongside Britain, France, Italy, and Russia against Germany, and Austria-Hungary in World War I. British and French generals start drooling over fresh meat. General Pershing says “no way! We see how you take care of your men…” After receiving a lesson on battlefield tactics by a British officer, one American officer thanked him, and then told his American troops, “We appreciate the gentleman’s information, but remember, THEY’VE been using these tactics for four years and it hasn’t done ‘em much good.”
Today in 1942 – The first flight of the Grumman F6F Hellcat. It is the platform that shot down the most enemy aircraft in the war.
Today in 1945 – The United Nations Charter is signed in San Francisco. Hmmmm! UN starts in San Francisco. That explains a lot…
Today in 1960 – British Somaliland (now Somalia) gains independence from Britain. Once rid of the yoke of the white European colonialist interlopers, the nation goes on to become a bastion of peace and plenty. It didn’t? Oh, come on! Wait! I know, let’s import a several thousand into Minnesota and let them show us how to do it here!