Archive for March 14th, 2009


Halberstadt CL IV

Halberstadt CL IV

This airplane appeared late in World War I as a ground attack plane.  The Halberstadt CL II had shown it could be effective in the ground support role, so Karl Thies, Halberstadt’s chief designer, created a more effective design for ground attack.  The CL IV proved an effective ground attacker because of exceptional maneuverability.  In the hands of a capable pilot it could dogfight other fighters.  The Germans also used the CL IV in night attacks against Allied bomber formations as they returned from their bombing missions.  Capable of over a hundred miles an hour, it carried into battle one or two Spandau 7.92 millimeter machine guns synchronized to shoot through the propeller, one 7.92 Parabellum machine gun mounted on the wooden ring just behind the wing, grenades dropped by the pilot, and five twenty-two pound bombs. 

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Deer Attack Wolves

I saw this story in the outdoor section of the Wisconsin State Journal and thought I would share it.  For those of you who aren’t familiar, Wisconsin has abundant wildlife.  With a deer population of around one and a half million and a growing wolf population of 500 to 600, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the odds of seeing interaction between them, while still rare, are growing.  The following story appeared in local newspapers throughout the state and is an account of one such interaction between deer and wolves.


Pat Durkin column: Deer attack on wolf stops logger in his tracks


Whether he’s wielding a chain saw in a cedar swamp or piloting an airplane above towering pines, Jim Hintz of Fifield is seldom surprised by wildlife he sees in Wisconsin’s Northwoods.

This career logger routinely shares lunch with gray jays and chickadees. He also must sometimes nudge and work around winter-stressed deer eating treetops he’s felled.

And earlier this winter, he saw a moose wander by as he verified a property line with his GPS unit. In turn, two timber wolves once watched him operate his bulldozer from 10 yards away as they rested in cool dirt Hintz graded on a summer afternoon.

But Hintz, 66, barely believed his eyes on Feb. 20 when several adult deer stopped eating maple buds and charged two wolves that appeared on a knoll 60 yards away.

“The smaller wolf didn’t wait. It ran away,” Hintz said. “The big one stayed and those deer just overhauled him. First, they stood on their hind legs and batted him with their front hooves, and then some of them turned and kicked like mules with their back hooves. I’m sure they broke his ribs. He was whimpering and yelping. He got kicked from all sides. When he finally got out of there, he was limping really bad and dragging a leg. I actually felt sorry for him.

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On This Day, March 14: Alexander Hamilton

March 14, 1776

Alexander Hamilton is named captain of artillery company

On this day in 1776, Alexander Hamilton receives his commission as captain of a New York artillery company. Throughout the rest of 1776, Captain Hamilton established himself as a great military leader as he directed his artillery company in several battles in and around New York City. In March 1777, Hamilton’s performance came to the attention of General George Washington and he was commissioned lieutenant colonel and personal aide to General Washington in the Continental Army.

After serving under Washington for four years, Hamilton resigned in February 1781 after a dispute with the general, but remained in the army. In July 1781, Hamilton took a position as commander of a regiment of New York troops and served with distinction at the Battle of Yorktown in the fall of that year.

After resigning from the army and working at a law practice, Hamilton was elected to the Continental Congress from New York in 1782, where he quickly became known as a proponent of a stronger national government. In the years to come, Hamilton became well-known for his political philosophy and published several papers with James Madison and John Jay that became known as the “Federalist Papers.”

Hamilton became the first secretary of the treasury in September 1789 after the election of President George Washington and served in that office until resigning in January 1795. Hamilton then returned to the private sector and a law practice in New York City, but remained a close advisor to President Washington.

In 1800, Hamilton became embroiled in a bitter dispute when he threw his support behind President John Adams’ reelection campaign instead of presidential candidate Aaron Burr’s. After his defeat, Burr ran for governor of New York in 1804; Hamilton again opposed his candidacy. Humiliated, Burr challenged Hamilton to a duel on July 11, 1804, in Weehawken, New Jersey. Alexander Hamilton was shot in the duel and died of his wound the following day, July 12, in New York at the age of 49.

“Alexander Hamilton is named captain of artillery company.” 2009. The History Channel website. 14 Mar 2009, 01:12


 On This Day

1743 – First American town meeting was held at Boston’s Faneuil Hall.

1794 – Eli Whitney received a patent for his cotton gin.

1900 – U.S. currency went on the gold standard with the ratification of the Gold Standard Act.

1901 – Utah Governor Heber M. Wells vetoed a bill that would have relaxed restrictions on polygamy.

1903 – The U.S. Senate ratified the Hay-Herran Treaty that guaranteed the U.S. the right to build a canal at Panama. The Columbian Senate rejected the treaty.

1914 – Henry Ford announced the new continuous motion method to assemble cars. The process decreased the time to make a car from 12½ hours to 93 minutes.

1918 – An all-Russian Congress of Soviets ratified a peace treaty with the Central Powers.

1936 – Adolf Hitler told a crowd of 300,000 that Germany’s only judge is God and itself.

1938 – Germany invaded Austria. A union of Austria and Germany was proclaimed by Adolf Hitler.

1939 – Hungary occupied the Carpatho-Ukraine. Slovakia declared its independence.

1945 – In Germany, a 22,000 pound “Grand Slam” bomb was dropped by the Royal Air Force Dumbuster Squad on the Beilefeld railway viaduct. It was the heaviest bomb used during World War II.

1947 – Moscow announced that 890,532 German POWs were held in the U.S.S.R.

1954 – The Viet Minh launched an assault on Dien Bien Phu in Saigon.

1976 – Egypt formally abrogated the 1971 Treaty Friendship and Cooperation with the Soviet Union.


March 14, 1969

Nixon discusses the possibility of U.S. troop withdrawals

At a news conference, President Richard Nixon says there is no prospect for a U.S. troop reduction in the foreseeable future because of the ongoing enemy offensive. Nixon stated that the prospects for withdrawal would hinge on the level of enemy activity, progress in the Paris peace talks, and the ability of the South Vietnamese to defend themselves. Despite these public comments, Nixon and his advisers were secretly discussing U.S. troop withdrawals. On June 8, at a conference on Midway Island with South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu, Nixon formally announced a new policy that included intensified efforts to increase the combat capability of the South Vietnamese armed forces so that U.S. forces could be gradually withdrawn. This program became known as “Vietnamization.” The first U.S. troop withdrawals occurred in the fall of 1969 with the departure of the headquarters and a brigade from the 9th Infantry Division.

“Nixon discusses the possibility of U.S. troop withdrawals.” 2009. The History Channel website. 14 Mar 2009, 01:13

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