May 13, 2012

Soapy Smith and the Spanish-American War.

Would he have stayed?

MAY 13
1607: Jamestown, Virginia, is settled as a colony of England.
1648: Margaret Jones of Plymouth was found guilty of witchcraft and is sentenced to be hanged by the neck.
1821: The first practical printing press is patented in the U.S. by Samuel Rust.
1846: The U.S. declares that war already existed with Mexico.
1848: Louis C. Blonger, Soapy’s successor in Denver, is born.
1885: First mention of the alias “Soapy” Smith in a newspaper.
1854: The first big American billiards match is held at Malcolm Hall in Syracuse, NY.
1864: The Battle of Resaca commences as Union General Sherman fights towards Atlanta during the American Civil War.
1865: Sergeant Crocker of an all-black Union unit dies at White's Ranch, Texas and is the last recorded death of the Civil War.
1867: Confederate President Jefferson Davis becomes a free man after spending two years in prison for his role in the American Civil War.
1870: An Indian attack on a Kansas Pacific Railroad crew near the town of Kit Carson, Colorado Territory kills eleven and wounds nineteen. 500 head of livestock are driven away.
1873: Ludwig M. Wolf patented the sewing machine lamp holder.
1877: Gunman Wild Bill Longley is arrested in Louisiana and taken to Giddings, Texas where he is tried and sentenced to hang for the murder of Roland Lay.
1880: Thomas Edison tests his experimental electric railway in Menlo Park.
1898: Wild Bunch member, Joe Walker, is killed with another man by a posse seeking cattle rustlers near Thompson, Utah. When the two bodies are brought in, the town of Thompson turns out to cheer, thinking that the other man was Butch Cassidy, but the corpse was that of Johnny Herring, an outlaw who bore resemblance to Butch.

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