May 16, 2012

War of 1812: 200th anniversary

id you know it is the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812? Yeah, I didn't know either. What do we know about this war? Ok, I don't know that answer either, but I do know that Soapy Smith's grandfather, Dr. Ira Ellis Smith fought in that war so I found this short video which will explain the importance of this anniversary...sort of.

Ira Ellis Smith
August 18, 2011
August 16, 2011
June 26, 2010
September 10, 2009

Ira Ellis Smith: pages 9, 11, 19-20, 594.

MAY 16
1866: The U.S. Congress authorizes the first 5-cent piece to be minted. 
1868: President Andrew Johnson is acquitted by one vote during a Senate impeachment. 
1870: Ten workers on the Kansas Pacific Railroad are killed by Indians in Colorado Territory. 
1888: The first demonstration of recording on a flat disc is demonstrated by Emile Berliner. 
1888: The capitol of Texas is dedicated in Austin. 
1900: Lawman Jesse Tyler leads a posse after cattle rustlers near Thompson, Utah. Believing that they were riding into an Indian camp, Tyler and deputy Sam Jenkins dismount and approach the camp, but the occupants turn out to be a band of rustlers led by Harvey Logan of the Wild Bunch. The lawmen realizing the mistake try to escape but both are shot and killed by Logan. The rest of the posse flees the scene, returning for the bodies of Tyler and Jenkins 2 days later.

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