October 9, 2013

Ian Hart as Soapy Smith in KLONDIKE.

Actor Ian Hart portraying the bad man of the north
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n an unknown few nights in 2014, the Discovery Channel's first miniseries, Klondike, will air. One of the bad guys portrayed will be Soapy Smith. Acting the part will be Ian Hart, shown in the photograph above (comes from the video linked here). The first official trailer has been released on a very limited site. In fact, because the trailer cannot be embedded I can only post the link. the link will take you to a page with just this trailer so I encourage you to click it and let me know what you think.

Klondike miniseries
March 23, 2013
April 3, 2013
May 11, 2013

"Nothing changes more constantly than the past; for the past that influences our lives does not consist of what actually happened, but of what men believe happened."
—Gerald W. Johnson, journalist


1635: Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island, is banished from Massachusetts for speaking out against punishments for religious offenses and for giving away Indian land.
1701: The Collegiate School of Connecticut is chartered in New Haven. The name is later changed to Yale.
1776: Spanish missionaries settle in what is now San Francisco, California.
1781: The last major battle of the American Revolution is fought in Yorktown, Virginia. American forces led by George Washington, defeat British forces, under Lord Cornwallis.
1812: Americans capture two British brigs, the Detroit and the Caledonia, during the War of 1812.
1855: Isaac Singer patents the sewing machine motor.
1855: Joshua C. Stoddard receives a patent for his calliope.
1858: Mail service between San Francisco, California and St. Louis, Missouri begins.
1858: The first stagecoach from the Pacific coast (San Francisco, California) reaches St. Louis, Missouri, taking 23 days.
1868: Thirteen Indians are reported killed in a battle with U.S. infantry and cavalry at Salt River and Cherry Creek, Arizona Territory.
1868: Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians capture Clara Blinn and her 2 year old son on the Arkansas River, below Ft. Lyon, Colorado Territory.
1869: Gold is discovered on Cedar Creek, near Superior, Montana Territory.
1869: Apache Indians attack a mail train and the army detachment protecting it, killing six, 25-miles from Apache Pass, Arizona Territory.
1871: Outlaw “Coal Oil” Jimmy and two accomplices rob the Elizabethtown Mail stage in New Mexico Territory, riding away with $500.
1871: Texas Governor Ed Davis imposes martial law on Freestone County in response to reports of coercion and election fraud.
1872: The first mail order catalog is delivered. The one page catalog comes from Aaron Montgomery, whose firm later becomes Montgomery Wards.
1876: Alexander G. Bell and Thomas Watson make their longest telephone call to date, a distance of two miles.
1890: The Ghost Dance is performed in Sitting Bull's Sioux Indian camp on the Standing Rock Agency, Dakota Territory. The whites believe the Indians are preparing for a fight. In their beliefs, the specially decorated "ghost shirts" they danced in made them bullet proof.

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