Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow were notorious outlaws from Texas who operated across the Central United States during the early 1930s. Their gang robbed about a dozen banks and were said to have killed nine police officers and committed several civilian murders. The couple were finally ambushed and killed by law officers in Louisiana.
The movie Bonnie and Clyde was an important cinematic milestone in the 1960s because the violent final scene helped end the Hays Code of censorship guidelines; the movie also helped shape the image of the anti-hero. The final scene from the movie, which Jimmy Cross describes, can be contrasted with this clip of footage from the actual location where Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were killed:
During the Vietnam War, the peninsula was a stronghold of the Vietcong. They built fortifications in the shape of a V pointing inland. This was the scene of several operations: Operation Piranha, Operation Bold Mariner, and Operation Russell Beach were all planned with the goal of capturing and securing the peninsula.
The S-mine was designed to disable whole squads. It was developed by German forces during World War II. There were two types: the SMi-35 and the SMi-44.
The Shetland pony is an intelligent, independent breed, used for riding, driving, and pack purposes. They are very strong, with heavy coats and short legs. They originated in the Shetland Isles off Scotland.
Shetland ponies range up to a maximum height of 10.2 hands.
During the war, the US air base established here was the highest volume airport in the world.
Also know as rain making, the rain dance was a Native American ritual performed to "inspire" the earth to bring the tribe rain. The dance was mostly practiced in the drier southern United States. Dancers wore turquoise and goat hair, and women, children and men all participated in the dance.
SEATO stands for South-East Asia Treaty Organization. It was created to block further communist gains in Southeast Asia.
SEATO came into existence when the Manila Pact was signed in 1954, as part of the Truman Doctrine. Members of SEATO included Australia, France, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand, the UK, and the US.
It is generally considered to have been a failure.
After defeating the French in 1954, ending the First Indochina War, he stepped down in 1955 due to health problems. But he still remained an important figurehead in Vietnam, and he became an inspiration to the country during the Vietnam War.
The USS Maddox was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer named for Captain William A. T. Maddox. She received four battle stars for World War II service, and six for Korean service.
On the night of August 2, 1964, the USS Maddox was on a signal intelligence patrol as part of DESOTO operations. The destroyer engaged three Vietnamese Navy torpedo boats, and a sea battle took place, during which the Maddox fired 280 3-5in shells. The Vietnamese boats were also strafed by USN F-8 fighter jets. One U.S. aircraft was damaged, and a 14.5mm round hit the destroyer. All three Vietnamese boats were damaged and 4 Vietnamese sailors were killed with 6 others injured; there were no U.S. casualties.
A second, similar incident was claimed to have occurred two days later, however this was later found to be untrue.
As a consequence of these two alleged incidents, the US Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, paving the way for massive US military escalation in South Vietnam and open warfare against North Vietnam.
Worthington was just a water station for the St. Paul & Sioux City Railway Company up untill 1871. Then, it was settled by a colony of religious freedom seekers--freedom from the sins of alcohol. Yet, along with the Homestead Act came many other types of settlers to the area.
A year later, a curious event took place. On Worthington’s very first Fourth of July celebration, one of the original temperance loving settlers heard that there was a keg of beer in the Worthington House Hotel. Professor Humiston entered the hotel, seized the keg, dragged it outside, and destroyed it with an axe. A witness described the following events:
''Upon seeing this, the young men of the town thought it to be rather an imposition, and collected together, procured the services of the band, and under the direction of a military officer marched to the rear of the hotel, and with a wheelbarrow and shovel took the empty keg that had been broken open, and playing the dead march with flag at half staff marched to the flagpole in front of Humiston’s office where they dug a grave and gave the empty keg a burial with all the honors attending a soldier’s funeral.
They then, with flag at full mast and with lively air, marched back to the ice house, procured a full keg of beer, returning to the grave, resting the keg thereon. Then a general invitation was given to all who desired to partake, which many did until the keg was emptied… In the evening they reassembled, burning Prof. Humiston in effigy about 10 p.m. Thus ended the glorious Fourth at Worthington, Minn." —Sibley Gazette July 5, 1872
Bảo Đại was the 13th and last emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty, the last royal dynasty of Vietnam. He abdicated in August 1945, but went on to become chief of state of South Vietnam from 1949 until 1955.
Bemidji is an Ojibwe word which means "lake with cross waters". Lake Bimidji lies north of the much smaller Lake Irving. This town is home to over 13,000 residents and lies in the northern central region of Minnesota.
During the Vietnam war, many anti-war demonstators burned their draft cards in public. In no other US war has the disapproval rating been so high. Those who did not want to be drafted into the army often fled to Canada.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is the police force of Canada. It was formed in 1920. It currently has a task force of 29,325 men and women.
As well as patrolling on horseback, the RCMP use SUVs and helicopters to cover their widespread terrain.