Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
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November 19th marks the 150 year anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.On that date in 1863, President Lincoln delivered his famous address at a ceremony dedicating the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg Pennsylvania. The speech was brief (only about 2 minutes), but it has gone down in history as one of the most compelling ever given by a U.S. President.
Known at the time as "The Great War", WWI was the first truly global conflict. WWI was triggered by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire and member of the ruling family, the Hapsburgs. Both Ferdinand and his wife were killed by a Serbian terrorist group, called the Black Hand, while traveling through the streets of Sarajevo in June of 1914.
The United States Marine Corps came into being on 10 November 1775 in Philadelphia, at a place called Tun Tavern. Since that time, the Marines have become an elite fighting force deploying to all corners of the globe for the purpose of serving and defending America.
Our government reopened for business on October 17. Not surprisingly, politicians were able to negotiate only a temporary fix. The newest legislation signed by the president extends the budget and debt ceiling until January/February respectively of 2014. At that time, all the same battles just concluded will have to be fought again.