Horse Racing Thoroughbred

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The frontiersmen in Kentucky were quickly enamored by racing horses, establishing a racecourse in Harrodsburg one year after it was established. Called Shallowford, part of the course was the road to Boonesboro. By 1780, the first circular racecourse was established in Lincoln County by William Whitley, who had moved there from Virginia. He insisted the races were run counterclockwise, just to hiss off the English, who ran their races clockwise. By 1778, an advertisement in a Kentucky gazette, made the first unsage in the USA of the equine term thoroughbred, for a New Jersey stallion.

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Gettysburg 160 - Day 3

The third day of the 160th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, included walks and talks on the action at Culp's Hill, Pickett's Charge, Farnsworth's cavalry action on the southern fields, as well as a program hosted by the Gettysburg Foundation and the Civil War Breakfast Club at the George Spangler farm, which was used as a Union hospital. Over two thousand soldiers were treated there, including the fateful Confederate General Louis Armistead, who was wounded after crossing the stone wall at the High Water Mark. Not a minute walk, too many important items to touch on, but nearly twenty minutes of the spectacular work of the Gettysburg rangers, including Matt Atkinson, and others during the 160th anniversary of the battle.

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Battle of Olustee

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Battle of Olustee

Not far from the Jacksonville national parks of Timucuan National Park and Preserve and Fort Caroline is the Olustee Battlefield, which was the main attempt to create a Sherman to the sea moment for Union General Truman Seymour to make their mark to control Florida in February 1864. It failed. The Confederates, after a tough battle within the tall piles and underpalms (less then than now due to farming and ranching), they would force the Union Army back to Jacksonville, never really putting Florida in jeopardy again.

Knickerbockers Baseball Club

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First Baseball Uniforms

The game of baseball was rounding into shape from its days of inception by founders across the nation, including Alexander Cartright, of the New York Knickerbockers, Abner Doubleday, and other pioneers who played the game by different names, town ball, rounders, and somewhat different rules. In 1845, the The New York Herald first mentioned the game in the newspapers. On April 4, 1849, the first baseball uniforms were introduced by the New York Knickerbockers club; blue and white cricket outfits were used.

Second World War

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World War II

For the first two years of World War II, the United States repeated its initial reaction of the first world war, attempting to stay neutral and broker peace. The nation was in the beginning of its recovery from the Great Depression, was celebrating a renewed vigor with World's Fairs in New York and San Francisco, and was not of the mindset to join the initial years of fighting. That, of course, would change. Their neutrality had always been an allied stance with the nations of Europe fighting Nazi Germany, Italy, and Japan even during the first two years of war, but without troops. When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the sleeping bear would awaken, forced into the fight with full mettle. They would fight the remaining five years of war in theaters around the world, from the European theater to the Pacific Ocean nations of the Orient. And the final act would succumb to use of weapons not thought possible, with a ferocity unsurpassed in warfare to that point with the dropping of two atom bombs on Japan.

Hot Springs National Park

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Hot Springs National Park

The remnants of a lost age, when Victorian baths at 143 degrees would draw visitors from the midwest and southern stratus of society to the town in the Ozarks known for those pure and healthful hot baths. Today we wouldn't necessarily think of Arkansas as the place where the rich, as well as other classes, would spend their summer days, but that's just where they went, and still do, with over one million visitors to the national park each year. And today, the actual remnants of those baths sits in one of the most unique national parks in the nation, Hot Springs National Park.

House of Burgesses

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Colonial Defense

On March 12, 1773, the House of Burgesses in the Colony of Virginia reacts strongly against British policies by setting up a committee to contact the other colonies about their common defense. They issue the Virginia Resolutions Establishing A Committee of Correspondence.

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