On this day in 1931, gangster Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion and fined $80,000, signaling the downfall of one of the most notorious criminals of the 1920s and 1930s.
British general and playwright John Burgoyne surrenders 5,000 British and Hessian troops to American General Horatio Gates at Saratoga, New York, on this day in 1777.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) implements what it calls “oil diplomacy” on this day in 1973: It prohibits any nation that had supported Israel in its “Yom Kippur War” with Egypt, Syria and Jordan from buying any of the oil it sells.
On this day in 1974, President Gerald Ford explains to Congress why he had chosen to pardon his predecessor, Richard Nixon, rather than allow Congress to pursue legal action against the former president.
On October 17, 1962 the U.S. was in the middle of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Nuclear war was on everyone's minds. Except for my momma, who was giving birth to me on that day. I came into the world at a petite 10 pounds 13 ounces. God Bless my momma. On this day, I actually honor her. She is the most saintly person I know.
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Windmill is all that is left of grandparent's farm.