The Other Custers: Little Bighorn

Everyone knows the story of how Brevet-General George Custer overconfidently led over 200 troops of the 7th Cavalry to their deaths in June 1876 at the Little Bighorn River. What is not so well-known, however, is the fact that he was not the only Custer in the battle. Two of his brothers, one of his young nephews, and one of his brothers-in-law also died with him in Montana.


Little Bighorn Battlefield, Montana

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The Tale of a Brick Wall

When I visited Chicago a few years ago, I was immensely disappointed to learn that the site of the St Valentines Day massacre is now, literally, a parking lot for an old folks home. Today, the only surviving piece of the most famous mob hit in America is a section of brick wall in the Mob Museum in Las Vegas, and it wasn’t until I visited the Museum that I finally learned the whole story of why there is no museum at the site in Chicago.

St Valentines Day Massacre wall, Mob Museum, Las Vegas

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The Flight of Apollo 8

The Apollo 8 mission, in December 1968, was an important stepping stone on the way to a manned landing on the Moon. And it also produced one of the most famous photographs ever taken. But the Apollo 8 mission wasn’t supposed to go to the Moon. It wasn’t originally even meant to be “Apollo 8”.


Apollo 8 Command Module, on display at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

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