Almost thirty years after the War of 1812, the United States and British Canada almost got into another shooting match over the border in Maine.
The American invasion of the Niagara peninsula in 1813 produced the enduring legend of one of Canada’s first national heroes, Laura Secord—who has been called “Canada’s Paul Revere”. It is hard to tell, however, how much of the Laura Secord story is myth and how much of it is historical reality.
In 1989, just before the collapse of the USSR, the Pepsi Company cut a deal with Soviet Premiere Mikhail Gorbachev that left it with a fleet of Russian military ships, making PepsiCo temporarily the sixth-largest Navy in the world.
At Midway in 1942, the entire course of the Pacific War was altered in just five minutes.
Although the British were technologically far behind the Germans in the early months of aerial warfare, they were soon able to field an effective response to the “Fokker Scourge”, and win air superiority through a completely different approach to fighter design.
Based on a futuristic Nazi design, Dyna-Soar was a failed military attempt to build a space-plane bomber, which ultimately led to the Space Shuttle.
Wind-tunnel test models of Dyna-Soar, on display at the US Air Force Museum, Dayton OH
The US Federal Interstate Highway System has been called “the greatest public works project in history”. But when the plan was passed in the 1950s, it was promoted as a military contingency program in case of nuclear war.
The original interstate highway plan photo from WikiCommons