1775 The Battle of Bunker Hill occurred. (Bunker Hill Day)
1816 Billy Barker was born. (See August 21st entry.)
1947 First round-the-world airline service commenced.
1954 Army-McCarthy televised hearings ended. (See February 21st and April 22nd entries.)
1972 A break-in at the Democratic National Headquarters in the Watergate complex was discovered. (See January 4th and February 7th entries.)
This is the anniversary of the day when an American commander said, “Don’t fire ’til you see the whites of their eyes.” It was said in 1775, at the Battle of Bunker Hill in Boston, Massachusetts. The troops held their fire until the British troops were nearly upon them. But this was no demonstration of chivalry or courage. Guns at that time were so inaccurate that firing any sooner would have been a waste of ammunition.
Today is the anniversary of the first round-the-world passenger airline flight. A Pan - American Airline plane took off from New York’s LaGuardia Field. It didn’t take eighty days to fly around the world, but it did take a lot longer than the same trip takes today by jet.