Halifax, Nova Scotia (JFK+50) Two centuries and two years ago today, August 19, 1812, HMS Guerriere was defeated by USS Constitution off the coast of Nova Scotia in one of the first major sea battles of the War of 1812.
USS Constitution became known as Old Ironsides because sailors on both sides said that cannon balls seemed to bounce off her sturdy oak sides.
Old Ironsides, commanded by Captain Issac Hull, won the victory in a battle which lasted 20 minutes.
"Now, boys, pour it into them!"
Guerriere lost sail and debris from her rigging fell into the water. As his ship was left a virtual wreck, British Captain James Richard Dacres, who was wounded by a musket ball in the back, struck his flag.
Dacres was taken aboard the Constitution where he offered his sword to Captain Hull who graciously declined to accept it.
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Hope, Arkansas (JFK+50) William Jefferson Clinton, 42nd President of the United States was born William Jefferson Blythe III 68 years ago today, August 19, 1946, at the Julia Chester Hospital here in Hope.
Bill's widowed mother, Virginia, was a registered nurse. Later she remarried Roger Clinton and when Bill started school he changed his name from Blythe to Clinton.
Bill Clinton spent the first four years of his life in a small frame home at 117 S. Hervey Street in Hope. The family moved to 321 E. 13th Street in 1950 and once again in 1953 to Hot Springs where Bill graduated high school.
Bill Clinton was a delegate at Boys Nation when he shook hands with President Kennedy. William Jefferson Clinton was inspired by the meeting to enter the political profession and in 1992 was elected 42nd President of the United States.
Moscow (JFK+50) American U2 pilot Francis Gary Powers*, captured after being shot down over the Soviet Union on May 1, was sentenced here in Moscow fifty-four years ago today, August 19, 1960, to a prison term of ten years for espionage.
Francis Gary Powers
Powers was shot down over Sverdlovsk in the Ural Mountains. Although able to eject before the crash and make it safely to the ground by parachute, Powers was quickly taken into custody by Soviet authorities.
Powers pleaded guilty but 18 months after his sentencing the U2 pilot was released in exchange for KGB spy Rudolf Abel.
*Francis Gary Powers was born in Jenkins, KY and grew up in Pound, VA. After graduating from Milligan College in Tennessee in 1950, he joined the USAF as a 2nd Lt. Powers was then recruited for reconnaissance missions by the CIA. FGP dies in a helicopter crash in 1977.