Colt M1911

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The Colt Wins!

The Colt M1911 is a recoil operated, center-fire, magazine fed, single action, semi-automatic pistol that uses the .45 ACP cartridge. It was designed by John Browning and originally produced by Colt, though many manufacturers now produce clones. It began military service in 1911 and is still used by some forces today.

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The 1911 is favored by survivalists for its reliability, simplicity, availability of parts, use of the popular .45 ACP round, and wide range or accessories.

Notable Births

  • L. Ron Hubbard (Author and founder of Scientology) [1]
  • Ronald Reagan (Actor, union leader, Governor of California, and President of the United States.) [2]
  • Lucille Ball (Star of "I Love Lucy" and producer of "Mission:Impossible" and "Star Trek".) [3]
  • And don't forget: Vincent Price, Danny Kaye, Ginger Rogers, Spike Jones, Roy Rogers, and freakin' Bill Monroe! [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]

In Other News

  • Glenn Curtiss builds the 1st sea plane, and Eugene Ely lands a Curtiss plane on the afterdeck of the USS Pennsylvania. The US military buys a Curtiss... naturally. [10] [11] [12] [13]
  • The Italians perform the 1st aerial reconnaissance, and airstrike. Grenades are dropped on Turkish troops in Libya. The Turks establish a 'no fly zone' by shooting down the 1st airplane. [14] [15] [16]
  • The richest black man in the USA passes away. John Trower started with zip and leaves almost $28 million in 2015 dollars in trust for his family. He ran a catering business, invested in real estate and opened a vocational school. (He was not alone.) [17] [18]

This Year in Wikipedia

Year 1911, Wikipedia.

See Also


  1. L. Ron Hubbard - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 6 December 2016. “Lafayette Ronald Hubbard (March 13, 1911 – January 24, 1986), better known as L. Ron Hubbard (/ɛl rɒn ˈhʌˌbərd/, ELL-ron-HUB-ərd[2]) and often referred to by his initials, LRH, was an American author and the founder of the Church of Scientology. In 2014, Hubbard was cited by the Smithsonian magazine as one of the 100 most significant Americans of all time, as one of the eleven religious figures on that list.”
  2. Ronald Reagan - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 6 December 2016. “Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was an American politician and actor who was the 40th President of the United States, from 1981 to 1989. Before his presidency, he was the 33rd Governor of California, from 1967 to 1975, after a career as a Hollywood actor and union leader.”
  3. Lucille Ball - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 6 December 2016. “Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an American actress, comedienne, model, film-studio executive, and producer. She was best known as the star of the self-produced sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy, and Life with Lucy.[1]”
  4. Lucille Ball - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 6 December 2016. “In 1962, Ball became the first woman to run a major television studio, Desilu Productions, which produced many popular television series, including Mission: Impossible and Star Trek.”
  5. Ginger Rogers - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 6 December 2016. “She is known for her performances in films and RKO's musical films in which she was partnered with Fred Astaire.”
  6. Danny Kaye - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 6 December 2016. “Kaye starred in 17 movies, notably Wonder Man (1945), The Kid from Brooklyn (1946), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947), The Inspector General (1949), Hans Christian Andersen (1952), White Christmas (1954), and The Court Jester (1956). His films were popular, especially his performances of patter songs and favorites such as 'Inchworm' and 'The Ugly Duckling'.”
  7. Roy Rogers - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 6 December 2016. “Roy Rogers (born Leonard Franklin Slye, November 5, 1911 – July 6, 1998) was an American singer and actor who was one of the most popular Western stars of his era. Known as the 'King of the Cowboys', he appeared in over 100 films and numerous radio and television episodes of The Roy Rogers Show.”
  8. Vincent Price - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 6 December 2016. “He appeared on stage, television, radio, and in over one hundred films. He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one for motion pictures, and one for television.”
  9. Bill Monroe - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 6 December 2016. “William Smith Monroe (/mənˈroʊ/; September 13, 1911 – September 9, 1996) was an American mandolinist, singer, and songwriter who created the style of music known as bluegrass. The genre takes its name from his band, the Blue Grass Boys, named for Monroe's home state of Kentucky. Monroe's performing career spanned 69 years as a singer, instrumentalist, composer and bandleader. He is often referred to as the Father of Bluegrass.”
  10. Curtiss Model E (Sea Plane) - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 6 December 2016.
  11. Glenn Curtiss - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 6 December 2016. “Through the course of that winter, Curtiss was able to develop a float (pontoon) design that would enable him to take off and land on water. On January 26, 1911, he flew the first seaplane from the water in the United States.[19] Demonstrations of this advanced design were of great interest to the Navy, but more significant, as far as the Navy was concerned, was Eugene Ely successfully landing his Curtiss pusher (the same aircraft used to take off from the Birmingham) on a makeshift platform mounted on the rear deck of the battleship USS Pennsylvania. This was the first arrester-cable landing on a ship and the precursor of modern-day carrier operations. On January 28, 1911, Ellyson took off in a Curtiss 'grass cutter' to become the first Naval aviator.”
  12. USS Pennsylvania (ACR-4) - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 6 December 2016. “On 18 January 1911, a plane flown by Eugene Ely from the Tanforan airfield in San Bruno, California landed on a platform constructed on her afterdeck. This was the first successful aircraft landing on a ship, and the first using a tailhook apparatus, thus opening the era of naval aviation and aircraft carriers.”
  13. Signal Corps (United States Army) - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 6 December 2016. “On 1 August 1907, an Aeronautical Division was established within the Office of the Chief Signal Officer (OCSO). In 1908, on Fort Myer, Virginia, the Wright brothers made test flights of the Army's first airplane built to Signal Corps' specifications. Reflecting the need for an official pilot rating, War Department Bulletin No. 2, released on 24 February 1911, established a 'Military Aviator' rating. Army aviation remained within the Signal Corps until 1918, when it became the Army Air Service.”
  14. Grun, Bernard. org/books/OL1756160M/The_timetables_of_history The Timetables of History: A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events. Simon and Schuster, 464-465. 
  15. Italo-Turkish War - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 6 December 2016.
  16. Italo-Turkish War - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 6 December 2016. “The Italo-Turkish War saw numerous technological changes, including the airplane. On October 23, 1911, an Italian pilot, Captain Carlo Piazza, flew over Turkish lines on the world's first aerial reconnaissance mission,[9] and on November 1, the first ever aerial bomb was dropped by Sottotenente Giulio Gavotti, on Turkish troops in Libya, from an early model of Etrich Taube aircraft.”
  17. John Trower of Philadelphia Dies - Crisis Magazine, April … - Flickr (2016). Retrieved on 6 December 2016.
  18. John S. Trower - Historic Germantown (February 10, 2011). Retrieved on 6 December 2016. “He worked on a farm in Eastville until he was able, at age twenty-one, to accrue enough money to present his mother with the deed to the farm. Trower then traveled to Baltimore, attaining a job as an oyster-opener in a restaurant. It was during this time that Trower learned the majority of the skills he would later apply to his future catering business in Germantown, Philadelphia.”

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