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Gift Shoppe: At left, a link to one of our Gift Shoppe inventory-closeout pages on CobraCountry [this one featuring prints, posters, T-shirts, Cobra clocks]. We’ll continue to replace each closeout (production discontinued) item with a “new” one until our entire vintage inventory is gone. You get a parchment-style Certificate of Authenticity with any autographed piece.
On this very day, 19 November…
In the year 1863 (a Thursday): The Gettysburg Address was delivered by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. He delivered the speech during the American Civil War at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, four and a half months after the Union armies [under the command of General George Gordon Meade] defeated those of the Confederacy [under the command of General Robert E. Lee] at the Battle of Gettysburg. Remarkably concise (only 272 words), it is perhaps the most venerated oration in American history. Click Here for the full text of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address (courtesy of Cornell University). [Wiki]
In the year 1915 (a Thursday): RNAS pilot Richard Bell Davies… in one of the most compelling episodes of the air war during World War I, British airman Richard Bell Davies performed a daring rescue on November 19, 1915, swooping down in his plane to whisk a downed fellow pilot from behind the Ottoman (Turkish) lines. A Squadron Commander in the RNAS [Royal Naval Air Service], Davies was flying alongside Flight Sub-Lieutenant Gilbert F. Smylie on a bombing mission. Their target was the railway junction at Ferrijik, located near the Aegean Sea and the border between Bulgaria and Ottoman-controlled Europe. When the Turks hit Smylie’s plane with anti-aircraft fire, he was forced to land. Davies saw his comrade’s distress from the air and quickly moved to land his own plane nearby. Before approaching Turkish soldiers could reach them, Davies took off, flying himself and Smylie to safety behind British lines. Praising Davies’ act “a feat of airmanship that can seldom have been equaled for skill and gallantry,” the British government awarded him the the VC (Victoria Cross) on January 1, 1916. The quick-thinking Smylie was rewarded as well; he received the Distinguished Service Cross. [OnThisDay.com]
Searching the (Cobras For Sale) page: this little-known (and lightning-fast) procedure actually works for just about any page on the Internet:
- For Windows computer users: use “Control-F”… hold down your “Control” key and hit “F” (for “Find”), and a little “Find” dialog box appears. As you type in your word [let’s say it’s ‘Kirkham’ or ‘289FIA’ or ‘SB100’], your cursor will RACE to the first [and second, and third, and so on] occurrence of that word;
- For Macintosh users: use “Command-F”… hold down your “Command” key and hit “F” (for “Find”); your search works precisely as it does for Windows users.
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