History: January 24, 2019

1781
Brigadier General Francis Marion rallies a militia force to raid Georgetown South
Carolina.

The crew took three officers captive, and later used their uniforms to infiltrate a British
camp.

Marion’s story served to inspire The Patriot starring Mel Gibson.

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1908
Lord Robert Baden-Powell publishes “Scouting for Boys” in England.

The book created buzz around Britain, and informal troupes of interested boys popped
up around the country.

By the end of the year there were 60,000 scouts. Some girls were interested, and
Baden-Powell formed the Girl Guides to be a separate organization.

The program crossed the pond to the U.S. in 1910.

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1935
The Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company delivers 2,000 sealed cans of beer to a test group of loyal drinkers in Richmond Virginia.

91 percent liked the taste and convenience. And an American staple was born.

The cans were a product of the American Can Company. The drinks were pressurized, and the tin was chemically coated so the carbonated beer would not react with it.

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1972
Farmers living on Guam discover a Japanese man who had been surviving off the land for 28 years.

Shiochi Yokoi was a Japanese sergeant. When Americans invaded, he went into hiding
rather than surrender. In the meantime, he wasn’t aware the war had ended, and was waiting for the Japanese to return.

Obviously he was misinformed.

When he married back in Japan he chose some place tropical for his honeymoon: Guam.

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2006
Pixar is sold to Walt Disney.

Pixar is the production company behind movies like Toy Story and The Incredibles. Walt Disney had always been their distributor.

The move came after the ouster of Disney Head Michael Eisner, who famously butted heads with Pixar head Steve Jobs.

The new execs at Disney wanted to make nice before their contract with Pixar ran out. The deal went through for more than $7 billion.

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