Monthly Archives: February 2012

Morant, Handcock executed for war crimes 110 years ago today (1902)

Video: 'Breaker Morant' film (part 12)

(Thursday, February 27, 1902, shortly before 6:00 a.m. local time) — Australian soldiers Harry “Breaker” Morant and Peter Handcock were shot this morning by a British firing squad in South Africa for the murder of 12 prisoners of war during the dying days of the Boer War. Questions have since been raised as to whether they received a fair trial.

‘Stonewall’ Jackson’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign begins 150 years ago today (1862)

Video: Shenandoah Valley Campaign begins (at 8:06)

(Thursday, February 27, 1862, during the American Civil War) — The Shenandoah Valley Campaign, Confederate Maj. Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s famous spring 1862 campaign through the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, began today.

In six small engagements (through June 9), at Kernstown, McDowell, Front Royal, Winchester, Cross Keys, and Port Republic, Jackson tied down large Union forces in the Shenandoah Valley that otherwise would have been used—probably decisively, in a Union offensive against the Confederate capital at Richmond.

Muskie breaks down while attacking newspaper publisher 40 years ago today (1972)

(Saturday, February 26, 1992) — Standing in a driving snowfall at the doorsteps of the Manchester Union Leader, Senator Edmund S. Muskie, the favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1972, appeared to break down today while attacking the paper’s publisher as a “gutless coward” for publishing the so-called Canuck letter (part of the Nixon dirty tricks campaign) and an article critical of his wife.