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08-17-2008, 07:46 PM
August 17

Fort Sumter, S.C. was bombarded by Union ships during the Civil War.

08-17-2008, 07:54 PM
Why did they wait so long after it was fired upon (it was a Union fort) and captured by Confederate troops four months before, the act which officially started the Civil War?

Getting fired on by the Union four months later was pretty much routine, no big deal.

12-01-2009, 10:47 PM
This day in 1887

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes appeared for the first time in print in the story "A Study in Scarlet."