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Today in History: Miranda v. Arizona

Posted by Gilbert Stack on June 13, 2018 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

On this day (June 13) in 1966, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the police must inform a suspect of his or her right to a lawyer before and during questioning and the right to stay silent so that they do not incriminate themselves. The case was Miranda v. Arizona.

Ernesto Miranda’s case is fascinating. He was arrested in 1963 for the kidnapping and rape of an 18 year old girl. After a two hour interrogation, he signed a confession. His lawyer tried to have the confession excluded from evidence arguing it wasn’t truly voluntary. After the Supreme Court agreed with him, Miranda was retried and convicted without his confession. (His girlfriend testified that he had told her he had committed the crime, plus there was circumstantial evidence.) In 1967 he was sentenced to 20-30 years in prison, but he was paroled in 1972 after which he made his living autographing the cards which hold the printed statement that police use to read the “Miranda rights” to subjects. He was killed in a barroom brawl in 1976.

Today in History: Medgar Evers Assassinated

Posted by Gilbert Stack on June 12, 2018 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

On this day (June 12) in 1963, Medgar Evers was murdered by the Ku Klux Klan. Evers was the Field Secretary for the NAACP and his life was under such constant threat that the FBI and the police routinely escorted him home for his protection. For reasons that have never been adequately explained, there was no escort on June 12 and he was shot in the back by Byron De La Beckwith wielding an Enfield Rifle. His family brought him to a local hospital which initially refused to admit him because he was black. They were convinced to change their mind when they learned who he was but were unable to save his life. Evers death sparked civil rights protests across the country. A World War II veteran, he was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.

Today in History: The Battle of Machias

Posted by Gilbert Stack on June 11, 2018 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

On this day (June 11) in 1775, the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War commenced. The British had hired crown loyalist, Ichabod Jones to supply their troops in Boston. Jones brought two ships, protected by a small British sloop (the Margaretta) under the command of Midshipman James Moore, into Machias Harbor in modern day, Maine. When the townspeople found out that they intended to supply the British, they attempted to arrest Jones and Moore, but Moore escaped with his sloop. The townspeople then armed one of the captured vessels plus another ship that was in harbor and went off in pursuit. In the ensuing battle, Moore was killed and his sloop captured.

Today in History: Alcoholics Anonymous

Posted by Gilbert Stack on June 10, 2018 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)

On this day (June 10) in 1935, Alcoholics Anonymous was started by Dr. Robert Smith and Bill Watson. Smith, a surgeon, had struggled with his alcoholism for years. Bill Watson had found that trying to help other alcoholics deal with their problem helped him to stay sober. With the help of some of their early members, Smith and Watson developed the famous Twelve Step Program of spiritual and character development.

The Big 500!

Posted by Gilbert Stack on June 9, 2018 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

I'm very excited to announce that The Fire Islands, the first book in my Legionnaire series, has now sold more than 500 copies. And it's all thanks to you--my wonderful readers! Thank you!

Today in History: Donald Duck

Posted by Gilbert Stack on June 9, 2018 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

On this day (June 9) in 1934 Donald Duck appeared for the first time. It was in a seven minute piece called The Wise Little Hen in which Donald and Peter Pig fake being ill to get out of work, but Mrs. Hen teaches them the error of their ways. Donald looked a lot different in this skit, but he still wears his famous sailor suit. You can see an image of the early Donald on my Facebook author page" target="_blank">here. 

Today in History: Edward the Confessor becomes King of England

Posted by Gilbert Stack on June 8, 2018 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (0)

On this day (June Eight) in 1042, Edward the Confessor became King of England. He took an unusual route to the throne. The son of Aethelred the Unready who lost England to Cnut, Edward was brought back to take the crown after Cnut’s sons died. He had no power base in England and was unable to take real power from the Earl Godwin and his sons. Godwin had been responsible for the murder of Edward’s brother and he never forgave the man. There is a theory that his “Confessor” nickname developed in part from his unwillingness to have sexual relations with his wife, who was the daughter of Godwin (thus preventing Godwin from having a grandson become King of England).

The Battle for Amatista

Posted by Gilbert Stack on June 7, 2018 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Legionnaire 4 The Battle for Amatista is now available for purchase.

Today in History: The Battle of Midway

Posted by Gilbert Stack on June 7, 2018 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)

On this day (June 7) in 1942 the U.S. won the Battle of Midway. Midway was a trap laid by the Japanese in which they intended to inflict another substantial demoralizing defeat on the United States and drive them out of the war in the Pacific. But the U.S. turned the tables on the Japanese sinking four of their Fleet Carriers while losing only one air craft carrier and a destroyer. The battle was a turning point in the Pacific War. Japan could no longer keep up with the material losses of the war and lost the initiative in the larger conflict.

Great Military SF Series

Posted by Gilbert Stack on June 6, 2018 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Looking for a great military sf series? Check out Fierce Girls at War by Mike Adams. You can find my review of the series at