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Slaget ved Stamford Bridge


26. September 1820

Daniel Boone døde
Daniel Boone var en amerikansk pioner og jeger hvis pionervirksomhet gjorde ham til en av de første folkeheltene i USA. Han var født i 1734, og døde på denne dag i 1820.

Boone er mest kjent for sin utforsking og bosetting av det som i dag er den amerikanske staten Kentucky, som på den tiden var bortenfor de vestlige grensene til de tretten koloniene. Til tross for motstand fra indianerne, som opprinnelig hadde Kentucky som sine jaktmarker, stormet Boone i 1775 nedover Wilderness Road via passasjen Cumberland Gap og inn i Kentucky. Der grunnla han Boonesborough, en av de første engelskspråklige bosettingene vest for Appalachene. Ved slutten av 1800-tallet hadde mer enn 200 000 mennesker inntatt Kentucky ved å følge ruten som var brukt og oppmerket av Boone.

Oljemaleriet under, malt av Chester Harding i 1820, er det eneste portrettet av Daniel Boone som ble laget i hans levetid. Boone, som på dette tidspunktet var 85 år gammel og bare måneder fra sin død, måtte bli støttet opp av en venn mens portretteringen pågikk.

25. September 1066


Slaget ved Stamford Bridge
Slaget ved Stamford Bridge fant sted ved landsbyen Stamford Bridge i East Riding of Yorkshire i England. Slaget sto mellom en angelsaksisk hær ledet av kong Harold Godwinson og en invasjonshær under ledelse av den norske kong Harald Hardråde og den angelsaksiske kongens bror Toste Godwinson. Slaget endte med at både Hardråde og Toste ble drept, sammen med store deler av den norske styrken. Kong Harolds seier var imidlertid kortvarig, da han ble selv beseiret og drept av normannerne i slaget ved Hastings mindre enn tre uker senere.

Datoen for slaget, 25. september 1066, er i henhold til den julianske kalenderen som var i bruk i middelalderen. Etter vår tids gregorianske kalender ville slaget ha falt på den 1. oktober 1066. Slaget fant altså sted noe senere på høsten enn datoen 25. september gir inntrykk av.


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    Published: 24. November 2007 by Øyvind Flatnes.
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    The Norwegian prohibition against using lead shot is effective from 01.01.2005. However, the Norwegian Black Powder Union and Scandinavian Western Shooters have gotten an exemption from the ban due to the fact that these organisations are using shotguns that in many instances are old and cannot handle steel shot safely. The access to lead shot will most certainly decrease after January 2005 and the prices will rise. The solution for us black powder shooters can be to make our own lead or bismuth shot.

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    The Shotmaker in action.

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    Note: The author of this article has no connection whatsoever to the makers of the Shotmaker, nor does he sell them.