"Happy is the city which in time of peace thinks of war."
--Inscription at the Arsenale, Venice
- It may well have been Thai or Ethiopian troops serving with the United Nations command during the Korean War who first discovered the best way of making army rations palatable, through the liberal application of hot sauce.
- At the Hague in 1899 forty-four nations solemnly agreed by treaty to refrain from conducting aerial bombardments of cities.
- Scipio Aemilianus, the general who destroyed Carthage in 146 B.C., liked to go on holiday to the seaside with his friends, where, according to Cicero, “they became incredibly childish and used to collect shells and pebbles on the beach!"
- The WW II U.S. infantry division possessed some 400,000 horsepower in its organic transport.
- So many people were seeking exemptions from the usually stringent Zulu conscription laws by saying they were seers that the great Shaka (1816-1828) decided to form a couple of regiments composed entirely of those claiming to have second sight.
- Athough the Air Force requires that the operators of UAVs be pilots, a pilot on UAV squadron is considered to be in a non-flying assignment.
- Hernan Cortes, the greatest of the Conquistadores, was by training an attorney.
- The last US warship to spread sail was probably Somers (DD-381), which used an improvised sail on November 6, 1941 to reduce fuel consumption while on patrol in the South Atlantic