There was only one battle in World War II that took place on US soil, and it wasn’t where you would expect!
In 1942, the US military was concerned that Japan would be able to launch long distance air attacks on the continental United States from the small islands the occupied in Alaska.
As a result, in May, 1943, the United States and the Empire of Japan squared off on the Island of Attu for battle.
This is a significant battle for two reasons: First, it is the only battle to take place on US territory, and second, it was the only battle fought between the US and Japan that was in Arctic conditions!
If you were mislead by reading that this was a battle for an island and thought it was part of the South Pacific island hopping that the US did, think again. The island is part of Alaska, and is in the far end of Alaska’s ‘tail.’The conditions and the fighting were brutal.
The battle ended with over 2,850 dead Japanese and only 29 captured prisoners of war, meaning 99% of the Japanese soldiers on the island were dead.
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France released a patent of the camera to the whole world for free. So why did Britain still have to pay?
In the 1820s, 1830s and 1840s, there were many people in the world working on effectively capturing an image on paper via a camera.
Two of the premier inventors working on this were Louis Daguerre of France and Henry Fox Talbot of England. In 1835, Talbot, independently of any work Daguerre or his partners had completed, developed a method that involved silver chloride on paper which captured an image briefly until being exposed to daylight.
Unbeknownst to Talbot, Daguerre’s late partner had discovered the same technique 20 years earlier but had scrapped the idea because the images weren’t sustainable. Talbot did not make his discovery public, and when Daguerre announced a patent for a working camera, Talbot released an open letter stating he had invented it first.
However, Daguerre’s process was much different than Talbot’s, and Daguerre filed for a patent in Britain as well.
Days later, France announced they were gifting the invention to the rest of the world for free, but because the patent was already filed, everyone in Britain had to have a license!