Today in History - January 8

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Wednesday, Jan 8 2014 by

1861 – Lieutenant Adam J. Slemmer, who was in charge of United States forces at Fort Barrancas, repelled a group of men intending to take the fort. Some historians note that this could be considered the first shots fired by United States forces in the Civil War.

Fort Barrancas (Google Maps)
Fort Barrancas

1993 – The Brown’s Chicken massacre, a mass murder at a Brown’s Chicken restaurant in Palatine, Illinois, occurred when two assailants robbed the Brown’s Chicken restaurant and then proceeded to murder seven employees.

Site of the 1993 Brown's Chicken massacre (Birds Eye)
Site of the 1993 Brown's Chicken massacre