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Old 02-18-2018, 10:13 AM   #4861
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Default 1878 Murder ignites Lincoln County War

Long simmering tensions in Lincoln County, New Mexico, explode into a bloody shooting war when gunmen murder the English rancher John Tunstall.
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Old 02-18-2018, 01:18 PM   #4862
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February 18, 1878...Lincoln County, New Mexico Territory...Rancher John Tunstall is shot down by a "posse" sent to take custody of some of his livestock. The legality of the whole shooting has always been questioned and it may have been that the posse members, many of whom worked for the Murphy/Dolan faction, simply used the court order as an excuse to kill the rancher.

Most historians agree that this is the spark that ignited the Lincoln County War.
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On this day in 1847, the first rescuers reach surviving members of the Donner Party, a group of California-bound emigrants stranded by snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
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On this day, Operation Detachment, the U.S. Marines invasion of Iwo Jima is launched. Iwo Jima was a barren Pacific island guarded by Japanese artillery, but to American military minds, it was prime real estate on which to build airfields to launch bombing raids against Japan, only 660 miles away.
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2/19/1881 - Kansas became the first state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages. A sad day for rman and Kansas!
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