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KATE ARCHER KENT

Twenty-five years ago, the U.S. and its allies launched Operation Desert Storm to free Kuwait from an invasion by Iraq. What was confidential at the time was that the opening mission of the war was launched from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. Commentator Gary Joiner profiles the top-secret air combat mission nicknamed "Secret Squirrel."

Gary Borders

’Twas a week before Christmas, and creatures were stirring throughout the neighborhood. This includes a mouse that seems to have taken up residence in the covered area that houses our HVAC units. My wife was enjoying a sunny afternoon when the little fellow stuck her head out between the bricks, which have a checkerboard design with square holes that are mouse-sized. Luckily, they are not squirrel-sized holes. We appear to be especially overrun with those large rodents this winter, likely because of a heavy harvest of acorns.

Commentator Gary Joiner explains the surprising story behind the Nobel Peace Prize and Alfred Nobel's research on  nitroglycerin.

History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine

Today we mark a New Year. At my age, I’m never in a hurry for any of my allotted days to pass. But I can’t say I will miss 2015. Violence and misery cropped up far too often, both here and abroad. While I pray for a safer, more peaceful 2016, there is little reason right now to believe it will be. That is the sad truth.

Commentator Gary Joiner reflects on the military strategy of George Washing ton and why he decided to cross the icy Delaware River on Christmas in order to move closer to America’s independence.

History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine

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