On July 2, 1863, college-professor-turned-soldier Lieutenant Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and the surviving troops of the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment, outnumbered and outgunned, held the line on Little Round Top at the battle of Gettysburg, and in a moment of inspired leadership that is still being taught in military history courses, did nothing less than save the Union.
His actions were recreated in the film Gettysburg.
On this day in 1997, actor, WW2 veteran, and genuinely decent guy James Stewart passed away.
On the same day, less noted by History, my father passed away.
I like to think he and Jimmy met up at the Pearly Gates.
I keep his picture on the wall above my desk. I think about him and miss him every day.