1890 - Carlos Brewer was born in Mayfield, Ky. As the director of the Gunnery Department in the Field Artillery School from 1929 to 1933, he modernized methods of fire direction and paved the way for the fire direction center.
1861 - Richard Gatling applied for a patent for his Gatling gun. The gun was quickly put into service during the Civil War -- for years, it was fielded as a field artillery weapon because it was mounted on a field artillery carriage. Its last known use in the Indian Territory was a short battle in 1872 between Soldiers from Fort Reno and warriors of the Cheyenne and Arapaho nations who had escaped from their reservation the night before. The soldiers found the escapees on a sand hill near the North Canadian River. After a few volleys from the unit's Gatling guns, the Indians surrendered without firing a shot.
1919 - Shortly after World War I, the Camp Doniphan sales office at Fort Sill ran an advertisement in the Chickasha Daily Express newspaper stating that the camp had 500 complete buildings for sale. The buildings were sold standing or dismantled, along with pipe, valves, fittings, electrical equipment and even telephone poles. Readers were advised to take the next train to Fort Sill and inspect the materials.
1944 - Big band leader Glenn Miller was scheduled to fly from a Royal Air Force (RAF) base in England to play a show in Paris. His plane, a Norseman C-64, never arrived, and neither the plane nor the band leader were found. After five hours, a Mariner aircraft took off on a search and rescue mission for Flight 19 with a 13 man crew. It too disappeared.
1945 - Five U.S. Navy Avenger torpedo-bombers – Flight 19 – took off from Ft. Lauderdale Naval Air Station on an over-water navigation training flight. All five planes and the 14 men on them disappeared over the Bermuda Triangle.