Oct. 20, 1917 - The Hays Press newspaper, Hays, Kan., reported that A and Headquarters Batteries, First Field Artillery, the First Field Artillery Band, and the Sanitary Detachment (made up of nearly 1,000 volunteers from Topeka, Kan.) left for Fort Sill, Okla. The unit was part of the 35th Division, a National Guard division that deployed to France during World War I.
1926 - President Calvin Coolidge ordered Marines to guard the mail. In Elizabeth, N.J., on Oct. 14, a U.S. Mail truck driver was robbed and killed and forced Coolidge to turn to the Marine Corps for assistance in the civil community. By presidential order, 2,500 Marines proceeded on duty to guard the mail.
1927 - Henry Ford hand stamped the very first Model A engine number. Even though the Model A was in production for only four years, it sold nearly five million cars worldwide. The Model A was one of the first affordable cars to take safety into consideration, with shatterproof glass, four wheel brakes and bumpers as standard equipment.
1950 - In the first airborne operation of the Korean War, 2,860 paratroopers of the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team jumped between Sukchon and Sunchon, 25 miles north of Pyongyang.
2006 - A mobile training team from the Field Artillery School conducted its first Tactical Information Operation Course in a mobile training team format before the unit trained deployed to Iraq. The course trained key personnel how to identify a target and select the appropriate lethal or non-lethal effects to generate the desire effects and taught them how to integrate information operations into the military decision making process.