Jon Guttman

  • 1972: Armed British soldiers on patrol in Lisbon Street, Belfast, during the Official IRA's unconditional ceasefire. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)
    How the the FN FAL took on the AK-47

    Variations on the FN appeared all over the world and were heavily engage in brushfire wars of the late 20th century from the Malayan Emergency to the Mau Mau revolt in Kenya to the Rhodesian war to India vs. Pakistan conflicts and numerous Middle Eastern conflicts, where sand proved to be a major Achilles’ heel for the FN until measures were taken to protect its mechanism from jamming.

  • Today in history: June 8

    1776: The Patriots under Brig. Gen. William Thompson were driven from their last foothold in Quebec.

  • Today in history: June 2

    1917: Canadian Lieutenant William Avery Bishop of No. 60 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps flew his Nieuport 17 behind German lines to attack an enemy aerodrome.

  • Today in history: June 1

    1862: On the second day of the Battle of Fair Oaks Station/Seven Pines, Maj. Gen. Gustavus W. Smith took charge of Confederate forces after the wounding of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston.

  • Today in history: May 30

    1958: The remains of two unidentified U.S. service personnel from World War II and Korea are buried in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery.