A sunny Saturday morning means another edition of It Happened On, so sit down with your coffee or tea and enjoy!
Just a heads up, it’s another slow day in history
It happened on October 6 1866…The Reno gang carried out the first robbery of a moving train in the U.S. They stole over $10,000 from an Ohio and Mississippi train in Jackson County, Indiana. Before this, holdups had taken place only on trains sitting at stations or freight yards
The sparsely populated landscape provided bandits with numerous isolated areas perfect for stopping trains, as well as plenty of places to hide from the law. Some gangs, like Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch, found robbing trains so easy and lucrative that they made it their criminal specialty
Railroad owners eventually got wise and fought back, protecting valuables with large safes, armed guards and specially fortified boxcars. By the late 1800s, robbing trains had turned into an increasingly tough and dangerous job
Also on October 6 1961, President John F. Kennedy advised American families to build bomb shelters to protect them from atomic fallout in the event of a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union. Only a year later, the world teetered on the brink of full-scale nuclear war when the Cuban Missile Crisis erupted over the USSR’s placement of nuclear missiles in Cuba. During the tense 13-day crisis, some Americans prepared for nuclear war by buying up canned goods and completing last-minute work on their backyard bomb shelters
See, not that exciting