Sunday, February 15, 2009
Today In History: Remember the Maine!
On this date in 1898, at 9:40PM, the battleship USS Maine blew up in Havana harbor. While the actual source of the explosion is unknown, it was the detonation of her forward magazines that destroyed the ship and killed two hundred and sixty-six of her crew.
Being in the harbor of a foreign empire with whom relations were, at best, strained when the sinking occurred, the Maine incident was quickly seized upon as a casus belli and America soon had her splendid little war, going almost overnight from a country that had only recently pacified her own hinterlands to a globe-spanning colonial empire with possessions stretching from Puerto Rico to the Philippines.