Sunday, August 22, 2010

On August 22

On this day in ...
... 1849, in Venice, the waging of war took a new leap when Austria launched the 1st aerial raid against rebels who the year before had ousted their imperial rulers and declared their city a republic. Some of the time-fused bombs reached their target. Others drifted back to the Austrian camp when the wind shifted. The means for the attack were balloons sent skyward without human pilots -- and thus genuine ancestors of the Predator drones that, as we've posted here, here, and here, generate killing and controversy today. (credit for 1880 Russian image of similar balloon raid)

(Prior August 22 posts are here, here, and here.)

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