On this day in 1979 Sony released it's Walkman portal cassette tape player. 8 tracks had been around for a few years providing consumers with selected music for their automobiles, but the Walkman allowed people the ability to take it with them almost anywhere. The music industry hailed the invention of the recordable cassette tape as the beginning of the end. Little did we know they would have their revenge by charging $18.00 for something it took them less than a cent to produce.
On this day in 1863 the battle of Gettysburg began. Confederate General Robert E Lee decided that if the South were to win the war they would have to take the fighting to the North. They were losing ground daily in the west and Lee knew it was only a matter of time before things were going to badly elsewhere. So he took his army into the small Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg looking for shoes for his soldiers. There he met a sizable chunk of the army of the Potomac outside of the city.
On this day in 2003 the accuser of Kobe Bryant went to police saying she was sexually abused by the basketball star. Bryant's attorneys began patching up the fallen stars image by having him make a statement at a press conference with his wife at his side, and "accidentally" leaking the identity of the victim to the press. They then began to attack the victims sexual history in both the court and in the press until a gag order was placed. But the damage was done, the victim decided not to participate in the trial and the charges were dropped. Bryant settled for an undisclosed sum in the civil case.