The Krag-Jørgensen is a repeating bolt action rifle designed by the
Norwegians Ole Herman Johannes Krag and Erik Jørgensen in the late
19th century. It was adopted as a standard arm by Denmark, the United
States and Norway. The most distinctive feature of the Krag-Jørgensen
action was its magazine. While other rifles of its era used a box
magazine, the magazine of the Krag-Jørgensen was integral with the
receiver, featuring an opening on the right hand side with a hinged
cover. The cartridges were inserted through the side opening, and were
pushed up, around, and into the action by a spring follower. This
presented both advantages and disadvantages compared with the standard
top-loading "box" magazine; among other things, using a "stripper
clip" to reload was impossible. At the same time, unlike a top-loading
magazine, the Krag-Jørgensen's magazine could be topped up without
opening the rifle's bolt. Today, the Krag-Jørgensen is a popular
collector's rifle, and is valued by shooters for its smooth action.
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World War I: "The Red Baron", a flying ace of the German
Luftstreitkräfte, was shot down and killed by Captain Arthur "Roy"
Brown of the Royal Air Force.
Brasília, a planned city based on principles of Le Corbusier, was
officially inaugurated as the capital of Brazil.
The Hutt River Province "seceded" from the Australia.
Racing driver Ayrton Senna won the first of his 41 Formula One
championships at the Portuguese Grand Prix in Estoril, Portugal.
Wikiquote of the day:
"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to
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