When the US and UK Fought Over a Dead Pig
The Pig War of 1859
On June 15, 1859, a pig strolled into an American farmer's field on San Juan Island, in Puget Sound.
Lyman Cutlar, the American farmer picked up his gun and shot the pig. What followed was a military escalation that involved 461 Americans with 14 cannons opposed by five British warships mounting 70 guns and carrying 2,140 men.