On this day in history...

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LIB,MR BEARS
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August 16:


1812: The U.S. surrendered Fort Detroit to the British during the War of 1812.

1896: Gold was discovered in the Yukon.

1948: Death of Babe Ruth.

1976: Death of Elvis Presley.
August 16 is not a good day for overweight, substance abusing , men.
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historian said:

August 16:

1976: Death of Elvis Presley.
It was 1977
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Thanks for the correction.
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LIB,MR BEARS said:

historian said:

August 16:


1812: The U.S. surrendered Fort Detroit to the British during the War of 1812.

1896: Gold was discovered in the Yukon.

1948: Death of Babe Ruth.

1976: Death of Elvis Presley.
August 16 is not a good day for overweight, substance abusing , men.
Is any day?
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August 17:


1786: Death of Frederick the Great

1943: Gen. George Patton & U.S. 7th Army arrived in Messina.

1987: Death of Rudolf Hess, last top Nazi.

1998: Pres. Bill Clinton testified before a grand jury and lied.
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August 18:


1227: death of Genghis Khan

1590: John White, governor of the Roanoke Colony in modern North Carolina returned to find the place deserted.

1795: Pres. George Washington signed the Jay Treaty between the U.S. & Great Britain. It was extremely unpopular because the U.S. gained little but it did keep the peace at a time when the young nation was precariously weak.

1920: 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified granting women the right to vote

1941: Hitler suspended the T4 euthanasia program because of a public outcry. In reality, it only became more secret and was moved to the concentration camps where it eventually became part of the Holocaust.

1991: attempted coup against Mikhail Gorbachev
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August 19:


1812: The U.S.S. Constitution earned its nickname, "Old Ironsides", in a battle with the R.M.S. Guerriere as cannonballs bounced off its sides.

1895: Notorious outlaw John Wesley Hartin was shot and killed in El Paso.

1909: First race held in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

1934: Chancellor Adolf Hitler took advantage of the death of Pres. Paul von Hindenburg to assume that office as well, further enshrining his dictatorial rule over Germany.

1953: The government of Iran is overthrown by Reza Pahlavi, aided by the CIA. The Shah himself would be overthrown in the 1979 revolution.

1960: American pilot Francis Gary Powers was sentenced by a Soviet court for his spying activities when his U-2 plane was shot down on May 1.
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8/19/1950

ABC began the tradition of Saturday morning kid shows
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August 20:


1619: First black Africans arrive in Virginia. They were sold to the American colonists but treated as indentured servants meaning that they could eventually obtain their freedom, and some did.

1920: Professional football began as Jim Thorpe and a few others organized the American Professional Football Conference.

1940: Trotsky assassinated in Mexico City, probably under the orders of Stalin.

1968: Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia to crush the "Prague Spring" reform movement. True to form, communist dictator Leonid Brezhnev preferred socialist purity in misery to any changes, even "communism with a human face."

1977- Voyager 2 launched to explore the outer planets of our solar system: Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Uranus

1982: U.S. Marines arrived in Beirut. Pres. Reagan sent them but later regretted this decision.
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August 21:


1831: Infamous Nat Turner rebellion in remote Virginia began. The deadliest and most famous of the slave rebellions in U.S. history, Turner and his rebels slaughtered dozens of whites, men, women, & children.

1858: First of several debates between Democrat Stephen A. Douglas and Republican Abraham Lincoln for Douglas's U.S. Senate seat. These debates highlighted the issues of the day: slavery, the expansion of slavery, the Kansas-Nebraska Act passed a few years earlier under Douglas's leadership, popular sovereignty, etc. They also propelled Lincoln to the national spotlight and ultimately the presidency.

1944: Meeting between representatives of U.S., Great Britain, the Soviet Union, & China at Dumbarton Oaks laid the foundations for the creation of the United Nations after WWII.

1959: Hawaii became the 50th state.

1991: The Soviet hardliners' attempted coup against Mikhail Gorbachev collapsed.

2004: Michael Phelps won his 8th gold medal.
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foobs?
“Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.” (The Law, p.6) Frederic Bastiat
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What???
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August 22:


1485: Battle of Bosworth Field: Henry Tudor defeated & killed King Richard III in the last major battle of the Wars of the Roses. He became Henry VII, father of Henry VIII.


1864: International Red Cross established.

1864 The first Geneva Convention was signed by 12 nations


1922: Michael Collins was assassinated.

1989: Nolan Ryan pitched his 5,000th strikeout.

1992: Ruby Ridge shootings.
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historian said:

August 22:



1989: Nolan Ryan pitched his 5,000th strikeout.

I was there for that. Didn't see the pitch though, I was paying for my beer.
“Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.” (The Law, p.6) Frederic Bastiat
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August 22:

1989: Nolan Ryan pitched his 5,000th strikeout.
I was there as well, me and a buddy paid $25 each for outfield seats. For old Arlington Stadium in 1989 that was about 3X box office price. Couple years later i found a poster they made of the event (5,000th K pitch) and i can pick myself out of the crowd.
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historian said:

August 22:

1989: Nolan Ryan pitched his 5,000th strikeout.
I was there as well, me and a buddy paid $25 each for outfield seats. For old Arlington Stadium in 1989 that was about 3X box office price. Couple years later i found a poster they made of the event (5,000th K pitch) and i can pick myself out of the crowd.
Right field? I was just in fair territory about 18 rows up.
“Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.” (The Law, p.6) Frederic Bastiat
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No, pretty much center. I was sitting right next to the 'batters eye' tarp.
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August 23:


1814: During the War of 1812, First Lady Dolley Madison saved a famous portrait of George Washington from the British who were preparing to burn Washington, D.C.

1926: Rudolph Valentino died.

1927: Nicola Sacco & Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed for robbery & murder a few years earlier. Some doubted the legitimacy of their trial.

1939: The Nazi-Soviet Nonaggression Pact was signed, paving the way for WWII. In essence, Hitler & Stalin formed an alliance to divide eastern Europe between them.
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August 24:


79: Mt. Vesuvius erupted, destroying Pompeii and Herculaneum.

1572: St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre: many thousands of Huguenots were slaughtered in France.

1814: British soldiers occupying Washington, D.C. burned the White House.

1821: Mexico won her independence from Spain.
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August 25:


325: End of the Council of Nicaea.

1944: Paris was liberated from German occupation.
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August 26:

1346: Battle of Crecy during the Hundred Years War.

1794: Pres. George Washington demonstrated his leadership with his decisive response to the Whiskey Rebellion.

1914: Beginning of the Battle of Tannenburg during WWI.

1968: Chicago riots during the Democratic National Convention.
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C S & N sing about those days in Chicago in 1968

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August 27:


1776: Battle of Brooklyn. Gen. Washington's army was defeated but managed to escape in the middle of the night thanks to brilliant tactics and the availability of plenty of boats and, in the early morning, a fog that hid the final stages of the retreat.

1883: Krakatoa explodes on an island near Sumatra creating huge tsunamis and killing tens of thousands. It was the most powerful volcanic eruption in recorded history.
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August 28:


1955: Emmett Till murdered.

1962: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington.

1996: Charles & Diana divorced
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August 29:


1533: Francisco Pizarro executed the last emperor of the Inca.

1862: Second Battle of Bull Run during the Civil War.

1949: Soviets tested their first atomic bomb. The U.S. was no longer the sole nuclear power.

2005: Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, especially New Orleans.
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A day late, but still worth noting:

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August 30:


1963: Hotline established between the White House and the Kremlin in an effort to avoid another dangerous Cold War threat like the Cuban Missile Crisis.

1967: Thurgood Marshall confirmed as the nation's first black Supreme Court justice.

1983: Lt. Col. Guion Bulford became America's first black man to travel into space.
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August 31:


1886: An earthquake hit Charleston, South Carolina.

1888: Jack the Ripper murdered his first victim.

1935: Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt singed the Neutrality Act.

1997: Princess Diana was killed in a Paris car crash while trying to escape paparazzi.
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September 1:


1775: Britain's King George III rejected the Olive Branch Petition sent by the Continental Congress. It was a last ditch effort for peace in the War for Independence.

1807: Aaron Burr acquitted of treason.

1864: Union forces under Gen. Sherman took Atlanta.

1939: Germany invaded Poland starting WWII.

1964: The first Japanese player debuted in MLB.

1969: Muammar al-Qaddafi's coup in Libya.

1972: Bobby Fisher won the World Chess Championship.

1983: The Soviets shot down KAL 007, killing everyone on board.

1985: Robert Ballard discovered the wreckage of the RMS Titanic.

2004: Chechen terrorists seized a Russian school and took over 1,000 people hostage. It did not go well for anyone there.
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September 2:


31 BC: Battle of Actium: Octavian defeated Mark Antony in a decisive naval battle off the coast of Greece. Mark Antony escaped to Egypt where he & Cleopatra committed suicide, inspiring Shakespeare.

1666: Beginning of the Great Fire of London.

1789: Congress created the U.S. Treasury. Pres. George Washington would name Alexander Hamilton to the cabinet post, the most important holder of the office of Secretary of Treasury in U.S. history.

1862: Pres. Abraham Lincoln reluctant restored Gen. George B. McClellan to command. He spent the first two and half years of the Civil War searching for a suitable commander, facing one costly loss after another. McClellan would bring him a costly victory at Antietam but fail to capitalize on the opportunity forcing his final dismissal. He would run against Lincoln in the 1864 presidential race.

1944: Naval aviator George H.W. Bush's squadron was attacked by Japanese forces. He was forced to bail out of his airplane over the ocean and was rescued.

1945: Aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, representatives of the Japanese Empire surrendered to Gen. MacArthur & other Allied representatives bringing WWII to an official end.

2011: Baylor football defeated TCU 50-48
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September 3:


1783: The Treaty of Paris was signed, finally ending the American War of Independence two years after the fighting had ceased.

1919: Pres. Wilson began his tour across the U.S. to promote his idea of the League of Nations. The tour would be cancelled after he collapsed from exhaustion in Pueblo, Colorado. Upon his return to Washington, he suffered a severe stroke and was bed-ridden for the remainder of his presidency. HIs wife, Edith Galt Wilson, carefully managed access to him during this time and often spoke on his behalf and so, in a way she was the first woman to be president of the U.S.

1939: Britain and France declared war on Germany two days after the invasion of Poland. The British government had issued an ultimatum to German Chancellor Adolf Hitler who had ignored it.

1943: Allied forces invaded the Italian mainland.
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September 4:


476: German leader Oadacer deposed Romulus Augustulus, thus ending the western Roman Empire. The eastern empire, AKA Byzantine Empire, would continue for almost 1000 years.

1886: Geronimo surrendered.

1918: American troops landed at Archangel in Russia as part of a larger Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War. The goal was to keep the eastern front open, to protect supplies provided to the former Tsarist regime, and to prevent the Bolsheviks from taking power. Ironically, the half-hearted effort helped the Bolsheviks by providing propaganda fodder.

1957: Arkansas Gov. Orville Faubus used the National Guard to prevent the desegregation of Little Rock High School.

1972: Mark Spitz won a 7th gold medal at the Munich Olympics.
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September 5:


1774: The First Continental Congress met in Philadelphia in response to the passage of the Coercive Acts by Parliament which were the British response to the Boston Tea Party.

1836: Sam Houston was elected the first President of the Republic of Texas. He would later be elected the third president as well.

1914: First Battle of the Marne began 30 miles northeast of Paris. The Parisians would use taxicabs to get soldiers to the front

1969: Lt. William Calley was charged for his role in the My Lai massacre in Vietnam.

1972: Palestinian terrorists stormed the rooms of the Israeli athletes, killing 2 and taking 9 more hostage.

1975: Lynette Fromm attempted to assassinate Pres. Gerald Ford in Sacramento, California.
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September 6:


1522: The Magellan voyage completed its circumnavigation of the globe, the first ever. Magellan sailed from Spain with 5 ships & only 1 returned without Magellan (he was killed in the Philippines) and yet the voyage was still profitable.

1847: Henry David Thoreau left Walden Pond.

1901: Pres. William McKinley was shot in Buffalo, NY. He died a few days later, propelling Theodore Roosevelt to the presidency.
“Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
I Corinthians 10:31
 
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