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|515 BC||The building of the great Jewish temple in Jerusalem is completed.|
|241 BC||The Roman fleet sinks 50 Carthaginian ships in the Battle of Aegusa.|
|49 BC||Julius Caesar crosses the Rubicon and invades Italy.|
|1656||In the colony of Virginia, suffrage is extended to all free men regardless of their religion.|
|1776||"Common Sense" by Thomas Paine is published.|
|1785||Thomas Jefferson is appointed minister to France.|
|1806||The Dutch in Cape Town, South Africa surrender to the British.|
|1814||Napoleon Bonaparte is defeated by an allied army at the Battle of Laon, France.|
|1848||The treaty of Guadeloupe-Hidalgo is signed which ends the United States' war with Mexico.|
|1876||Alexander Graham Bell makes the first telephone call to Thomas Watson saying "Watson, come here. I need you."|
|1893||New Mexico State University cancels its first graduation ceremony, because the only graduate was robbed and killed the night before.|
|1902||The Boers of South Africa score their last victory over the British, capturing British General Methuen and 200 men.|
|1910||Slavery is abolished in China.|
|1924||The U.S. Supreme Court upholds a New York state law forbidding late-night work for women.|
|1927||Prussia lifts its Nazi ban, Adolf Hitler is allowed to speak in public.|
|1933||Nevada becomes the first U.S. state to regulate drugs.|
|1941||Vichy France threatens to use its navy unless Britain allows food to reach France.|
|1943||Adolf Hitler calls Field Marshall Erwin Rommel back from Tunisia in North Africa.|
|1944||The Irish refuse to oust all Axis envoys and deny the accusation of spying on Allied troops.|
|1945||American B-29 bombers attack Tokyo, killing 100,000.|
|1947||The Big Four meet in Moscow to discuss the future of Germany.|
|1948||Author Zelda Fitzgerald (wife of F. Scott) dies in a fire at Highland Hospital.|
|1953||North Korean gunners at Wonsan fire on the USS Missouri, the ship responds by firing 998 rounds at the enemy position.|
|1954||President Dwight Eisenhower calls Senator Joseph McCarthy a peril to the Republican Party.|
|1966||The North Vietnamese capture a Green Beret camp at Ashau Valley.|
|1969||James Earl Ray pleads guilty to the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King and is sentenced to 99 years in jail.|
|1971||The Senate approves a Constitutional amendment to lower the voting age to 18.|
|1975||The North Vietnamese Army attacks the South Vietnamese town of Ban Me Thout, the offensive will end with total victory in Vietnam.|
|1980||Iran's leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, lends his support to the militants holding the American hostages in Tehran.|
|1982||The United States bans Libyan oil imports, because of the continued support of terrorism.|
|1987||The Vatican condemns surrogate parenting as well as test-tube and artificial insemination.|
Appearing at a Senate Banking Committee hearing Thursday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) grilled officials from the Treasury Department over why criminal charges were not filed against officials at HSBC who helped launder hundreds of millions of dollars for drug cartels.Extended excerpt from The Raw Story. Can any reader justify not sending any bankers to prison?
The HSBC scandal resulted in the Department of Justice and Treasury announcing a record $1.92 billion fine after finding that the international bank repeatedly helped the world’s most violent drug gangs move at least $881 million in ill-gotten gains through numerous countries the U.S. has economic sanctions against.
“HSBC paid a fine, but no one individual went to trial, no individual was banned from banking, and there was no hearing to consider shutting down HSBC’s activities here in the United States,” Warren said. “So, what I’d like is, you’re the experts on money laundering. I’d like an opinion: What does it take — how many billions do you have to launder for drug lords and how many economic sanctions do you have to violate — before someone will consider shutting down a financial institution like this?”..
Warren reiterated her question and still got nowhere. “We at the Treasury Department… don’t have the authority to shut down a financial institution,” Cohen said...
“You know, if you’re caught with an ounce of cocaine, the chances are good you’re going to go to jail,” Warren said. “If it happens repeatedly, you may go to jail for the rest of your life. But evidently, if you launder nearly a billion dollars for drug cartels and violate our international sanctions, your company pays a fine and you go home and sleep in your own bed at night, every single individual associated with this. I think that’s fundamentally wrong.”
I’m doing you a favor, folks. Think before you act. Thinking after you act will be too late.Now here’s Alan Grayson to say it will get uglier than that. Benefits cuts will lead to real “civil disobedience.” And it won’t be just hippies with student loans and pup tents out there this time. It will be you and me — and also our parents, carrying walkers and two-by-fours, looking for congressional faces to talk seriously to.
There aren’t enough K Street lobbying positions for all of you, if all of you hit the resale market on the same day. I don’t want to say “I told you so.” I want to tell you now — this will not end the way Barack Obama (who will never face election again) and Steny Hoyer are telling you it will end. It will end ugly, for you.
Dear Patriot,Paul’s fundraising letter is flat out false and wrong.
My 13-hour filibuster yesterday is being called one of the longest in U.S. history.
I had been trying for more than a week to get a straight answer on whether or not the Obama administration believed it had the authority to use drones to target and kill American citizens on American soil – without due process.
And after receiving a letter from Attorney General Eric Holder claiming they DO have that authority, I could no longer sit silently at my desk in the U.S. Senate.
So I stood for thirteen-straight hours to send a message to the Obama administration, I will do everything in my power to fight their attempts to ignore the Constitution!
Millions of Americans chose to stand with me and put President Obama, Attorney General Holder, and Congress in the spotlight…
And the good news is, it worked!
Just hours ago, I received a letter from Attorney General Holder declaring the President DOES NOT have the authority to use drones to kill Americans on U.S. soil.
Patriot, this shows what we can do when stand together and fight.
So won’t you help me continue the fight to protect our Constitutional liberties today?
Huǒ liáo involves a specially prepared “secret elixer” which is soaked into a towel and placed on a problem area. Then some alcohol is added as a starter fluid. When everything’s set, they light it up. After a few seconds the flame is put out.You can watch a video of the procedure at the link.
The shortest-lived circulated coin in U.S. history, the twenty-cent piece only lasted from 1875 to 1878. Once again, this was America attempting to keep parity with Europe—France, in particular. Their twenty-franc piece was approximately the same size and material as the twenty-cent piece, and so the two could, in theory, be exchanged equally.Some of the coins on the list of ten lesser-known U.S. coins were never in circulation, and some are still legal -although you probably won't see them. More
In reality, this was almost never done. Though francs were a popular reserve currency at the time, the average citizen didn’t have much of a need for a twenty cent coin, especially since quarters were already well-established.
Kotelnikov’s innovation came with the realization that for a parachute to save lives, it had to meet two primary qualifications: it had to always be with the pilot –ideally, it would be attached to him in some way– and it had to open automatically – presumably to protect the pilot if he lost consciousness. He developed several prototypes that met these qualifications, including a parachute helmet, a parachute belt, and a parachute attached to several points of the body via an elaborate harness. Eventually he came up a working model for a stable parachute in a hard knapsack that would be attached to the pilot by a harness. He dubbed the invention the RK-1 (Russian Kotelnikov 1). The RK-1 was attached to the plane by static line that would pull the chute open once the pilot reached the proper distance from the aircraft, but it could also be opened manually by pulling a cord.But the Russian military resisted using Kotelnikov's invention, because they thought it would encourage pilots to abandon malfunctioning planes -which would be a waste of planes! But eventually, the innovation spread all over the world. Read how it happened at Design Decoded.
Some pessoi may have originated as ostraca, pieces of broken ceramic on which the Greeks of old inscribed the names of enemies. The ostraca were used to vote for some pain-in-the-well-you-know to be thrown out of town—hence, “ostracized.” The creative employment of ostraca as pessoi allowed for “literally putting faecal matter on the name of hated individuals,” Charlier and company suggest. Ostraca have been found bearing the name of Socrates, which is not surprising considering they hemlocked him up and threw away the key. (Technically, he hemlocked himself, but we could spend hours in Socratic debate about who took ultimate responsibility.)
Putting shards of a hard substance, however polished, in one's delicate places has some obvious medical risks. “The abrasive characteristics of ceramic,” the authors write, “suggest that long term use of pessoi could have resulted in local irritation, skin or mucosal damage, or complications of external haemorrhoids.”
Alligators are notoriously unsympathetic creatures, and while the reptiles care for their own offspring, they often can't protect them from lurking neighbors that would gladly feast on the young. This dire reality just means more work for the zookeepers at the Australian Reptile Park in Somersby, who often have to intervene to save alligator eggs and hatchlings. In a recent intervention, five zookeepers piled on a female alligator to restrain her, while another official collected fifteen eggs that were taken away to be incubated in a safe environment.
A mouse at Hangzhou Zoo in China has been give its freedom after zookeepers witnessed it attack a venomous snake to save its friend. "We always give the snakes live food, and we put the two mice into the snake enclosure. But instead of trying to hide like they usually do, one of the mice attacked the snake when it saw it trying to eat the other mouse. I have never seen anything like that before," keeper Wen Shao said.Sadly, the other mouse didn't make it. MSN Now has the larger pic: Here.
A preliminary examination of water samples from the ancient subglacial Lake Vostok near the South Pole indicated that its inhabitants are not to be found anywhere else on Earth, a member of the research team told RIA Novosti.
The species of bacteria, whose traces were found in probes of water from Lake Vostok, do not belong to any of the 40-plus known subkingdoms of bacteria, said Sergei Bulat, a researcher at the Laboratory of Eukaryote Genetics at the St. Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute.
“After excluding all known contaminants…we discovered bacterial DNA that does not match any known species listed in global databanks. We call it unidentified and 'unclassified' life,” Bulat said.