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Nixon and North Korea

Tensions between the US and North Korea are not new. In fact a drunk president Nixon almost launched a tactical nuclear strike against the North Koreans in April 1969.

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1941 – Roosevelt Declares War on Japan

On This Day – 8 December 1941

One day after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbour by the Japanese military the American President Franklin D. Roosevelt called for the US to declare war on Japan.

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1859 – Billy the Kid, American criminal, born (alternative date)

On This Day – 23 November 1859

Henry McCarty (17 Sept 1859 – 14 July 1881), better known under the pseudonyms of Billy the Kid and William H. Bonney, was a 19th-century gunman who participated in the Lincoln County War and became a frontier outlaw in the American Old West. Continue reading “1859 – Billy the Kid, American criminal, born (alternative date)”

1977 – The US Senate begins hearings into MKUltra

3 August

Project MKUltra was the name given to a series of illegal experiments being conducted on human subjects by the CIA.

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1943 – PT109 with JFK aboard sinks

2 August

PT 109 the torpedo motor boat commanded by Lieutenant Junior Grade John F Kennedy the future president of the United States of America was rammed by the Japanese Destroyer Amagiri.

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1937 – The Marihuana tax act is introduced

2 August

The Marihuana tax act of 1937 placed a tax on the sale of Marijuana. The act was drafted by Harry Anslinger and introduced by Robert Doughton a North Carolina Republican. Continue reading “1937 – The Marihuana tax act is introduced”

1937 – Second Sino-Japanese War: USS Panay incident

12 December

The USS Panay incident was a Japanese attack on the American gunboat Panay while it was anchored in the Yangtze River outside Nanking,  China on this day in 1937. Continue reading “1937 – Second Sino-Japanese War: USS Panay incident”

2000 – The United States Supreme Court releases its decision in Bush v. Gore

12 December

Bush v. Gore, 531 U.S. 98 (2000), is the United States Supreme Court decision that resolved the dispute surrounding the 2000 presidential election. Three days earlier, the Court had preliminarily halted the Florida recount that was occurring.  Continue reading “2000 – The United States Supreme Court releases its decision in Bush v. Gore”

1884 – Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is published

10 December

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel by Mark Twain, first published in the United Kingdom in December 1884 and in the United States in February 1885. Commonly named among the Great American Novels, the work is among the first in major American literature to be written throughout in vernacular English, characterized by local colour regionalism. Continue reading “1884 – Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is published”

1872 – P. B. S. Pinchback becomes the first African-American governor of a U.S. state

9 December

Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback (10 May 1837 – 21 Dec 1921) was an American publisher and politician, a Union Army officer, and the first person of African descent to become governor of a U.S. state. He was born free in Georgia. A Republican, Pinchback served as the 24th Governor of Louisiana for 15 days, from 29 Dec, 1872, to 13 Jan, 1873. He was later elected to the state legislature, serving in 1879-1880. Continue reading “1872 – P. B. S. Pinchback becomes the first African-American governor of a U.S. state”

1775 – ARW: Battle of Great Bridge

9 December

The Battle of Great Bridge was fought on this day in 1775, in the area of Great Bridge, Virginia, early in the American Revolutionary War. The victory by Continental Army and militia forces led to the departure of Governor Lord Dunmore and any remaining vestiges of British power from the Colony of Virginia during the early days of the conflict. Continue reading “1775 – ARW: Battle of Great Bridge”

1941 – World War II: Attack on Pearl Harbor

7 December

The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, in the United States Territory of Hawaii, on the morning of 7 Dec 1941. The attack led to the United States’ entry into World War II. Continue reading “1941 – World War II: Attack on Pearl Harbor”

1862 – ACW: Battle of Prairie Grove

7 December

The Battle of Prairie Grove was a battle of the American Civil War fought on this day in 1862, that resulted in a tactical stalemate but essentially secured northwest Arkansas for the Union. Continue reading “1862 – ACW: Battle of Prairie Grove”

1848 – Native American genocide

A major genocide was conducted on Native Americans who resided in the Great Basin (California), a watershed which had supported the tribes for more than 14,000 years. Continue reading “1848 – Native American genocide”

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