Day 308 of the Year Twenty & 13


On this day…

In 1429 Joan of Arc liberates the French city of Saint-Pierre-le-Moûtier during the Hundred Years War.

In 1677 Mary II marries William of Orange. The would become William & Mary

In 1847 Sir James Simpson discovers chloroform.

In 1922 Howard Carter discovers the doorway to an undiscovered Egyptian tomb. It will turn out to be the tomb of a previously unknown Pharaoh, Tutankhamen.

In 1939 President Roosevelt orders the implementation of the Neutrality Act, allowing belligerents who can get to the US (meaning England) to buy weapons on a “cash-and-carry” basis.

In 1942 Field Marshall Erin Rommel disobeys a direct order from Adolf Hitler and begins a five month retreat after the 2nd Battle of El Alamein.

In 1952 the US establishes the National Security Agency or NSA. It only takes a mere fifty-five years for the Agency to prove it can violate the 4th Amendment.

In 1956 Soviet Troops enter Hungary to crush anti-communist uprisings. The world simply stands by and allows the massacre to occur.

In 1962 the US tests the Nike-Hercules missile system with a nuclear blast 69,000 feet above Johnston Island. It is the final atmospheric test by the US.

In 1973 the Netherlands completely abandons cars for a day because of the Saudi Oil embargo. On the plus side, Holland is a very small country that you could probably ride a bicycle across in a day.

In 1995 Yitzchak Rabin is assassinated

In 2008 Barack Obama is elected president of the United States.

Born this day: Walter Cronkite (1916); Loretta Swit (1937); Laura Bush (1946); Markie Post (1950); Ralph Macchio (1961)

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About Dave

Talk Show host, lifelong Baseball and Star Trek fan, US Navy Submariner and Fire Control Technician (Ballistic Missile) 1st Class Petty Officer (Submarine Qualified), Dave is married with four daughters, one son, two sons-in-law and two grandchildren plus one on the way. He resides quietly in Manteca, CA, where he records his podcast, Plausibly Live, three days a week. He also writes for several other blogs and as a "Stay at home Dad" plays a lot of games with his son. Dave loves books, history and is learning to weld and drive a forklift. Just for fun. Dave is also a Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans and a Member of the US Submarine Veterans.

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