Posts Categorized: This Day in History

70 years ago....and yesterday

70 years ago….and yesterday

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The single most destructive bombing of WWII wasn’t Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but the firebombing raids of Dresden in February of 1945, with upwards of 135,000 men, women, and children slain. In wars between nations, the deaths of civilians is historically all-too common; and the norm, not the exception. Yet it’s the horrors of the dropping… Read more »

On this Day in History:  40 Years Ago....Vietnam.

On this Day in History: 40 Years Ago….Vietnam.

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HuffPo: On April 30, 1975, North Vietnamese tanks rolled into the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon, marking the end of a decades-long conflict that left millions dead. With North Vietnamese troops approaching Saigon, now known as Ho Chi Minh, the U.S. scrambled to pull back its last personnel in the city. The photos below show… Read more »

On this day in History....

On this day in History….

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On September 9, 2001, two days before the events of 9/11, Ahmad Shah Massoud- the “Lion of Panjsher” and leader of the United Islamic Front for the Salvation of Afghanistan (the Northern Alliance)- was assassinated in Takhar Province of Afghanistan by suspected al-Qaeda agents posing as journalists. Afghanistan in the shadow of Ahmad Shah Massoud:… Read more »

Ladies and gentlemen...50 years later- the Beatles!

Ladies and gentlemen…50 years later- the Beatles!

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50 years ago this evening I sat in my parent’s living room as a youngster and watched on the only TV we had the Beatles appear on the Ed Sullivan show. It was electrifying. My parents regularly watched the Ed Sullivan show and there were many wonderful talents to appear but few as memorable as… Read more »

“Marg bar Amrika”

“Marg bar Amrika”

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“President Carter inherited an impossible situation — and he and his advisers made the worst of it.”Gaddis Smith

On this day in history 34 years ago, remember, remember the 4th of November; when militant Islamic students stormed the U.S. embassy, holding 52 Americans hostage for 444 days.

To commemorate that takeover, and to demonstrate opposition to the new president’s call to “tone down” the common, daily-expressed slogan, “Death to America” chants, “tens of thousands” of protesters gathered in Tehran outside the old U.S. embassy in their own “million Islamist march” (or, as they call it, “National Day to Fight Global Arrogance”):

A U.S. soldier watches as a statue of Iraq's President Saddam Hussein falls in central Baghdad April 9, 2003.

REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

10 Yr Anniversary of OIF: The Lie that Bush Lied

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A “lie” and a “mistake” are not the same thing.

As the 10th anniversary of OIF arrives, Peter Feaver goes through some of the most prevalent myths regarding the wrongful narrative that “Bush lied, people died”:

1. The Bush administration went to war against Iraq because it thought (or claimed to think) Iraq had been behind the 9/11 attacks.

A Higher Call
December 20, 1943
by John D. Shaw

On this day in history: A Higher Call

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December 20, 1943, 4 days before Christmas: a young American bomber pilot named Charlie Brown found himself somewhere over Germany, struggling to keep his plane aloft with just one of its four engines still working. They were returning from their first mission as a unit, the successful bombing of a German munitions factory. Of his… Read more »