Saturday, July 12, 2014

What are the costs of our conflicts?


Duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr by J. Mund


Check out Roy Benevidez from the Vietnam era. He was a real life John Rambo. 


    The U.S. invasions into Canada were not a success in terms of immediate land acquizition. They did, however, make it difficult enough for the British to give up helping the formation of an Indian State. 


    Hamilton was in several duels. His son was killed three years earlier. Some say this affected him emotionally and impacted his perfmance against Burr. 


    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

    Beliefs, Greed, and Freedom in "Our Land"



    What an interesting day in history. Here is a thousand years that starts with the Western World beating it's chest ... all the way to the U.S. evolution of Western dominance taking steps to socially mend the wounds inflicted by arrogant choices and overweening greed, rampant in the second half of the Twentieth Century. 











    Sunday, June 15, 2014

    This Land is Lee's Land, This Land is Our Land



    This is what happens when you side with the ones who can't make arms fast enough. The U.S. government will bury your enemy in your front yard.

    Happy Father's Day.


    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

    From Taxes to Tears


    Trail of Tears


    Continental Congress


    French and Indiand War: George Washington 



    Monday, May 26, 2014

    12 Stars over Europe


    The European flag is for both the European Union and the European Economic Community.



    SCOTUS Tractus

    The importance of Ellis Island cannot be overstated. Our country also had Angel Island to receive immigrants on the West Coast.


    Angel Island, San Francisco



    New York Times to Apologize

    Recognize empty statements from news media and political leaders.


    Thursday, May 8, 2014

    V-E Day, Smallpox, The Beatles, and Coca-Cola




    1984 -- Soviet Union announces that it will boycott the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
    1980 -- Eradication of smallpox is endorsed by the World Health Organization.
    1973 -- Seven-day standoff between federal authorities and American Indian Movement members occupying the Pine Ridge Reservation at Wounded Knee, South Dakota ends with the surrender of militants.



    1970 -- Beatles release last LP: Let it Be

    1945 -- Combat in Europe ends in WWII: V-E Day. Germans agree to an unconditional surrender.

    1942 -- Japanese sinks Navy aircraft carrier USS Lexington during the first battle fought at sea without having visual observation of one another.

    1933 -- Gandhi begins a 21-day fast in protest against British oppression in India.

    1914 -- Paramount Pictures is formed.



    1886 -- Pharmacist John Styth Pemberton invents a carbonated beverage that would later be named Coca-Cola.

    1861 -- Richmond, VA is named capital of the Confederate States of America.

    1846 -- Zachary Taylor defeats a Mexican force north of the Rio Grande in the first major battle of the war.

    Friday, May 2, 2014

    Iron Curtain, Stonewall, Fur Trade




    1989 -- The dismantling of the Iron Curtain starts in Hungary, marking the end of the Berlin Wall, the reunification of Germany, and the beginning of the end of the Cold War.

    1945 -- Soviet Union announces the capture of Berlin. The red flag is flown over the Reichstag.

    1863 -- American Civil War: Stonewall Jackson is wounded by friendly fir while returning to camp. He succumbs to pneumonia eight days later.



    1670 -- King Charles II of England grants a permanent charter to the Hudson's Bay Company to open up the fur trade in North America.

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    Luther and Luther

    1963 -- Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote his "Letter from Birmingham Jail while incarcerated in Alabama for protesting against segregation.



    Also related to non-violent protesting ...

    1919 -- Gandhi organized a day of prayer and fasting in response to the British slaughter of Indian protesters in the Amritsar Massacre.

    1862 -- A bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia becomes law.



    1521 -- Martin Luther made his first appearance before the Diet of Worms (assembly for deliberation). The diet's product was the Edict of Worms, which addressed the effects of the Protestant Reformation.  


    Thursday, April 10, 2014

    Ming and the Monk

    1407 -- Deshin Shekpa met with the Ming emperor in Nanjing where he assured him that there were different branches of Buddhism for different people and that no branch was better than any other. (Impact of the spread of Buddhism)

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    Freedom Ride and Lee's Surrender


    1947 -- The Journey of Reconciliation was the first interracial Freedom Ride. Its goal was to raise awareness for enforcement of the U.S. Supreme Court's 1946 Morgan v. Virginia decision that banned racial segregation in interstate travel.

    1909 -- After President Taft met with Congress to discuss reducing tariffs, making good on a campaign promise, the Payne bill was passed by the House. It was soon substituted with the Aldrich Act, which increased tariffs. The consequences hit the publishing industry particularly hard. 



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    1867 -- "Seward's Folly" purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million ($119 million in 2014 dollars). The official transfer was made October 18. 


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    1865 -- Robert E. Lee surrenders at Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia, ending the Civil War.


    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

    Civil Rights

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    Public Domain

    1960 -- The U.S. Senate approves the Civil Rights Act of 1960 despite the filibuster from southern senators
    The Civil Rights Act 1960 was critical because it was an act backed by a clear message from the president amid a series of legislation that addressed the complexities of equal protection under the law. 
    1957 -- The Suez Canal in Egypt is reopened
    1946 -- The last meeting of the League of Nations (precursor to the UN)
    1942 -- WWII: The Japanese take Bataan in the Philippines
    1935 -- The Works Progress Administration is formed (from Emergency Relief Appropriation Act)
    1918 -- Charlie Chaplin sells war bonds on the streets of NYC's financial district
    1913 -- The 17th Amendment to the Constitution becomes law (direct election of senators)
    1513 -- Explorer Juan Ponce de Leon declares (what is now) Florida a territory of Spain

    Monday, April 7, 2014

    April 7

    This day in the TEKS …

    Public domain

    1978 – Development of a neutron bomb is canceled by President Jimmy Carter 
    1971 – Nixon announces that he will escalate U.S. troop withdrawals (vietnamizatoin)   
    1954 – President Eisenhower gives his “Domino Theory” speech during a news conference
    1948 – The World Health Organization is established by the UN
    1940 – Booker T. Washington is the first African American to be depicted on a U.S. postage stamp (Tuskeegee Institute)
    1922 – Teapot Dome Scandal (land leased by Secretary of the Interior)