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  • Gettysburg: Profiles in Courage

    07/03/2020 11:59:42 AM PDT · by buckalfa · 22 replies
    City Journal ^ | July 1, 2020 | Michael G Klingenberg
    This week marks the 157th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. As it happened, Union victory in Pennsylvania on July 3, and the surrender of Confederate forces at Vicksburg, Mississippi, on July 4, portended a gradual death for the Southern rebellion. When the Confederacy collapsed in 1865, so, too, did the foundation of its apartheid society: institutionalized racial slavery. Yet the ultimate success of Union arms was hardly a foregone conclusion in 1863. Emboldened by its victory at Chancellorsville, Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia crossed the Potomac River, passed through Maryland, and raided south-central Pennsylvania. It plundered farms,...
  • I Joined FR 22 Years Ago (June 28th, 1998)

    07/01/2020 5:59:26 AM PDT · by usconservative · 150 replies
    Self ^ | 06/28/2020 | USConservative
    I cannot believe I missed my own anniversary. I joined FR 22 years ago, during the height of the Clinton Impeachment. So many great memories. Met Henry Hyde with some local Illinois Freepers, protested Clinton when he was here in Chicago (He turned around and looked at us when I yelled "How's Monica's throat?") and so much more. Hoping some fellow Class of '98'ers chime in and let me know they're still here.
  • Statement from the Press Secretary Commemorating the 31st Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre

    06/05/2020 12:32:42 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 1 replies ^ | June 4, 2020 | White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany
    The American people reflect on the courage and optimism of the hundreds of thousands of Chinese citizens who gathered peacefully 31 years ago in Beijing and throughout China to protest widespread official corruption and demand a greater say in the governance of their country.  The Chinese Communist Party’s slaughter of unarmed Chinese civilians was a tragedy that will not be forgotten.  The United States calls on China to honor the memory of those who lost their lives and to provide a full accounting of those who were killed, detained, or remain missing in connection with the events surrounding the...
  • VE day: 'Our dad wrote the peace document'

    05/08/2020 12:30:16 PM PDT · by Winniesboy · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | May 4th 2020 | Julis Peacock
    Friday 8 May is the 75th anniversary of VE day- the end of the Second World War in Europe. Few people realised that a British theatre actor and manager, turned soldier, drafted the historic document of surrender which ended the conflict. For years, John Counsell’s twin daughters had no idea about the role he played. Jenny and Elizabeth Counsell, who are now 77, have spoken of their pride at his part in helping to bring the Second World War to an end.
  • Today marks the 105th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide (Friday, 24 Apr)

    04/28/2020 12:54:55 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    ANF News ^ | Friday, 24 Apr 2020, 07:39 | ANF NEWS DESK
    Up to a million and a half Armenians perished at the hands of Ottoman and Turkish military and paramilitary forces and through atrocities intentionally inflicted to eliminate the Armenian demographic presence in Turkey. In April 1915 the Ottoman government embarked upon the systematic decimation of its civilian Armenian population. The persecutions continued with varying intensity until 1923 when the Ottoman Empire ceased to exist and was replaced by the Republic of Turkey. The Armenian population of the Ottoman state was reported at about two million in 1915. An estimated one million had perished by 1918, while hundreds of thousands had...
  • Kim Jong Un absent amid North Korea anniversary celebration

    04/18/2020 8:52:54 PM PDT · by bitt · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/16/2020 | Lauren Vella
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was absent from a national celebration dedicated to the nation’s founder and Kim’s grandfather, Kim Il Sung, on Friday, raising questions about the state of his health. According to reports from KCNA, the country’s state-run media, North Korean leaders paid tribute to Kim Il Sung’s preserved body at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun but did not mention Kim Jong Un’s presence, according to Reuters. Kim was also not present in official photos of the celebration. This was the first time in decades that the country's leader has not made an appearance during the...
  • San Bernardino terror attack: Community marks somber 4-year anniversary

    12/06/2019 6:18:11 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    KABC ^ | 12/02/2019
    Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik used semi-automatic rifles to gun down more than a dozen people at a Christmas party for San Bernardino County employees on Dec. 2, 2015, prosecutors say. Police later confronted and killed the two attackers. Enrique Marquez - a former neighbor and friend of Farook - allegedly bought the two rifles for Farook in 2011 and 2012, and the two planned to launch bomb and shooting attacks at Riverside City College, where they attended classes, and a notoriously gridlocked section of highway without exits. The two never carried out those plans.
  • Today in European history: the Battle of Sinop (1853)

    11/30/2019 3:07:18 AM PST · by NorseViking · 14 replies ^ | November 30, 2015 | DWD
    Apart from the Charge of the Light Brigade (the actual charge, but also the poem), the Crimean War (1853-1856) is best known as the first “modern” war, in that it was during the Crimean War when later military staples like rail, telegraphs, trenches, and rifled firearms and artillery first got tested on a major battlefield. Oh, and it also led to the development of modern professional nursing, triage, and anesthetics, but who’s counting? The 1853 Battle of Sinop is perhaps most noteworthy for the way it helped pioneer another development in military technology, although it’s also important in that it...
  • Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

    11/19/2019 10:34:27 AM PST · by Bratch · 147 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 20, 2008 | Abraham Lincoln via cparsons2005 on YouTube
    Gettysburg Address as recited by Jeff Daniels. Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
  • 25 years ago President Ronald Reagan announced his Alzheimer's to the nation

    11/12/2019 8:57:31 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 4 replies
    Today ^ | 11/11/2019 | Erika Edwards
    Twenty-five years ago this month, President Ronald Reagan told the nation he’d been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. “I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life,” he wrote in a letter addressed to his “Fellow Americans,” dated November 5, 1994. Reagan wrote that he and his wife, Nancy, decided to disclose his condition in hopes it would increase attention for the disease that slowly, but surely, robs the mind of its memories. “In opening our hearts, we hope this might promote greater awareness of this condition,” he wrote. “Perhaps it will encourage a clearer...
  • USS Cole victims remembered on the 19th anniversary of the attack

    10/12/2019 6:22:41 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 10 replies
    WCMH - NBC Arlington ^ | October 12 | Staff
    ARLINGTON, VA (WCMH) — Nineteen years ago today, 17 American sailors were killed and 37 sailors were injured when the USS Cole was attacked by terrorists in a small boat laden with explosives in Yemen on Oct. 12, 2000.
  • The Anniversary of the People's Republic of China Is a Dark Day for Mankind

    10/04/2019 7:43:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10/04/2019 | David Harsanyi
    It's one thing to engage in diplomacy. It's another to praise evil.This week, Donald Trump tweeted, "Congratulations to President Xi and the Chinese people on the 70th Anniversary of the People's Republic of China!" For diplomatic reasons, it's become customary for American presidents to praise and commend this depraved totalitarian regime. In a just world, the president would be sending his sympathies to the Chinese people, who have endured inconceivable sufferings under the communist regime since 1949.As Helen Raleigh, whose family experienced Maoist-driven deprivations, aptly noted, the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China marks one of the...
  • The Rise and Future of China as an Economic Power: Communist Rule Turns 70, Focuses on Hypergrowth

    10/01/2019 8:07:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Investopedia ^ | 10/01/2019 | James Early
    Since 2012, I've been a frequent visitor to the People's Republic of China. With 52 red stamps on my passport to prove it, I'm still mystified by the incongruities that jump out at me as a Westerner. IÂ’ve come to accept that plenty of contradictions about China will never make sense to the Western mindset. Yet China, whose Communist Party government turns 70 today, marches on, contradictions and all. The same China thatÂ’s famous for its human rights violations is the China that lifted more than 800 million people out of poverty as per capita GDP rose from $89 in...
  • Why the 70th Anniversary of the People's Republic of China Should be a Day of Mourning

    10/01/2019 12:07:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 10/01/2019 | Ilya Somin
    Today is the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the People's Republic of China, which marks the occasion when the Communist Party seized power in the world's most populous nation. The regime established then remains in power today, and is holding a massive celebration. But today is more properly an occasion for mourning. It is an appropriate time to remember the horrific injustices of the government that committed the biggest mass murder in the history of the world, and numerous other injustices and atrocities.Though it gets nowhere near the level of attention it deserves, Mao Zedong's Great Leap Forward...
  • Abbey Road endures more traffic mayhem as Beatles fans mark last album's 50th anniversary

    09/27/2019 9:12:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    CNN ^ | 09/27/2019 | Rory Sullivan
    Mark Kramer is a huge Beatles fan. Just hours after stepping off his overnight flight from Florida to London, he is not bleary-eyed but brimming with energy as he savors his time at the world's best-known pedestrian crossing. Beside the streaks of white paint that mark the zebra crossing on Abbey Road -- a site protected since 2010 for its cultural and historical importance -- he rattles off Beatles facts, talks about the band's musical journey and grows ever more excited. Kramer, 40, is here because of "Abbey Road," the seminal album the band released on September 26, 1969 --...
  • The Latest on 80th Anniversary of WWII: Russia tweets reminder of Soviet role

    09/01/2019 2:16:16 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 71 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 1, 2019
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II (all times local): 7:00 p.m. Russian President Vladimir Putin wasn’t invited to attend ceremonies for the 80th anniversary of the day World War II started in Poland. But his Foreign Ministry tried to make sure the Soviet Union’s role in ending the war got acknowledged at least. The ministry tweeted on Sunday: “One may have varying opinions on Soviet policy during the initial period of World War II, but it is impossible to deny the fact that it was the Soviet Union that...
  • Germany asks Poland's forgiveness 80 years after WWII invasion

    09/01/2019 9:02:40 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 44 replies
    France24 ^ | 1 Sep 2019 | AFP
    German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Sunday asked Poland’s forgiveness for history’s bloodiest conflict during a ceremony in the Polish city of Wielun, where the first World War II bombs fell 80 years ago. “I bow my head before the victims of the attack on Wielun. I bow my head before the Polish victims of Germany’s tyranny. And I ask forgiveness,” Steinmeier said in both German and Polish. “It is the Germans who committed a crime against humanity in Poland. Anyone who claims it is over, that the national-socialists’ reign of terror over Europe is a marginal event in German history...
  • Fifteen Years After Beslan Tragedy, Emotions Still Run High

    09/03/2019 10:48:50 AM PDT · by NorseViking · 54 replies
    RFE ^ | August 31, 2019
    It started 15 years ago as a hostage taking in a small town in southern Russia. It ended three days later in bloodshed that left hundreds dead, the majority of them children, in one of the worst terror attacks in Russian history. Some three dozen Chechen militants took more than 1,200 people hostage at a school in Beslan, North Ossetia, on September 1, 2004. The drama ended days later after Russian forces stormed the school. The standoff and resulting battle saw 334 people killed, 186 of whom were children. "I was lining the students up [to address them]. When I...
  • In Polish Ceremony Marking 80 Years Since WWII, the Poles Forgot One Thing

    09/03/2019 2:59:53 AM PDT · by NorseViking · 38 replies
    Haaretz ^ | September 2, 2019 | Ofer Aderet
    In events marking 80 years since Nazi invasion of Poland that started the war, genocide of Jews was swallowed up like it never happened. The right-wing nationalist government in Poland can celebrate a great victory. In the long war over the “culture of memory,” an objective it set for itself upon coming to power in 2015, the last bastion was conquered yesterday. After Israel’s recognition last year of the Polish narrative – which emphasizes the suffering of the Polish nation and minimizes its part in causing suffering to another nation – now Germany and the United States have also been...
  • Today in U.S. military history: an airborne rendezvous with history

    08/16/2019 7:36:02 AM PDT · by fugazi · 4 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | 16 August 2019 | Chris Carter
    1777: A force of militiamen from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont - led by Gen. John Stark - clash with a detachment of British General John Burgoyne's army in the Battle of Bennington (near present-day Bennington, Vt.). The Americans rout the British, and the amount of supplies captured during the engagement leads to Burgoyne's forthcoming defeat at Saratoga - which convinces the French to join the war. 1780: Following his successful campaign in the south, Lord Cornwallis engages Gen. Horatio Gates' force in Camden, S.C.. The Americans are annihilated, taking nearly 2,000 casualties in just one hour. The infamous cavalry...