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    Some folks would argue for December 7, 1941. Had it not been for that, America might have entered the war too late, or even not at all, and Nazi Germany might have overrun the world----and might have been the first to develop the atomic bomb.
    September 2, 1945 was a momentous occasion as well.
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    1600: First public autopsy in this part of the world. It took five days and was watched by thousands. Two decades later, the physician who performed it was executed (not for the autopsy).

    After spending some time working as a physician and teaching medicine, Jesenský made the fateful move to Prague, in 1600. That year, he performed a public autopsy in the city, which would be attended by a man he would later meet under very different circumstances.
    Jesenský had been well-known for his anatomical experiments on the bodies of executed criminals; he attempted to rejoin the head to the body and thus bring the dead man back to life. Such was the fear of his knowledge that his body was quartered in the hope that he would be unable to bring his own body together and return to life.
    https://www.private-prague-guide.com.../jan-jesensky/
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    1968: James Earl Ray, an escaped American convict, is arrested in London, England, and charged with the assassination of African American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    1968: James Earl Ray, an escaped American convict, is arrested in London, England, and charged with the assassination of African American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
    I had totally forgotten that he had gotten out of the country and made his way to London!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    I had totally forgotten that he had gotten out of the country and made his way to London!
    He almost got away.
    But he'd have been better off to have gone to a third world country with limited communications and no extradition treaty.
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    Frank Lloyd Wright
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    Joan Rivers
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    June 14th 2017, one year ago today.

    Steve Scalise, Repub Representative and Majority Whip from Louisiana was gunned down on a baseball field by a far left wing activist and Bernie supporter.

    He's back at baseball practice today.

    Steve, not the leftie nutjob.

    The leftie nutjob will not be making another appearance.

    Good for Steve for climbing back on that horse!

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    1777: A flag is born:

    During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress adopts a resolution stating that “the flag of the United States be thirteen alternate stripes red and white” and that “the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.”

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    BIG date in history!

    On June 17, 1930 (88 years ago), President Herbert Hoover signed the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act, which boosted U.S. tariffs to historically high levels, triggering foreign retaliation; most economists agree this trade war greatly worsened the Great Depression of the 1930's.

    On June 17, 1972 (46 years ago), President Richard Nixon's downfall began with the arrest of five burglars inside Democratic national headquarters in Washington's Watergate complex.

    On June 17, 1994 (24 years ago), O.J. Simpson was arrested and charged with murder in the slaying of his ex-wife and her friend, after leading police on a nationally televised slow-speed chase on Southern California freeways.

    On June 17, 2015 (3 years ago), Dylann Roof shot nine people to death in a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina.

    On June 17, 1397 (621 years ago), the Treaty of Kalmar created a union among the kingdoms of Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.
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    On June 18, 1983 (35 years ago), Sally K. Ride became America's first female astronaut as she and four colleagues blasted off aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger on a six-day mission.

    On June 18, 1815 (203 years ago), Napoleon met his Waterloo as British and Prussian forces defeated the French in Belgium.

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