Friday, January 11, 2008

on this day in history...

Who would have thought that today was such an eventual day, but here are a list of important things that happened January 11.

  • Six years ago, the first "detainees" arrived at Guantánamo Bay. The ACLU urges you to wear orange today to protest (urging Congress/Bush/the Court to close Gitmo). Learn more about the planned protests in your area--including a vigil at the Moss federal courthouse at 5 PM--by clicking on the icon.

  • If my ancestor were alive today, he would be 250 years old. No I am not talking about John V. Long. I am talking about my mom's side of the family--Alexander Hamilton. Wish him a happy birthday, and say thank you to him for making America an economic powerhouse.

  • In 1964, the Surgeon General issued a report pointing out that "Gee, cigarettes might be bad for you." Billions of dollars in lawsuits later, tobacco companies are still standing.

  • France and Belgium got greedy on this day in 1923, and invaded the Ruhr Valley in Germany, which would be like if Canada had invaded Pittsburg in the 1920s. This act of vengence for World War I, allowed Hitler to use the demoralizing event as an emotional tool to sieze power and militarize the country.

  • And East Pakistan became Bangladesh in 1972. Unfortunately, the idependence from Pakistan did not relieve the country from annual monsoon floods and cyclones, and the occational earthquake or mudslide.

The first two I knew about, the rest are thanks to Wikipedia. Happy Friday everyone.

1 comment:

Utah Peaknik said...

Wow, that's crazy.

Today is the first day in a long, long time that I just so happened to wear an orange shirt.

And I had no idea that it would be the day of wearing an orange shirt in protest of Gitmo.