Historical Political Events for January 28

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Year Event
1099 1st Crusaders begins siege of Hosn-el-Akrad, Syria.
1981 U.S. president Ronald Reagan (R) ends oil price controls introduced in 1971, leaving prices free to move according to market forces. (from The Encarta® 2000 New World Timeline © Copyright 1998, Helicon Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.)
1986 The space shuttle, Challenger, explodes 73 seconds after liftoff, killing all 7 people on board.
1993 A federal district judge in Los Angeles rules that the Pentagon's 11-year-old ban on homosexuals is unconstitutional and permanently enjoins the military from discharging or denying enlistment to gay men or women "in the absence of sexual conduct which interferes with the military mission." President Clinton (D), who has campaigned on a promise to reverse the ban, announces January 29 that such discharges are suspended and recruits will no longer be asked questions about their sexual orientation (from The People's Chronology)
1995 United States and Vietnam sign agreements settling property claims and establishing liaison offices in each other's capitals. [Cuba, who we did not lose 50,000 soldiers in a war with, is still kept in the outhouse by the U.S.]
1998 Charlie Trie Indicted. Trie, a close friend of President Bill Clinton (D) is linked to questionable fund raising. He contributed $1.2 million for the Democratic National Committee and Clinton's legal defense fund -- money which both entities later returned because of questions about its source.
2012 National Debt Limit increased to $16,394 billion by our illustrious leaders. What would we do if China decides to no longer bail us out with their loans? Print more paper money, I suppose.
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Quote of
the Day
Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law.
    — Hofstadter, Douglas R. (1945 - ), Gödel, Escher, Bach 1979
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