Historical Political Events for March 17

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Year Event
1752 A bill to provide for the Scottish estates forfeited in the Jacobite rebellion known as “the Forty-Five” to be bestowed on the crown, and the revenue to be used for improvement of the Highlands, passes the British House of Lords and subsequently becomes law. [The Encarta® 2000 New World Timeline © Copyright 1998, Helicon Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.] Today forfeiture has again become a source of government income -- this time for the Colonies!
1862 The first two issues of paper money called Greenbacks, developed to prevent counterfeiting, were made legal tender on this date. St. Patrick's day seems appropriate.
1894 The US and China sign the Chinese Exclusion Treaty, by which China accedes to U.S. exclusion of Chinese laborers.
1959 The Dalai Lama and around 100,000 of his followers flee Tibet following the second Chinese invasion and set up a government-in-exile in Dharamsala, India.
1960 President Eisenhower (R) authorizes secret training for invasion of Cuba.
2000 2000: Ugandan Cult Murders (or suicide?): On the seventeenth, group members arrived at their church in Kanangu to pray and sing, minutes later nearby villagers heard an explosion, and the building was gutted in an intense fire that killed all 530 in attendance, including dozens of children.
2001 President Bush (R) is accused by "Global Warming" believers in abandonment of a campaign pledge to curtail carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. Hysteria reins.
2003 President George W. Bush (R) gives Saddam Hussein a 48-hour deadline to flee Iraq or face a U.S.-led invasion. “The tyrant will soon be gone,” Bush vows as 250,000 American troops stood poised to strike. A review 10 years later.
2011 The U.N. Security Council votes to authorize a no-fly zone over Libya and "all necessary measures" -- code for military action -- to protect civilians against Gaddafi's army. Two days later, the first air strikes halt the advance of Gaddafi's forces on Benghazi and target Libya's air defences.
-- St. Patrick's Day
and . . .
Quote of
the Day
Americans like to talk about (or be told about) Democracy but, when put to the test, usually find it to be an 'inconvenience.' We have opted instead for an authoritarian system disguised as a Democracy. We pay through the nose for an enormous joke-of-a-government, let it push us around, and then wonder how all those assholes got in there.
    — Frank Vincent Zappa, Musician, (1940-1993)
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