Historical Political Events for June 18

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Year Event
1812 The War of 1812 began as the U.S. Congress declared war against Britain for repeated violations of America rights to the sea, and the incitement of Indians on the frontier. Rarely mentioned in history classes, but the invasion and conquest of Canada was a major objective of the US.
1815 At Waterloo in Belgium, Napoleon Bonaparte suffers defeat at the hands of the Duke of Wellington, bringing an end to the Napoleonic era of European history.
1870 US military pursues pirates into Mexican territory on the Rio Tecapan on Jun 17-18. Two Americans killed.
1878 Posse Comitatus Act passed. This law made it a felony to willfully use "any part of the Army...to execute the laws" except where expressly authorized by the Constitution or by act of Congress. Revised in 1981 "to permit increased Department of Defense support of drug interdiction and other law enforcement activities". The law is largely ignored today -- like the Constitution itself.
1910 The Mann-Elkins Act is passed by Congress. It amends the Interstate Commerce Act of 1887 to regulate telephone, telegraph, and cable companies.
1953 The Republic of Egypt is declared and the monarchy is abolished.
1979 SALT II agreement to limit long-range missiles and bombers signed by Presidents Carter and Brezhnev.
2004 Starting this date, the US has been conducting a covert program to target and kill al Qaeda and Taliban commanders based in Pakistan. The program has targeted top al Qaeda leaders, al Qaeda's external operations network, and Taliban leaders and fighters who threaten both the Afghan and Pakistani states. Of course, there are civilian casualties and we do have to violate international law to invade another country's air space, but does that matter when you are as powerful as the US?
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Quote of
the Day
Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didnít.
    — Erica Jong
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