Historical Political Events for July 06

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Year Event
1535 Sir Thomas More, who first conceived of a place called Utopia, appointed to the position of "Lord Chancellor" of England by Henry the 8th, got into trouble when he declined to swear exclusive allegiance to the king. As a result, Sir Thomas was beheaded on this date, another casualty of the "rule of law".
1775 In Philadelphia, the American Congress under John Hancock, adopts a "Declaration of the Causes and Necessities of Taking Up Arms."
1892 300 Pinkerton guards helped introduce scabs into the workplace by opening fire on striking Carnegie mill steel workers, resulting in the death of 7 guards and 11 strikers.
1923 The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (Russia, the Ukraine, White Russia, and Transcaucasia) established on paper December 30, 1922 becomes a reality on this date. (Quoted from The People's Chronology,from Henry Holt and Company, Inc. Copyright © 1995, 1996 by James Trager. All rights reserved.)
1984 The "public debt limit" is raised from $?? to $1,573,000,000,000 by our exalted leaders. It is now rising at the rate of $1.68 billion per day. ["Limit" must not mean the same to politicians as it does to you and I]
1989 Oliver North, unsuccessful Senate candidate but successful talk show host, is sentenced to a 3-year suspended prison sentence, 2 years' probation, a $150,000 fine, and an order to perform 1,200 hours of community service for his participation in the Iran-Contra Scandal.
2006 Today's Most Interesting Government Contract Award: LigoCyte Pharmaceuticals Awarded an Additional $2.3M Department of Defense Contract to Continue the Preclinical Development of Their 3rd Generation, Mucosal Anthrax Vaccine. [DOD does not trust HHS to handle this lucrative -- I mean serious -- problem, which is also spending $billions on anthrax vaccines.]
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Quote of
the Day
Rien n’est plus dangereux qu’une id´ee, quand on n’a qu’une id´ee.
(Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, when you have only one idea.)

    — Alain (´Emile-Auguste Chartier), 1938
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