Historical Political Events for August 08

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Year Event
1898 US annexes Hawaii. The queen got in the way of our imperilism and had to go.
1945 World War II - The Soviet Union declares war on Japan and invades Manchuria.
1953 U.S.S.R. Premier Malenkov declared that “the United States no longer possesses a monopoly on the hydrogen bomb.”
1969 Executive order 11478 was issued by Nixon (R) on this date. "Equal employment opportunity must become an integral part of the day to day management of Federal agencies and interwoven with every action which has an effect on employees", declared the heads of all federal agencies. Section 2 of the order maintained that each agency was required to establish an affirmative action program of equal employment opportunity.
1973 Vice President Spiro Agnew (R) goes on television to denounce accusations he had taken kickbacks while governor of Maryland.
1974 Faced with further eroding support because of the Watergate scandal, President Nixon (R) announced in a nationally broadcast address that he would resign the following day, becoming the first president to resign from office. Nixon's decision followed new revelations of his direct involvement in the Watergate cover-up.
1985 Clark Amendment repealed by President Reagan (R). The Clark Amendment limited the president in militarily attacking small countries {pdf} around the globe.
1997 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase (from the CBD): GLOBAL LEADERSHIP, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT RESPONSIBILITIES, AND BEST PRACTICES IN HIV/AIDS, AMT $44,000,000.00 DTD 080197 TO "The Population Council"
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Quote of
the Day
Before long you will see this curious thing: the speakers stoned from the platform, and free speech strangled by hoards of furious men who in their secret hearts are still at one with those stoned speakers -- as earlier -- but do not dare to say so. And now the whole nation -- pulpit and all -- will take up the war cry, and shout itself hoarse, and mob any honest man who ventures to open his mouth; and presently such mouths will cease to open. Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities. . .
    — Mark Twain (1835-1910)The Mysterious Stranger, 1916
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