Historical Political Events for January 13

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Year Event
0532 Nika Riots in Constantinople: The Nika Revolt of 532 started during a chariot race at the Hippodrome and led to the worst blood­bath the city has ever seen, burning much (including Aya Sofya) to the ground and killing 30,000 people.
1842 A British army doctor reaches the British sentry post at Jalalabad, Afghanistan, the lone survivor of a 16,000-strong Anglo-Indian expeditionary force that was massacred in its retreat from Kabul.
1846 The U.S.-Mexican war begins as a result of the U.S. annexing Texas and other Southwest real estate.
1966 Robert C. Weaver became the first black Cabinet member as he was appointed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by President Lyndon B. Johnson (D).
1971 The "LEAD-BASED PAINT POISONING PREVENTION ACT", P.L. 91-695, signed into law by Nixon (R). This allegedly beneficial law -- based on junk-science, see "Getting the Lead Out" by Robert A. Levy -- has been very beneficial in providing a large number of jobs and huge amount of tax dollars to the "paint removal" industry -- never mind that research has shown (according to Atlantic, Dec. 1995) that a major source of lead poisoning comes from the removal process itself and that sources other than interior paint may predominate, anyway.
1998 Linda Tripp, a former Pentagon employee, meets with Monica Lewinsky while wearing a secret listening device and records a conversation concerning Lewinsky's 1995 alleged affair with President Clinton, which she later turns over to the special prosecutor.
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Quote of
the Day
You are never dedicated to something you have complete confidence in. No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow. They know it's going to rise tomorrow. When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religion faiths or any other kinds of dogmas or goals, it's always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt.
    — Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (p 134)
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