Historical Political Events for January 15

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Year Event
1929 Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on this date. The national holiday, "Martin Luther King Day", is celebrated the third Monday in January.
1948 Widespread popular demonstrations occurred in Iraq, sparked by the announcement of the Portsmouth Treaty with Britain, a renegotiated version of the 1930 treaty. The British agreed to remove their troops from Iraq and gave up sovereignty over their two air bases there, but they still retained a voice in Iraqi military planning and remained as the sole supplier of training and equipment to the Iraqi army.
1973 Citing progress in peace negotiations, President Nixon (R) announced the suspension of offensive action in North Vietnam.
1993 DOD directive, DODD 3025.1, "Military Support to Civil Authorities (MSCA)", is issued defining how the military will assist the civil authorities in times of "emergencies". Further expanded by DODD 3025.12. [So much for the prohibition of such activities by the Constitution and, specifically, the Posse Comitatus act!]
1994 The Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments (ACHRE), was created by President Clinton, this date, to investigate and report on the use of human beings as subjects of federally funded research using ionizing radiation. [A good start, but how about a committee to investigate human baking experiments, ala the Waco Tragedy?]
1997 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase (from the CBD): From the NCI Frederick Cancer Research and Development Center (NCI-FCRDC): "MAINTENANCE OF A RODENT PRODUCTION CENTER", AMT $2,292,483, TO Taconic Farms, Inc. [Dare we ask what the unit cost per mouse was?]
and . . .
Quote of
the Day
Take up the White Man’s burden— Send forth the best ye breed—
Go send your sons to exile To serve your captives' need
To wait in heavy harness On fluttered folk and wild—
Your new-caught, sullen peoples, Half devil and half child ...

    — Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), "The White Man's Burden", [1899] (a parody is here)
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