Historical Political Events for October 08

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Year Event
1940 "NATIONAL SERVICE LIFE INSURANCE ACT" signed into law, providing life insurance for members of the Armed Forces.
1967 Che Guevara was killed by U.S. trained security forces in eastern Bolivia while trying, unsuccessfully, to spark a Cuban-style uprising.
1970 Soviet author Alexander Solzhenitsyn was named winner of the Nobel Prize for literature.
1998 House votes to hold impeachment inquiry of President Clinton.
2001 Executive Order 13228, "Establishing the Office of Homeland Security and the Homeland Security Council", is signed by the President.
2003 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase: From the Transportation Security Administration: "Safe Disposal of Abandoned Property (that is property taken from travelers at airports)", AMT $2 million for the first seven months, with a potential contract value of $17 million if all options are exercised, TO Science Application International Corporation (SAIC), noted "Beltway Bandit".
and . . .
Quote of
the Day
Truth always rests with the minority, and the minority is always stronger than the majority, because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion, while the strength of a majority is illusory, formed by the gangs who have no opinion—and who, therefore, in the next instant (when it is evident that the minority is the stronger) assume its opinion...while Truth again reverts to a new minority.
    — Søren Kierkegaard, The Diary, pt. 5, sect. 3, no. 128 entry from 1850
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