Historical Political Events for October 14

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Year Event
1806 In the Battle of Jena, the Prussians achieved a terrible and tragic loss due to their inability to change tactics as Napoleon's French army had. The Prussians casualties were 25,000; the French only 5,000. Is there a lesson for the U.S. in Iraq?
1832 The Chickasaw Indians ceded their lands east of the Mississippi River to the United States. This cession avoids a pitched war between the two cultures, which the Chickasaw would have neither the manpower, the technology, nor the military skill to win.
1964 Martin Luther King {pdf} was awarded the Nobel Peace prize.
1973 In Thailand, the military dictatorship was overthrown and there was a return to civilian rule.
1980 President Carter (D) signs the Staggers Rail Act that relaxes the death hold of the government on the railroads. Unfortunately the victim is already blue and will not likely revive.
1982 And now, President Reagan (R) announces a "War on Drugs"
1994 The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to PLO leader Yasser Arafat, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres.
1994 "Child Abuse Accountability Act", Pub. L. 103-358, becomes law.
1997 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase (announced in the CBD): From the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency: "ADVISORY AND ASSISTANCE SERVICES FOR MARKET BASED RESEARCH", AMT $27,832,036 TO The Cadmus Group, Inc. and $27,963,713 TO ICF Incorporated
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Quote of
the Day
The two greatest obstacles to democracy in the United States are, first, the widespread delusion among the poor that we have a democracy, and second, the chronic terror among the rich, lest we get it.
    — Edward Dowling, Editor and Priest, Chicago Daily News (28 July 1941
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