Historical Political Events for October 23

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Year Event
1956 A widespread revolution against Communist rule erupted in Poland and Hungary. Futile pleas were made to the U.S. for help. Brutally put down by the Russians. We didn't help. [But Grenada or Panama should not get any such ideas!]
1983 Beirut bombing kills 269 Marines and 58 French paratroopers.
1989 The act "Limitation on the Use of Appropriated Funds to Influence Certain Federal Contracting and Financial Transactions," (31 U.S.C. 1352) as amended by P.L. 101-121, signed on this date, stipulates that no appropriated funds may be expended by the recipient of a Federal contract, grant, loan, or cooperative agreement to pay any person for influencing or attempting to influence any government person.
1992 The Cuban Democracy Act, P.L. 102-484, signed by President Bush (R) tightens the 30-year-old embargo against trade with the Communist-controlled Caribbean nation. Congress has passed the law under pressure from Florida's politically powerful Cuban community. (From The People's Chronology)
1992 "Defense Conversion, Reinvestment, and Transition Assistance Act of 1992" is passed. "..establishes the Civil-Military Cooperative Action Program under which the Secretary may use the skills, capabilities, and resources of the armed forces to assist civilian efforts to meet the domestic needs of the United States." [We are a bit slow -- Mexico has been using the Military to "cooperate" the civilians for years!]. This law also include the "Weapons of Mass Destruction Act", which prohibits their such use by other countries!
1997 Start of this Earth's 7th millennium, 6,000 years and who's counting (per calculations of the age of the Earth by an Anglican Bishop in 1650)
1998 In a historic peace agreement, Israeli prime minister Netanyahu, Palestinian National Authority (PNA) president Yasir Arafat, King Hussein of Jordan, and U.S. president Bill Clinton (D) convened to sign the Wye River Peace Accords. The agreement established a preliminary plan for the gradual transfer of the West Bank to Palestinian control and the freeing of some 750 Palestinian prisoners in the process.
2002 Russia: 50 Chechens seize a theater in Moscow, taking 800 hostages. All Chechens and 124 hostages are killed during the "rescue". 115 people died from the after effects of the gas pumped into the theater by the "authorities".
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Quote of
the Day
The essence of tragic action, according to the great Shakespeare commentator A.C. Bradley, is that “men may start a course of events but can neither calculate nor control it.”
    — Joseph Sobran, talking about Lincoln's decision to fight secession
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