Historical Political Events for December 14

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Year Event
1799 Former President George Washington dies at age 67.
1819 Alabama admitted to the Union.
1918 For the first time, women in Britain voted in a general election and were allowed to be candidates.
1939 The Soviet Union is expelled from the League of Nations after invading Finland.
1987 Islamic Resistance Movement (HAMAS) is founded.
1993 Watermelon Research and Promotion Improvement Act of 1993, approved.
1995 Selected leaders from the former Yugoslavia signed a Bosnian peace treaty (on-line copy of Dayton accords), formally ending Europe's worst conflict since World War II and bringing peace to the Balkans. Or so it was advertised. Ten years later, we have massive corruption, crime, terrorism and stalemate.
1998 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase (as listed in the CBD). From the Navy Department, "Fleet and Industrial Supply Center": "CIVILIAN EMPLOYEE URINALYSYS COLLECTION", AMT $5,459,045.00 TO Tracor Systems Technologies, Inc., 1601 Research Blvd, Rockville, MD 20850-3173. [Now this is a bit pricey, but what would you charge to have to sniff around huge quantities of government piss?!]
2011 Barack Obama declares Iraq war a success -- President told an audience of soldiers at Fort Bragg that the final pullout after nearly nine years of conflict is a 'historic' moment.
2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting. Adam Lanza armed with a .22-caliber rifle killed his mother in her home in Newtown, CT. Lanza then stocked his mother's car with firearms and drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School. Wearing a bulletproof vest, he forced his way into the school and opened fire with a .223 Bushmaster semiautomatic assault rifle equipped with a 30-round large capacity ammunition magazine, killing 26, including 20 students' ages six and seven. As police closed in Lanza committed suicide by shooting himself with a handgun.
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Quote of
the Day
The duty of holding a neutral conduct may be inferred, without anything more, from the obligation which justice and humanity impose on every nation, in cases in which it is free to act, to maintain inviolate the relations of peace and amity toward other nations.
    — George Washington Farewell Address, Philadelphia, September 17, 1796
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