Historical Political Events for December 21

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Year Event
1775 The colonies launch an unsuccessful campaign to capture Canada after failing to enlist Canadians' aid against Britain. One force, under Richard Montgomery, proceeded by Lake Champlain to Montreal, while another force, under Benedict Arnold, advanced by the Kennebec with a view to meeting Montgomery at Quebec. Montgomery was killed before Quebec on this date. Arnold carried on the unsuccessful siege for the remainder of the winter. (from The Encyclopedia of World History)
1789 First Yazoo Land Act becomes law granting 5,000,000 acres of vacant land to three companies. The beginning of the Yazoo Land Fraud, massive political corruption in Georgia.
1919 Emma Goldman and 248 other aliens are deported as anti-Communist hysteria begins to sweep the U.S.. Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer organizes a series of raids on suspicious people, mostly Europeans. Due process and other legal niceties were often ignored.
1948 Nepal gains independence from Britain.
1975 Pro-Palestinian guerrillas attacked an OPEC conference in Vienna, killing three people, wounding seven, and taking eighty-one hostage. Forty-one Austrian hostages were released in Vienna, while the rest were taken to Algeria and released on December 23, 1975.
1988 Pan Am Flight 103 explodes from a terrorist bomb over Lockerbie, Scotland.
1991 Soviet Union is formally dissolved and 11 of the 12 former republics of the Soviet Union met in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan and founded the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Many still believe, however, that socialism can be made to work in the U.S. and Europe.
2000 The "Children's Internet Protection Act" (CIPA), Pub. L. 106-554, is signed into law. Requires schools and libraries to filter "obscene" material from the internet. The filter that decides what you can or cannot see is put together by faceless, unknown, computer technicians.
2006 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase: Merlin International, one of the nationís fastest growing federal IT solutions providers announced Monday that they have been awarded by the Department of Veterans Affairs the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) Contractor Services (VCS) Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA). The award has an aggregate value of over $1 billion. [I suppose it is terribly naive to wonder why this could not have been for better medical care, training and pensions.]
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Quote of
the Day
Americans cannot escape a certain responsibility for what is done in our name around the world. In a democracy, even one as corrupted as ours, ultimate authority rests with the people. We empower the government with our votes, finance it with our taxes, bolster it with our silent acquiescence. If we are passive in the face of America's official actions overseas, we in effect endorse them.
    — Mark Hertzgaard
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