Historical Political Events for December 26

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Year Event
1620 Pilgrims land at the site of Plymouth on Massachusetts Bay.
1862 On December 6, 1862, President Lincoln ordered the execution of 39 of the 303 Santee Sioux Indians that had been condemned after a very hasty trial. A mass hanging of these unlucky ones was conducted on this date -- "the largest official mass execution in American history in which guilt of the executed cannot be positively determined". [And you thought only Nazis were capable of doing such things.]
1979 Soviet forces invade Afghanistan. They will withdraw in 1989 after a brutal 10-year war.
1996 John Ramsey found the body of his daughter, JonBenet, in the basement wine cellar of the family's sprawling Boulder home. The murder remains unsolved.
2002 The Washington Post reveals that the CIA tortures terrorism suspects held in secret foreign locations, and turns some of them over to foreign countries notorious for even worse tortures.
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Quote of
the Day
Christmas trees are edible. Many parts of pines, spruces, and firs can be eaten. The needles are a good source of vitamin C. Pine nuts, or pine cones, are also a good source of nutrition.
    — Brain Candy Holidays webpage [While this may solve the Christmas tree disposal problem, I don't recommend it -- particular for those of you who could have an artificial tree but are not sure]
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