Historical Political Events for February 13

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Year Event
1635 The first government school (a.k.a. public school) was founded in Boston, Mass. It was called the "Boston Public Latin School".
1689 On this Ash Wednesday, William and Mary are offered and accept the crown in ceremonies at the Banqueting Hall in Whitehall Palace. They are immediately proclaimed King William III and Queen Mary II after accepting the Declaration of Rights (which later became the "English Bill of Rights").
1945 With the war in Europe nearly over, Dresden, Germany is firebombed by Allied aircraft. 135,000 German civilians perished, more than the number of deaths in the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined. An update is here.
1960 France tests its first atomic explosion in the Sahara desert.
1974 Alexander Solzhenitsyn is expelled from the Soviet Union.
1983 A standoff between Gordon Kahl, Income Tax protester, and Federal Marshalls in Idaho ends with two Federal Marshalls dead and several other people wounded. Kahl was eventually killed by the police in Arkansas, June 3, 1983.
1989 Thomas Sowell reports in Fortune that a new racism has developed on campus - a racism deriving from "Affirmative Action" and such.
2008 The Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 (Pub.L. 110-185, 122 Stat. 613), signed in to law by President Bush. The law provides for tax rebates to low- and middle-income U.S. taxpayers, tax incentives to stimulate business investment, and an increase in the limits imposed on mortgages eligible for purchase by government-sponsored enterprises (e.g., Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac). The total cost of this bill was projected at $152 billion for 2008.
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Quote of
the Day
To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he's doing is good... Ideology - that is what gives evil-doing its long-sought justification and gives the evildoer the necessary steadfastness and determination. That is the social theory which helps to make his acts seem good instead of bad in his own and others' eyes, so that he won't hear reproaches and curses but will receive praise and honors.
    — Alexander Solzhenitsyn
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