Historical Political Events for February 8

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Year Event
1587 After 19 years in prison, Mary Queen of Scots was beheaded.
1690 King William's War breaks out in North America when allied French and Native American forces attack Schenectady, New York. (from The Encarta® 2000 New World Timeline © Copyright 1998, Helicon Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.)
1887 Dawes Act passed. The purpose was ostensibly to grant citizenship to Indians living apart from their tribes, but, of course, the real purpose was to relieve the Native Americans from their present holdings.
1896 US forces land in Nicaragua to protect American interests during local unrest in San Juan del Sur, February 7-8.
1904 The Russo-Japanese War began on this day, with the Battle of Port Arthur, a port on the Liaotung peninsula in Manchuria that served as the primary base for the Russian fleet in the Pacific.
1960 Congress begins looking into payola -- no, not for them, but the Music Industry.
1968 Three students were killed and 27 were wounded on the South Carolina State University campus when state troopers fired on demonstrators demanding the desegregation of Orangeburg's only bowling alley.
2000 President Bill Clinton (D) signs Executive Order 13145 prohibiting federal departments and agencies from making employment decisions based on protected genetic information.
2004 The Federal Debt passed through the $7,000,000,000,000 mark on or about this date. Under Bush's (R) regime the debt increased almost $4,000,000,000,000 (4 trillion dollars) or double the increase from the beginning of the U.S.A. to 1986!
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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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