Historical Political Events for March 27

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Year Event
1794 President Washington and Congress authorized creation of the U.S. Navy.
1814 Massacre of Tohopeka (Horseshoe Bend). Gen. Andrew Jackson overwhelms Creek Indian forces; to count the Creek dead, soldiers cut off their noses, piling 557 of them, and skinning bodies to tan hides for souvenirs.
1941 Congress authorizes $7 billion in Lend-Lease aid to Russia in fighting Germany in World War II, and authorizes another $6 billion October 28 and an additional $10 billion December 15 for Lend-Lease and for the U.S. armed forces.
1952 Restaurants are required to display their "ceiling" prices by the Office of Price Stabilization.
1958 Nikita Khrushchev becomes Premier of the Soviet Union.
1977 Double Disaster at Tenerife -- worst aviation disaster in history -- resulted from terrorist threat.
1979 In DELAWARE v. PROUSE, the Supreme Court rules, 8-1, cops can't randomly stop cars.
1997 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Viagra, a prescription pill to counteract impotence. In its first two years, the medicine was prescribed more than any medicine in history. [And the kids, watching nightly ads on prime time TV, wonder what the hell this drug actually does. Me too.]
1998 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase (from the CBD): From the U.S. Air Force: "DYNAMIC DATA MINING FOR INFORMATION EXPLOITATION ", AMT $99,950.00, TO 21st Century Technologies, Inc. [Without such help the computer industry would surely fold.]
2003 Richard Perle resigned as chairman of the U.S. Defense Policy Board, but agreed to remain a board member.
2003 Paul Wolfowitz reveals that the government intends to finance the war by taking Iraqi oil assets. [Great! That will save us a trillion dollars or so!]
and . . .
Quote of
the Day
There is a lot of money to pay for this that doesn't have to be U.S. taxpayer money, and it starts with the assets of the Iraqi people. We are talking about a country that can really finance its own reconstruction and relatively soon.
    — Paul Wolfowitz, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense, testifying before the Defense Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, 3/27/03
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