Historical Political Events for May 11

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Year Event
1858 The state of Minnesota is admitted to the Union.
1860 Garibaldi gathered about a thousand volunteers (called i Mille, or, as popularly known, the "Red Shirts") in two ships, and landed at Marsala, on the westernmost point of Sicily.
1935 The Rural Electrification Administration established by President Roosevelt's Executive Order will provide aid for rural electrification. 60 years later it is still in business long after every farm that wants electricity has it!
1949 Siam changes its name to Thailand.
1960 Israeli agents seize Adolf Eichmann in Argentina and spirit him to Israel. He is accused of coordinating the so-called "Final Solution of the Jewish question." Eichmann will be found guilty and hanged May 31, 1962. His last words: "I was just following orders."
1961 President Kennedy (D) authorizes American advisers to aid South Vietnam, against the forces of North Vietnam.
1973 Charges against Daniel Ellsberg for his role in the "Pentagon Papers" case are dismissed by Judge William M. Byrne, who cited government misconduct.
1993 The Senate approved the so-called "motor voter" bill, supposedly designed to increase the number of voters but may have other reasons.
1998 India tests thermonuclear weapon.
2005 Bush (R) signs supplemental spending bill, providing nearly $76 billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. [I wonder why this war can't be in the Defense Budget? Why must this huge cost be "Off-Budget"? Would it work if I try this kind of accounting at home?]
2005 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase: Forbes magazine, in "Pay For (Poor) Performance" says that the government will be awarding a "$20 billion IT services contract" to various companies in spite of a notorious record of corruption and incompetence.
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Quote of
the Day
. . .they [high level advisors to the President] really could conceive of taking risks with their own career that are comparable to the risks they routinely ask of draftees and volunteers that they are sending to war. They could contemplate, in other words, paying a price in their own lives by telling the truth, by informing the public, by acting conscientiously, in a committed way, outside the executive branch to tell the truth, to inform the public. . . In short, they would find that they had much more power as individuals than they imagine they have if they were willing to pay a price in their own lives.
    — Daniel Ellsberg, July 29, 1998 [Tenet, are you listening?]
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