Historical Political Events for August 7

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Year Event
1789 The aptly termed, "War Department", established. Consistent with the modern government policy of giving government laws and actions misleading titles, it is now cynically called "The Department of Defense".
1794 The "Whiskey Rebellion": President Washington issued a proclamation, calling out the militia and ordering the disaffected westerners, who were refusing to pay federal taxes, to return to their homes. Washington's order mobilized an army of approximately 13,000-- as large as the one that had defeated the British. Authorized neither by warrants nor by any resolution of Congress, federal troops rousted from beds, rounded up, and detained on no charge hundreds of people against whom the executive branch knew it had no evidence. Officers administered warrantless searches and seizures of property and subjected detainees to harsh conditions and terrorizing interrogation.
1894 The U.S. recognizes the Republic of Hawaii, established on July 4, 1894.
1933 The governments of Haiti and the United States sign an agreement on the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country and the end of the U.S. occupation. Last American forces withdraw from Haiti on Aug. 14, 1934, ending the U.S. occupation.
1937 Senator Harry Truman (D), later to become president, heads up the "Senate War Investigating Committee" which finds massive corruption in the government/defense industry and saves the taxpayers as much as 15 billion dollars.
1964 In view of increasing hostility towards our troops loitering in other people's territory, the U.S. Senate passes a resolution authorizing the President to "take all necessary measures to repel any armed attack against the forces of the United States and to prevent further aggression" as a result of the alleged attack on U.S. ships by the North Vietnamese in the Gulf of Tonkin. They did it again for Bush (R), only more so.
1989 Congressman Rostenkowski, later to become Jailbird Rostenkowski, sponsored the law that increases the "public debt limit" by $70,000,000,000. Temporarily, of course.
1998 Two huge terrorist car bomb attacks, aimed at the United States embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam,Tanzania kill more than 200 people.
2008 Violence Breaks Out in Breakaway Region in Georgia: Fighting breaks out after Georgian soldiers attack South Ossetia, a breakaway enclave in Georgia that won de facto independence in the early 1990s. Russia enters the fray, with troops and tanks pouring into South Ossetia to support the region. (Aug. 9 and 10)
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Quote of
the Day
We are discreet sheep; we wait to see how the drove is going, and then go with the drove. We have two opinions: one private, which we are afraid to express; and another one - the one we use - which we force ourselves to wear to please [people], until habit makes us comfortable in it, and the custom of defending it presently makes us love it, adore it, and forget how pitifully we came by it. Look at it in politics.
    — Mark Twain
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