1974 - U.S.A. Nuclear Power Debate
2003 - Iraq Statue of Saddam Hussein2003: Iraqis turn on symbols of the former leader, pulling down a statue of Saddam Hussein and tearing it to pieces as US tanks roll into the center of Baghdad.
1865 - U.S.A. Robert E. Lee surrenders1865: Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia.
1924 - U.S.A. Hoof and Mouth1924: An increased number of Hoof and Mouth Cases are being reported in the current epidemic with an additional 200 plus cows reported with the disease each day in California alone.
1927 - U.S.A. Mae West Arrested1927: Mae West is Arrested during her starring role in the play "Sex" which she wrote, produced, directed, and starred in on Broadway. She was prosecuted on morals charges and sentenced to 10 days in jail for public obscenity.
1940 - Germany invades Norway and Denmark1940: Nazi Germany invades neutral Norway and Denmark, surprising the Norwegian, Danish, and British defenders of the countries and capturing several strategic points along the coast.
1942 - Philippines Surrender to Japanese1942: American and Filipino defenders taking a last stand against the Japanese invasion began in December 1941 on Bataan surrender to Japanese forces during World War II. The Japanese then forced the 70,000 captured American and Filipino soldiers to march more than a hundred kilometers from Bataan to Tarlac known as the "Bataan Death March". The Allied and the Philippine Commonwealth forces began the campaign to recapture the Philippines in 1944, with landings on the island of Leyte, and the battle was still going until the Japanese surrender on 2 September 1945 following the dropping of atomic bombs "Little Boy" on Hiroshima, and "Fat Man" over the city of Nagasaki, Japan.
1947 - U.S.A. Tornado Woodward, Oklahoma1947: A severe Tornado hit Woodward, Oklahoma where 200 residential blocks were completely leveled and nearly 1,000 homes were razed. 107 people were killed in Woodward and many more were injured.
1959 - America's First Astronauts1959: NASA the National Aeronautics and Space Administration introduces America's first astronauts to the world, Scott Carpenter, L. Gordon Cooper Jr., John H. Glenn Jr., Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Walter Schirra Jr., Alan Shepard Jr., and Donald Slayton to take part in Project Mercury, America's first manned space program.
1969 - UK Race Relations1969: As race relations continue to worsen in Britain a group of conductors and drivers on Wolverhampton buses who are practicing Sikhs have won the right to wear turbans on duty after the leader of a Sikh group, Sohan Singh Jolly, had threatened to burn himself to death in protest.
1984 - UK Miners Strike1984: Violence at picket lines during the Miners Strikes in the coal industry leads to 100's of picketers arrested during violent clashes with police outside two working coal pits in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
1986 - France Renault1986: The French government ruled against the privatization of leading French carmaker Renault but did agree to share in the carmaker with the public.
1992 - U.S.A. Manuel Noriega1992: Former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega was convicted in Miami of drug and racketeering charges.
1999 - Ibrahim Bare Mainassara1999: The president of Niger, Ibrahim Bare Mainassara, has been assassinated in an apparent coup attempt.
2001 - American Airlines Gets Bankrupt TWA2001: Trans World Airlines established in 1930 filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2001 as part of the deal for American Airlines to acquire Trans World Airlines making American Airlines the No. 1 carrier in the United States.
2008 - Olympic Torch Relay Protests2008: Olympic Torch Relay arrives in San Francisco, California where once again large numbers of protesters disrupt the progress of the torch and force a change in its route.
2009 - U.S. 'Black Sites' Closed2009: The U.S. has stopped running its global network of secret prisons, according to the C.I.A. Director Leon Panetta. "C.I.A. no longer operates detention facilities or black sites," he has written. He went on to say that any remaining sites would be decommissioned. The 'black sites' have been used to detain terrorism suspects and were used to subject them to 'torturous' interrogation methods. Obama had vowed to shut down the facilities shortly after taking office.
2010 - Iran Reveals Its ‘third Generation’ Centrifuges2010: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has taunted the United States for trying to halt Iran's nuclear program, and showcased an improved centrifuge, which officials say will enrich uranium six times faster than the existing models. Barack Obama, who has been trying to get tougher U.N. sanctions on Tehran, has said that sustained world pressure would prompt Iran to revise its nuclear calculations. Ahmadinejad, in a speech to mark Iran's National Nuclear Day, has called this week's U.S.-Russian nuclear arms reduction treaty "a masquerade" that was hiding their true intentions. "We consider nuclear weapons to be against humanity," he said.
2011 - US Congress Agrees on Budget Deal2011: The United States Congress narrowly escaped a government shut down when the Democrats and Republicans were able to reach a temporary deal on the budget. The deal was reached only one hour before the deadline, after which the government would have had to shut down many non-essential services. Congress agreed on a stop-gap budget which would allow them to work on the larger budget while the government could continue to run.
2012 - Somalia Bombing in Market Kills Twelve2012: Twelve people died and another thirty were injured after a bomb exploded in a busy market in the town of Baidoa in Somalia. The Islamist group al-Shabab stated that its military operations were behind the blast and that they had been targeting Ethiopian and Somali troops. The governor of the area stated that most of the dead were made up of women and children.
2014 - School Stabbing in Pennsylvania2014: A sixteen-year-old suspect went into a school near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with two knives and stabbed twenty-two people. While there were several injuries, there were no reported deaths and all the victims were expected to survive the attack. The suspect was later charged with twenty-one counts of assault and four counts of attempted homicide.
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Paul RobesonBorn: Paul LeRoy Bustill Robeson 9th April 1898 Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.
Died: January 23rd, 1976 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Known For: Paul Robeson is best known and recognized singing "Ol' Man River" from the 1936 movie "Show Boat". Robeson was also a political activist who believed the class structure of capitalism should be torn down by any means possible and was a supporter of a wide variety of organizations including the "International Brigades" ( Spanish Civil War ), British Labor Movement, Socialism, U.S. civil rights organizations, African Liberation Fighters, Soviet Union and The Communist Party, Jewish refugees from Nazism, anti-apartheid organizations in South Africa. From the list, you can quickly tell he was an extreme socialist and a supporter of communism which led to his being hounded and persecuted by the US government and FBI during the period including in 1950 the State Department denied Robeson a passport and issued a "stop notice" at all ports. In 1958 his passport was returned but the United States Intelligence Community and British Intelligence still kept large dossiers on his every movement and meeting. One interesting fact is although he was a supporter of communism he has never been identified as a card-carrying or official member of any Communist organization.