Monday, March 11, 2013

March 11th thought for the day and some interesting historical facts

Some interesting historical facts courtesy of Wikipedia for March 11th

1702  The Daily Courant, England's first national daily newspaper is published for the first time.
1708  Queen Anne withholds Royal Assent from the Scottish Militia Bill, the last time a British monarch vetoes legislation.
1824 – The United States Department of War creates the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
1848  Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine and Robert Baldwin become the first Prime Ministers of the Province of Canada to be democratically elected under a system of responsible government.
1851 – The first performance of Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi takes place in Venice.
1861  American Civil War: The Constitution of the Confederate States of America is adopted.
1864 – The Great Sheffield Flood: The largest man-made disaster ever to befall England kills over 250 people in Sheffield.
1888 – The Great Blizzard of 1888 begins along the eastern seaboard of the United States, shutting down commerce and killing more than 400.
1917  World War I: Baghdad falls to Anglo-Indian forces commanded by General Stanley Maude.
1927 – In New York City, Samuel Roxy Rothafel opens the Roxy Theatre.
1941  World War II: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Lend-Lease Act into law, allowing American-built war supplies to be shipped to the Allies on loan.
1945 – World War II: The Imperial Japanese Navy attempts a large-scale kamikaze attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet anchored at Ulithi atoll in Operation Tan No. 2.
1945 – World War II: The Empire of Vietnam, a short-lived puppet state, is established with Bảo Đại as its ruler.
1946  Rudolf Höss, the first commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp, is captured by British troops
1985  Mikhail Gorbachev becomes General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
1990 – Patricio Aylwin is sworn in as the first democratically elected President of Chile since 1970.
2006  Michelle Bachelet is inaugurated as first female president of Chile.
2009  Winnenden school shooting: 16 are killed and 11 are injured before recent-graduate Tim Kretschmer shoots and kills himself, leading to tightened weapons restrictions in Germany.
2011 – An earthquake measuring 9.0 in magnitude strikes 130 km (81 mi) east of Sendai, Japan, triggering a tsunami killing thousands of people. This event also triggered the second largest nuclear accident in history, and one of only two events to be classified as a Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale.

And here’s our thought for the day for March 11th, 2013

“We must strive to become good ancestors.”
~ Ralph Nader

*Ralph Nader
Born: February 27, 1934 Winsted, Connecticut, U.S.
A Lebanese American attorney, author, lecturer, political activist, and four-time candidate for President of the United States, having run as a Green Party candidate in 1996 and 2000, and as an independent candidate in 2004 and 2008. Areas of particular concern to Nader include consumer protection, humanitarianism, environmentalism, and democratic government.

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