Historical happenings

7/18/1877 ~ Inventor Thomas Edison records the human voice for the first time.

7/18/1936 ~ General Francisco Franco of Spain revolts against the Republican government, starting the Spanish Civil War.

7/18/1942 ~ The German Me-262, the first jet-propelled aircraft to fly in combat, makes its first flight.

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Don’t ever become a pessimist… a pessimist is correct oftener than an optimist, but an optimist has more fun, and neither can stop the march of events.

~ Robert A. Heinlein

Historical happenings

7/17/1801 ~ The U.S. fleet arrives in Tripoli.

7/17/1960 ~ American pilot Francis Gary Powers pleads guilty to spying charges in a Moscow court.

7/17/1987 ~ Lt. Col. Oliver North and Rear Adm. John Poindexter begin testifying to Congress regarding the Iran-Contra scandal.

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Historical happenings

7/15/1806 ~ Lieutenant Zebulon Pike begins his western expedition from Fort Belle Fontaine.

7/151901 ~ Over 74,000 Pittsburgh steel workers go on strike.

7/15/1958 ~ President Dwight Eisenhower sends 5,000 Marines to Lebanon to keep the peace.

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I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.

~ Robert A. Heinlein

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We forfeit three-quarters of ourselves in order to be like other people.

~ Arthur Schopenhauer