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Historical happenings

1/9/1776 ~ Thomas Paine publishes Common Sense, a scathing attack on King George III’s reign over the colonies and a call for complete independence.

1/9/1909 ~ A Polar exploration team lead by Ernest Shackleton reaches 88 degrees, 23 minutes south longitude, 162 degrees east latitude. They are 97 nautical miles short of the South Pole, but the weather is too severe to continue.

1/9/1996 ~ A raid by Chechen separatists in the city of Kizlyar turns into a hostage crisis involving thousands of civilians.

Historical happenings

12/21/1862 ~ The U.S. Congress authorizes the Medal of Honor to be awarded to Navy personnel who have distinguished themselves by their gallantry in action.

12/21/1944 ~ German troops surround the 101st Airborne Division at Bastogne in Belgium.

12/21/1988 ~ Pan Am Flight 103 from London to New York explodes in midair over Lockerbie, Scotland, an hour after departure. All 259 passengers were killed in the explosion caused by a bomb– hidden inside an audio cassette player — that detonated inside the cargo area when the plane was at an altitude of 31,000 feet. A shower of airplane parts falling from the sky also killed 11 Lockerbie residents.

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Peccable reflections

Just one more thing…

…on the London ‘Lone Wolf’ terror attack.

After the London ‘Lone Wolf’ terrorist attack government officials have arrested at least eight other ‘Lone Wolves’ who had conspired with the original ‘Lone Wolf’ in planning the ‘Lone Wolf’ attack.

Even though all involved are Muslims, you can be assured, the ‘Lone Wolf; attack has nothing at all to do with Islam, just like the other 1000 plus ‘Lone Wolf’ attacks by Muslims, are completely unassociated with Islam.

Historical happenings

10/23/1929 ~ The first transcontinental air service begins from New York to Los Angeles.

10/23/1952 ~ The Nobel Prize for Medicine is awarded to Ukranian-born microbiologist Selman A. Waksman for his discovery of an effective treatment of tuberculosis.

10/23/2002 ~ Chechen terrorists take 700 theater-goers hostage at the House of Culture theater in Moscow.