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Historical happenings

10/17/1815 Napoleon Bonaparte arrives at the island of St. Helena in the South Atlantic, where he has been banished by the Allies.

10/17/1877 ~ Brigadier General Alfred Terry meets with Sitting Bull in Canada to discuss the Indians’ return to the United States.

10/17/1972 ~ Peace talks between the Pathet Lao and the Royal Lao government begin in Vietnam.

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History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.

~ Alexis de Tocqueville

Idiot’s Corner

Historical happenings

10/14/651 ~ Laws are passed in Massachusetts forbidding the poor to adopt excessive styles of dress.

10/14/1912 ~ Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt is shot and wounded in an assassination attempt in Milwaukee. He is saved by the papers in his breast pocket and, though wounded, insists on finishing his speech.

10/14/1947 ~ Test pilot Chuck Yeager breaks the sound barrier aboard a Bell X-1 rocket plane.

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Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.

~ Alexis de Tocqueville

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Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.

~ Alexis de Tocqueville