WWII in 'Europe' began on this day...Unfortunately, history isn’t taught properly and most Americans don’t know World War II actually started in 1937 between Japan and China. Who am I kidding? Most Americans probably think WWII began with Pearl Harbor.
That said, Hitler was determined to have 'his great war,' and knew the Brits and French wouldn’t turn their backs on Poland...Even though they did with Czechoslovakia and Austria.
Der Fuhrer meant for the East to be his personal playground, and created Hell on Earth in Poland, ordering his troops to "Close your hearts to pity.”
Plus, lets not forget the double-cross the Soviets had in this event, giving the Germans free reign to invade Poland - and then invading Poland from the east themselves on September 17.
Sadly, a week later Americans were polled, asking the question: Should we declare war and send our Army and Navy abroad to fight Germany? "NO" was the answer given by 94%...Definitely not “our finest hour.”
256 - North African bishops voted unanimously that Christians who had lapsed under persecution must be re-baptized upon reentering the Church. The vote led to a battle between Cyprian, one of the North African bishops, and Stephen, bishop of Rome, who disagreed with the vote.
The importance of this event is the Bishop of Rome (not the 'Pope' at this time) was able to eventually exert his authority on this issue, overturning the matter against the desires of the various factions in North Africa...Never forget, North Africa was a major player in early Christianity (home of St. Augustine), and this event played a large role in the growing supremacy of the Bishop of Rome.
1689 - Russia began taxing men's beards.
Even Lenin and Stalin didn’t tax beards!! The Ruskies are truly bizarre, and those who’ve led them have done just about anything they can to steal every ruble from every Russian.
1807 - Aaron Burr, Vice President of the United States under Thomas Jefferson, was acquitted of treason charges growing out of an alleged plot to set up an independent empire in the nation's south and west.
Burr is one of the classic nuts in American history, and is much better known for his treasonous activities (although found not guilty) and duel with Alexander Hamilton, than he is for being Vice President of the U.S...Those who have no clue about Burr need to read up on him. I promise he’s an interesting read.
1939 - Adolf Hitler ordered mentally ill people in the German Reich to be exterminated.
Starting a war and ordering the destruction of the Reich's handicapped - a big day for the Austrian Madman.
Most are appalled by such an order but lets keep something in mind: It’s not much different than what the Dutch are doing with the Groningen Protocol, or what we are doing with the worldwide 'Prenatal Holocaust.'
1942 - A U.S. federal judge upheld the wartime detention of Japanese-Americans as well as Japanese nationals: WWII.
Speaking of not being “our finest hour,” FDR’s Executive Order 9066 establishing the Japanese Internment Project was definitely a black-spot on the brilliant history of our brilliant country...I don’t blame the government for its decision to place approximately 120,000 Japanese-Americans and Japanese-Nationalists in the concentration camps, though.
We were in a world war, and these measures may have been necessary...They may be necessary in the future as well.
1969 - A Libyan coup toppled the monarchy of King Idris and brought Muammar al-Qaddafi to power.
The Libyan Drag Queen is one of my favorite lunatics...He pushed his luck with various U.S. presidents, and even had American missiles land in his tent, but remained in power for over 40-years. An impressive feat for any dictator.
And then Obama had him killed and Libya became a Jihadi playground...The End.
1987 - Peace demonstrator S. Brian Wilson lost his legs when he was hit by a train at the Concord Naval Weapons Station in California protesting weapons shipments to Central America.
At least he 'put his legs where his mouth is.'
2004 - Chechen terrorists took about 1,200 schoolchildren and others hostage in Beslan, Russia.
"The terror act in Beslan is Russia's September 11th...Russia is standing still, awestruck and horrified..."
344 civilians were killed, at least 172 of them children, and hundreds more wounded...Try to imagine your children or grandchildren holed up in their school by a group of terrorists. I can’t think of anything more horrific.
What kind of human-being could conduct such actions? Only those who aren’t human-beings at all.