THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Friday, March 17, 2017

March 18

1940 - Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini held a meeting at the Brenner Pass during which the Italian dictator agreed to join in Germany's war against France and Britain:  WWII.

Poor bastards...Both of them.

Hitler’s fondness for Il Duce was a huge mistake for the Reich (one of many), and he ended up spending much of the war saving Italian troops, and Mussolini himself, from their own bungling...Mussolini's belief in the inevitability of Germany defeating France and Britain cost Italy terribly, and Il Duce his life.

37 - The Roman Senate annulled Tiberius’ will and proclaimed Caligula emperor.

Caligula was a truly bizarre character. Unfortunately there is very little legitimate history about him, because he was notorious for creating a personal mythology, and those who wrote about him after he died were incredibly hostile towards him.

What is known is most of his family died while he was a child (under less than kind circumstances), which surely affected his adult life...What is also known is the ancient writers claim he was insane, and he made a mess of the Empire.


Oh, and the fact Tiberius locked him up in what should be considered nothing short of a pedophile playpen when he was a boy may have had something to do with his craziness.

1325 (according to legend) - Tenochtitlan, Aztec capital, was founded.

Within 100-years the Aztecs became the greatest civilization in South/Central America...In less than 200 they were more or less gone.

Such is the brutality of history.

1938 - The Nazi Weapons Law was passed. A new, tough, gun control law, revising several earlier versions, ensuring only Nazis and their friends could own or carry weapons, especially handguns.

Makes you wonder what Liberals are up to with their selective interpretation of the Constitution, specifically choosing to ignore the Second Amendment: “…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”


1963 - Gideon v. Wainwright:  The U.S. Supreme Court ruled indigent defendants must be offered free legal counsel in all criminal prosecutions.

Notice this doesn’t say 'all defendants,' it says 'indigent defendants.'


2004 - A 100-foot in diameter asteroid passed within 26,500 miles of Earth, the closest-ever on record by a space rock.

Those who’ve been to Meteor Crater (Winslow, AZ), have see the destructive force of meteorites, “which hit with a force of 2.5 megatonnes of TNT, or more than 150 Hiroshima atom bombs - but even more energy was dissipated in an atmospheric blast.”

It’s hard to imagine what an asteroid would do, because they are much bigger than meteorites.

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