THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April 20

1792 - France declared war on Austria, Prussia, and Sardinia, marking the start of the French Revolutionary Wars.

This began a 23-year period of Hell on the European continent...From the Revolution, to the Terror, to Napoleon's empire.

It's important to understand the Revolution didn't end with the founding of Napoleon’s reign, which is often taught in history classes...Napoleon was a son of the Revolution, and his rule was a continuation of it - even if he took it off the rails - or put it back on, depending on how you look at things.

It's also important to recognize the enormous difference between the American and French Revolutions...The American Revolution was about liberty, which created a great nation. The French Revolution was about equality, which created anarchy.

I hope you understand the difference between liberty and equality...It is not only what made these two revolutions different, but is also one of the biggest differences between Europe and the U.S. - as well as American Conservatives and Liberals.

1861 - Robert E. Lee resigned from the U.S. Army.

How was he allowed to walk away? Lincoln knew Lee was one of the U.S.'s best generals, and he also knew Lee was going to head the Confederate's Virginia forces. He should have ordered his arrest...Instead we got to fight Lee's brilliance for the next four years.

Limiting brutality and attempting decency are fine, but chivalry during a time of war is absolutely stupid.


1889 - Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau, Austria.

He didn’t have horns, but the Devil has never spawned a better son.

1902 - Scientists Marie and Pierre Curie isolated the radioactive element radium.

Marie Curie is by far the most brilliant woman in history, and is also the most important woman of the 20th Century.


1934 - Heinrich Himmler became Head of the Prussian Secret State Police.

The 'Chicken Farmer' was getting stronger...A giant step towards becoming the second most powerful man in the Reich.


1940 - RCA demonstrated its new electron microscope.

This is a case where smaller is definitely greater. The ability to look deeper into even the smallest of items opens up the world immensely...We will never reach the infinite, but there is no reason to settle on the finite.


1976 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled federal courts could order low-cost housing for minorities in a city's white suburbs to ease racial segregation.

Which is exactly why many in the suburbs have moved out to the exurbs - blacks, whites or otherwise.


1977 - The U.S. Supreme Court said car owners could refuse to display state mottoes on license plates, such as New Hampshire's 'Live Free or Die.'

Who cares?!?!  Why the SCOTUS wastes precious time on garbage like this is beside me.


1999 - The Columbine Massacre:  Students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold shot and killed 12 classmates and one teacher before taking their own lives at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.

What a terrible wake-up call to a nation which had put it’s children in harm’s way...It's amazing this hadn’t happened before, but not amazing it happened.

Children have been forced to grow up too fast, left alone for too long, and too many have been mentally and emotionally neglected for generations.

So who is to blame? We have no one to blame but ourselves for accepting the idiocy of Liberalism when it comes to raising children.


2010 - The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded killing 11 people.

Better known as the BP Oil Spill.

The rig sank and massive amounts of oil broke free from its casing - spewing into the Gulf of Mexico.

I'm 100% for drilling - on and off land - but the drilling companies have a responsibility to do it in the cleanest way possible...I have no doubt shortcuts are taken on a regular basis, and the companies should be forced to comply with the laws.

Luckily, the ocean has an immense capability to clean itself.  Hopefully, the world learned much from this event - morally and technologically.

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