THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Sunday, August 27, 2017

August 28

1963 - 200,000 people participated in a peaceful civil rights rally in Washington D.C., where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his 'I Have a Dream' speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

16-minutes of pure American brilliance.

Like many great American leaders, Dr. King was no saint, but he was a great American.

His means, methods and quest were everything America should hope to be, and maybe will become...Too bad so many of his contemporaries and successors were/are nowhere near up to the challenge of polishing off his message, and instead have chosen to bastardize it.

I hope you can find 16-minutes to listen to his speech...I HAVE A DREAM .


388 - Magnus Maximus, usurping Roman Emperor, was executed by Theodosius.

Ho hum. Another coup attempt in the Empire...Which was slowly falling apart by this time.


430 - St. Augustine of Hippo died.

St. Augustine was one of the greatest of the Latin 'Fathers of the Church,' and his book, 'City of God' was the foundation for what became the Catholic Church of the Middle Ages, which not only dominated Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire, but also kept the continent from reverting to barbarism - well, as much as possible.


1565 - The oldest city in the U.S., St. Augustine, Fla., was established.

Interesting, the birth of this city is on the date of the death of the great saint.


1938 - The Mauthausen Concentration Camp opened in Austria.

This camp was nowhere near the scale of Auschwitz, but Mauthausen was a monster - the site of over 120,000 exterminated Jews at the hands of the ‘master race.'
 


1990 - Iraq declared Kuwait the 19th province of Iraq, renaming Kuwait City Kadhima and creating a new district named after Saddam Hussein.

Saddam liked to think of himself as a modern-day Babylonian conqueror (like Sargon the Great) and ‘conquering’ Kuwait was the first of his goals.

He should have known the U.S. would never allow him to move toward the Saudis, though...We may have allowed him to play with Iran or Syria, but Kuwait and Saudi Arabia were out of the question.

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