THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Saturday, October 07, 2017

October 8

451 - The Fourth Ecumenical Council opened (it ended Nov. 1).

This was the fourth of seven 'infallible' councils, better known as the Council of Chalcedon.

Many issues were solved at Chalcedon, but none were bigger than that which solved the nature of Christ...The 'Chalcedonian Creed' describes the full humanity and full divinity of Christ, repudiating the doctrine of Monophysitism, which stated Christ had just one nature - the divine.

1871 - The Great Chicago Fire erupted while another deadly blaze broke out in Peshtigo, Wisconsin. Over four square miles of Chicago were destroyed, and the fire burned for three days. Over 250 people died and 90,000 were left homeless when one-third of the city was destroyed.

Such is the history of huge population centers built out of wood.


1917 - Leon Trotsky was named Chairman of the Petrograd Soviet.

It's impossible to minimize the importance of Lev Davidovich Bronstein (better known as Leon Trotsky) in the Russian Revolution, and it should be noted he played a much larger role than anyone other than Lenin...Trotsky actually led the fight before Lenin arrived on the scene.

FYI: Trotsky was a notoriously hard-hitting writer when he joined the Communist fight, and Lenin called him "The Pen" - in Russian: 'PERO'...Trotsky is no hero of mine, but I love the nickname and have long used it as part of my own.


1945 - President Truman announced the secret of the atomic bomb would be shared only with Britain and Canada.

That worked out well.


1956 - Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in a World Series game, as the New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 2-0.

27 batters, 27 consecutive outs, no runs, no hits, no walks, no errors...The greatest pitching accomplishment on the greatest baseball stage in history.


1970 - Soviet author Alexander Solzhenitsyn was named winner of the Nobel Prize for literature.

It's hard to believe a writer could have such an enormous influence, but Solzhenitsyn's novels brought light to the situation in the Soviet Union.

Many in the West knew the USSR was a mess, but turned a blind eye to the problem...It was Solzhenitsyn who blew the doors off the lie, and showed the world the Soviet Union was not only a mess but also an abomination.


1994 - President Bill Clinton, responding to the massing of Iraqi troops near the Kuwaiti border, warned Saddam Hussein not to misjudge "American will or American power" as he ordered additional U.S. forces to the region.

I bet Hussein was scared. Scared for the lives of those working in Iraqi pharmaceutical plants...If you don't get that you aren't paying attention.

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