Browsing: April 11

A Brief History On April 11, 1688, King James II of England, Scotland and Ireland was deposed by his son-in-law and daughter, William III and Mary II who became joint sovereigns on this date. James II, the second son of King Charles I and younger brother of King Charles II, became King of England (and King James VII of Scotland) upon the death of Charles II. James II was a Roman Catholic, the last such monarch in England. Digging Deeper James II had generated suspicion and loathing among the mostly Protestant population of England and Great Britain, accused of being…

A Brief History On April 11, 1986, a tragic shootout between 8 FBI agents and 2 bank robbers in Miami, Florida, resulted in the deaths of 2 agents and both suspects, and the wounding of 5 other agents. The failure of the FBI tactics and firearms resulted in a revolution in police firepower. Digging Deeper The subjects had murdered another man and stolen his car, and then went on a robbery spree. Both suspects were US Army veterans (one had also served in the Marine Corps) and may have been responsible for the murders of their wives. Neither man had…

A Brief History As the 2016 Presidential election primary season drags on to delegate rich New York State, Republican front-runner Donald Trump visited the 9/11 memorial (The National September 11 Memorial Museum), an incident he has frequently mentioned as testament to the character of New Yorkers.  With no appearance of fake emotion, The Donald contributed $100,000 to the memorial fund on the spot after touring the memorial with his wife, Melania.  Obviously moved by the experience, Trump cancelled plans to take reporters’ questions as he did not want this particular act of generosity tainted by politics.   Trump and many New…

On April 11, 1951 President Harry Truman had had enough, and fired General of the Army (5 star general) Douglas MacArthur.  Firing the senior American general during a war, especially one that had been awarded the Medal of Honor (in World War II) and that was a national hero is not to be taken lightly; however, Truman had no choice and “Dugout Doug” was out. Sometimes during the emergencies of war even senior officers are found to be lacking in brains, skills, or character necessary to win the war.  When officers of exalted rank get fired, it is unusual enough…

A Brief History On April 11, 1993, prisoners at the Southern Ohio Correctional (Lucasville, Ohio) began a terrifying and deadly riot! Digging Deeper “Lucasville” was built in 1972 to house dangerous felons.  The usual miserable prison conditions of overcrowding and racial tensions erupted into a riot when African-American prisoners were forced to submit to inoculations for tuberculosis in defiance of the teachings of The Nation of Islam (Black Muslim) religion that many belonged to.  Of the 1,800+ prisoners (hundreds over capacity) 450 took part in the riot and subsequent siege. A cracked angle to this riot was the unusual temporary…