Browsing: January 11

A Brief History On January 11, 1964, U.S. Surgeon General Luther L. Terry released a landmark report finally confirming what millions of people had suspected all along: that cigarette smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease and a host of other deadly health problems. Although Dr. Terry’s report was hardly the first anti-smoking publication – King James I wrote about the negative effects of smoking as early as 1604 – it was the first publication that had a major impact around the world and a lasting effect on smoking reduction. Once people are addicted to nicotine, though, quitting is not easy. Some…

A Brief History On January 11, 532, the seeds of a riot broke out in the capital of the Byzantine Empire (spawn of the Eastern Roman Empire), Constantinople (modern day Istanbul) over competing support of chariot racing teams.  Not your typical few hours of drunken revelry, the Nika Riots went on for a week and resulted in half the city being burned down!  While we consider a modern sports related riot that results in a fatality to be a tragedy, the Nika Riots resulted in an estimated 30,000 rioters killed, making it the worst sports related riot in history.  Today…

A Brief History On January 11. 2003, Governor George Ryan took the extraordinary step of commuting the sentences of 167 Illinois Death Row inmates to life in prison due to the scandal that had rocked the Chicago Police Department, in which Detective Jon Burge was accused of torturing confessions out of over 200 arrestees.  Burge was convicted of obstruction of justice and perjury, later serving 3 years in jail for his crimes. Digging Deeper Burge, a Vietnam War veteran, had earned a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart while in combat.  After leaving the Army, he had joined the Chicago…

A Brief History Documentary fans, here is your chance to be among the first in Cleveland, Ohio to see Alien Intrusion: Unmasking a Deception on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 7:00 PM at Regal Richmond Town Square Stadium 20 in Richmond Heights, Ohio!  Please visit this link for the chance to win a pass.  Winners will be notified by January 10th via email address provided.  Tickets will be sent electronically to the email address provided. Digging Deeper Millions of people have seen UFOs and many even recall personal encounters with strange entities.  The popular view is that these are advanced aliens…

A Brief History On January 11, 2003, Illinois Governor George Ryan commuted the death sentences of 167 convicted murderers in Illinois prisons due to the scandal of Chicago Police Detective Jon Burge having allegedly tortured confessions out of the then suspects. Digging Deeper Burge, a Vietnam Veteran and US Army soldier who earned a Bronze Star and Purple Heart in Vietnam had joined the Chicago Police Department in 1970 while only 22 years old.  Burge had a spectacular police career, becoming a Detective in 1972 and promoted to Lieutenant, gaining command of a Violent Crimes unit, then Bomb and Arson…

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