Browsing: May 12

A Brief History On May 12, 1593, History shows us a good example of the problems that develop when Church and State are not separate. Playwright Thomas Kyd was swept up with many others in a sweep of suspects in “libelous” postings (“divers lewd and mutinous libels”) around London, England, accused of posting letters denying the Holy Trinity and the Godliness of Jesus Christ (Arianism) and comments critical of the government. Kyd and the others were questioned and tortured by the Privy Council, as was the customary treatment of suspected blasphemers, and their lodgings were searched for evidence. Digging Deeper…

A Brief History On May 12, 2008, the Agriprocessors Inc. kosher meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa, was the scene of the largest anti-illegal immigrant raid in the history of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Division of the US Department of Homeland Security. Arrests for identity theft, document fraud, social security number fraud and other fraud related crimes numbered 400 in the largest such mass arrest in the US up to that date. Digging Deeper Not only were there 400 arrests, but within an astounding 4 days there were 300 people convicted, most of whom served 5 months in jail…

A Brief History On May 12, 1926, just a few days after Richard Byrd allegedly flew over the North Pole, the semi-rigid airship, Norge, did fly over the North Pole with 16 men and a dog, becoming the first men to reach the North Pole.  (Previous efforts have been discounted as failures due to inaccurate navigation or fraud.)  The Italian designed and multinational manned Norge did not get the fame it deserved, so here we list 10 of the most famous aircraft in human history.  What others would you include? Digging Deeper 10. Vostok 1, 1961.  This Soviet space capsule was the first one to…

A Brief History On May 12, 1975, the Cambodian Navy seized the US freighter, SS Mayaguez from international waters.  The ensuing battle between the US and Khmer Rouge Cambodian forces is considered the last battle of the Viet Nam War. Digging Deeper The Mayaguez, a container ship, was on its way to Thailand when it was stopped by a Cambodian patrol boat. The Cambodians had fired across the bow of the Mayaguez, causing the ship to slow down, and when an RPG rocket was then fired toward the ship the Mayaguez stopped and sent out an SOS. The Mayaguez was…

A Brief History On May 12, 1968, the Australian Army in Viet Nam fought probably their largest engagement of the war (for the Australians), underlining the fact that not only the United States was involved in the effort to keep South Viet Nam independent. Digging Deeper The Battle of Coral-Balmoral as it was known was fought between about 3000 Australian troops (2 regiments plus a couple squadrons of armor), including some armed with Centurion tanks, and over 4000 North Vietnamese Army regulars and Viet Cong guerillas (2 regiments of regulars).  Australian forces included smaller numbers of New Zealanders, another often…

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