Browsing: May 12

A Brief History On May 12, 1942, the German Kriegsmarine submarine, U-507, a Type IXC boat, sank an American tanker, the SS Virginia, with one of its deadly torpedoes while the tanker was in the mouth of the Mississippi River, an affront to the United States bringing deadly danger to shipping right to America’s doorstep.  During World War II the submarine fleets of each navy of the major powers played an outsized role in effective naval warfare, and also put the crews of those submarines in more peril than any other naval duty.  We have dealt with the subject of…

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A Brief History On May 12, 2006, an Iranian magazine ran a cartoon of a cockroach sitting across a table from and having a conversation with an Iranian boy.  Incredibly (to us), this cartoon led to massive riots across Iran, a country that experienced a profound revolution in 1979, when it transformed from a monarchy to a theocracy, becoming an Islamic state.  We have often told you about goofy riots, riots that have either idiotic origins or at least have goofy names.  History is full of such unfortunate events, and today, we add yet another such unfortunate riot to this…

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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…

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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…

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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.  Digging Deeper 10. Vostok 1, 1961.  This Soviet space capsule was the first one to carry a…

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