Browsing: January 12

A Brief History On January 12, 1971, a group of conspirators dubbed by the press as “The Harrisburg Seven” were indicted on charges that they planned to blow up the steam heating tunnels to Federal buildings in the Nation’s capital, as well as to kidnap National Security Advisor, Henry Kissinger.  Shockingly, this group of alleged terrorists was led by radical Roman Catholic priest, Father Phillip Berrigan! Digging Deeper Berrigan was already in jail at the time of the alleged plot, serving a sentence of 3 years for entering a military draft office and burning draft cards with home made napalm. …

A Brief History On January 12, 2006, during the ceremony associated with the final day of the Hajj (annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca) 362 Muslim pilgrims were stampeded to death in a sudden movement of the vast crowd.  The Stoning of the Devil takes place in Mina, outside of Mecca. Digging Deeper The annual Hajj gets enormous crowds of Muslims from around the world to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, with as many as 500,000 people crossing one small bridge in only an hour!  This sort of crowd density is highly dangerous and even minor crowd movement often results in large…

From the Series Lil’ History Chips On January 12, 2004, the RMS Queen Mary 2, flagship of the Cunard Line, left port on its maiden voyage after having been christened 4 days earlier by Queen Elizabeth II.  Built at a cost of $900 million (£460 million) to eventually replace the aging RMS Queen Elizabeth 2, that equated to approximately $300,000 for every one of the 2,620 passenger berths.  The luxury liner also carries over 1,200 crew members.  The second ocean liner to be named after the wife of King George V, the QM2 is massive at 1,132 feet long by about 147 feet wide. …

A Brief history On January 12, 1998, 19 European nations agreed to prohibit the cloning of humans. Digging Deeper Digging deeper, we find those 19 nations disappointed and dismayed that the two most powerful European countries, Germany and the United Kingdom, refused to sign the agreement! Does this refusal mean we shall soon see human clones?  Not from Germany.  They claimed their national laws were more restrictive than the agreement and they therefore did not need to sign.  It seems they have some national angst as a result the genetic experiments of the Nazi era.  (See the History and Headlines article on…