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LITTLE BOY - The bomb dropped on Nagasaki, August 9, 1945.
1945 - 75 years ago today, in what later became known as Victory Day, an official announcement of Japan’s unconditional surrender to the Allies is made public to the world. Even though Japan’s War Council, urged by Emperor Hirohito, had already submitted a formal declaration of surrender to the Allies, via ambassadors, on August 10, fighting continued between the Japanese and the Soviets in Manchuria and between the Japanese and the United States in the South Pacific. The Allies' rejection made clear only unconditional surrender would be accepted and the fighting continued.
On the afternoon of August 14 (August 15 in Japan, because of time-zone differences), Japanese radio announced that an Imperial Proclamation was soon to be made, accepting the terms of unconditional surrender drawn up at the Potsdam Conference. That proclamation had already been recorded by the emperor. The news did not go over well, as more than 1,000 Japanese soldiers stormed the Imperial Palace in an attempt to find the proclamation and prevent its being transmitted to the Allies. Soldiers still loyal to Emperor Hirohito repulsed the attackers. At the White House, U.S. president Harry Truman relayed the news to the American people; celebrations broke out in Washington, D.C. and across the country.
The official surrender documents would be signed by representatives of the Japanese Government on Sunday morning, September 2, 1945 aboard the USS Missouri moored in Tokyo Bay, which brought World War II to an official end.
NYT was a POS even in 1860
Gen. HOUSTON has retired to private life. In making this announcement, we are fully sensible of the responsibility involved. Gen. HOUSTON has on several iterated occasions announced his final and irrevocable withdrawal from the distraction and arduous labors of public service. In a speech before the Senate two years ago, in which with a dignity, and solemnity not wholly unworthy of WASHINGTON, he announced his resolve never again to appear as a candidate for popular favor, he was resolute as to the point of privacy. He was a spirituous veteran lagging on the stage. His farewell words uttered, there was nothing for the orator but vacuous old age and posterity. He accordingly sought solitude in governing Texas; and became a hermit to prepare himself for the Presidency in 1860. And yet once more with the positiveness and finality of a disgusted Timon, the General with an abundant appreciation of the consequences, now announces his determination to stand as a candidate for the Chief Magistracy of the Union, assured that if no others support him, the people of Texas may at least be relied upon to sustain his most authentic pretensions. It is needless to say this act is the becoming close of a career, which has been distinguished by fortuitous but undeserved honors, and has been clothed with historical attributes wholly the property of other meritorious claimants.
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1969 - Woodstock began in a field near Yasgur's Farm at Bethel, New York. The three-day concert featured 24 rock bands and drew a crowd of more than 300,000 young people. The event came to symbolize the counter-culture movement of the 1960's.
1769 - French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was born on the island of Corsica. Originally an officer in King Louis' Army, he rose to become Emperor amid the political chaos that followed the French Revolution. He built a half-million strong Grand Army which utilized newly invented modern tactics and improvisation in battle to sweep across Europe and acquire an empire for France. However, after defeats in Russia and later by the British at Waterloo in Belgium, he went into exile on the island of St. Helena off the coast of Africa. On May 5, 1821, he died alone on the tiny island abandoned by everyone.
1786- one of the giants of early Texas History is born in Limestone Tennessee.
1585 – A first group of colonists sent by Sir Walter Raleigh under the charge of Ralph Lane lands in the New World to create Roanoke Colony on Roanoke Island, off the coast of present-day North Carolina.
1987 - Rudolf Hess, the last member of Adolf Hitler’s inner circle, died at Spandau Prison at age 93, an apparent suicide.
1913- Veterans of Foreign Wars is established
OTD in 1995-- Microsoft bought the rights to The Rolling Stones' song "Start Me Up" (1981) to use as the theme music for their Windows 95 rollout.
And then this happened --
Back in 1814, the British were the antifa/BLM of their time
OTD 1944 - the US and some other guys liberate Paris
We liberated France. How long did it take before they screwed it up again?
Stevie Ray......30 years ago today
How is that possible?
2005 - Hurricane Katrina makes landfall near New Orlean, La., as a Category 4 hurricane on August 29, 2005. Despite being only the third most powerful storm of the 2005 hurricane season, Katrina was among the worst natural disasters in the history of the United States. In the wake of the storm, there were over 50 failures of the levees and flood walls surrounding New Orleans and its suburbs. The levee and flood wall failures caused widespread flooding.
70 C.E. - The Temple of Jerusalem burns after a nine-month Roman siege.
1526 - Ottoman Suleiman the Magnificent crushes a Hungarian army under Lewis II at the Battle of Mohacs.
1533 - In Peru, the Inca chief Atahualpa is executed by orders of Francisco Pizarro, although the chief had already paid his ransom.
1949 - USSR explodes its first atomic bomb, "First Lightning."
1957 - US Congress passes Civil Rights Act of 1957 after Strom Thurmond (Sen-D-SC) ends 24-hour filibuster, the longest in Senate history, against the bill.
1965 - Astronauts L. Gordon Cooper Jr. and Charles "Pete" Conrad Jr complete 120 Earth orbits in Gemini 5, marking the first time the US set an international duration record for a manned space mission.
His older brother, Patterson Crockett, was my grandfather's grandmother's grandfather. I word it like that because I remember my grandfather talking about his grandmother. Before Ancestry.com I though my family's relations to the famous frontiersman was but a family legend handed down without verifiable details. Also not know to me is that David had a twin sister and that the name Crockett is an Anglicized version of his ancestor's French name.
1836 - Houston was founded on land near the banks of Buffalo Bayou
OTD 1945 -- WWII officially ended
OTD, some years ago, Raquel Welch was born
Sam Houston elected first president of the Republic of Texas
September 5th, 1836
On this day in 1836, Sam Houston, the victor of San Jacinto, was elected president of the newly founded Republic of Texas. Candidates for the office had included Henry Smith, governor of the provisional government, and Stephen F. Austin. Houston became an active candidate just eleven days before the election. He received 5,119 votes, Smith 743, and Austin 587. Mirabeau B. Lamar, the "keenest blade" at San Jacinto, was elected vice president. Houston received strong support from the army and from those who believed that his election would ensure internal stability, hasten recognition by world powers, and bring about early annexation to the United States. He served two terms as president of the republic and was subsequently a United States senator and governor of the state of Texas.
She's the same age as Nancy Pelosi
But the Queen of Dallas' Continental Hotel had a much better surgeon
September 8, 1900. The Great Galveston Hurricane kills anywhere from 6-12 thousand. It still ranks as the greatest loss of life due to a natural disaster in U.S. history.
1900 Storm | Galveston & Texas History Center
For those of you in the Follow the Science crowd, the educated opinion of the day believed the chance of a catastrophic storm striking the island was preposterous. For those interested, Erik Larsen’s Issac’s Storm is an excellent read.
The term "United States" is adopted by the Continental Congress to be used instead of the "United Colonies."
Sept 10, 2001
The next day
^A sad day, indeed. It's now been long enough that young folks graduating high school this year were not yet born in 2001. We must continue to observe September 11 and remind all generations that there are those in the world who would destroy our country.
OTD 1781, American (and French) troops under the command of George Washington surround the British at Yorktown. The redcoats managed to hold out for 21 days before surrendering, after which the King and Crown will open negotiations to finally end the War of Independence.
OTD 1944 -- The Warsaw Uprising is put down
The Polish resistance had risen against the Germans on Aug 1
By mid-September, the Red Army had reached the Vistula River, a position just opposite the Polish resistance
But Stalin ordered them to remain there until the Nazis had fully crushed the Poles