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    Quote Originally Posted by Boludo View Post
    On this day in 1961 US interference in a sovereign country is successfully repelled:

    On April 17th a 1,500 CIA-trained force of Cuban exiles invade southern Cuba at the "Bay of Pigs" by the 19th 118 are killed and 1,202 are captured by Cuban forces. President Kennedy inherited the operation from US President Dwight D. Eisenhower and approved the operation but it has to be one of the worst planned and executed covert invasions in modern times poorly thought out, as Cuban and Soviet Forces knew almost to the day where and when the operation would occur.
    Yes, and Kennedy fired Allen Dulles for his part in this Bay of Pigs fiasco, a man chosen by Johnson who suspiciously shows up on the Warren Commission to investigate the Kennedy assassination, and as a CIA operative was likely part of the assassination plan himself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boludo View Post
    On this day in 1961 US interference in a sovereign country is successfully repelled:

    On April 17th a 1,500 CIA-trained force of Cuban exiles invade southern Cuba at the "Bay of Pigs" by the 19th 118 are killed and 1,202 are captured by Cuban forces. President Kennedy inherited the operation from US President Dwight D. Eisenhower and approved the operation but it has to be one of the worst planned and executed covert invasions in modern times poorly thought out, as Cuban and Soviet Forces knew almost to the day where and when the operation would occur.
    And of which JFK took Full Responsibility for that fiasco. Perhaps the last time a sitting President took responsibility for something going horribly wrong on his watch??? Those were the days!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varick View Post
    And of which JFK took Full Responsibility for that fiasco. Perhaps the last time a sitting President took responsibility for something going horribly wrong on his watch??? Those were the days!

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    I think Carter's admittedly mistaken rescue operation in Iran, operation Eagle Claw (1980), was maybe a similar case, for example. Can´t say I know much of the deails though.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Km3dx7wppA (especially 4:00 ->)
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    Quote Originally Posted by joen_cph View Post
    I think Carter's admittedly mistaken rescue operation in Iran, operation Eagle Claw (1980), was maybe a similar case, for example. Can´t say I know much of the deails though.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Km3dx7wppA (especially 4:00 ->)
    Thanks for that. Yes, another case. That's why I posed the question. I wasn't sure if JFK was the last. Good on Carter for that. The man had integrity. Horrible President, but a pretty decent man.

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    Carter is quite popular over here. That clip is very stylish, IMO, under difficult circumstances.
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    Things worth remembering?

    The value of pi is 3.14159

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    I believe Kentucky passed a law a long time ago making pi exactly 3. More states should consider doing the same, since it simplifies things marvelously.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    I believe Kentucky passed a law a long time ago making pi exactly 3. More states should comsider doing the same, since it simplifies things marvelously.
    It was actually Indiana, and the value of pi was supposed to be something like 3.2. The law passed the Indiana state House of Representatives, but did not pass the state Senate, so it was never enacted. Here's the full story for anyone who is interested.

    The Eccentric Crank Who Tried to Legislate the Value of Pi

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    Today in 1509, Henry VIII ascends the throne of England on the death of his father, Henry VII.



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    It is worth remembering that in 1930 freedom fighters in Chittagong had a partially successful uprising against the British. In the subsequent backlash the British sent thousands of troops to the region to deal with the small number of revolutionaries. 80 troops died, 12 freedom fighters, and the group was persecuted with captured members being sent to jail and deported to the Andaman Islands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    I believe Kentucky passed a law a long time ago making pi exactly 3. More states should consider doing the same, since it simplifies things marvelously.
    Useful limerick:
    'Tis a favourite project of mine
    A new value of pi to assign.
    I would fix it at 3
    For that's simpler you see
    Than is 3.14159.

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    1889: At noon today, thousands rush to claim land in the Land Rush of 1889. Within hours the cities of Oklahoma City and Guthrie are formed with populations of at least 10,000.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat Fairlea View Post
    Useful limerick:
    'Tis a favourite project of mine
    A new value of pi to assign.
    I would fix it at 3
    For that's simpler you see
    Than is 3.14159.
    Made my day!
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    Today in 1953: Francis Crick and James Watson published "Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid" describing the double helix structure of DNA. Thus began a new age, one that has only begun to fulfill its destiny.


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    An interesting one for today, from a daily e-mail I receive:
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    On today’s date in 1891, a small group of music patrons gathered at one of New York’s docks to greet the Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, who had been invited to America to take part in the grand opening of a new music hall. Back then, it was just called “The Music Hall,” but over time it took on the name of the wealthy steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, who funded its construction. “Carnegie is an amazing eccentric,” wrote Tchaikovsky to his friends back in Russia. “He rose from being a telegraph boy, transformed with the passing of years into one of America’s richest men, but one who has remained a simple, modest man who does not at all turn up his nose at anyone.”

    And, despite his legendary melancholic funks and chronic bouts of homesickness, Tchaikovsky admitted he found the rest of New York rather impressive: “American customs, American hospitality, the very appearance of the town, the remarkable comfort of my accommodations—this is all very much to my taste and if I were younger I would probably be greatly enjoying my stay in an interesting new country.”

    On the down side, Tchaikovsky reported you couldn’t buy cigarettes on a Sunday, and it was sometimes hard to find a public bathroom when you needed one—a common complaint of New York tourists even today! “All told,” Tchaikovsky concluded, “I am a much bigger fish here than in Europe. Incidentally, Central Park in magnificent.”


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