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First quarter is 0914 (09:14 AM) on Friday, Dec 18th.
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|Fri, Dec 18||07:45 AM||04:59 PM||9:14||4|
|Sat, Dec 19||07:45 AM||05:00 PM||9:15||3|
|Sun, Dec 20||07:46 AM||05:00 PM||9:14||2|
|Mon, Dec 21||07:46 AM||05:01 PM||9:15||1|
|Tue, Dec 22||07:47 AM||05:01 PM||9:14||0|
During this week in history - with a little humor thrown in.
If you want the funny, go to Bizarre Holidays
For the serious go to History Net
December 16th, 1773 - To protest the tax on tea from England, a group of young Americans, disguised as Indians, throw chests of tea from British ships in Boston Harbor. The present day Tea Party wouldn't have the bravery of these ancestors.
1944 - Germany mounts a major offensive in the Ardennes Forest in Belgium. As the center of the Allied line falls back, it creates a bulge, leading to the name – the Battle of the Bulge.
December 16th is National Chocolate Covered Anything day.
"We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we will all hang separately." - Benjamin Franklin
"To follow by faith alone is to follow blindly." - Benjamin Franklin
"The American Revolution was a beginning, not a summation." - Woodrow Wilson "
A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both." - Dwight Eisenhower
1944 - U.S. approves end to internment of Japanese Americans. U.S. Major General Henry C. Pratt issues Public Proclamation No. 21, declaring that Japanese American "evacuees" from the West Coast could return to their homes effective January 2, 1945. Article link
1989 - The Simpsons, television’s longest-running animated series, makes its US debut.
December 17th is National Maple Syrup day.
"My standard comment is 'If you don't want your kids to be like Bart Simpson, don't behave like Homer Simpson'." - Matt Groening
"The Wright brothers flew right through the smoke screen of impossibility." - Charles Kettering
“I dissent, therefore, from this legalization of racism. Racial discrimination in any form and in any degree has no justifiable part whatever in our democratic way of life. It is unattractive in any setting, but it is utterly revolting among a free people who have embraced the principles set forth in the Constitution of the United States. All residents of this nation are kin in some way by blood or culture to a foreign land. Yet they are primarily and necessarily a part of the new and distinct civilization of the United States. They must, accordingly, be treated at all times as the heirs of the American experiment, and as entitled to all the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.” - Justice Frank Murphy - dissenting opinion on the legality of internment of Japanese-Americans in Korematsu v. United States, 323 U.S. 214 (1944)
December 18th, 1865 - Slavery is abolished in the United States. The 13th Amendment is formally adopted into the U.S. Constitution, ensuring that "neither slavery nor involuntary servitude… shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."
1970 - An atomic leak in Nevada forces hundreds of citizens to flee the test site. Baneberry Incident Link
"One has to look out for engineers - they begin with sewing machines and end up with the atomic bomb." - Marcel Pagnol
December 19th, 1998 - President Bill Clinton is impeached. The House of Representatives approved two articles of impeachment against President Clinton, charging him with lying under oath to a federal grand jury and obstructing justice. Clinton was the second president in American history to be impeached. He was charged with 2 of the 4 articles of impeachment and was acquitted by the Senate. History Place Link
"Clinton's egregious act of self-indulgence was outdone by an impeachment based not on constitutionally required high crimes and misdemeanors but on a vindictive determination to bring down a president who had offended self-righteous moralists eager to put another political agenda in place." - Robert Dallek
"If everybody in this town connected with politics had to leave town because of chasing women and drinking, you would have no governement." - Barry Goldwater
December 20th - 1933 - The German government announces 400,000 citizens are to be sterilized because of hereditary defects. Sterilization laws actually started in the US. Ferris University Link
1989 - U.S. troops invade Panama to oust General Manuel Noriega and replace him with Guillermo Endara. Information Link
2007 - Queen Elizabeth II becomes the oldest monarch in the history of the UK; previously, that honor belonged to Queen Victoria.
December 20th is Go Caroling day.
"Most wars or military coups or invasions are done in the name of democracy against democracy" - Eduardo Galeano