January 17th

by Gary Jenneke

1961 — President Eisenhower’s farewell speech. This is the speech where he introduced the term “military-industrial complex” and warned of its influence. Here are some excerpts from that speech.

“As we peer into society’s future, we — you and I, and our government — must…

January 15h

1535 — Henry VIII declares himself Supreme Head of Church of England. Excommunicated because of his divorce from Catherine of Aragon, but presumably still concerned about his soul, Henry, along with Thomas Cromwell, concocted a new plan with himself as supreme spiritual authority. The Catholic Church beheld the…

January 13th

1842 — Dr. Wm. Brydon survives Afghanistan massacre. Brydon, a surgeon with the British army, was part of 4,500 soldiers and 12,000 camp followers at Kabul. They were led by General Elphinstone, who, despite having fought at Waterloo, was described by another general as the most incompetent soldier…

January 11th

1693 — Mt. Etna in Sicily erupts.

1962 — Volcano Huascaran erupts in Peru.

2013 — Four volcanoes erupt on Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula.

In my December 28th column I correctly gave an earthquake warning for that day. …

December 29th

1835 — Treaty of New Echota signed. This treaty ceded all Cherokee land east of the Mississippi River to the U.S. government. The treaty was signed by a minority faction within the tribe, while the majority opposed it. There had been a push for Cherokee land in Georgia…

December 20th

1968 — Betty Lou Jensen and David Faraday killed. They were the first known victims of the Zodiac Killer, who committed his crimes mostly in Northern California. Jensen, 16, and Faraday, 17, had gone to different high schools in Vallejo, California, had known each other only two weeks…

December 18th

1271 — Kublai Khan renames his empire “Yuan” marking the start of the Yuan Dynasty. From biography.com: Khan, grandson of Genghis,”introduced a new social structure that divided the population into four classes: The Mongolian aristocracy and a foreign merchant class were both exempt from taxation and enjoyed special…

December 15th

1864 — Battle of Nashville. Confederate General John Bell Hood, of Texas, having already lost Atlanta to Sherman, retreated north, hoping to draw the Union Army away from the South. Instead Sherman split his force and continued his March to the Sea and sent General George Thomas, with…

1916 — Avalanche in Tyrol. Austro-Hungarian troops were battling the Italian army in the Alps. Besides the guns and cannons, the snow and cold were also a danger to the soldiers. The snowfall had been heavy that winter and in some places it was forty feet deep. Both sides were…

December 11th

1903 — British expedition to Tibet begins. Also called the British invasion of Tibet. The reason for the invasion was based on rumor. Britain feared that China, who controlled Tibet, was going to give it to Russia, thus opening a path for Russia to invade British controlled India…

Gary Jenneke

Writer, traveler, veteran, miscast accountant except for one interesting stint at a Communist cafe, retiree and blogger.

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