Darqstar (darqstar) wrote,

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This is kinda neat.

This might get longer than I thought, sooooo....

When I was one year old.
Avoiding a Cold War showdown, the United States and the Soviet Union sign an agreement guaranteeing a free and neutral Laos. While the agreement ended the "official" roles of both nations in the Laotian civil war, covert assistance from both Russia and the United States continued to exacerbate the conflict in Laos for the next decade.
In the world of cars...
The first two-cylinder Ford Model A was delivered to its owner, Dr. Ernst Pfenning of Chicago, on this day in 1903.
and... in 1973...
Eddie Rickenbacker, namesake of Rickenbacker Motors, died in Zurich, Switzerland at the age of 82.
99 years before I was born...
General Henry W. Halleck assumes the role of general-in-chief of all Union forces in an effort to better coordinate the overall Union war effort, which is floundering.
For those of you who think that serial killers are a new thing.... in 1918
Della Sorenson kills the first of her seven victims in rural Nebraska by poisoning her sister-in-law's infant daughter, Viola Cooper. Over the next seven years, friends, relatives, and acquaintances of Sorenson repeatedly died under mysterious circumstances before anyone finally realized that it had to be more than a coincidence.
If you're a huge fan of Orson Wells, on July 23 in 1937...
Les Miserables, the first radio drama produced by Orson Welles and the fledgling Mercury Theater, debuts on this day. The show ran for half an hour on Fridays from July until September of that year. A year later, the theater group introduced a regular show, Mercury Theater on the Air, a dramatic anthology featuring Orson Welles and John Houseman. Welles' radio efforts established his reputation as a "boy wonder" well before the release of his groundbreaking film Citizen Kane in 1941.
As I was celebrating my 6th birthday, tragity struck the state where my parents grew up....
In the early morning hours of July 23, 1967, one of the worst riots in U.S. history breaks out on 12th Street in the heart of Detroit's predominantly African American inner city. By the time it was quelled four days later by 7,000 National Guard and U.S. Army troops, 43 people were dead, 342 injured, and nearly 1,400 buildings had been burned.
On the literary side of things, in 1888 in the same city I was born... </blockquote>Raymond Chandler, creator of detective Philip Marlowe, is born in Chicago on this day. </blockquote> For more recent events, in 1996
On July 23, 1996, a CBS station in Raleigh, North Carolina, began broadcasting high-definition digital television data, although not full pictures. A week later, an NBC affiliate in Washington, D.C., broadcast the first full high-definition television pictures. The same station broadcast a high-definition version of Meet the Press, starting in February 1997.
When I was turning three... we were having this little thing so nicely called "A police action" in Vietnam and...
Ambassador Maxwell Taylor meets twice with South Vietnamese Premier General Nguyen Khanh to register U.S. disapproval of the recent calls by Khanh and Prime Minister Nguyen Cao Ky to extend the war into North Vietnam.
A year later, as I was turning four, things weren't going a whole lot better...
President Lyndon B. Johnson, in the course of discussions about what to do concerning the deteriorating situation in Vietnam, is told by some that he should give the American public all the facts, ask for an increase in taxes, mobilize the reserves, and declare a state of national emergency in the United States. Johnson rejected this approach, and informed his staff that he wanted any decisions implemented in a "low-key manner" in order to avoid an abrupt challenge to the communists, and to avoid undue concern and excitement in Congress and in domestic public opinion. During these discussions, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara urged the president to "expand promptly and substantially" the U.S. military presence in South Vietnam. Johnson, not wanting to "lose" Vietnam to the communists, ultimately accepted McNamara's recommendation and authorized a total of 44 U.S. battalions in South Vietnam, which led to a massive escalation of the war.

What happened through history the day you were born?

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