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Today in 1836 – Texas Revolution: A day after the Battle of San Jacinto forces under Texas General Sam Houston capture Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna. Texans being somewhat more civilized than their enemy, they did NOT leave his bleeding carcass inverted and draining from a tree. Should have, after the tender mercies he showed the Texans at Goliad and the Alamo.

Today in 1912 – Pravda, the “voice” of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, begins publication in Saint Petersburg. It has since been replaced as the premier publication of the Left by the New York Times.

Today in 1970 – First Earth Day celebrated. Participants are watermelons: “Green” on the outside, red on the inside.

Today in 2000 – In a pre-dawn raid, federal agents seize six-year-old Elián González from his relatives’ home in Miami, Florida. The dimmocrats were all over repatriating of illegal immigrants then. /snark