Today in History

Space Flight Is Possible

July 17, 1969

The New York Times publishes an apology for a 1920 article ridiculing Dr. Robert Goddard‘s theory that rockets could function in the vacuum of space. This came after the successful launch of Apollo 11 on its way to the Moon. The 1920 editorial mocked Goddard, stating that rockets will never fly in space and saying that “…he only seems to lack the knowledge ladled out daily in high schools.” Goddard’s response was, “Every vision is a joke until the first man accomplishes it; once realized, it becomes commonplace.”
(One might say they had to “Apollo-gize”)

=======

First Woman to Walk in Space

July 17, 1984

Soviet Soyuz T-12 is launched with cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya. She made her historic walk on July 25th. In 1982, Savitskaya had become the second woman in space.

=======

Russian Revolution – Romanov Family Executed

July 17, 1918

Czar Nicholas II, his wife, and his five children are killed by the Bolsheviks during the aftermath of the revolution. Two of the children’s bodies weren’t found until 2007, causing speculation up to then they might have survived. Over the years, there were a number of impostors claiming to be the Czar’s children, especially impostors of Anastasia and Alexei.
Nicholas II’s cousin King George V had denied them asylum the previous year.

=======

Today in 1998 – A diplomatic conference adopts the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, establishing a permanent international court to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression. Considering the reliability of those who get to name those violations, we’re NOT part of the treaty.

=======

Today in 1945 – World War II: The main three leaders of the Allied nations, Winston Churchill, Harry S. Truman and Joseph Stalin, meet in the German city of Potsdam to decide the future of a defeated Germany. Our dimmocrat president gives away half of Germany and ALL of eastern Europe to a man who makes Adolf Hitler look like an irate Sunday School teacher. We should’ve turned the Wehrmacht around and together pushed the Russkis back to Moscow…

=======

Today in 1794 – The sixteen Carmelite Martyrs of Compiegne are executed 10 days prior to the end of the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. You know you’re doing your revolution wrong when you get around to guillotining nuns. This is the logical conclusion to ‘separation of church and state’ as promulgated by the Left. It starts when you’re forced to bake cakes…

=======

“America is at that awkward stage. It is too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards.”
by Claire Wolfe

=======

Peanuts, January 12, 1959