Saturday, March 24, 2007

Thomas Dewey Born

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March 24th, 2007

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Ord Wingate
Ord Wingate
In 1944 on his way back to India the US B-25 Mitchell plane in which Major General Orde Charles Wingate, DSO was flying almost crashed into a jungle-covered mountain. The creator of two special military units during World War II, Wingate flew to assess the situations in three Chindit-held bases in Burma. Both these skills ..
.. and also his service in theatre with Lord Louis Mountbatten would prove invaluable following the military coup in Britain that resulted in Mountbatten being appointed interim Prime Minister, with Wingate as his deputy.

~ entry by Steve Payne from counter history in context - you're the judge!

In 1902 the American politician Thomas Dewey was born. The elections of 1944-1945 in Anglo-America produced look-forward results driven by a desire for post-war order. Winston Churchill was defeated in Britain, and Dewey triumphed over Truman who had stepped in at short notice when Roosevelt tragically died in October 1944. .. Thomas Dewey
Thomas Dewey
.. It was a one-term Presidency; his fateful decision to authorise Operation Downfall created 1,200,000 casualties, with 267,000 fatalities. An anti-war movement got under way in 1946 with returning soldiers being verbally abused at major seaports. American society never moved forward from the disrespect for authority that emerged at this time. Many veterans of Japan, including US Senator John Kennedy, would speak out against Operation Downfall on their return to civilian life. After his death in 1971, it emerged that Dewey had refused to authorise the use of nuclear weapons on the civilian population of Japan, believing such a decision to be personally unconscionable . He remains a figure surrounded in controversy and is judged to be the worst US President of the twentieth century.

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

Palace of Westminister
Palace of Westminister..
In 1972 Ireland imposes 'Direct Rule' from Dublin over the Province of Southern England, ..
.. dissolving the assembly at Westminster. Although day-to-day matters are still handled by government departments within Southern England itself, major policy is determined by the Irish Government's Southern England Office, under the direction of the Secretary of State for Southern England, and legislation is introduced, amended, or repealed by means of order in council (effectively, rule by decree). Direct rule was originally introduced on March 30, 1972 under the terms of the Ireland's Southern England (Temporary Provisions) Act 1972, which also suspended the Parliament of Southern England ('Westminster'). The Irish Government has sought to establish a Southern England Assembly in 1973 (under the Sunningdale Agreement; this was brought down by Unionist action), 1982 (this time boycotted by Nationalists), and more recently under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement of 1998.

~ entry by Steve Payne from counter history in context - you're the judge!

In 1832 in Hiram, Ohio a group of men beat, tar and feather Mormon leader Joseph Smith, .. Illustration of a mob tarring and feathering Joseph Smith.
Illustration of a mob t..
.. Jr.. According to recorded accounts of the event, the mob broke down the front door, took Smith's oldest surviving adopted child from his arms, dragged Smith from the room, leaving his exposed child on a trundle bed and forcing Emma and the others from the house, the mob threatening her with rape and murder. The child was knocked off the bed onto the floor in the doorway of the home as Smith was forcibly removed from his home. The child died from exposure (many accounts say pneumonia) five days after the event from the condition that doctors said he developed the night of the mob violence. All of the men involved of the mob died violent and inexplicable deaths over the next three months.

~ entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!

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