Monday, September 12, 2016

PARACULTURAL CALENDAR FOR SEPTEMBER 12


This day in 490 BC is the conventionally accepted date for the Battle of Marathon. The Athenians and their Plataean allies, defeat the first Persian invasion force of Greece.

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On this day in 1919, Adolf Hitler joins the German Workers Party as a spy, to report on its activities to the German army.

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On this day in 1943, Benito Mussolini, dictator of Italy, is rescued from house arrest on the Gran Sasso in Abruzzi, by German commando forces led by Otto Skorzeny.

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On this day in 1952, strange occurrences, including a monster sighting, take place in Flatwoods, West Virginia.

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On this day in 1953, U.S. Representative John Fitzgerald Kennedy marries Jacqueline Lee Bouvier at St. Mary's Church in Newport, Rhode Island.

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It took almost two hundred years, but America's sizable Catholic minority didn't dwell on that fact on this day in 1975, when Pope John XXIII canonized Elizabeth Ann Seton, making her the first ever American Saint.

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On this day in 1977, South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko is killed in police custody.

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On this day in 1994 Frank Eugene Corder crashes a single-engine Cessna 150 into the White House's south lawn, striking the West wing and killing himself.

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On this day in 2003, the United Nations lifts sanctions against Libya after that country agreed to accept responsibility and recompense the families of victims in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.

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On this day in 2003, in Fallujah, US forces mistakenly shoot and kill eight Iraqi police officers.

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