January 9, 2019 This day in history
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Started by metmike - Jan. 8, 2019, 10:49 p.m.

Who else thinks it still strange to be typing 2019 instead of 2018 for the year?

Pick a good one for the latest date:


1349 – The Jewish population of Basel, believed by the residents to be the cause of the ongoing Black Death, is rounded up and incinerated.

Wow, the Jews were persecuted for a long time  

This incident is an example of how people can be profoundly stupid, cruel and even evil  when they let unsubstantiated theories, based on their hatred of others control their thoughts and actions. 


By carlberky - Jan. 9, 2019, 6:50 a.m.
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1960President of Egypt Gamal Abdel Nasser opens construction on the Aswan Dam by detonating ten tons of dynamite to demolish twenty tons of granite on the east bank of the Nile.

"In June 1956, the Soviets offered Nasser $1.12 billion at 2% interest for the construction of the dam. On 19 July the U.S. State Department announced that American financial assistance for the High Dam was "not feasible in present circumstances."

"On 26 July 1956, with wide Egyptian acclaim, Nasser announced the nationalization of the Suez Canal as well as fair compensation for the former owners. ( 1957British Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden resigns from office following his failure to retake the Suez Canal from Egyptian sovereignty.) 

"Nasser planned on the revenues generated by the canal helping to fund construction of the High Dam. When the Suez War broke out, the United Kingdom, France, and Israel seized the canal and the Sinai, but pressure from the U.S. and the USSR at the United Nations and elsewhere forced them to withdraw."