Roger Mickelson’s History For Today (3/24/13)

In 1603, King James VI of Scotland ascended the English throne as James I following the death of Elizabeth I. The continual strife between England and Scotland had receded, they drew closer together. Although the national churches in England and Scotland were not identical in structure, they shared a common desire to protect and preserve the Reformation. James VI’s accession to the English throne in 1603 as James I encouraged further cultural and economic assimilation. It was far from guaranteeing further political assimilation, but a century of the barely workable personal union of the crowns had increasingly sharpened the Scots’ dilemma of choosing between complete union and complete separation.
Anne of Denmark; King Charles I when Prince of...

Anne of Denmark; King Charles I when Prince of Wales; King James I of England and VI of Scotland, by Simon De Passe (died 1647), given to the National Portrait Gallery, London in 1861. See source website for additional information. This set of images was gathered by User:Dcoetzee from the National Portrait Gallery, London website using a special tool. All images in this batch have been confirmed as author died before 1939 according to the official death date listed by the NPG. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1882, Robert Koch announced in Berlin that he had isolated and grown the tubercle bacillus, which he believed to be the cause of all forms of tuberculosis.
World War II:    In 1944, German forces executed more than 300 civilians in Rome in reprisal for an Italian partisan attack that killed 32 German soldiers the day before.
In 1958, Elvis Presley was inducted into the US Army in Memphis, Tennessee.
In 1988, Rear Admiral John Poindexter, Lt Col Oliver North, MG Richard Secord, and Albert Hakim pleaded Not Guilty to charges stemming from the Iran-Contra affair, in which a portion of the $48 million that Iran paid for US missiles was diverted by the NSC and given to the Contras, the US-backed rebels fighting to overthrow the Marxist-oriented Sandinista government of Nicaragua. John and Ollie were convicted, but the verdicts were thrown out. Secord and Hakim were placed on probation after pleading Guilty to a single charge under a plea bargain.
In 1989, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground, spilling some 11 million gallons of oil into Prince William Sound in Alaska and creating the largest oil spill in US history.

 NOTE: The decades-long leak of aircraft fuel from Kirtland Air Force Base on the south side of Albuquerque is now estimated to be 23 million gallons total. Does my coffee taste strange this morning?

Regards, Roger Mickelson
“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”
“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” Thomas Jefferson
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