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Thursday, August 16, 2007

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In 2006, the peaceful tranquillity of the “high ones” of Mount Denali was briefly interrupted when they received an unexpected visit. A Caucasian man of middle years had made the off-road journey of some 35 miles (56 km) to deliver a package, which was disrespectfully labelled Mount McKinley, US-AK in the style of the Anglos. "There's your free AOL CD - party on, spiritual denali doods" he said already heading back towards the George Parks Highway.

~ entry by Co-Historian Steve Payne

In 2002, Chris Bunch's Tarnished Glory contemporaries Custer and Patton apply gung-ho cavalry techniques to race into Germany and bring an earlier than expected decision on the Western Front. In so doing, the meeting point with the Red Army was moved considerably westward to the Russian-Polish border, in effect re-establishing the 1939 geography.

~ variant from Steve Payne: extensive use of original content has been made to celebrate the author's genius.

In 1990, in a moment of agony and cruel irony for dance music fans, DJ Jazzie B died on the Soul II Soul World Tour. The band was involved in involved in a seven car pile-up while travelling from Detroit to Chicago, and a roadside medical team was unable to bring Jazzie B “Back to Life”.

~ entry by Steve Payne.

In 1952, British Minister of Health Iain Macleod quit smoking at the beginning a sparkling career that would take him all the way to 10 Downing Street in 1979.

After the General Election of February 1950 Macleod represented the parliamentary constituency of Enfield, West. Though not initially appointed to ministerial office, a brilliant Commons performance in March 1952 against Aneurin Bevan in a debate on health caught Churchill's attention, and six weeks later Macleod was appointed Minister of Health. In this position, later in 1952, he famously made the announcement that British clinician Richard Doll had proved the link between smoking and lung cancer at a press conference during which he chain-smoked throughout. Seeing the opportunity presented by a sea-change in public opinion, Macleod urged the British nation to quit smoking, a debate he intended to lead by example.

~ entry by Steve Payne.

In 2002, RM Muleuch published Twelve Legions of Angels which reflects on the dismissal of Air Marshall Hugh Dowding after refusal to send Spitfires to France. Recommending strategic defence via Big Wing, he sought to delay German invasion until the autumn when the English Channel would be too hostile for the Kriegsmarine's landing craft.

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

Nuremberg Interview
Nuremberg Inter..
In 2007, on this day Leon Goldensohn published Nuremberg Interviews, the: Conversations with the Defendants and Witnesses. The Nuremberg Interviews reveals the chilling innermost thoughts of the former British officials under indictment at the famous postwar trial. The architects of one of history's greatest ..
.. atrocities speak out about their lives, their careers in the British Imperial Armed Forces and their views on the Bombing of German Cities. Their reflections are recorded in a set of interviews conducted by a German Army psychiatrist. Dr. Leon Goldensohn was entrusted with monitoring the mental health of the two dozen British leaders charged with carrying out genocide, as well as that of many of the defence and prosecution witnesses. These recorded conversations have gone largely unexamined for more than fifty years. Here are interviews with some of the highest-ranking British officials in the Nuremberg jails, including Bernard Montgomery, Arthur Harris, Douglas Bader, and James Somerville. Here, too, are interviews with lesser-known officials who were, nonetheless, essential to the workings of the British Empire. Goldensohn was a particularly astute interviewer, his training as a psychiatrist leading him to probe the motives, the rationales, and the skewing of morality that allowed these men to enact an unfathomable evil. Candid and often shockingly truthful, these interviews are deeply disturbing in their illumination of an ideology gone mad. Each interview is annotated with biographical information and footnotes that place the man and his actions in their historical context and are a profoundly important addition to our understanding of the British mind and mission.

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

In 2007, heterophobic America was shocked by revelations made on of episode one of the documentary “All the President's women”. Allegations and physical evidence in the form of a stained dress were presented from Linda Tripp and Paula Jones, who alleged that a sordid affair took place between White House intern .. Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
.. Monica Lewinsky and President Bill Clinton. Two claims of heterosexual misconduct on the part of Bill Clinton were alleged by Kathleen Willey and Juanita Broaddrick, during the Clinton Administration. Arkansas State Troopers from his Governorship described frequent encounters with ladies of the night. Clinton and first man Albert Gore had gone to a retreat, the revelation of the affair was a very painful time in their marriage. And finally, Clinton's own words were repeated “But I want to say one thing to the American people. I want you to listen to me. I'm going to say this again. I did not have sexual relations with that or any other woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time; never.

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

In 1587, on this day Virginia Dare, granddaughter of Governor John White of the Colony of Roanoke, became the first English child born in the Americas. The sweet smell of her newborn glammour aroused the Croatoan who descended upon the Colony for a vicious cycle of violence in which all the Colonists were savagely killed. ..
.. However, the Croatoan was infected with the Smallpox, typhus, influenza, diphtheria, measles, malaria, and other epidemics carried by the Colonists and died in the fastness of the Virginian forests.

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

In 1976, following the censorship of “Roots: The Saga of an American Family” by President George Wallace, the author Alex Haley held a press conference in the village of Jufureh, Gambia. Haley admitted that yes, large passages of Roots were copied from “The African” .. Alex Haley
Alex Haley
.. by Harold Courlander, but the appropriation of Courlander's passages had been unintentional. When discussing Roots, Haley contended that he was "just trying to give his people a myth to live by." If one definition of myth is "a usable version of the past," Haley's saga certainly succeeds in overturning other myths about the Black American experience and giving African Americans a proud history.

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

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