Roger Michelson’s: History For Today (2/25/13)

From Roger Michelson For Your Enjoyment:

In 1570, Pope Pius V excommunicated Queen Elizabeth I of England from the Roman Catholic Church. Elizabeth’s religious

Samuel Colt, founder of the firearms manufactu...

Samuel Colt, founder of the firearms manufacturer Colt Deutsch: Samuel Colt, Begründer des Waffenherstellers Colt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

settlement of the role of the Church of England (replacing the Archbishop) was threatened by Protestant dissidents, it was equally threatened by the recalcitrance and opposition of English Catholics. At first this opposition seemed relatively passive, but a series of crises in the late 1560s and early ’70s disclosed its potential for serious, even fatal, menace. In 1569, a rebellion of feudal aristocrats and their followers in the staunchly Catholic north of England was put down by savage military force.

In 1836, inventor Samuel Colt patented his “revolver.” When Colt was a young seaman, he had carved a wooden model of a revolver, and years later he perfected a working version that was patented in England and France in 1835. Featuring a cartridge cylinder that was rotated by cocking the hammer, Colt’s single-barreled pistols and rifles were slow to gain acceptance, and a company that formed to manufacture them in Paterson, New Jersey, failed in 1842. Word from military units that Colt’s multi-shot weapons had been effective against Indians in Florida and Texas prompted a government order for 1,000 pistols during the Mexican War, and Colt resumed firearms manufacture in 1847.
American Civil War:    In 1862, Union troops occupied Nashville, Tennessee…the first Confederate capital city to fall to the Union.
World War III  A:    In 1948, communists seized control of the government of Czechoslovakia. In February 1948 a majority at a cabinet meeting adopted a resolution ordering the minister of the interior (a communist) to stop the practice of packing the police force with communists. The minister ignored the instruction and was supported by Gottwald. On February 20 most of the noncommunist ministers resigned, hoping to force Gottwald to resign as well. He did not. Instead, communists seized the ministries held by resigning ministers and the headquarters of the parties now in opposition. Mass demonstrations of communist-led workers took place, and columns of workers armed with rifles paraded through the streets of Prague. In the capital and in the provinces, “action committees” of communists and of men and women nominated by communists were set up, and authorities were ordered to cooperate with them. President Beneš yielded. On February 25 a new government was formed in which the communists held the key posts, left-wing Social Democrats were well represented, and the other parties were nominally represented by individual members chosen not by the parties themselves but by the communists. The Provisional National Assembly overwhelmingly endorsed the new government and its program.
World War III  B:    In 1956, the Twentieth Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union came to a close after First Secretary Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev delivered a secret speech denouncing the late Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.
In 1990, Violeta Barrios de Chamorro of the US-financed National Opposition Union achieved an upset victory over the incumbent Nicaraguan president, Daniel Ortega of the Sandinista National Liberation Front. She was inaugurated on April 25, 1990, becoming Central America’s first woman president.
World War IV:    In 1991, 28 Americans were killed when an Iraqi SCUD missile struck their barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

Regards, Roger Mickelson
Source material includes Associated Press International and Encyclopædia Britannica.
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