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On This Day 12-4

Always recognize that human individuals are ends, and do not use them as a means to your end.
Immanuel Kant

1783 – Gen. George Washington said farewell to his officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York.

I know I’m not the first to make the comparison, but George Washington and Cincinnatus must have had the same virtues.

Cincinnatus was plowing his field, when he learned he had been appointed dictator. The Romans had appointed Cincinnatus dictator for six months so he could defend the Romans against the neighboring Aequi who had surrounded the Roman army and the consul Minucius in the Alban Hills. Cincinnatus rose to the occasion, defeated the Aequi, made them pass under the yoke to show their subjugation, gave up the title of dictator sixteen days after it had been granted, and promptly returned to his farm.  ( http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/rulersleaderskings/p/Cincinnatus.htm )

Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
George Santayana

1812 – Peter Gaillard patented the power mower.

1918 – U.S. President Woodrow Wilson set sail for France to attend the Versailles Peace Conference. Wilson became the first chief executive to travel to Europe while in office.

1942 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the dismantling of the Works Progress Administration. The program had been created in order to provide jobs during the Great Depression.

1942 – U.S. bombers attacked the Italian mainland for the first time during World War II.

1945 – The U.S. Senate approved American participation in the United Nations.

1965 – The U.S. launched Gemini 7 with Air Force Lt. Col. Frank Borman and Navy Comdr. James A. Lovell on board.

1973 – Pioneer 10 reached Jupiter.

1978 – Dianne Feinstein became San Francisco’s first woman mayor when she was named to replace George Moscone, who had been murdered.

1991 – Pan American World Airways ceased operations.

1993 – The Angolan government and its UNITA guerrilla foes formally adopted terms for a truce. The conflict was killing an estimated 1,000 people per day.

Anyone who doesn’t regret the passing of the Soviet Union has no heart. Anyone who wants it restored has no brains.
Vladimir Putin

A kingdom founded on injustice never lasts.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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