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On This Day 2-5-08: Medgar Evers

1783 – Sweden recognized the independence of the United States.

1861 – Samuel Goodale patented the moving picture peep show machine.

1900 – The U.S. and Britain signed the Hay-Pauncefote Treaty, which gave the U.S. the right to build a canal in Nicaragua but not the right fortify it.

1917 – Mexico’s constitution was adopted.

1958 – Gamel Abdel Nasser was formally nominated to become the first president of the United Arab Republic.

1962 – French President Charles De Gaulle called for Algeria’s independence.

1994 – White separatist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted in Jackson, MS, of the 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers.

1997 – Switzerland’s “Big Three” banks announced they would create a $71 million fund for Holocaust victims and their families.

2003 – U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell presented evidence to the U.N. concerning Iraq’s material breach of U.N. Resolution 1441.

“It may sound funny, but I love the South. I don’t choose to live anywhere else. There’s land here, where a man can raise cattle, and I’m going to do it some day.” As NPR’s Melanie Peeples reports, those words were written by Evers in 1954, part of a magazine article where he tries to explain why he didn’t just leave the state and its harsh inequalities.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1294360




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