From last year
Obama drew the red line, now he dithers. The master ditherer is thinking about asking Congress for direction. If he decides to Do Something, We will keep You informed. Hundreds of thousands of people have left Syria. About a hundred thousand have been estimated dead from the civil war in the last few years. Obama has done nothing to date about the atrocities. A related observation is the terrorist rocket activity into Israel. Obama has demanded Israel release terrorists and killers back into the community as incentive for other terrorists to sign a peace treaty. So we know Obama doesn't merely dither, he can act too, if not wisely.
In Australia, the polls, which favoured the LNP yesterday 53 to 47, favour the LNP today 54 to 46. At that rate, the actual poll on Saturday will be 59 to 41. This raises the question of why it is that 41% of the nation don't understand how to vote. Rudd is dithering over flying out to the G20 for the last two days and giving the ALP a possible lift in the polls through his absence. It would be Rudd's last junket. Many of his supporters might be feeling he has earned it, and hope he goes soon.
Maybe by repeating the name "Abbott" Rudd will hit upon a magic formula suggesting the Australian voting population should vote for Rudd. It hasn't happened yet. It didn't work for Gillard, but keep trying Kev. Rudd could copy Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's attempt to acquire office. But it hasn't worked for the incompetent penis either. Sending Rudd to the G20, is like sending Rudd to get a mosquito candle, muses Therese. Tim Blair shows Rudd channeling Nixon badly. Rudd has had some good policies lately .. they involve rejecting previous ALP policies he made. There are many hyper critical commentators taking Abbott to task for calling terrorists bad people. Unlike Rudd, who called people, who spoke Chinese Mandarin, Ratfuckers.
For twenty two years I have been responsibly addressing an issue, and I cannot carry on. I am petitioning the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to remedy my distress. I leave it up to him if he chooses to address the issue. Regardless of your opinion of conservative government, the issue is pressing. Please sign my petition at https://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/tony-abbott-remedy-the-persecution-of-dd-ball
Mr Ball, I will not sign your petition as it will do no good, but I will share your message and ask as many of friends who read it, to share it also. Let us see if we cannot use the power of the internet to spread the word of these infamous killings. As a father and a former soldier, I cannot, could not, justify ignoring this appalling action by the perpetrators, whoever they may; I thank you Douglas. You are wrong about the petition. Signing it is as worthless and meaningless an act as voting. A stand up guy would know that. - ed
Lorraine Allen Hider I signed the petition ages ago David, with pleasure, nobody knows what it's like until they've been there. Keep heart David take care.
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47 BC – Caesarion, possibly the son of Julius Caesar, became the last king of the Ptolemaic dynasty of Egypt, ruling jointly with his mother Cleopatra.
1649 – Forces loyal to Pope Innocent X destroyed the ancient Italian city of Castro, ending the Wars of Castro.
1807 – The British Royal Navy began their bombardment of Copenhagen to capture the Dano-Norwegian navy.
1945 – On the deck of the United States Navy battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay, representatives from the Empire of Japan and several Allied Powers signed the Japanese Instrument of Surrender, formally ending World War II.
1998 – Swissair Flight 111, en route from New York City to Geneva, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 229 people on board.Now that the son is co-king, and innocent forces have won. Now the Navy has asserted herself, and the mighty have been brought to heel. Now, when things are up in the air .. now is the time to have fun. Enjoy the day.
- 47 BC – Pharaoh Cleopatra VII of Egypt declares her son co-ruler as Ptolemy XV Caesarion.
- 44 BC – Cicero launches the first of his Philippics (oratorical attacks) on Mark Antony. He will make 14 of them over the following months.
- 31 BC – Final War of the Roman Republic: Battle of Actium – off the western coast of Greece, forces of Octavian defeat troops under Mark Antony and Cleopatra.
- 421 – Galla Placidia, wife of the Emperor Constantius III, becomes a widow for the second time when he dies suddenly of an illness.
- 1192 – The Treaty of Jaffa was signed between Richard I of England and Saladin, leading to the end of the Third Crusade.
- 1649 – The Italian city of Castro is completely destroyed by the forces of Pope Innocent X, ending the Wars of Castro.
- 1666 – The Great Fire of London breaks out and burns for three days, destroying 10,000 buildings including St Paul's Cathedral.
- 1752 – Great Britain adopts the Gregorian calendar, nearly two centuries later than most of Western Europe.
- 1789 – The United States Department of the Treasury is founded.
- 1792 – During what became known as the September Massacres of the French Revolution, rampaging mobs slaughter three Roman Catholic Church bishops, more than two hundred priests, and prisoners believed to be royalist sympathizers.
- 1806 – A massive landslide destroys the town of Goldau, Switzerland, killing 457.
- 1807 – The Royal Navy bombards Copenhagen with fire bombs and phosphorus rockets to prevent Denmark from surrendering its fleet to Napoleon.
- 1811 – The University of Oslo is founded as The Royal Fredericks University, after Frederick VI of Denmark and Norway.
- 1833 – Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio is founded by John Jay Shipherd and Philo P. Stewart.
- 1856 – The Tianjing Incident takes place in Nanjing, China.
- 1859 – A solar super storm affects electrical telegraph service.
- 1862 – American Civil War: President Abraham Lincoln reluctantly restores Union General George B. McClellan to full command after General John Pope's disastrous defeat at the Second Battle of Bull Run.
- 1864 – American Civil War: Union forces enter Atlanta, Georgia, a day after the Confederate defenders flee the city, ending the Atlanta Campaign.
- 1867 – Mutsuhito, Emperor Meiji of Japan, marries Masako Ichijō. The Empress consort is thereafter known as Lady Haruko. Since her death in 1914, she is called by the posthumous name Empress Shōken.
- 1870 – Franco-Prussian War: Battle of Sedan – Prussian forces take Napoleon III of France and 100,000 of his soldiers prisoner.
- 1885 – Rock Springs massacre: in Rock Springs, Wyoming, 150 White miners, who are struggling to unionize so they could strike for better wages and work conditions, attack their Chinese fellow workers killing 28, wounding 15 and forcing several hundred more out of town.
- 1898 – Battle of Omdurman – British and Egyptian troops defeat Sudanese tribesmen and establish British dominance in Sudan.
- 1901 – Vice President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt utters the famous phrase, "Speak softly and carry a big stick" at the Minnesota State Fair.
- 1912 – Arthur Rose Eldred is awarded the first Eagle Scout award of the Boy Scouts of America.
- 1935 – Labor Day Hurricane of 1935: a large hurricane hits the Florida Keys killing 423.
- 1939 – World War II: following the start of the invasion of Poland the previous day, the Free City of Danzig (now Gdańsk, Poland) is annexed by Nazi Germany.
- 1945 – World War II: Combat ends in the Pacific Theater: the Instrument of Surrender of Japan is signed by Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu and accepted aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
- 1945 – Vietnam declares its independence, forming the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.
- 1946 – The Interim Government of India is formed with Jawaharlal Nehru as Vice President with the powers of a Prime Minister.
- 1957 – President Ngô Đình Diệm of South Vietnam becomes the first foreign head of state to make a state visit to Australia.
- 1958 – United States Air Force C-130A-II is shot down by fighters over Yerevan in Armenia when it strays into Soviet airspace while conducting a sigint mission. All crew members are killed.
- 1960 – The first election of the Parliament of the Central Tibetan Administration, in history of Tibet. The Tibetan community observes this date as the Democracy Day.
- 1963 – CBS Evening News becomes U.S. network television's first half-hour weeknight news broadcast, when the show is lengthened from 15 to 30 minutes.
- 1970 – NASA announces the cancellation of two Apollo missions to the Moon, Apollo 15 (the designation is re-used by a later mission), and Apollo 19.
- 1990 – Transnistria is unilaterally proclaimed a Soviet republic; the Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev declares the decision null and void.
- 1992 – An earthquake in Nicaragua kills at least 116 people.
- 1998 – Swissair Flight 111 crashes near Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia. All 229 people on board are killed.
- 1998 – The UN's International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda finds Jean-Paul Akayesu, the former mayor of a small town in Rwanda, guilty of nine counts of genocide.
- 2013 – The new eastern span of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge opened to traffic, being the widest bridge in the world.
- 1661 – Georg Böhm, German organist and composer (d. 1733)
- 1675 – William Somervile, English poet (d. 1742)
- 1753 – Marie Joséphine of Savoy (d. 1810)
- 1778 – Louis Bonaparte, French-Dutch king (d. 1846)
- 1810 – Lysander Button, American engineer (d. 1898)
- 1810 – William Seymour Tyler, American historian and educator (d. 1897)
- 1850 – Albert Spalding, American baseball player, manager, and businessman, co-founded the Spalding Sporting Goods Company (d. 1915)
- 1854 – Hans Jæger, Norwegian philosopher and activist (d. 1910)
- 1879 – An Jung-geun, North Korean activist, assassin of Itō Hirobumi (d. 1910)
- 1883 – Archduchess Elisabeth Marie of Austria (d. 1963)
- 1884 – Frank Laubach, American missionary and mystic (d. 1970)
- 1913 – Israel Gelfand, Russian-American mathematician (d. 2009)
- 1917 – Laurindo Almeida, Brazilian-American guitarist and composer (d. 1995)
- 1917 – Cleveland Amory, American author (d. 1997)
- 1918 – Allen Drury, American author (d. 1998)
- 1929 – Hal Ashby, American actor, director, and producer (d. 1988)
- 1937 – Derek Fowlds, English actor
- 1943 – Joe Simon, American singer-songwriter and producer
- 1948 – Christa McAuliffe, American educator and astronaut (d. 1986)
- 1950 – Michael Rother, German guitarist, keyboard player, and songwriter (Neu!, Kraftwerk, and Harmonia)
- 1950 – Yuen Wah, Chinese actor, martial artist, and stuntman
- 1951 – Mik Kaminski, English violinist (Electric Light Orchestra, Violinski, and ELO Part II)
- 1952 – Jimmy Connors, American tennis player, coach, and sportscaster
- 1953 – John Zorn, American saxophonist, composer, and producer (Naked City, Masada, and Painkiller)
- 1964 – Keanu Reeves, Lebanese-Canadian actor
- 1965 – Lennox Lewis, English-Canadian boxer
- 1966 – Yū Hayami, Japanese singer and actress
- 1966 – Salma Hayek, Mexican-American actress, director, and producer
- 1971 – Pawan Kalyan, Indian actor, martial artist, director, and screenwriter
- 1975 – MC Chris, American rapper, actor, and screenwriter
- 1976 – Erin Hershey Presley, American actress
- 1979 – Alex Chu, South Korean-Canadian singer and actor (Clazziquai)
- 1979 – Ron Ng, Hong Kong actor and singer
- 1981 – Bracha van Doesburgh, Dutch actress
- 1982 – Mandy Cho, American-Hong Kong model and actress
- 1984 – Jack Peñate, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
- 1984 – Danson Tang, Taiwanese model, actor, and singer
- 1988 – Ishmeet Singh, Indian singer (d. 2008)
- 1993 – Montana Cox, Australian model
- 1996 – Sungha Jung, South Korean guitarist
- 421 – Constantius III, Roman emperor
- 459 – Simeon Stylites, Byzantine saint (b. 390)
- 595 – Patriarch John IV of Constantinople
- 1031 – Saint Emeric of Hungary (b. 1000)
- 1274 – Prince Munetaka, Japanese shogun (b. 1242)
- 1397 – Francesco Landini, Italian singer-songwriter, organist, and poet (b. 1335)
- 1764 – Nathaniel Bliss, English astronomer (b. 1700)
- 1768 – Antoine Deparcieux, French mathematician (b. 1703)
- 1834 – Thomas Telford, Scottish engineer and architect, designed the Menai Suspension Bridge (b. 1757)
- 1865 – William Rowan Hamilton, Irish physicist, astronomer, and mathematician (b. 1805)
- 1872 – N. F. S. Grundtvig, Danish pastor, philosopher, and author (b. 1783)
- 1910 – Henri Rousseau, French painter (b. 1844)
- 1921 – Henry Austin Dobson, English poet (b. 1840)
- 1937 – Pierre de Coubertin, French historian and educator, founded the International Olympic Committee (b. 1863)
- 1962 – William Wilkerson, American businessman, founded The Hollywood Reporter and the Flamingo Hotel (b. 1890)
- 1969 – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnamese politician, 1st President of Vietnam (b. 1890)
- 1969 – Sue Williams, American actress and model (b. 1945)
- 1973 – J. R. R. Tolkien, South African-English philologist and poet (b. 1892)
- 1993 – Russel B. Nye, American author and educator (b. 1913)
- 2001 – Christiaan Barnard, South African surgeon (b. 1922)
- 2005 – Bob Denver, American actor and singer (b. 1935)
- 2012 – Mark Abrahamian, American guitarist (Starship) (b. 1966)
- 2013 – Frederik Pohl, American author (b. 1919)
- Christian feast day:
- Democracy Day (Tibet)
- Independence day (Transnistria, unrecognized)
- Independence day (Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, unrecognized)
- National Day, celebrates the independence of Vietnam from Japan and France in 1945
- Sedantag (German Empire)