Today In History

Today In History contains daily excerpts from events in the past. Occasionally, we compare what happened long ago with what is going on today.

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TIH 011 2022

On January 11, 1964 United States Surgeon General Luther Terry, on behalf of the U.S. Government, announced a definitive link between smoking and cancer.

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TIH 010 2022

January 10, 2022: In history, on this day in 1901, a drilling derrick in Texas opened up a real gusher. Crude oil sprayed out hundreds of feet from the derrick. This marked the beginning of the American oil industry.
In Italy, vandals defaced the white cliffs at Scala dei Turchi. Municipal workers and local citizens cleaned up the mess the same day.
U.S. – Russia talks reached a stand-still. Russia does not want the Ukraine to join NATO. The U.S. and allies refused to ban the Ukraine from joining the U.N.

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TIH 009 2022

January 9, 2022: In history, on this day in 1493 Christopher Columbus saw “mermaids.” Actually they were manatees.
In Turkmenistan there is a crater that is on fire. It has been on fire for decades. Turkmenistan’s president wants to put out the flames once and for all, as they endanger people’s health as well as the environment.
In Texas, vandals have damaged – irreparably – some ancient petroglyphs. They scratched their names into rocks that had prehistoric designs. Experts say this damage cannot be repaired.

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Crazy Horse

TIH 008 2022

January 8, 2022: On this date, January 8, in 1877, Crazy Horse fought his last battle against the U.S. Cavalry. Thereafter he brought his men to a reservation and he surrendered.

In Khazakstan there are protests in the streets. While the protestors have real concerns about their livelihoods there is speculation that the violence is a product of infighting between different factions of the elites.

In America, teachers’ unions are demanding a return to remote learning. This puts parents and teachers in a dilemma, whether to subject children to the disadvantages of remote learning, or if the risks surrounding Covid-19 have been lowered enough to continue in-person learning.

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