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Edited by Gerald Boerner

    

    
Introductory Comments:

JerryPhoto_thumb2_thumb_thumbWe have seen some major events on March 6th over the past two hundred years. In 1836, this day witnessed the storming of the Alamo by Santa Ana’s forces; the 163 Texian defenders were overwhelmed by the Mexican army and most defenders lost their lives. But the Battle of san Jacinto a short time later would see the Texians win their independence and establish the Republic of Texas. The rallying cry for that latter battle was “Remember the Alamo!” The state of Texas would later make the Spanish Mission in San Antonio a historic site.

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Also on this day we received two life and death decisions from our court system. The first, in 1857, the U.S. Supreme Court found that the slave, Dred Scott, did not have grounds to gain freedom for himself or his family. This led to his continued enslavement and fed the fires of the abolitionists. More recently, in 1951, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg would face the court in their trial as spies for the Soviet Union. They were accused of passing nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union during World War II. They would be convicted and executed in 1953.

A milestone in broadcasting was passed in 1981 when Walter Cronkite, the dean of evening news anchors. On this night, Cronkite who had been the anchor of The CBS Evening News for nineteen years would retire his anchor spot. Dan Rather would take over the evening anchor desk. Cronkite was remembered for his ending of each broadcast with the iconic words, “And that’s the way it is: Friday, March 6, 1981.”

We now will proceed to examine some of the events that are associated with day in history... GLB

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Quotations Related to Slavery:

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“Slavery exists. It is black in the South, and white in the North.”
— Andrew Johnson

“Since the days of slavery, if you were a good singer or dancer, it was your job to perform for the master after dinner.”
— Spike Lee

“Slavery can only be abolished by raising the character of the people who compose the nation; and that can be done only by showing them a higher one.”
— Maria W. Chapman

“Should slavery be abolished there, (and it is an event, which, from these circumstances, we may reasonably expect to be produced in time) let it be remembered, that the Quakers will have had the merit of its abolition.”
— Thomas Clarkson

“Pervading nationalism imposes its dominion on man today in many different forms and with an aggressiveness that spares no one. The challenge that is already with us is the temptation to accept as true freedom what in reality is only a new form of slavery.”
— Pope John Paul II

“The North understand it better – they have told us for twenty years that their object was to pen up slavery within its present limits – surround it with a border of free States, and like the scorpion surrounded with fire, they will make it sting itself to death.”
— Robert Toombs

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Edited by Gerald Boerner

    

    
Introductory Comments:

JerryPhoto_thumb2_thumb_thumbToday’s events are a very mixed group of happenings. A significant international event was the death of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and Ireland who died in 1901. She ruled the British Empire for 63 years. After her beloved husband, Albert, died, she mourned for his for the rest of her life. During her lifetime, she witnessed the development of many technologies, including steam power, the industrial revolution, invention of photography, and the British Empire included about 25% of the countries around the world. Also we witnessed the introduction of a very innovative computer, the Apple Macintosh, in a commercial during the Super Bowl by Steve Jobs and company in 1984. During the World War II era, we witnessed the initial splitting of the uranium atom by the Columbia University (New York) Cyclotron in 1939 and the landing of Allied forces on Anzio Beach (Italy) in 1944.

Queen Victoria Monument

This day was also marked by some significant events for women. It was on this day in 1973 that the Supreme Court handed down its blockbuster decision in Roe v. Wade that legalized abortions for the women of this country. It is also the day that witnessed the unanimous confirmation of former U.N. Ambassador Madeleine Albright as the first woman Secretary of State in 1997 during President Clinton’s term in office. On a less positive note, this day witnessed mathematics professor Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, agreed to a plea deal that put him in prison without parole. So today was quite memorable.

We now will proceed to examine some of the events that are associated with day in history… GLB

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Quotations Related to Queen Victoria:

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“Being married gives one one’s position like nothing else can.”
— Queen Victoria

“Being pregnant is an occupational hazard of being a wife.”
— Queen Victoria

“The Queen is most anxious to enlist everyone in checking this mad, wicked folly of ‘Women’s Rights’. It is a subject which makes the Queen so furious that she cannot contain herself.”
— Queen Victoria

“I would venture to warn against too great intimacy with artists as it is very seductive and a little dangerous.”
— Queen Victoria

“For a man to strike any women is most brutal, and I, as well as everyone else, think this far worse than any attempt to shoot, which, wicked as it is, is at least more comprehensible and more courageous.”
— Queen Victoria

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