Tuesday, February 2, 2010


1902 - Sen. Edward W. Carmack of Tennessee delivers a speech at the American Senate  that attacks U.S. imperialist policies in the Philippines; Carmack has held that if U.S. rule in the Philippine was not 10,000 better than carpet-bag white rule of the Negroes in the Southern states, then “may the Lord God have mercy upon the Philippine Islands.”

1960 - British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan makes his famous "wind of change" speech wherein he refers to the "political fact" of the growth of national consciousness in South Africa; the landmark speech will help bring international opposition to apartheid in the former British colony out into the open.

1966 - The Soviets make history by landing its Luna 9 space probe on the moon, marking the first time that the Earth's satellite is seen at surface level; after its 'soft' landing, the probe immediately start taking pictures of the lunar surroundings although U.S.S.R. will initially delay release of the photographs.

1993 - The Supreme Soviet removes the bans against the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and the Communist Party of Belarus; this came months after the collapse of the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics.

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