Archive for the ‘history’ Category

1988: North Augusta police versus James Brown

April 8, 2007

“A North Augusta [S.C.] policeman then shot and hit Brown’s truck at least eight times and another North Augusta policeman shot approximately nine times at the tires and hood. Other shots were also fired. Brown later counted the bullet holes in his truck and these totalled twenty three. Two of these shots hit the gas tank and the tires were flat.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/02/AR2007040201614_pf.html

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1985: US Coast Guard accused of trespassing

December 23, 2006

USCGC Polar Sea (WAGB 11)

The Council of Canadians was born later that summer and we quickly made our presence known. When the American icebreaker Polar Sea sailed without permission through Canadian waters, Council members dropped a Canadian flag onto its deck.

http://www.canadians.org/about/history/index.html

But the most direct challenge to Canada’s sovereignty in Arctic waters came in 1985, when the U.S. sent its icebreaker Polar Sea through the Northwest Passage without informing Canada or asking permission. The political skirmish that followed led to the 1988 Arctic Co-operation Agreement between the two countries. Boiled down to its essence, the agreement said the U.S. would not send any more icebreakers through the passage without Canada’s consent, and Canada would always give that consent. The wider issue of whether Canada’s Arctic waters were internal or international was left unresolved.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/cdnmilitary/arctic.html

video:

http://archives.cbc.ca/IDC-1-73-2349-13655/politics_economy/northwest_passage/clip7

1969: sonic boom breaks windows

December 20, 2006

It’s a clear August day in Kelowna, B.C. The International Regatta is on, and people are getting ready for the parade. Overhead, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels aerobatic team perform a graceful diamond vertical manoeuvre. And then… BOOM!

With a deafening crash, hundreds of windows suddenly shatter, spraying glass throughout an eight-block section of downtown Kelowna.

http://archives.cbc.ca/IDC-1-75-246-1220-11/that_was_then/science_technology/kelowna

1992 Los Angeles riots remembered

December 10, 2006

The riots, which followed the acquittal by a white jury of four police officers who were videotaped beating black motorist Rodney King, caused the death of 55 people, thousands of injuries and close to $1 billion in damage.

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117955247.html?categoryid=1236&cs=1

Was the jury actually “white”? Was Rodney King actually a “black” motorist? Also the death count and monetary count is somewhat debatable also. I was reading about the LA riot/s and it seems that it/they were about a lot more than just the Rodney King trial.