History: January 8

January 8

1815 In the closing engagement of the War of 1812, US forces led by General Andrew Jackson defeat the British in the The Battle of New Orleans.

1916 WW1: Jan 8-9 The remaining 35,000 Allied troops at Gallipoli are secretly withdrawn without alerting the Turks. Allied casualties for the entire campaign are estimated at 252,000, with the Turks suffering about 251,000.

1917 WW1: Jan 8-9 In the Battle of Magruntein, British forces clear the Sinai Peninsula of all organized Turkish forces. Sir Archibald Murray is then authorized to begin a limited offensive into Palestine, where the Turks have established defensive positions along the ridges between Gaza and Beersheba, the two natural gateways to the region.

1918 WW1: President Woodrow Wilson declares his 14 points 'the path to world peace' in a joint session of Congress. Although much of Wilson's Fourteen Points outrage the Allies ("the Lord God had only ten," remarks the French leader), the Allies take comfort in the fact that the entire address rests on the defeat of Germany. As one American official points out, Wilson's address is 'an outline of war aims, not a peace address.' "...In regard to these essential rectifications of wrong and assertions of right we feel ourselves to be intimate partners of all the governments and peoples associated together against the Imperialists. We cannot be separated in interest or divided in purpose. We stand together until the end. For such arrangements and covenants we are willing to fight and to continue to fight until they are achieved; but only because we wish the right to prevail and desire a just and stable peace such as can be secured only by removing the chief provocations to war, which this programme does remove. We have no jealousy of German greatness, and there is nothing in this programme that impairs it. We grudge her no achievement or distinction of learning or of pacific enterprise such as have made her record very bright and very enviable. We do not wish to injure her or to block in any way her legitimate influence or power. We do not wish to fight her either with arms or with hostile arrangements of trade if she is willing to associate herself with us and the other peace- loving nations of the world in covenants of justice and law and fair dealing. We wish her only to accept a place of equality among the peoples of the world, -- the new world in which we now live, -- instead of a place of mastery..."

1931 Holocaust: The general student committee of the University of Erlangen, dominated by the National Socialists, makes a request to the Ministry of Culture for the creation of a chair of race-investigation, race-science, race-hygiene and genetics.

1933 Heinrich Himmler, while traveling in Westphalia, is inspired (probably by Weisthor/Wiligut) to begin thinking about acquiring a castle in the area for use by the SS.

1935 Holocaust: Columbia Haus prison in Berlin becomes a concentration camp under direct control of the Gestapo.

1942 WW2: Admiral John W. Greenslade, Commandant of the Navy's Twelfth Naval District, urges that American-born and alien Japanese be excluded from areas of strategic importance.

1944 Holocaust: Early in 1944, Gregor Schwartz-Bostunitsch and his private library of 40,000 anti-Jewish and conspiracy theory books, the heart of a proposed "institute for conspiracy study" are evacuated from Berlin to Schloss Gneisenau at Erdmannsdorf (Riesengebirge) in Silesia for safekeeping. Later in the year, Bostunitsch is promoted to SS-Standartenfuehrer (colonel) upon the personal recommendation of Heinrich Himmler.

1944 WW2: In the North Atlantic, the RCN corvette Camrose and the British frigate Bayntun gang up to sink U-boat U-757.

1945 WW2: Battles continue north and south of Strasbourg and the US Seventh Army remains under strong pressure near Rimling and Gambsheim.

1946 Nuremberg War Crimes Trials: The prosecution begins its case against individual defendants. (Maser II)

1946 Articles of incorporation for American Action, Inc. are filed in Delaware and headquarters are established in Chicago.

1959 Charles De Gaulle is inaugurated as president of France's Fifth Republic.

1964 Lyndon Johnson announces his "War on Poverty". "...Let this session of Congress be known as the session which did more for civil rights than the last hundred sessions combined; as the session which enacted the most far-reaching tax cut of our time; as the session which declared all-out war on human poverty and unemployment in these United States; as the session which finally recognized the health needs of all our older citizens; as the session which reformed our tangled transportation and transit policies; as the session which achieved the most effective, efficient foreign aid program ever; and as the session which helped to build more homes, more schools, more libraries, and more hospitals than any single session of Congress in the history of our Republic.

All this and more can and must be done. It can be done by his summer, and it can be done without any increase in spending. In fact, under the budget that I shall shortly submit, it can be done with an actual reduction in Federal expenditures and Federal employment. We have in 1964 a unique opportunity and obligation--to prove the success of our system; to disprove those cynics and critics at home and abroad who question our purpose and our competence. If we fail, if we fritter and fumble away our opportunity in needless, senseless quarrels between Democrats and Republicans, or between the House and the Senate, or between the South and North, or between the Congress and the administration, then history will rightfully judge us harshly..."

1992 Getting Even For Pearl Harbor: US President George HW Bush falls suddenly ill at a state dinner in Tokyo, Japan. He becomes pale, slumps in his chair and promptly vomits on the Japanese Prime Minister. White House officials say Bush is suffering from stomach flu.










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