This Week in History

HISTORY, 13 Apr 2015

Satoshi Ashikaga – TRANSCEND Media Service

April 13-19


Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now–always.” – Albert Schweitzer


1987  Portugal and the People’s Republic of China sign an agreement in which Macau would be returned to China in 1999.

1984  India moves into Siachen Glacier thus annexing more territory from the Line of Control.

1983  US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.

1975  Bus massacre in Lebanon: An attack by the Phalangist resistance kills 26 militia members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, marking the start of the 15-year Lebanese Civil War.

1972  Vietnam War: The Battle of An Lộc begins.

1972  The Universal Postal Union decides to recognize the People’s Republic of China as the only legitimate Chinese representative, effectively expelling the Republic of China administering Taiwan.

1970  An oxygen tank aboard Apollo 13 explodes, putting the crew in great danger and causing major damage to the spacecraft while en route to the Moon.

– Visit pertinent websites, for instance, The True Story Apollo 13, YouTube Apollo 13 – The Real Story, and Apollo 13: Facts about NASA’s Near Disaster.

1958  Cold War: American Van Cliburn wins the inaugural International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

1953  CIA director Allen Dulles launches the mind-control program Project MKULTRA.

– Visit pertinent websites, for instance, CIA Mind Control Experiments: Declassified Documents Reveal Sex Abuse and More, CIA Mind Control; and The Mind Control Doctors: From Harvard to Guantanamo.

1948  The Hadassah medical convoy massacre: In an ambush, 79 Jewish doctors, nurses and medical students from Hadassah Hospital and a British soldier are massacred by Arabs in Sheikh Jarra near Jerusalem.

1945  World War II: Soviet and Bulgarian forces capture Vienna, Austria.

1945  World War II: German troops kill more than 1,000 political and military prisoners in Gardelegen, Germany.

1944  Diplomatic relations between New Zealand and the Soviet Union are established.

1943  World War II: The discovery of mass graves of Polish prisoners of war killed by Soviet forces in the Katyń Forest Massacre is announced, causing a diplomatic rift between the Polish government in exile in London from the Soviet Union, which denies responsibility.

1941  A Pact of neutrality between the USSR and Japan is signed.

1919  Eugene V. Debs is imprisoned at the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia, for speaking out against the draft during World War I.

– Visit pertinent websites, for instance, Eugene Debs Starts Prison Term for Speaking Against Draft, Remembering Eugene V. Debs’ Imprisonment for Speaking Against War, and/or The Anti-War Speech That Sent Eugene Debs to Prison.

– For conscription, visit, for instance, Conscription WW1, Speech against Conscription and War by Emma Goldman in 1917, Australia and World War I: Recruitment and Conscription, Conscription (Military Draft) in the Civil War; On Conscription by Daniel Webster, and/or Debate: French Canadians Against Conscription.

For conscientious objector/objection, visit, for instance, Conscientious objector, Conscientious Objection Fact Sheet, Who Is a Conscientious Objector?, and Conscientious Objection and Alternative Service.

1919  Jallianwala Bagh massacre: British troops gun down at least 379 unarmed demonstrators in Amritsar, India; at least 1200 are wounded.

1919  The establishment of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea.

1909  The Turkish military reverses the Ottoman countercoup of 1909 to force the overthrow of Sultan Abdul Hamid II.

1902  James C. Penney opens his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming.

1873  The Colfax massacre, in which more than 60 African Americans are murdered, takes place.

1868  The Abyssinian War ends as British and Indian troops capture Maqdala.

1849  Hungary becomes a republic.




2014  Twin bomb blasts in Abuja, Nigeria, kill at least 75 people and injures 141 others.

2005  The Oregon Supreme Court nullifies marriage licenses issued to gay couples a year earlier by Multnomah County.

2003  U.S. troops in Baghdad capture Abu Abbas, leader of the Palestinian group that killed an American on the hijacked cruise liner the MS Achille Lauro in 1985.

2003  The Human Genome Project is completed with 99% of the human genome sequenced to an accuracy of 99.99%.

2002  Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez returns to office two days after being ousted and arrested by the country’s military.

1999  NATO mistakenly bombs a convoy of ethnic Albanian refugees – Yugoslav officials say 75 people were killed.

1994  In a U.S. friendly fire incident during Operation Provide Comfort in northern Iraq, two United States Air Force aircraft mistakenly shoot-down two United States Army helicopters, killing 26 people.

1991  The Republic of Georgia introduces the post of President after its declaration of independence from the Soviet Union.

1988  In a United Nations ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland, the Soviet Union signs an agreement pledging to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.

1986  The heaviest hailstones ever recorded (1 kilogram (2.2 lb)) fall on the Gopalganj district of Bangladesh, killing 92.

1986  In retaliation for the April 5 bombing in West Berlin that killed two U.S. servicemen, U.S. president Ronald Reagan orders major bombing raids against Libya, killing 60 people.

1978  1978 Tbilisi Demonstrations: Thousands of Georgians demonstrate against Soviet attempts to change the constitutional status of the Georgian language.

1967  Gnassingbé Eyadéma overthrows President of Togo Nicolas Grunitzky and installs himself as the new president, a title he would hold for the next 38 years.

1965  US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.

1948  US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak.

1945  Osijek, Croatia, is liberated from fascist occupation.

1944  Bombay Explosion: A massive explosion in Bombay harbor kills 300 and causes economic damage valued then at 20 million pounds.

1941  World War II: German general Erwin Rommel attacks Tobruk.

1940  World War II: Royal Marines land in Namsos, Norway in preparation for a larger force to arrive two days later.

1928  The Bremen, a German Junkers W33 type aircraft, reaches Greenly Island, Canada – the first successful transatlantic aeroplane flight from east to west.

1912  The British passenger liner RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 23:40 (sinks morning of April 15th).

– For more information, visit, for instance, Encyclopedia Titanica, History: Titanic, Titanic Facts, and/or

1909  A massacre is organized by Ottoman Empire against Armenian population of Cilicia.

1906  The Azusa Street Revival opens and will launch Pentecostalism as a worldwide movement.

1894  The first ever commercial motion picture house opened in New York City using ten Kinetoscopes, a device for peep-show viewing of films.

1865  U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is shot in Ford’s Theatre by John Wilkes Booth (died April 15th).

1849  Hungary declares itself independent of Austria with Lajos Kossuth as its leader.

1828  Noah Webster copyrights the first edition of his dictionary.




2014  A total lunar eclipse occurs, producing a Blood Moon.

2014  More than 200 female students are declared missing after a mass kidnapping in Borno State, Nigeria.

2013  Two bombs explode near the finish line at the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts, killing three people and injuring 264 others.

1989  Upon Hu Yaobang‘s death, the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 begin in China.

1986  The United States launches Operation El Dorado Canyon, its bombing raids against Libyan targets in response to a bombing in West Germany that killed two U.S. servicemen.

1984  USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR.

1970  During the Cambodian Civil War, massacres of the Vietnamese minority results in 800 bodies flowing down the Mekong River into South Vietnam.

1969  The EC-121 shootdown incident: North Korea shoots down a United States Navy aircraft over the Sea of Japan, killing all 31 on board.

1957  White Rock, British Columbia officially separates from Surrey, British Columbia and is incorporated as a new city.

1955  US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.

1955  McDonald’s restaurant dates its founding to the opening of a franchised restaurant by Ray Kroc, in Des Plaines, Illinois.

McDonald’s and its pop culture and corporate culture.

McDonald’s and Coca Cola in Russia.

Big Mac Index.

McDonald’s Israel’s policy over the Israel and Palestine issues.

McDonald’s theory on conflict prevention.

1952  The maiden flight of the B-52 Stratofortress

1945  The Bergen-Belsen concentration camp is liberated.

1942  The George Cross is awarded “to the island fortress of Malta – its people and defenders” by King George VI.

1941  In the Belfast Blitz, two-hundred bombers of the German Luftwaffe attack Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom killing one thousand people.

1940  The Allies begin their attack on the Norwegian town of Narvik which is occupied by Nazi Germany.

1936  First day of the Arab revolt in Mandatory Palestine.

1923  Insulin becomes generally available for use by people with diabetes.

1912  The British passenger liner RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg. Only 710 of 2,227 passengers and crew on board survive. See this event on April 14, mentioned above. Titanic hit an iceberg at 23:40 on April 14 and sank at 2:20 on April 15.

1900  Philippine–American War: Filipino guerrillas launch a surprise attack on U.S. infantry and begin a four-day siege of Catubig, Philippines.

1892  The General Electric Company is formed.

1865  Abraham Lincoln dies after being shot the previous evening by actor John Wilkes Booth.

1861  President Abraham Lincoln calls for 75,000 Volunteers to quell the insurrection that soon became the American Civil War

1783  Preliminary articles of peace ending the American Revolutionary War (or American War of Independence) are ratified.




2003  The Treaty of Accession is signed in Athens admitting ten new member states to the European Union.

2001  India and Bangladesh begin a five-day border conflict, but are unable to resolve the disputes about their border.

1995  George W. Bush names April 16 as Selena Day in Texas, after she was killed two weeks earlier.

1992  The Katina P runs aground off of Maputo, Mozambique and 60,000 tons of crude oil spill into the ocean.

1990  The “Doctor of Death”, Jack Kevorkian, participates in his first assisted suicide.

1980  US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.

1963  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pens his Letter from Birmingham Jail while incarcerated in Birmingham, Alabama for protesting against segregation.

1961  In a nationally broadcast speech, Cuban leader Fidel Castro declares that he is a Marxist–Leninist and that Cuba is going to adopt Communism.

1957  USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test.

1947  Bernard Baruch coins the term “Cold War” to describe the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union.

1945  More than 7,000 die when the German refugee ship Goya is sunk by a Soviet submarine.

1945  The United States Army liberates Nazi Sonderlager (high security) prisoner-of-war camp Oflag IV-C (better known as Colditz).

1945  World War II: The Red Army begins the final assault on German forces around Berlin, with nearly one million troops fighting in the Battle of the Seelow Heights.

1944  World War II: Allied forces start bombing Belgrade, killing about 1,100 people. This bombing fell on the Orthodox Christian Easter.

1941  World War II: The Ustaše, a Croatian far-right organization is put in charge of the Independent State of Croatia (or “NDH”) by the Axis Powers after the Axis Operation 25 invasion.

Ante Pavelić, the leader of the Croatian far-right and the head of the Independent State of Croatia or NDH. Visit Hitler and Pavelić.

Atrocities committed by the NDH: Visit, for instance,

Holocaust and the Independent State of Croatia; Remeberance Day of Genocide;

Catholic clergy involvement with the Ustashe;

Holocaust Controversies; and

the United States’ Response to Gonovide in the Independent State of Croatia.

The Vatican and the Ustashe Genocide: Visit, for instance,

The Vatican’s Role in the Ustashe Gonocide;

the Vatican and the Ustashe; The Role of the Catholic Church in Yugoslavia’s Holocaust; and/or

Jusuit: Vatican Tyrany.

The Bleiburg Gonocide of Croats of NDH by the Allied Powers in May 1945, just after WWII in Europe: Visit, for instance,

Bleiburg repatriations;

More Hidden History Revealed: The Bleiburg Masscare;

The Bleiburg Masscrers: the Shame of the British Army and the Yugoslav Communists; and/or

Bleiburg and Moral Equivelance.

1941  World War II: The Italian convoy Duisburg, directed to Tunisia, is attacked and destroyed by British ships.

1925  During the Communist St Nedelya Church assault in Sofia, Bulgaria, 150 are killed and 500 are wounded.

1922  The Treaty of Rapallo, pursuant to which Germany and the Soviet Union re-establish diplomatic relations, is signed.

1919  Polish–Soviet War: The Polish army launches the Vilna offensive to capture Vilnius in modern Lithuania.

1919  Mohandas Gandhi organizes a day of “prayer and fasting” in response to the killing of Indian protesters in the Jallianwala Bagh massacre by the British colonial troops three days earlier.

1917  Vladimir Lenin returns to Petrograd, Russia from exile in Switzerland.

1853  The first passenger rail opens in India, from Bori Bunder, Bombay to Thane.

1847  The accidental shooting of a Māori by an English sailor results in the opening of the Wanganui Campaign of the New Zealand land wars.




2014  NASA‘s Kepler confirms the discovery of the first Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of another star.

2010  Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, calls for the US to be expelled from the international nuclear system because religion prohibits the use of nuclear weapons. Visit the following websites, for instance:

Religion and Nuclear Weapons; How does religion really influence Iranian nuclear policy?

Nuclear War and Mass Destruction in Judaism

The Role of Religion and Nuclear Disarmament

Faiths United Against Nuclear Weapons.

Religious Quotes about Nuclear Weapons.

Nuclear Weapons, Ethics, Morals and Law.

2006  Sami Hammad, a Palestinian suicide bomber, detonates an explosive device in Tel Aviv, killing 11 people and injuring 70.

1987  USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR.

1986  Nezar Hindawi‘s attempt to detonate a bomb aboard an El Al flight from London to Tel Aviv is thwarted.

1986  The Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years’ War between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly ends.

1984  Police Constable Yvonne Fletcher is killed by gunfire from the Libyan People’s Bureau (Embassy) in London during a small demonstration outside the embassy. Ten others are wounded. The events lead to an 11-day siege of the building.

1982  US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.

1982 Patriation of the Canadian constitution in Ottawa by Proclamation of Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada.

1978  Mir Akbar Khyber is assassinated, provoking a communist coup d’état in Afghanistan.

1975  The Cambodian Civil War ends. The Khmer Rouge captures the capital Phnom Penh and Cambodian government forces surrender.

1973  George Lucas begins writing the treatment for The Star Wars.

1971  The People’s Republic of Bangladesh forms, under Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Mujibnagor.

1969  Communist Party of Czechoslovakia chairman Alexander Dubček is deposed.

1969  Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy.

1964  Jerrie Mock becomes the first woman to circumnavigate the world by air.

1961  Bay of Pigs Invasion: A group of Cuban exiles financed and trained by the CIA lands at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro.

1951  The Peak District becomes the United Kingdom’s first National Park.

1949  At midnight 26 Irish counties officially leave the British Commonwealth. A 21-gun salute on O’Connell Bridge, Dublin, ushers in the Republic of Ireland.

1946  Syria obtains its independence from the French occupation.

1945  World War II: Brazilian forces liberate the town of Montese, Italy, from Nazi forces.

1944  Forces of the Communist-controlled Greek People’s Liberation Army attack the smaller National and Social Liberation resistance group, which surrenders. Its leader Dimitrios Psarros is murdered.

1942  French prisoner of war General Henri Giraud escapes from his castle prison in Festung Königstein.

1941  World War II: The Kingdom of Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany.

1912  Russian troops open fire on striking goldfield workers in northeast Siberia, killing at least 150.

1897  The Aurora, Texas UFO incident.

1895  The Treaty of Shimonoseki between China and Japan is signed. This marks the end of the First Sino-Japanese War, and the defeated Qing Empire is forced to renounce its claims on Korea and to concede the southern portion of the Fengtien province, Taiwan and the Pescadores Islands to Japan.




2013  A suicide bombing in a Baghdad cafe kills 27 people and injures another 65.

2007  A series of bombings, two of them being suicides, occur in Baghdad, killing 198 and injuring 251.

1996  In Lebanon, at least 106 civilians are killed when the Israel Defense Forces shell the United Nations compound at Quana where more than 800 civilians had taken refuge.

1996  In Lebanon, at least 106 civilians are killed when the Israel Defense Forces shell the United Nations compound at Quana where more than 800 civilians had taken refuge.

1992  General Abdul Rashid Dostum revolts against President Mohammad Najibullah of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan and allies with Ahmed Shah Massoud to capture Kabul.

1988  The United States launches Operation Praying Mantis against Iranian naval forces in the largest naval battle since World War II.

1983  A suicide bomber destroys the United States embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 63 people.

1980  The Republic of Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) comes into being, with Canaan Banana as the country’s first President. The Zimbabwe Dollar replaces the Rhodesian Dollar as the official currency.

1968  US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.

1961  CONCP is founded in Casablanca as a united front of African movements opposing Portuguese colonial rule.

1961  The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (VCDR), a cornerstone of modern international relations, is adopted.

Text of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

Watch and listen to the lecture of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

1955  Twenty-nine nations meet at Bandung, Indonesia, for the first Asian-African Conference.

1954  Gamal Abdal Nasser seizes power in Egypt.

1946 The International Court of Justice holds its inaugural meeting in The Hague, Netherlands.

1945  Over 1,000 bombers attack the small island of Heligoland, Germany.

1943  World War II: Operation Vengeance, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is killed when his aircraft is shot down by U.S. fighters over Bougainville Island.

1942  World War II: The Doolittle Raid on Japan. Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe and Nagoya are bombed.

1912  The Cunard liner RMS Carpathia brings 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic to New York City.

1909  Joan of Arc is beatified in Rome.

1897  The Greco-Turkish War is declared between Greece and the Ottoman Empire.




2011  Fidel Castro resigns from the Communist Party of Cuba‘s central committee after 45 years of holding the title.

1999  The German Bundestag returns to Berlin, the first German parliamentary body to meet there since the Reichstag was dissolved in 1933.

1995  Oklahoma City bombing: The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, is bombed, killing 168.

1987  USSR performs underground nuclear test.

1985  USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk, USSR.

1975  India‘s first satellite, Aryabhata, is launched.

1973  The Portuguese Socialist Party is founded in the German town of Bad Münstereifel.

1973  USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR.

1972  US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.

1971  Vietnam War: Vietnam Veterans Against the War begin a five-day demonstration in Washington, D.C.

1971  Sierra Leone becomes a republic, and Siaka Stevens the president.

1960  Students in South Korea hold a nationwide pro-democracy protest against president Syngman Rhee, eventually forcing him to resign.

1954  The Constituent Assembly of Pakistan recognises Urdu and Bengali as the national languages of Pakistan.

1951  General Douglas MacArthur retires from the military.

1950  Argentina becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.

1948  Burma joins the United Nations.

1943  World War II: In Poland, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising begins, after German troops enter the Warsaw ghetto to round up the remaining Jews.

1943  Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann deliberately takes LSD for the first time.

1942  World War II: In Poland, the Majdan-Tatarski ghetto is established, situated between the Lublin Ghetto and a Majdanek subcamp.

1928  The 125th and final fascicle of the Oxford English Dictionary is published.

1903  The Kishinev pogrom in Kishinev (Bessarabia) begins, forcing tens of thousands of Jews to later seek refuge in Palestine and the Western world.

1897  Léo Taxil exposes his own fabrications concerning Freemasonry.

1865  Funeral service for Abraham Lincoln is held in the East Room of the White House.

1855  Visit of Napoleon III to Guildhall, London.

1839  The Treaty of London establishes Belgium as a kingdom and guaranteeing its neutrality.


Satoshi Ashikaga is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment originally from Japan.

(Sources and references: to 19; to 19; to 19.html, and pertinent websites and documents, mentioned above.)


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