On this day (8 February) in history....see comments for events that took place. HIGHLIGHTS: Slavery is constitutionally outlawed in 1865 and GM sues NBC after they rigged two crashes to show GM cars were unsafe.
NBC making fake news, what else is new?
I was a little shocked by that one.
General Motors sues NBC in 1993, after Dateline NBC allegedly rigs two crashes intended to demonstrate that some GM pickups can easily catch fire if hit in certain places. NBC settles the lawsuit the next day (so the media has not been truly honest for a long time?).
I found this highly amusing. NBC was no apparently no longer satisfied to simply report the news but they are not above setting it up or staging to report it however they want. GM sued NBC and they settled within 24 hours but for many viewers, I would guess, that the image of fiery unsafe vehicles stayed with them. I also wonder, why? What did they gain? Why GM and not Honda?
Can news outlets really be trusted when things like this are done?
THE 13th AMENDMENT
I suppose this “editorial” or “highlight” is a bit misleading. The 13th amendment abolished slavery yet we only think of slavery as the black slavery the US civil war ended. However, slavery continues to this day and often those trafficked are from African nations and are children. Many are used as forced labor but even more are used in the sex trade. Migrants arrive in the US, Western Europe or the Middle East and then have their documents seized. 22% of modern day slaves are sex slaves, a huge percentage are children.
In some places, like Mauritania, slavery is illegal but I enforced. 2% of their population are known to be slaves. Child prostitution is also legal and is a form of slavery. Libya has reports of slave markets since the collapse of the government in 2014. The U.K. has Vietnamese slaves, though they are totally illegal.
The slavery that split the country into a civil war is from 1865. Anyone how was a slave or owned a slave then is gone. The 13th amendment is now enshrined in the US Constitution but we need to begin to remember and take note that it outlaws slavery not only then but now. Turn our attention to now and the victims now. I have never been a slave. Never owned one. We pay our employees proper competitive wages. We need to turn our attention to modern day slaves. They need our help. All over the world but especially in the US. The war is long over but a form of slavery still continues. We seldom talk about it but exists in the US. Instead of re-hashing the past, let’s help those in need right now......or as a nation are we smug enough to say “we care about slavery, we outlawed it” yet knowing, it doesn’t stop it from existing?
You are absolutely correct, RT.
In 1191, Yaroslav II of Vladimir is born. Mary, Queen of Scots, is executed in 1587, on suspicion of having been involved in the Babington Plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, rebels against Queen Elizabeth I in 1601 but the revolt is quickly crushed. King James I disbands the English parliament in 1622. The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, is granted a charter in 1693 by King William III and Queen Mary II. Alexis of Russia dies in 1676. Ivan V passes away in 1696. Peter the Great, passes away in 1725. In 1837, Richard Johnson becomes the first Vice President of the United States chosen by the United States Senate. Delaware refuses to ratify the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
In 1865, slavery was outlawed in the United States, including Delaware, when the Amendment was ratified by the requisite number of states on December 6, 1865. Delaware ratified the Thirteenth Amendment on February 12, 1901, which was the ninety-second anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. The Dawes Act of 1887, authorizes the President of the United States to survey Native American tribal land and divide it into individual allotments. A surprise torpedo attack by the Japanese on Russian ships docked at Port Arthur, China in 1904, starts the Russo-Japanese War. D. W. Griffith's controversial film The Birth of a Nation premieres in Los Angeles in 1915. Bolshevik troops capture Odessa in 1920, bringing an end to foreign involvement in the resistance against Bolshevik rule. United States President Warren G. Harding introduces the first radio set in the White House in 1922. The first state execution in the United States by gas chamber,takes place in 1924, in Nevada.
James Dean is born in 1931. Congress advises FDR in 1942, that, Americans of Japanese descent should be locked up en masse so they wouldn't oppose the US war effort (Wow....just wow). The United Kingdom and Canada commence Operation Veritable in 1945, to occupy the west bank of the Rhine. In 1945, Mikhail Devyataev escapes with nine other Soviet inmates from a Nazi concentration camp in Peenemünde on the island of Usedom by hijacking the camp commandant's Heinkel He 111. The first portion of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, the first serious challenge to the popularity of the Authorized King James Version, is published in 1946 (I shall refrain from comment). The Stasi, the secret police of East Germany, is officially established in 1950. In 1952, Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom.
In 1955, the Government of Sindh, Pakistan, abolishes the Jagirdari system in the province. One million acres (4000 km2) of land thus acquired is to be distributed among the landless peasants. Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, In 1960, issues an Order-in-Council, stating that she and her family would be known as the House of Windsor, and that her descendants will take the name Mountbatten-Windsor. Travel, financial and commercial transactions by United States citizens to Cuba are made illegal in 1960, by the John F. Kennedy administration. In 1963, the regime of the Prime Minister of Iraq, Brigadier General Abd al-Karim Qasim is overthrown by the Ba'ath Party. An attack on black students from South Carolina State University in 1968, who are protesting racial segregation at the town's only bowling alley, leaves three or four dead in Orangeburg, South Carolina.
In 1974, after 84 days in space, the crew of Skylab 4, the last crew to visit American space station Skylab, returns to Earth. Proceedings of the United States Senate are broadcast on radio in 1978, for the very first time (I’m shocked it took that long....I don’t know why). Twenty-one association football spectators are trampled to death in 1981, at Karaiskakis Stadium in Neo Faliro, Greece, after a football match between Olympiacos F.C. and AEK Athens F.C. Door 7 was partially closed so the exit flow backed up and people were crushed.
In 1983, the Melbourne dust storm hits Australia's second largest city. The result of the worst drought on record and a day of severe weather conditions, a 1,050 foot deep dust cloud envelops the city, turning day to night. General Motors sues NBC in 1993, after Dateline NBC allegedly rigs two crashes intended to demonstrate that some GM pickups can easily catch fire if hit in certain places. NBC settles the lawsuit the next day (so the media has not been truly honest for a long time?). A blizzard disrupts transportation and leaves hundreds of thousands of people without electricity in 2013, in the Northeastern United States and parts of Canada
Three Russian monarchs died on the same day of the year!! Wow
Yes, Alexis was the father of both Ivan V and Pyotr I (the great). Father and two sons died years apart, all on 8 February.