Wednesday, August 20, 2008

On August 20

On this day in ...
... 1998 (10 years ago today), President Bill Clinton announced in a televised address that the United States had struck "terrorist bases in Afghanistan and a facility in Sudan" in retaliation for the bombings of 2 U.S. embassies in Africa on August 7. Whether in fact all targets were linked to terrorism remains a point of controversy. (credit for photo of ruins of bombed pharmaceutical plant in Sudan)
... 1831, 32-year-old Nat Turner and 6 others launched a slaves' rebellion in Virginia, killing slaveowning families. Eventually they numbered "more than 40 slaves, most on horseback." Most were captured in a few days; Turner himself was located in late October and executed in mid-November. His Confessions were dictated during his imprisonment and later published in the pamphlet at right.

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