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Quotes from Legend
History is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is with a tinker’s dam is the history that we make today.
- Henry Ford, on this day, 1916.
Historical News on May 25
1951 Twp British diplomats have gone absent without leave in London.
Both Donald Maclean and Guy Burgess had held senior Foreign Office positions in Washington.
It is understood that police in Europe have been alerted, with checks in countries bordering the Soviet bloc.
The Foreign Office has refused to comment.
Hot Air as Temperatures Rise
1990 British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher today warned of the dangers of global warming and pledged Britain to a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, which are thought to be the main cause of global warming.
The Pledge breaks stride with the Bush administration, which has refused to commit itself, calling first for further research on the problem.
But environmental groups are saying Mrs. Thatcher’s 30 percent cut is not nearly enough.
A United Nations report published today concludes that worldwide emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, and chlorofluorocarbons will have to be cut by 60 percent to stabilize atmospheric concentrations at current levels, which are already too high and continuing to escalate.
The report warns of global temperature increases of 2 degrees F in 35 years, and 6 degrees F by the end of the next century, with potentially disastrous consequences.
The report was approved by scientists representing 39 countries.
Owen’s Record Busting Day
1935 Jesse Owens, a 21-year-old black student-athlete from Alabama, set live new world records and equaled a sixth this afternoon, a world record in itself for a single day’s achievement.
In fact, Owens did it all in a single hour.
He equaled the 100 yards record, then set new records for the long jump, 220 yards, and 220-yard hurdles, relentlessly breaking the 200 m records on the way.
1925 Press men religious sects both converged on the courthouse in the small Tennessee town of Dayton today to see the local schoolteacher, John T. Scopes, stand trial for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution.
Tennessee passed a law two months ago outlawing Drawing and anyone else who contradicted the Bible’s version of creation, but Scopes defied the new law.
High drama is assured in the “Monkey Trail”, as it is being called.
Thor’s Reed Adventure
1969 Intrepid Norwegian diffusionist Thor Heyerdahl and a seven-man crew from all over the world set sail today to cross the Atlantic in a reed boat named Ra after the Sun God of the Pharaohs.
Heyerdahl, famed for his Kon-Tiki expedition across the Pacific in a balsa-wood raft the experts said would sink, now aims to prove that the ancient Egyptians sailed to America, which would account for the New World’s pre-Columbian pyramids.
His new craft was built by traditional boat-builders from Chad, using 12 tons of papyrus reeds.
Ra sailed today from the old Moroccan port of Safi.
Once again, the experts are predicting that the reed boat will sink.
Americans Start to Draft Constitution
1987 A rather special group of Americans met in the state House in Philadelphia today to set about writing a new constitution for the United States.
Among them are George Washington, hero of the Revolution, the Philadelphia lawyer John Dickinson, who helped draft the first constitution, the indomitable Benjamin Franklin, Pennsylvania’s president, now 81, Alexander Hamilton of New York, at 32 a distinguished soldier and famous lawyer, Virginia leader James Madison, master of republican theory, and several dozen other brilliant men.
The meeting was called because Congress faces bankruptcy and the states are alarmed by Shays Rebellion earlier this year.
The uprising by bankrupt farmers showed the need for a stronger central government, but under the Articles of Confederation, the government has no control over commerce and cannot raise taxes or enforce its own laws.