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Drugs have taught an entire generation of American kids the metric system.
- P.J. O'Rourke, US journalists say: today President Bush announced he would halve the US drug problem, 1989.
Historical News on September 06
Sail Round World Takes Its Toll
1522 A battered Spanish ship with only 15 crewmen left alive reached Seville today after sailing round the world.
The Vittorio, commanded by Sebastian del Cano, is the only survivor of the fleet of five ships that set sail three years ago seeking a westward passage to the Indies.
Commander Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese navigator working for Spain, put down a mutiny and lost two ships in the narrow passage to the Pacific discovered at the tip of South America.
In the Philippines Magellan was killed by natives, and a third ship was lost.
The survivors sailed west, losing another ship in a skirmish with the Portuguese before rounding the Cape of Good Hope and heading north for home.
Magnificence or Megalomania?
1566 Suleiman the Magnificent, the Ottoman sultan for 46 years, caliph of the Arabs and ruler of Islam, has died in Constantinople, Suleiman brought the Turkish Ottoman empire to the height of its power and grandeur, conquering the Arab world, Hungary and Mesopotamia, dominating the Mediterranean and the eastern seas, and bringing prosperity, justice and culture to his empire.
Suleiman’s father, Selim the Grim, took the throne by killing his brothers, and secured Suleiman’s succession by killing all his other sons and grandsons.
Suleiman, at the bidding of his scheming wife Roxelana, had his favourite son murdered.
Roxelana died, and Suleiman withdrew from active rule, leaving his remaining two sons to fight over the succession.
Selim, a drunken weakling, won, and murdered his brother Bayezid with all his sons.Selim took the throne today.
Clippers Race Home for A Nice Cup of Tea
1866 Three British tea clippers reached London today within two hours of each other after a 16,000mile (25,750-km) race all the way from China.
Crowds of Londoners lined the Thames to see the great ships arrive.
There are big bonuses for the first ships home with the new season’s tea.
Serica, Taiping and Ariel left Foochow at the end of May and raced neck-and-neck all the way.
Taitsing and Fiery Cross are less than two days behind.
The sleek 200-ft (61-m) clippers carry more than 1 acre (0.4 hectare) of sail and are the fastest ships ever built – they can sail at speeds of more than 20 mph (32 kph).
Architect of Apartheid
1966 Coloureds danced in the streets of Cape Town today after South African Prime Minister Dr Hendrik Verwoerd was assassinated in parliament.
The grand architect of the white racist apartheid system was stabbed four times in the chest by a white parliamentary messenger wielding a stiletto – because the government “didn’t do enough for whites”. Since 1950, Verwoerd, 65, a social-psychologist, has subdivided the country’s 73 percent black majority into ethno-linguistic minorities, each with its pseudo-independent “homeland” (totalling only 13 percent of the country), effectively exporting them from South Africa and leaving the whites as the majority.
Millions of blacks have been forcibly relocated to the poverty-stricken homelands, which serve as cheap labour pools.
Untold numbers now live illegally in what used to be their own country, at the mercy of the police.
The hard-line minister of justice and police, B.J. Vorster will succeed Dr Verwoerd.
Soviets Admit Their Jets Downed KAL 007
1983 Soviet military chiefs called a highly unusual press conference in Moscow today to explain why a Soviet jet fighter shot down a South Korean airliner last week, with the loss of 269 lives.
The Soviets maintain that flight KAL 007 was on a spying mission for the US.
The night flight was far off course – it was shot down near secret Soviet military installations on the island of Sakhalin off Siberia, north of Japan.
The Soviets say it refused to answer signals and was flying without navigation lights.
Tonight the Soviet leaders expressed sympathy for the bereaved.