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January 23, 1968: USS Pueblo Seized by North Korean Forces in the Sea of Japan (Naval History Blog)

An interesting history-related post from Naval History Blog:

Following the seizure of the USS Pueblo, Admiral Thomas H. Moorer, USN, Chief of Naval Operations and President of the Naval Institute, gave these remarks in an address to the American Bar Foundation on January 25, 1969. This address was published in the March 1969 issue of Proceedings magazine.

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“You, as lawyers, will understand why I, as Chief of Naval Operations, and thus in the reviewing chain of command, cannot make comments on the substantive aspects of testimony given during the Inquiry. I will be ready to do this at the appropriate time.

I can, however, put the nature ...

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Japan’s Surrender on the USS Missouri (About.com American History)

An interesting history-related post from About.com American History:

USS Missouri - Site of the Japanese Surrender
On September 2, 1945, Japan unconditionally surrendered to end World War II. They had formally agreed to the terms of surrender two weeks previous. On this date, the Japanese delegation met the allies aboard the USS Missouri which was anchored in Tokyo Bay. General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Allied Commander, led the Allied delegation. Years of fighting and bloodshed were ended in a half an hour. Interestingly, wallet card souvenirs were printed up and distributed to all who were present on September 2nd.

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The Last Foodtaster in History? (Beachcombing's Bizarre History Blog)

An interesting history-related post from Beachcombing's Bizarre History Blog:

Beachcombing has long thought that food tasting must have been among the very cushiest jobs to have had in the Middle Ages.

Why?

(i) No one is going to be stupid enough to kill a monarch or a duke by poisoning their food if they know there’s a taster around. You are safe. Beachcombing doubts there’s one example from history of a foodtaster dying of poisoning. Then if the food has gone off you are, in any case, only eating a little.

(ii) In just eating small amounts you are reserving your palate for the pyrotechnics of each separate dish. After all, how ...

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The search for Fusang (Beachcombing's Bizarre History Blog)

An interesting history-related post from Beachcombing's Bizarre History Blog:

The snow is melting rapidly outside and just in time. Mrs B is suffering in the room above from what look like real contractions – Beachcombing conspicuously absent. Beachcombing then is going to let his source do all the talking today. If he hasn’t written much of a conclusion then the chances are that the balloon has gone up and the new world order has begun. Think Iran with the bomb, neo cons with aircraft carriers – the works in short.

The following appears in the encyolopedia of Ma Duanlin (obit 1322), a medieval Chinese scholar who had access to many ancient ...

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Bats fight Japan (Beachcombing's Bizarre History Blog)

An interesting history-related post from Beachcombing's Bizarre History Blog:

Beachcombing recently described  the possible Byzantine use of weaponised crows soaked in pitch and wondered aloud whether other birds or flying creatures had been employed by ancient or medieval armies.

And, almost immediately, like an answer from heaven, he got three emails pointing him to a wonderful story that he’d never heard before:  kudos to Ostrich (a bizarrist of the highest quality), Rick from the Anomalist and Steve W. from Australia who all nodded to the bat bombs of the Second World War.

Beachcombing has been reading ever since and is still shaking his head at the insane weirdness of it all.  

The bat bombs ...

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1941 — Declaration of War Against Japan

December 8, 1941

JOINT RESOLUTION Declaring that a state of war exists between the Imperial Government of Japan and the Government and the people of the United States and making provisions to prosecute the same.

Whereas the Imperial Government of Japan has committed unprovoked acts of war against the Government and the people of the United States of America: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the state of was between the United States and the Imperial Government of Japan which has thus been thrust upon the United States is hereby formally declared; and the President is hereby authorized and directed to employ the entire naval and military forces of the United States and the resources of the Government to carry on was against the Imperial Government of Japan; and, to bring the conflict to a successful termination, all of the resources of the country are hereby pledged by the Congress of the United States.