APRIL 30, 1789: George Washington takes the oath of office as the first President of the United States of America after being elected on a unanimous vote. A hero of the Revolutionary War, Washington had presided over the convention that drafted the new Constitution two years earlier, and his support was crucial to its ratification. Of the awesome task before him, Washington wrote: “I walk on untrodden ground. There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not hereafter be drawn into precedent.” He reluctantly served a second term of office before retiring in 1797.
1975: North Vietnamese forces storm the presidential palace in Saigon, symbolizing the final fall of the South Vietnamese government. After making one final stand against the advancing Communist forces at Xuan Loc the week before, South Vietnam’s army could make no further defense of the republic, and resistance quickly crumbled. With the enemy at the gates, American embassy and military personnel had evacuated the city the day before. As news of the surrender was broadcast, thousands more South Vietnamese jammed ships and aircraft trying to escape.
1945: Adolf Hitler commits suicide in his underground command bunker in Berlin. Trapped there since January as Russian forces advanced relentless from the east, Hitler had continued to issue orders even though the tide of the war had long since turned against the Third Reich. His body was burned on the chancellery grounds alongside Eva Braun’s, and eight days later his generals surrendered unconditionally to Allied forces, bringing an end to the war in Europe.
1803: President Thomas Jefferson concludes negotiations for the Louisiana Purchase, adding some 828,000 square miles to the young nation. The vast expanse of land west of the Mississippi — which would make up the territory of 15 future states — had been explored by France and controlled by Spain for nearly 40 years before returning to French control under Napoleon Bonaparte, who ended up selling it for less than three cents an acre under financial pressure from his impending war with England.
More at the link. Interesting stuff.
***From the "Stating the Obvious" section: Ted Cruz: Obama had enflamed race relations. Yup. And he has done it on purpose.
"I think he has not used his role as president to bring us together. He has exacerbated racial misunderstandings, racial tensions, from back at the beer summit to a series of efforts to pit Americans against each other. And, part of the problem is the way he advocates for any given plan, is to build a straw man of the opposition and then to vilify their position. So that, in the president's telling, anyone who opposes Obamacare wants people to be denied healthcare and to get sick and pass away. That's the only reason someone could oppose Obamacare, is because you malevolently want people to suffer," Cruz said. "When you come to the Iran deal, anyone that opposes this terrible Iran deal, must be because they want war. Dividing us over and over and over again is a dangerous approach for a president. It's an irresponsible approach for a president. I think we need to be looking to unity."
***Kristol: Orioles playing in empty stadium is a disgrace. This is a podcast.
He's absolutely right. Letting these losers dictate whether or not fans can watch a baseball game? It's too much to ask for a Democrat to take control and do what needs to be done here. Much better to whine about how tough these innocent little flowers have it and how we need to make allowances...blah blah blah. I think the National Guard should give one warning, give them a chance to clear out, and if they don't, start shooting. That's the only thing these people understand, apparently.
***This is good news: 160 women, children rescued from Boko Haram.
My granddaughter was graduating from college, so I asked about any plans she had for the future. She hadn’t any, but she did know this much: “I certainly don’t want to sit in one of those cubicles and think all day.”