On this day

#61
Up until Lance Armstrong was proven positif to doping, the Tour de France was the most regarded sports event... Before the Olimpriques, before the Fifa and their big round baws competition... and sadly to say, even before Wimbledon. Might be on a par with the Super Bowl, mind you.
 

dusaboss

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#62
I think the problem with doping in cycling was (probably still is) deeper than the Armstrong case.


And not only cycling, we can't be sure about any professional sport, except bodybuilding. At least they don't hide anything :)

They say there was no positive players on World Cup. Then again that is Russia, they invented steroids. :)

Chemists changing formulas of existing and making new substances so they can’t be detected. Also they (some people) have power to let someone thru the radar and to break someone down if they want.
 

Joseph Cosgrove

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#68
21 July 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin Walked on the moon. Mike Collins, unfortunately for him was base arrière.
It all depends on what time zone you were in on the time 20 July or 21st July.

 

Joseph Cosgrove

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#70
02 August 1990 Saddam Hussein orders Iraqi troops to invade Kuwait :

" At about 2 a.m. local time, Iraqi forces invade Kuwait, Iraq’s tiny, oil-rich neighbor. Kuwait’s defense forces were rapidly overwhelmed, and those that were not destroyed retreated to Saudi Arabia. The emir of Kuwait, his family, and other government leaders fled to Saudi Arabia, and within hours Kuwait City had been captured and the Iraqis had established a provincial government. By annexing Kuwait, Iraq gained control of 20 percent of the world’s oil reserves and, for the first time, a substantial coastline on the Persian Gulf. The same day, the United Nations Security Council unanimously denounced the invasion and demanded Iraq’s immediate withdrawal from Kuwait. On August 6, the Security Council imposed a worldwide ban on trade with Iraq."

The prelude to the 'Mother of all wars' Let's not forget that Saddam spelled backwards is Maddas

 

Joseph Cosgrove

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#71
03 August 1914
Germany and France declare war on each other.
On the afternoon of this day in 1914, two days after declaring war on Russia, Germany declares war on France, moving ahead with a long-held strategy, conceived by the former chief of staff of the German army, Alfred von Schlieffen, for a two-front war against France and Russia. Hours later, France makes its own declaration of war against Germany, readying its troops to move into the provinces of Alsace and Lorraine, which it had forfeited to Germany in the settlement that ended the Franco-Prussian War in 1871.

With Germany officially at war with France and Russia, a conflict originally centered in the tumultuous Balkans region—with the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife by a Serbian nationalist in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914, and the subsequent standoff between Austria-Hungary, Serbia and Serbia’s powerful Slavic supporter, Russia—had erupted into a full-scale war. Also on August 3, the first wave of German troops assembled on the frontier of neutral Belgium, which in accordance with the Schlieffen Plan would be crossed by German armies on their way to an invasion of France. The day before, Germany had presented Belgium and its sovereign, King Albert, with an ultimatum demanding passage for the German army through its territory.

This threat to Belgium, whose perpetual neutrality had been mandated by a treaty concluded by the European powers—including Britain, France and Germany—in 1839, united a divided British government in opposition to German aggression. Hours before Germany’s declaration of war on France on August 3, the British foreign secretary, Sir Edward Grey, went before Parliament and convinced a divided British government—and nation—to give its support to Britain’s entrance into the war if Germany violated Belgian neutrality.

“The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime,” Grey famously remarked to a friend on the night of August 3. The next day, Britain sent its own ultimatum to Berlin: halt the invasion of Belgium or face war with Britain as well...
 

Joseph Cosgrove

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#74
Enola gay, you should have stayed at home yesterday
Oho it can't describe the feeling and the way you lied
These games you play, they're gonna end it all in tears someday
Oho Enola gay, it shouldn't ever have to end this way
It's 8:15, that's the time that it's always been
We got your message on the radio, condition's normal and you're coming home
Enola gay, is mother proud of little boy today
Oho, this kiss you give, it's never ever gonna fade away
Enola gay, it shouldn't ever have to end this way
Oho Enola gay, it should've faded our dreams away
It's 8:15, oh that's the time that it's always been
We got your message on the radio, condition's normal and you're coming home
Enola gay, is mother proud of little boy today
Oho, this you give, it's never ever gonna fade away
Songwriters: Andrew Mc Cluskey

 

Joseph Cosgrove

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#75
09 August 1945
Nagasaki

"Three days after the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, a second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on August 9 – a 21-kiloton plutonium device known as "Fat Man.” On the day of the bombing, an estimated 263,000 were in Nagasaki, including 240,000 Japanese residents, 9,000 Japanese soldiers, and 400 prisoners of war. Prior to August 9, Nagasaki had been the target of small scale bombing by the United States. Though the damage from these bombings was relatively small, it created considerable concern in Nagasaki and many people were evacuated to rural areas for safety, thus reducing the population in the city at the time of the nuclear attack. It is estimated that between 40,000 and 75,000 people died immediately following the atomic explosion, while another 60,000 people suffered severe injuries. Total deaths by the end of 1945 may have reached 80,000. "

Aftermath
On August 14, Japan surrendered

"The Japanese announced their acceptance of unconditional surrender on August 14. World War II officially ended at 10:30 a.m. Tokyo time, September 2, 1945, when Japanese emissaries signed the surrender document aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay."
 
#76
On the 6th of August 1945 Col. Paul Tibbets and the crew of the Enola Gay dropped the little boy A-bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomic_bombings_of_Hiroshima_and_Nagasaki
Other people can discuss morality. As far as I am concerned it was both necessary and correct.

It is estimated that some 3M +persons were saved. (Combatants and civilians). The Nipponese would have contested all their territory to the last man for their Emperor God. Invasion forces would have had to fight with great tenacity under appalling conditions. Finally the Nipponese would have massacred all the allied POWs' under their control

Remember the rape of Nanking and the utter bestiality. Now a personal family anecdote. My wife's late aunt was playing mah-jong with friends. Claiming that they were making too much noise, a soldier chose her at random and made her swallow a mah-jong counter and then she was forcibly held down and soldiers jumped on her chest and stomach. She died in agony.

In view of what transpired I believe that a nuclear capacity can act as a deterrent and the Nipponese saga stands as an international warning to aggressors.
 

SnafuSmite

Active Member
#77
One hundred percent agreed, the nukes saved more lives than they took IMHO. Conservative estimates put allied casualties alone at 500000+ with some estimates as high as 4 million. That is excluding Japanese losses. The nukes were definitely the lesser of 2 evils, I just hope that the world never enters into another conflict where the use of Nukes is justified!
 

Joseph Cosgrove

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#78
14 August 1945
VJ day. Victory over Japan Day

On August 14, 1945, it was announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, effectively ending World War II. Since then, both August 14 and August 15 have been known as “Victoryover Japan Day,” or simply “V-J Day.” The term has also been used for September 2, 1945, when Japan’s formal surrender took place aboard the U.S.S. Missouri, anchored in Tokyo Bay. Coming several months after the surrender of Nazi Germany, Japan’s capitulation in the Pacific brought six years of hostilities to a final and highly anticipated close.
 

Joseph Cosgrove

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#79
14 Aug 1969 - 31 July 2007
Operation Banner

Operation Banner was the deployment of British soldiers in Northern Ireland. This action was considered as early as 1966 when violence erupted between the newly formed Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and armed Republicans. There was also talk of introducing the military in late 1968, as the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) and ‘B-Specials’ struggled to contain civil rights protests and the sectarian violence that followed. The British government and British army commanders were, by all accounts, reluctant to put troops on the ground in Northern Ireland. Two Northern Ireland prime ministers, Terence O’Neill and James Chichester-Clark, also resisted the urge to request military assistance; to do so would be a sign their governments had lost control of the situation. But when rioting, violence and gun fighting erupted in the Bogside area of Derry in August 1969, then spread to other locations in Northern Ireland, it stretched the RUC dangerously thin. Left with no alternative, Chichester-Clark petitioned London to send in troops. This request was made on August 14th and noted in British cabinet records:

“The Cabinet Security Committee authorised a formal request for the use of troops in aid of the civil power in Londonderry at 4.45pm, in view of the latest police reports indicating their inability to cope with a rapidly deteriorating situation.”​

Nota bene

This isn't an invite to open a discussion into the rights and wrongs of the operation.
 

Joseph Cosgrove

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#80
15 August 1769
Date of Birth of Napoleon Bonaparte

"
Napoléon Bonaparte was a French statesman and military leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and led several successful campaigns during the French Revolutionary Wars. Wikipedia

Born: August 15, 1769, Ajaccio, France
Died: May 5, 1821, Longwood House
Buried: 1840, Les Invalides, Paris, France
Spouse: Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma (m. 1810–1821), Empress Joséphine (m. 1796–1809)"

Some of his quotes:

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence.

History is a set of lies agreed upon.

And if I'm not mistaken it is our very own Le petit Caporal's brithday :cool:. Happy Birthday !
 

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