Reclaim Our History Sep. 1-15
Sep. 1, 1939: Hitler invades Poland, beginning World War II.
Sep. 3, 1939: Britain and France declare war against Germany.
1992: Thirty-nine state conference on disarmament approves treaty to ban chemical weapons.
Sep. 4, 1918: American troops land at Archangel in North Russia, one year after the Russian Revolution, to “protect US interests.”
1996: Scattered protests around the country greet the latest gratuitous US bombing of Iraq. About 100 gather at the Federal Building in Seattle; in Washington DC, eight are arrested for dumping buckets of rubble on the White House lawn.
1914: Battle of Marne, first major battle of World War I. Ultimately, this battle alone would result in 300,000 dead or wounded.
Sep. 8, 1916: Death of Walter Roberts, first of 73 British WWI conscientious objectors to die as a result of their prison treatment.
1971: Beginning of the Attica (New York) Prison revolt. The interracial revolt was led by blacks but featured cooperation between prisoners of different racial and ethnic backgrounds, and was finally brutally suppressed by the state five days later, with 29 prisoners and 10 guards shot and killed by attacking state troopers. The prisoners were demanding improvements in their living and working conditions.
1978: Three thousand unarmed demonstrators killed by Shah’s troops, Teheran, Iran.
1994: Festivities mark departure of US and NATO soldiers from Berlin.
Sep. 10, 1980: Manila, Philippines: 10,000 people defy government order and hold “Freedom March”; US-supported Marcos dictatorship government kills eight.
1983: Four days of protests and barricading starts in opposition to the US-installed Chilean dictatorship of Augosto Pinochet.
1996: UN votes 158-3 to ban all nuclear test blasts. Guess which way the US voted?
Sep. 11, 1773: Benjamin Franklin writes, “There never was a good war or bad peace.”
1990: US Pres. George Bush claims 120,000 Iraqi troops with 850 tanks are moving south in Kuwait, toward Saudi Arabia. Soviet satellite photos taken today show no troop build-up.
Sep. 12, 1918: Eugene Debs sentenced to 10 years for protesting war.
Sep. 13, 1847: In the final, decisive battle of the Mexican-American War, US Army seizes Mexico City, forces Mexico to cede nearly half its land mass–what are now Arizona, New Mexico, and portions of Alta California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and Texas.
1971: Five hundred New York state troopers storm Attica Prison, ending a five-day-long uprising by opening fire. After firing 2,200 bullets in 9 minutes, 29 prisoners and 10 guards are left dead; 86 others are injured. The attack was ordered by Gov. (later Vice President) Nelson Rockefeller, who refused to take part in the preceding negotiations.
Sep. 14, 1940: First peacetime draft in the US initiated.
1985: US TOW antitank missiles sent to Iran by Israel in Iran-Contra Deal.
1990: Pentagon announces $20 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia.
Sep. 15, 1916: First tank used in war, “Little Willies” at Battle of Flors, France.
2001: Four days after 9-11, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) casts the only Congressional vote opposing the granting of unlimited military power to Pres. Bush.