Category Archives: History

On This Day — “Ich bin ein Berliner” (June 26 1963) [2020]

“Two thousand years ago, the proudest boast was ‘Civis Romanus Sum’. Today, in the world of freedom, the proudest boast is ‘Ich bin ein Berliner!’ … All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and therefore, as … Continue reading

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Lessons of History — French President Charles de Gaulle : “The word of the president of the United States is good enough for me.”

“History is determined not just by the so-called rational actors, the men (or women) in suits, the bureaucrats and the top military brass. ‘Irrational actors’ – people who stumble onto the stage by chance and change the course of history … Continue reading

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On This Day — West German Spy Chief Defects to East (August 23 1985) [2019]

“Naturally I am a traitor, I cannot deny that.” Hans Joachim Tiedge August 23 2019 — The West German spy chief’s defection was made public by the East German authorities on August 23 1985. Follow us on Twitter; @INTEL_TODAY

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On This Day — “Ich bin ein Berliner” (June 26 1963) [2019]

“Two thousand years ago, the proudest boast was ‘civis romanus sum’. Today, in the world of freedom, the proudest boast is ‘Ich bin ein Berliner!’ … All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and therefore, as … Continue reading

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On This Day — Enigma Machine Captured (May 9 1941) [2019]

“Also the coding machine was found here, plugged in and as though it was in actual use when abandoned. The general appearance of this machine being that of a type writer, the telegraphist pressed the keys and finding results peculiar … Continue reading

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Two Years Ago — The Washington Post Rewrites History [Lockerbie]

“President Ronald Reagan didn’t seek congressional approval when he bombed Libya in retaliation for a bombing of a Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, Scotland.” Amber Phillips — Washington Post (April 7 2017) “The result is post-truth discourse. In our new … Continue reading

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On This Day — West German Spy Chief Defects to East (August 23 1985)

“Naturally I am a traitor, I cannot deny that.” Hans Joachim Tiedge The West German spy chief’s defection was made public by the East German authorities on August 23 1985. Follow us on Twitter; @INTEL_TODAY

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On This Day — “Ich bin ein Berliner” (June 26 1963)

“Two thousand years ago, the proudest boast was ‘civis romanus sum’. Today, in the world of freedom, the proudest boast is ‘Ich bin ein Berliner!’ … All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and therefore, as … Continue reading

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On This Day — Enigma Machine Captured (May 9 1941)

“Also the coding machine was found here, plugged in and as though it was in actual use when abandoned. The general appearance of this machine being that of a type writer, the telegraphist pressed the keys and finding results peculiar … Continue reading

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One Year Ago — The Washington Post rewrites History

“President Ronald Reagan didn’t seek congressional approval when he bombed Libya in retaliation for a bombing of a Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, Scotland.” Amber Phillips — Washington Post (April 7 2017) “The result is post-truth discourse. In our new … Continue reading

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