Plymouth Rock, Kurt Waldheim Born, Pan Am 103

December 21: On This Progressive Day
William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims land on what is now known as Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts (1620)

The U.N. Security Council chooses Kurt Waldheim as Secretary-General (1971)

Islamic jihadi terrorists explode Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, killing 270 (1988)

While on vacation, President B. Hussein Obama plays his 152nd round of golf as POTUS at Marine Corps Base, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii (2013)

b: Roger Williams (1603), Lynn Frazier (1874), Joseph Stalin (1879), Kurt Waldheim (1918), William Usery, Jr. (1923), Jane Fonda (1937); d: Klara Pölzl (1907), Matthew Gannon (1988), Chuck McKee (1988), Ronald Lariviere (1988), Daniel O'Connor (1988), Saparmurat Niyazov (2008)

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Sidney Hook Born, Cheka Founded, Manuel Noriega Targeted

December 20: On This Progressive Day
Cheka, the first Soviet secret police, is founded (1917)

Germany's future progressive leader Adolph Hitler is released from Landsberg Prison (1924)

National Front for the Liberation of Vietnam is formed (1960)

The U.S. sends troops into Panama to overthrow government of Manuel Noriega (1989)

President B. Hussein Obama and FLOTUS stage a photo-op at Joint Base Andrews marking the return of the U.S. Forces – Iraq colors (2011)

President B. Hussein Obama holds his final "press appearance" of the year (2013)

b: Sidney Hook (1902), Jean Marchand (1918), Richard Cordtz (1921); d: Richard J. Daley (1976)

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Leonid Brezhnev Born, Norman Thomas Dead, Clinton Justice Served

December 19: On This Progressive Day
John Paul Stevens appointed as a justice of the SCOTUS (1975)

The U.S. House of Representatives forwards articles I and III of impeachment against President Bill Clinton to the Senate (1998)

The Leninist Guerrilla Units wing of the Communist Labour Party of Turkey/Leninist attack a Nationalist Movement Party office in Istanbul, Turkey, killing one person and injuring three (2000)

President B. Hussein Obama is selected as Time Magazine's Person of the Year (2012)

b: Leonid Brezhnev (1906), Phil Ochs (1940); d: Norman Thomas (1968), Dock Ellis (2008), Robert Bork (2012), Al Goldstein (2013)

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Joseph Stalin Born, Woodrow Goes Galt, Deep Throat Dead

December 18: On This Progressive Day
President Woodrow Wilson marries Edith Bolling Galt (1915)

President Richard Nixon announces that the U.S. will engage North Vietnam in Operation Linebacker II, a series of Christmas bombings, after peace talks collapsed with North Vietnam on the 13th (1972)

The Islamic Development Bank is founded (1973)

The Oakland, CA school board passes a resolution officially declaring "Ebonics" a language or dialect (1996)

President B. Hussein Obama attends a United Nations Global Warming / Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (2009)

b: Joseph Stalin (1878), Robert Moses (1888), Douglas Fraser (1916), Randi Weingarten (1957); d: Alexei Kosygin (1980), W. Mark Felt (2008)

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Simón Bolívar Dead, U.S. Grant Expels Jews, Kim Jong-il Dead

December 17: On This Progressive Day
General Ulysses S. Grant issues General Order No. 11, expelling Jews from Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky (1862)

The U.S. successfully launched the first Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile at Cape Canaveral (1957)

Progressive Palestinian terrorists murder thirty passengers at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (1973)

Protests continue in Timişoara with rioters breaking into the Romanian Communist Party's District Committee building and attempting to set it on fire (1989)

Republic of Lakotah asserts independence from the U.S. (2007)

President B. Hussein Obama signs a second so-called "Stimulus" -- the misnamed "Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act", costing $858 billion (2010)

b: William Safire (1929), Chris Matthews (1945); d: Simón Bolívar (1830), Jack Anderson (2005), Mohamed Bouazizi (2010), Kim Jong-il (2011)

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