Red Europe Fail, James Baldwin Dead, Obama-Taliban

December 1: On This Progressive Day
Politburo member Sergei Kirov is shot dead by Leonid Nikolayev at the Communist Party headquarters in Leningrad (1934)

The first draft lottery in the U.S. is held since World War II (1969)

East Germany's parliament abolishes the constitutional provision granting the Communist Party the leading role in the state (1989)

Ukrainian voters overwhelmingly approve a referendum for independence from the Soviet Union (1991)

President B. Hussein Obama travels to the United States Military Academy to give a big speech about his new strategy -- surrendering to Taliban
Islamofascism in the War in Afghanistan (2009)

President B. Hussein Obama lunches at the White House with District of Columbia mayor-elect Vincent Gray (2010)

b: Georgy Zhukov (1896), Tony Boyle (1904); d: James Baldwin (1987)

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