The Real Tea Party, Cleveland Defaults, Kazakhstan Revolts

December 16: On This Progressive Day
Members of the Sons of Liberty disguised as Mohawks dump crates of tea into Boston harbor as a protest against the Tea Act (1773)

Chief of the National Socialist German Workers Party's SS, Heinrich Himmler, orders that Roma candidates for extermination be deported to Auschwitz (1942)

Cleveland, Ohio becomes the first post-Depression era city to default on its loans, owing $14,000,000 to local banks (1978)

Revolt in Kazakhstan against Communist party becomes the first sign of ethnic strife during Mikhail Gorbachev's tenure (1986)

Kazakhstan finally gains its independence from the Soviet Union (1991)

Ron Paul raises a record amount of money online in a single day "money bomb": over $6 million in 24 hours (2007)

President B. Hussein Obama hails significant "progress" toward U.S. surrender in the eight-year Afghanistan war (2010)

b: George Santayana (1863), Rudolf Diels (1900); d: Gabriel Narutowicz (1922)

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