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May 06, 2005

May the Sixth

This day in history:

May 6, 1937

From the New York Times, May 7, 1937:

The zeppelin Hindenburg was destroyed by fire and explosions here at 7:23 o'clock tonight with a loss of thirty-three known dead and unaccounted for out of its ninety-seven passengers and crew.

Three hours after the disaster twenty-one bodies had been recovered, and twelve were still missing. The sixty-four known to be alive included twenty passengers and forty-four of the crew. Many of the survivors were burned or injured or both, and were taken to hospitals here and in near-by towns.

The accident happened just as the great German dirigible was about to tie up to its mooring mast four hours after flying over New York City on the last leg of its first transatlantic voyage of the year. Until today the Hindenburg had never lost a passenger throughout the ten round trips it made across the Atlantic with 1,002 passengers in 1936.

Only thirty-five of the 97 people on board at the time were killed. It's interesting to me that any of them survived. From what I can gather, the survivors jumped and were then pulled aside by people on the ground.

Herb Morrison's live audio of the event in RealAudio
Newsreel in QuickTime


May 6, 1882

The Chinese economy was failing and America's was booming. Lots of Chinese — and there were a lot of Chinese — decided life would be better in the US. So they came, and came, and kept coming. Eventually it came to the notice of Americans that there were a heck of a lot of Chinese people entering the country.

Yes, racism was pretty commonplace back then, but the facts can't be dismissed by just calling it racism. We face the same problems today with illegal immigration. There are opportunities here, but they won't last long if the nation is flooded with people willing to work for pennies and live in squalor without complaining. That's why there's such a mess where they came from.

So Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act. The new law, passed on this day in 1882, barred Chinese immigrants from the United States for 10 years, with several exceptions. It seems a bit extreme, especially since Chinese people tend to be very law-abiding and hard-working. But then again, there are a heck of a whole lot of them, and we still limit their immigration, even today.

I can see why Congress felt such a law was necessary, but I very much disagree with the severity of it. I also disagree with the government these days that seems to think being forced to have an abortion by a totalitarian communist regime doesn't make you a political refugee, eligible for asylum.


May 6, 1994

Paula Jones filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill Clinton. I'm pretty sure everyone know what she says he did, and how silly he looked trying to deny it. He claimed she was lying and was just wanting money, and then offered her $800,000 to shut up. She turned it down and said, no, she wanted an apology instead. Well, she and her husband were audited — like a lot of people Clinton didn't like — then attacked by the MSM on everything from her looks to her accent. U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright — a personal friend of Bill Clinton's, who refused to recuse herself from the case — decided Jones suffered no harm, and dismissed the case. The NOW and Feminists pretended to be looked away and examined the wallpaper.

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 6, 2005 10:24 AM

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