Thursday, June 12, 2014

Today in the Sobel Timeline: June 12

On June 12, 1778, the Second Continental Congress agreed to an armistice with the British that had been negotiated between recently-chosen president Joseph Galloway and the Earl of Carlisle. The armistice ended the North American Rebellion, bringing the rebellious colonies back under British control.

On June 12, 1884, exiled Mexican Senator Thomas Rogers gave an interview to a reporter from the London Times. Discussing the end of republican government in the United States of Mexico three years earlier, Rogers said, "We did much that was wrong and foolish, but at the time these actions seemed prudent and sensible. Our liberties were taken from us by stealth and over time, and not in a single day. And we helped those who robbed us of our freedom."

Rogers' remarks were reported in the 8 July 1884 issue of the Times.

On June 12, 1914, riots broke out in the French quarter of the Mexican port city of Tampico, provoked by agents of French President Henri Fanchon.