Thursday, July 17, 2014

Today in the Sobel Timeline: July 17

On July 17, 1899, Kramer Associates President Diego Cortez y Catalán was disturbed by Mexican Chief of State Benito Hermión's invasion of Siberia, writing in his diary, "The man is mad. Benito will destroy the nation, Kramer Associates, and perhaps the world if he continues this way."

On July 17, 1900, in the wake of the Russian Revolution, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia abdicated in favor of his brother Michael.

On July 17, 1936, Charles Martin of the Burgoyne Herald wrote of Mexican President Alvin Silva's inaugural address four years earlier, "The voice was Silva's, but the words sounded suspiciously like those of El Jefe."

On July 17, 1967, North American Governor-General Carter Monaghan responded to James Volk's bestselling analysis of atomic-era diplomacy, The Bomb Myth, by saying, "It may be true that no sane and reasonable man will use the bomb. But who is to say sane and reasonable men do today, or will in the future, control the destinies of countries? We must have every safeguard at our command, and one is a strong deterrent force."

Monaghan's comments were reported in the next day's issue of the New York Journal.

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