It was on this day in 2005 that VP Cheney stated “I think they’re in the last throes” when asked how much longer the war in Iraq would continue. He would go on to state that he expected the troops to be home by the time President Bush left office. (As of this writing, there are over 46,000 US troops still fighting insurgents in Iraq.)
The earliest event that Wiki says happened on this day is “70 – Siege of Jerusalem: Titus and his Roman legions breach the Second Wall of Jerusalem. The Jewish defenders retreat to the First Wall. The Romans build a circumvallation, cutting down all trees within fifteen kilometers” and the most recent is “2003 – Depayin massacre: at least 70 people associated with the National League for Democracy are killed by government-sponsored mob in Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi fled the scene, but is arrested soon afterwards.”
A few other notable things that also happened are:
1431 – Joan of Arc is burned at the stake.
1922 – Lincoln Memorial is dedicated.
1982 – Cal Ripken Jr. played the first of what would become 2,632 consecutive games.
Slices of birthday cake goes out to Tom Morello, Colm Meaney, and Trey Parker.