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Rockntractor
04-11-2012, 11:53 AM
Apr 11, 1945:
The U.S. army liberates Buchenwald concentration camp


On this day in 1945, the American Third Army liberates the Buchenwald concentration camp, near Weimar, Germany, a camp that will be judged second only to Auschwitz in the horrors it imposed on its prisoners.

As American forces closed in on the Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald, Gestapo headquarters at Weimar telephoned the camp administration to announce that it was sending explosives to blow up any evidence of the camp--including its inmates. What the Gestapo did not know was that the camp administrators had already fled in fear of the Allies. A prisoner answered the phone and informed headquarters that explosives would not be needed, as the camp had already been blown up, which, of course, was not true.

The camp held thousands of prisoners, mostly slave laborers. There were no gas chambers, but hundreds, sometimes thousands, died monthly from disease, malnutrition, beatings, and executions. Doctors performed medical experiments on inmates, testing the effects of viral infections and vaccines.

Among the camp's most gruesome characters was Ilse Koch, wife of the camp commandant, who was infamous for her sadism. She often beat prisoners with a riding crop, and collected lampshades, book covers, and gloves made from the skin of camp victims.

Among those saved by the Americans was Elie Wiesel, who would go on to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-us-army-liberates-buchenwald-concentration-camp

Rockntractor
04-11-2012, 11:56 AM
Also this day:
Napoleon exiled to Elba, 1814

American Revolution
Moravian missionary David Zeisberger is born, 1721

Automotive
Henry Ford marries, 1888

Civil War
Confederates surrender Fort Pulaski, 1862

Cold War
Truman relieves MacArthur of duties in Korea, 1951

Crime
War is narrowly averted, 1870

Disaster
Last survivors of ferry accident rescued, 1968

General Interest
Apollo 13 launched to moon, 1970
Idi Amin overthrown, 1979

Hollywood
Cher wins Best Actress Oscar for Moonstruck, 1988

Literary
Dorothy Parker resigns as drama critic for The New Yorker, 1931

Music
Bob Dylan plays his first major gig in New York City, 1961

Old West
Talleyrand offers to sell Louisiana, 1803

Presidential
President Carter hosts White House Easter egg roll, 1977

Sports
Phil Mickelson wins first major at Masters, 2004

Vietnam War
Troops from Hawaii sent to South Vietnam, 1963
B-52s strike North Vietnamese positions, 1972

World War I
International Labor Organization founded, 1919

Retread
04-11-2012, 03:46 PM
Friday, April 11, 1862
PROJECTILES PUMMEL PULASKI PROFOUNDLY

The new Federal rifled artillery set up on Tybee Island accomplished its objective today as Ft. Pulaski surrendered. The sturdy old fort had had several holes knocked in it, and its commander, Col. Charles Olmstead, decided that receiving 5000 rounds was sufficient. The surrender meant that the approaches to the Savannah River, and the city of the same name, were effectively opened for the forthcoming Yankee assault. Surprisingly enough, only one soldier on either side was killed.



Saturday, April 11 1863
SUFFOLK SUFFERS SOUTHERN SIEGE

Union commanders in the Suffolk and James River areas of Virginia were today sending requests for Naval gunboats to be sent as protection against fears of Southern attacks. They didnít know how much trouble they were in: Longstreet was coming. With his entire corps he surrounded the Suffolk area and launched a siege which lasted a month.



Monday, April 11 1864
RED RIVER RUMBLE REPULSED

Both the Army and the Navy forces of the United States were having a hard time with the Mississippi River campaign today. The Red River campaign, under Gen. Banks, withdrew to Grand Encore, La., after failing at Pleasant Hill and Mansfield. Actually, Banksí men were the victors at Pleasant Hill, but Banks didnít believe it, so he turned around anyway. On the water, Admiral Porterís gunboats were being subjected to such indignities as small-arms and battery fire from the banks of the river. This was hard to avoid as the water was getting very low, making maneuvering difficult.

Madisonian
04-11-2012, 07:39 PM
4/11/12 -
Florida prosecutors bowed to mob pressure and the potential for violent civil unrest and issued an arrest warrant for a Hispanic man now accused of 2nd degree murder in the shooting death of a 17 year old black male.
In 5 years no one will probably remember the names of either of the 2, but the precedent of kissing the asses of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the New Black Panthers Party will linger long afterwards.

Rockntractor
04-11-2012, 07:55 PM
4/11/12 -
Florida prosecutors bowed to mob pressure and the potential for violent civil unrest and issued an arrest warrant for a Hispanic man now accused of 2nd degree murder in the shooting death of a 17 year old black male.
In 5 years no one will probably remember the names of either of the 2, but the precedent of kissing the asses of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the New Black Panthers Party will linger long afterwards.

Apparently this one is eating your ass as bad as it is mine.