A Historical Day

(1770) American patriots gunned down in Boston
1770 British soldiers clash with American colonists who are protesting British occupation of their city. The patriots’ taunts and snowballs are met by the troop’s musket fire. Five colonists die and three are wounded. The incident will fuel animosity toward British authorities among the colonists..
(1946) Winston Churchill’s speech warns West of ‘Iron Curtain’
In a speech delivered at Westminster College in Fulton, MO, the former British Prime Minister decries the Soviet Union’s growing militaristic dominance of Europe and raises the specter of an “iron curtain” descending across the continent. The phrase will immediately become shorthand for Cold War divisions.. 1946
(1970) Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty goes into effect
1970 The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) goes into force as an effort to slow the ever-quickening pace of countries becoming armed with nuclear weapons. It’s feared that without it, there will be upwards of 30 more nations with “The Bomb” within 20 years. .
(1975) Homebrew Computer Club meets for the first time
An amateur computer-users group gathers in Menlo Park, California, to exchange ideas about their hobby of building digital devices. The meeting will be seen as the Big Bang of the personal computing revolution, with members going on to found influential companies. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak designed the Apple I at the club.. 1975

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