Singapore was the only country that gained independence against its own will

…oodshed, Singapore was expelled from Malaysia on 7 August 1965 by a unanimous vote of the Parliament of Malaysia. Lee Kuan Yew tearfully announced Singapore’s sovereignty and independence by saying: “For me, it is a moment of anguish. All my life, my whole adult life, I have believed in merger and unity of the two territories.” On that day Singapore became the only nation in modern history to gain independence against its own will….

Carl Sagan wrote a list under the pseudonym Mr. X advocating for marijuana use

…e more outspoken about his advocacy, arguing that medical marijuana should be legal for cancer and AIDS patients. “Is it rational to forbid patients who are dying from taking marijuana as a palliative to permit them to gain body weight and to get some food down,” Sagan asked in an interview. “It seems madness to say, ‘We’re worried that they’re going to become addicted to marijuana’ — there’s…

The Great Depression routine of an ordinary man (Memories of Andy Hansen)

…ew along the roads, the smallest man was always the one working while the larger nine stood around idly watching. Moreover, the small man doing all of the road work was a recent immigrant from Germany. The WPA program didn’t gain much respect from the local farmers. My father, a carpenter and laborer, was often idle during the Depression. The standard working hours for a manual laborer was 10 hours a day, six days a week, with Sunday as the day…

Gen. Douglas MacArthur accepts Japanese surrender

…Gen. Douglas MacArthur accepts Japanese surrender, USS Missouri, Tokyo Bay, September 2, 1945. Behind MacArthur are Generals Wainwright and Percival, the officers who had respectively surrendered the Philippines and Singapore to the Japanese. Both had been plucked out of Japanese prison camps at the armistice and flown in to be present at the ceremony. Color footage of the occasion: Carrier plane flyover at the ceremony:…