If, as they say, God spanked the town for being over-frisky, why did He burn His churches down and spare Hotaling’s whiskey? —Charles Field’s wry observation after firemen saved a warehouse full of whiskey from burning up in the fires following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

April 18, 1906 — At 05:12 A.M. a 7.9 magnitude earthquake hits San Francisco, CA. In the aftermath, fires broke out and raged for several days. An estimated 3,000 people died and over 80% of the city was destroyed.

Never believe anything until it has been officially denied. —Claud Cockburn

April 17, 1961 —  Financed and trained by the CIA, a group of Cuban exiles lands at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba and is unsuccessful in its attempt to oust Fidel Castro.

The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger—but recognize the opportunity. —John F. Kennedy

April 16, 1961 — In a nationally broadcast speech, Cuban leader Fidel Castro declares that he is a Marxist–Leninist and that Cuba is going to adopt Communism.

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