Jan-9: A Day of Disruption

Jan-9: A Day of Disruption

January 9 is marked by disruption of the status quo, from Thomas Paine’s publication of “Common Sense,” Panama’s Martyrs Day protests to the introduction of the first iPhone.


Thomas Paine Publishes “Common Sense”

The pamphlet, which stated the case for American independence, sold 120,000 copies in its first three months and was read aloud on street corners .  It has been called “the most incendiary and popular pamphlet of the entire revolutionary era”.


Panama’s Martyrs Day

In 1963, President Kennedy agreed to permit the Panamanian flag fly at all non-military installations in the Canal Zone.  After Kennedy’s death, the Canal Zone Governor rescinded the order, leading to an attempt by Panamanian students to raise their flag in the Canal Zone.  A scuffle ensued that led to the flag being ripped which ignited rioting in which 28 were killed.

Panama’s President broke off diplomatic relations in response, saying it would not reestablish relations  unless the U.S. until it agreed to open negotiations on a new treaty.  The event is considered a catalyst for the ultimate treaty signed in 1977 that transferred control of the Panama Canal to Panama on December 31, 1999.



Apple unveils Smart Phone.

Steve Jobs announced the launch of the iPhone at MacWorld.  The Apple device now controls over half of the North American market.


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