Feb-26: The Grand Canyon and the Dangers of Extremism from Galileo, Iran-Contra and WTC Bombing and Trayvon Martin

February 26th is marked by the dangers of extremism, whether it be the treatment of Galileo, to the Iran-Contra scandal, the World Trade Center bombing and the killing of Trayvon Martin.  Plus today is the anniversary of the Grand Canyon becoming a national park and NPR.


Galileo Banned from Teaching That Earth Orbits Sun

Scientist Galileo Galilei banned by the Catholic Church from teaching or defending the view that the earth orbits the sun.  in 1633, he was later convicted of heresy and confined to house arrest until his death in 1642.  The Catholic Church would not recant its ban until 1835.


Tower Commission Report Released

The Tower Commission reached its findings that President Reagan violated U.S. law by

Using the Contras as a front, and against international law, and US law, weapons were sold, using Israel as intermediaries, to Iran, during the brutal Iran–Iraq War. The US was also supplying weapons to Iraq, including ingredients for nerve gas, mustard gas and other chemical weapons.


World Trade Center Truck Bomb

A 1,336 truck bomb detonated below the North Tower of the World Trade Center, killing six people.  The attack was planned by middle-eastern terrorists, six of whom were convicted.  The attackers had intended to bring down the twin towers with the bomb.


Trayvon Martin Murdered

Trayon Martin, 17, was shot to death in Sanford, Fla., during an altercation with neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who said he’d acted in self-defense. . A jury acquitted Zimmerman of second-degree murder and manslaughter in July 2013.



Grand Canyon Becomes National Park

It is the 15th oldest national park and was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979.


NPR Formed

National Public Radio founded.  By 2005, it had become the nation’s most trusted news source.


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