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Castro Resigns

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Castro resigns as president, state-run paper reports -
HAVANA, Cuba (CNN) -- Fidel Castro announced his resignation as president of Cuba and commander-in-chief of Cuba's military Tuesday, according to a letter published in the state-run newspaper, Granma.
Well, son of a bitch! I guess being a communist dictator can lead to a long life, ending in retirement. I wonder if technical colleges will be developing courses for budding communist dictators.

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Today's History Lesson

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From The New York Times: Today in history:

1779 John Adams was named to negotiate the Revolutionary War's peace terms with Britain.

1825 The first locomotive to haul a passenger train was operated by George Stephenson in England.

1928 The United States said it was recognizing the Nationalist Chinese government.

1939 Warsaw, Poland, surrendered after weeks of resistance to invading forces from Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union during World War II.

1954 "Tonight!" hosted by Steve Allen, made its debut on NBC-TV.

1959 A typhoon battered the main Japanese island of Honshu, killing nearly 5,000 people.

1964 The Warren Commission issued a report concluding that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in assassinating President John F. Kennedy.

1990 The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Supreme Court nomination of David H. Souter.

1991 The Senate Judiciary Committee deadlocked, 7-7, on the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court.

1994 More than 350 Republican congressional candidates signed the "Contract with America," a 10-point platform they pledged to enact if voters sent a GOP majority to the U.S. House.

1995 The government unveiled its redesigned $100 bill.

1996 The Taliban, a band of former seminary students, drove the government of Afghani President Burhanuddin Rabbani out of Kabul, captured the capital and executed former leader Najibullah.

1998 Social Democrat Gerhard Schroeder was elected chancellor of Germany, ending 16 years of conservative rule.

1998 Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals hit his record-setting 69th and 70th home runs during the last game of the season.

1999 Tiger Stadium closed after 87 years as home of baseball's Detroit Tigers.

2001 An armed man went on a shooting rampage in the local parliament in Zug, Switzerland, killing 14 people before taking his own life.

2001 President George W. Bush announced plans to bolster airline security in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.

2005 Army reservist Lynndie England was sentenced to three years behind bars for her role in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.

2006 A gunman took six girls hostage at a high school in Bailey, Colo.; he molested them and killed one girl before committing suicide.

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