John Sherman Cooper (1901–1991) was an American politician, jurist,
and diplomat. He began his political career in the Kentucky House of
Representatives (1927–29) before being elected as a county judge in
1930. After serving in the U.S. Army in World War II and reorganizing
the Bavarian judicial system after Germany's defeat, he was a Kentucky
circuit judge before winning election to the U.S. Senate in 1946. He was
defeated in the 1948 election, but re-elected to partial terms in 1952
and 1956, serving as Ambassador to India in between. He was re-elected
to the Senate in 1960 and 1966 by record margins for Kentucky. President
John F. Kennedy chose Cooper to conduct a secret fact-finding mission to
Moscow and New Delhi. Following Kennedy's assassination in November
1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Cooper to the Warren
Commission to investigate the assassination. Cooper soon became an
outspoken opponent of Johnson's decision to escalate U.S. military
involvement in the Vietnam War. Aging and increasingly deaf, Cooper did
not seek re-election in 1972. His last acts of public service were as
Ambassador to East Germany from 1974 to 1976 and as an alternate
delegate to the United Nations in 1981.
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Ottoman forces defeated the Safavids at the Battle of
Chaldiran, gaining control of eastern Anatolia and northern Iraq.
The Albert Bridge, spanning the River Thames in London, opened.
In their first major action of the First World War, the British
Expeditionary Force defeated German troops in Mons, Belgium.
King Michael dismissed the pro-Axis government of General Ion
Antonescu, putting Romania on the side of the Allies for the remainder
of World War II.
Singing Revolution: Approximately two million people joined
hands to form an over 600 km (370 mi) long human chain across the
Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian Soviet republics to demonstrate their
respective desires for independence.
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To beat into shape with a hammer.
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￼ We are the Choice of the Will: God, when He gave
the word That called us into line, set in our hand a sword; Set us a
sword to wield none else could lift and draw, And bade us forth to the
sound of the trumpet of the Law.
--William Ernest Henley
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