The Battle of Hayes Pond was an armed confrontation between members of a
Ku Klux Klan organization and Native Americans of the Lumbee Tribe at a
Klan rally near Maxton, North Carolina, on the night of January 18,
1958. The rally was planned by Klan leader James W. "Catfish" Cole who
sought to uphold racial segregation in Robeson County. Cole hoped his
gathering would have a large turnout and widely advertised it,
infuriating the Lumbee community. On the night of the rally, hundreds of
Lumbees, many armed, encircled the Klansmen in the field at Hayes Pond
where they had assembled. After an altercation in which the single light
in the field was destroyed, the Lumbees began firing their weapons and
most of the Klansmen fled. The Lumbees then seized Klan regalia before
police restored order. Afterwards, Cole was convicted for inciting a
riot. The event was widely covered in the local and national press.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Hayes_Pond>
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Francisco Pizarro founded Ciudad de los Reyes (present-day
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Wesley College, one of the largest schools in Australia by
enrolment, was established in Melbourne.
Willie O'Ree of the Boston Bruins played his first game in the
National Hockey League, becoming the first black Canadian in
professional ice hockey.
In a sting operation conducted by the FBI, Marion Barry, the
mayor of Washington, D.C., was arrested for possession of crack cocaine.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (formal) Of or pertaining to technical matters; mechanical.
2. (formal) Uncultured, unrefined, utilitarian.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
I've concluded that anarchism is an impractical ideal. Nowadays,
I regard myself as a libertarian. I suppose an anarchist would say,
paraphrasing what Marx said about agnostics being "frightened atheists,"
that libertarians are simply frightened anarchists. Having just stated
the case for the opposition, I will go along and agree with them: yes, I
am frightened. I'm a libertarian because I don't trust the people as
much as anarchists do. I want to see government limited as much as
possible; I would like to see it reduced back to where it was in
Jefferson's time, or even smaller. But I would not like to see it
abolished. I think the average American, if left totally free, would act
exactly like Idi Amin. I don't trust the people any more than I trust
--Robert Anton Wilson
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