|Interesting anniversaries and birthdays that occurred this week in history
Noteworthy events from 1/16 thru 1/22
1/17/1961 - In his farewell address, U.S. President Eisenhower warned against "the military-industrial complex."
1/22/1973 - The Supreme Court of the United States delivers its decision in Roe vs. Wade striking down state laws restricting abortion during the first six months of pregnancy.
1/16/1991 - Gulf War: Operation Desert Storm began early in the morning. Iraq fires 8 Scud missiles into Israel in an unsuccessful bid to provoke Israeli retaliation. [see web pick below]
This Week's Birthdays - 1/16 thru 1/22
1/17/1706 - Benjamin Franklin American writer, inventor, publisher, and ambassador (d. 1790)
1/19/1807 - Robert E. Lee, American Confederate general (d. 1870)
History web site of the week
Office of the Special Assistant for the Gulf War Illnesses
Fourteen years ago the ongoing battle for United States influence in the Middle East began in earnest with the first Gulf War, Operation Desert Storm. This web site is a U.S. military website about the Gulf War. It is primarily a clearing house for medical information useful to the many Gulf War veterans with lingering ailments related to the war but it also has a very detailed timeline and other useful information about the war.