08 February 2020

8 February 2020

 8 February 12020 appears to be the day of the Lantern Festival in China. And it’s Jules Verne’s birthday. It’s also the anniversary of the Orangeburg Massacre. That happened in 1968 on the South Carolina State University campus when state highway patrol officers opened fire on students protesting racial segregation at a local bowling alley. Three people were killed—one of them a high school kid waiting for his mother to get off work—and some thirty injured. Officers afterward claimed that they had been fired on and were merely returning fire when they killed the unarmed civilians, but no evidence was ever presented for the claim—and no armed protesters were ever identified.

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