This Day in History

BORN ON THE 4TH OF JULY

July 4 2012
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We are still a very young country – a mere 226 years old. We have packed an awful lot of living into those precious few years, and it is easy to forget we are brash youth. From Columbus’s discovery of the New Land in 1492 to the Declaration of Independence, 284 years elapsed. We have…

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A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON WORLD WAR TWO

December 8 2011
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Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 EDITORIAL 70 years since Pearl Harbor attack Seventy years have passed since Dec. 8, 1941 (Japan time), when more than 300 Japanese bombers, torpedo bombers and fighters from an aircraft carrier task force attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The attack exploded, sank or severely damaged five U.S. battleships, among other seacraft,…

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HEROISM ON 9/11/2001

September 17 2011
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An inspiring video of people rescuing people.

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DIDJA NOTICE?/HERE TODAY, GONE TOMORROW

December 8 2009
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You can bet your bottom dollar that in another ten years, fewer than 10% of Americans will know in what year the 9/11 bombing in New York happened. Back when i was a kid, there was a song that had a line that went like this, “Let’s remember Pearl Harbor as we do the Alamo.”…

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KEEPING LIFE AND DEATH IN PERSPECTIVE

August 26 2009
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I turned the radio on at about 6.50 A.M. and heard the news. I came in near the end of some babble about soccer matches and then the newscaster said, “Ted Kennedy died last night of brain cancer. He was 77 years old,” Wthout stopping to draw a breath, she turned to the baseball scores…

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USA BECOMES THE MILITARY POWER OF THE WORLD

June 6 2009
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D-DAY, June 6, 1944. Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces leads a combined military team of hundreds of thousands of men from the USA, Britain, and Canada in an invasion of Normandy Beach, France. It marks the turnaround of WW II and send the German armies into rapid retreat. Already, the day…

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GENIUS BEYOND COMPREHENSION

September 24 2008
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September 24, 2008 Two days ago we celebrated (or should have) the birthday of Michael Faraday, born in 1791. What boggles the mind about this genius is that he knew almost no mathematics. He was entirely an empirical mind. He made fundamental contributions to our understanding of electricity and magnetism. He came from a working-class…

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IN THE BEGINNING

May 10 2008
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May 9, 2008 Once upon a time there was something called “soap”. Later, liquid soaps were introduced so that “soap” became “bar soap”. Later yet, as bar soaps made a comeback, they became “body bars”. Once upon a time there was something called “radio”. Later, frequency modulated broadcasting (gulp!) came into being and “radio” became…

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TWO TRIBUTES TO THE LATE BOBBY FISCHER

February 2 2008
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Saturday, February, 2, 2008 The first of these is written by retired John Whitworth, a student of mine back about 1978-1980, who is now a retired Lt. Colonel, U.S. Army Airforce and still active in chess circles where he does commendably well. The second is by the, arguably, best chess player of all time. …1.…

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GUANTANAMO PRISONER GOES HOME

December 31 2007
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ADELAIDE, Australia (Associated Press) —David Hicks, the only person convicted of terrorism charges at a U.S. military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay, walked free Saturday and said he did not want to do “anything that might result in my return” to the prison in Cuba. After Hicks had rotted in jail for 5 years, the U.S.…

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY

February 23 2007
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Wendell Wilkie – Feb 18, 1892. Nicky Copernicus – Feb 19, 1473. Robert Mugabe – Feb 21, 1924. I admit this is like wishing Hitler a happy birthday. George Washington – Feb 22, 1732. Arthur Schopenhauer – Feb 22, 1788. Teddy Kennedy – Feb 22, 1932.

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THIS DAY IN HISTORY

February 5 2007
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Back by overwhelming popular demand. More exactly, we had 2 requests in January to tack on to the 1 request we had in December. Because of such intense interest, here we go. Only, instead of taking it one tedious day at a time and having to stretch for worthies, we will look at the Biggies…

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THIS WEEK IN HISTORY

August 30 2006
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Births 0012. Caligula. 1632. John Locke. 1809. Oliver Wendell Holmes. 1811. Henry Bergh (founder of the ASPCA). 1885. Dubose Heyward [Porgy and Bess] Deaths 30 BC. Cleopatra commits suicide. 0029. John the Baptist beheaded. 1483. Louis XVI goes the way of John. 1688. John Bunyan. 1877. Brigham Young. 1930. William Taft. 1967. George Rockwell (American…

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THIS DAY IN HISTORY – AUGUST 23

August 23 2006
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Births 1754. Louis XVI. Head eventually chopped off by French champions of democracy. 1951. Queen Noor of Jordan. Best looking head of state since Princess Grace. Deaths 1819. Commander Perry. Celebrated his 34th birthday by dying. 1927. Sacco and Venzetti. Executed without evidence for murder because they were Italian anarchists. Nowadays, considered probably guilty, anyway.…

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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY – JULY 19, 2000

July 19 2006
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Stephen Matthew Gendin was born on February 20, 1966. He died on July 21, 2000 at age 34. When Stephen was 22, he told his father, “I’m not bragging, Dad, but it is a fact of life I have already been arrested more often that Martin Luther King in his whole career.” Stephen retired from…

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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY – JULY 10

July 10 2006
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Births 1509. John Calvin. 1723. William Blackstone – great English jurist. 1856. Nikola Tesla – the man who invented everything. 1871. Marcel Proust. 1920. David Brinkley. Huntley/Brinkley Reports. Deaths 1884. Paul Morphy. Checkmate! 1941. Jelly Roll Morton – piano man. Happenings 1850. Tayler dies; Fillmore takes office of President. 1892. First concrete-paved street – (Ohio).…

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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY – JULY 3

July 3 2006
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Births 1423 Louis XI. 1883 Franz Kafka. 1962 Tom Cruise. Oh, what the hell, so he won’t be remembered by 2100. (And I need names.) Happenings 1754 George Washington surrenders to the French at Ft. Necessity. 1778 Brits massacre 360 men, women and children in Pennsylvania. 1839 First normal school opens in U.S. – Lexington,…

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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY – JUNE 28

June 28 2006
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Births 1491. Henry VIII 1712. Jean Jacques Rousseau Deaths 1836. James Madison Happenings 1820. Tomato is proven to be nonpoisonous. 1838. Victoria crowned Queen of England. 1894. Labor Day established as federal holiday. 1914. Assassination of Franz Ferdinand – WW I breaks out. Event of the day. 1950. N. Korea captures Seoul, S. Korea. 1968.…

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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY – JUNE 19

June 19 2006
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Births 1623. Blaise Pascal. Philosopher/mathematician. 1896. Mrs. Simpson. The Duchess of Windsor “The woman I love”. 1903. Lou Gehrig. “The luckiest man on the face of the earth”. 1922. Neils Bohr. Nobel Physicist. 1947. Salmon Rushdie. The novelist condemned to assassination by Khomeini. Deaths 1989. I.F. “Izzy” Stone. Hero of liberal press and bloggers. 80-years…

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THE GOOD DOCTOR SOWELL

June 14 2006
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There is no black man in America who has stepped harder on black people than Professor Thomas Sowell. Dr. Sowell has made a career of putting down other blacks. It is not that he hates them but that he has a demented view of how things operate. He wants blacks not to go to Harvard…

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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY – JUNE 14

June 14 2006
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Births 1811. Harriet Beecher Stowe. (When Abraham Lincoln was introduced to Stowe, he said “So this is the little lady that started the war.” 1864. Alois Alzheimer. (Gee, I wish I could remember who he is.) 1928. Che Guevara. Deaths 1801. Benedict Arnold. Happenings 1623. First breach-of-promise suit. The one bringing suit lost. 1775. Founding…

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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY – JUNE 7

June 7 2006
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Since we publish only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, we skipped yesterday’s historic D-Day – the day on which 150,000 Allied troops scrambled up the from the shores of Normandy Beach, France, and turned the tide against Hitler. Thus, we permit ourselves this single backtrack. Happenings 1769. Daniel Boone begins exploring Kentucky. 1929. Vatican becomes…

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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY – JUNE 5

June 5 2006
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Births 1718. Thomas Chippendale (furniture man). 1723. Adam Smith. 1883. John Maynard Keynes (Keynesian economics). 1887. Ruth Benedict (evil formulator of the theory that all values are relative). 1934. Bill Moyers. Happenings 1794. Congress forbids Americans from serving in foreign armed forces. 1849. Denmark becomes constitutional monarchy. 1912. U.S. marines invade Cuba (as usual). 1917.…

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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY – JUNE 2

June 2 2006
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Births 1491. Henry 8th. 1740. Marquis de Sade. 1904. Johnny Weissmuller. Deaths 1941. Lou Gehrig. Happenings 1835. P.T. Barnum circus begins. 1851. Maine passes first alcohol prohibition law. 1883. First night baseball game. Ft. Wayne, Indiana. 1883. Chicago opens its elevated trains. 1910. Discovery of the pygmies – Dutch New Guinea. 1924. American Indians gain…

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