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August 16, 1858

On August 16, 1858, telegraphed messages were sent over the newly laid trans-Atlantic cable between Britain’s Queen Victoria and US President James Buchanan. The first messages were the usual, flowery prose between 19th Century world leaders. But much later in … Continue reading

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August 12, 1955

On August 12, 1955, US President Eisenhower raised the minimum wage from 75 cents to $1 an hour. Contrary to the voices of the John Birch Society and other conservative Republican leaders, this raising of the minimum wage did not … Continue reading

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August 11, 1942

On August 11, 1942, the ex-Prime Minister of France, Pierre Laval publicly announced “the hour of liberation for France is the hour when Germany wins the war.” Talk about not aging well. Something else that didn’t age well was when … Continue reading

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August 10, 1921

On August 10, 1921, at the age of 39, future New York Governor and US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was stricken with polio. It has become obvious to some people years later that Roosevelt wouldn’t have become paralyzed if he … Continue reading

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August 3, 1943

On August 3, 1943, while visiting a military hospital tent during World War II, Lt. General George S. Patton encountered a soldier with no visible injuries. The soldier, 18-year-old Pvt. Charles H. Kuhl, had been tentatively diagnosed with psychoneurosis. When … Continue reading

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July 20, 1934

On July 20, 1934, the City of Minneapolis used its police force to quell a social disturbance. The police opened fire on striking truck drivers during the Minneapolis Teamsters Strike of 1934, killing two and wounding… Continue reading

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July 13, 1984

On July 13, 1984, Terry Wallis of Arkansas was injured in a car wreck and left comatose. He stayed in that coma for 19 years before he woke up in June of 2003. People in the year 2016 began wondering if there was a way for them… Continue reading

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June 4, 1850

On June 4, 1850, self-deodorizing fertilizer was patented in England. So it no longer smelled like poo. It smelled like fancy poo. Americans and Australians immediately rejected the idea of fancy smelling poo. It was just too… Continue reading

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June 2, 1899

On June 2, 1899, Black Americans observed a day of fasting to protest against lynching. One hundred and twenty-one years later, black Americans are still protesting the sanctioned killings of unarmed black Americans. Continue reading

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May 10, 1933

On May 10, 1933, the ruling Nazi Party staged massive book burnings all throughout Germany. What kind of books did they burn? The books of traitors, emigrants and authors from foreign countries who the Germans thought were attacking the New … Continue reading

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