The Weekly History Thread Makes the Deadliest Friend

Welcome to this week’s History Thread! This week will discuss unlikely alliances, be they political, military, dynastic, artistic, etc. Events make strange bedfellows, sometimes literally, so let’s celebrate them.

Today’s picture: September 4 commemorates two more seminal dates in American civil rights. It is the anniversary of the second Peekskill Riot of 1949, which your not-so-humble thread host chronicled in a past column. It’s also the 61st anniversary of the first escalation of the Little Rock integration crisis, when Governor Orval Faubus of Arkansas deployed the National Guard to block the arrival of several black students. After several weeks of threats and legal wrangling, President Eisenhower overcame the impasse by deploying the 101st Airborne to escort the students to class.