The Politics Thread Looks Back

One of the things I enjoy about the PT thread is that each day has its own personality and the weekends provide for some solid education. With the Tuesday PT thread, I’m looking to do it more as a bit of a look back in time each week because, well, the news moves hard and fast and sometimes what we post in the morning isn’t even a blip by the time the afternoon or evening crowd comes on. And it’s important to remember parts of the past as they echo and shape the future.

To start the day in the “you can’t make this up” category, in 468, St Simplicius elected to succeed Catholic Pope Hilarius

In 1585, the Olympic Theatre, designed by Andrea Palladio, is inaugurated in Vicenza.

In 1791, 1st US internal revenue act brought about (taxing distilled spirits & carriages) and Congress establishes US Mint.

1801 saw the 1st US Jewish governor, David Emanuel, takes office in Georgia

In 1812, the US passes 1st foreign aid bill (aids Venezuela earthquake vicitims)

US President Andrew Jackson and Congress recognize the Republic of Texas way back in 1837.

Military waste was high in 1855 as US Congress approves $30,000 to test camels for military use

Not learning from the first, 1857 saw the Second Opium War: France and the United Kingdom declare war on China

Abraham Lincoln approves charter for National Academy of Sciences in 1863

In 1875, US Congress authorizes 20 cent coin, lasts only 3 years

In 1931, Cab Calloway records “Minnie Moocher” (Jazz’s 1st million seller)

Apollo 9 launched for 151 Earth orbits (10 days) in 1969

Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina established in 1992

Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Fayetteville NC on WRCQ 103.5 FM in 1997

We got birthdays, too! If today is your birthday, you share it with Alexander Graham Bell back in 1847, James Doohan (1920), Vladimir Vasilyevich Kovolyonok, USR, cosmonaut (1942), Tone-Loc (1966), and Jessica Biel (1982).

Be excellent to each other and remember that the McSquirrell rule is always in effect! And if it gets problematic out there, grab ahold of a mod at