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Thursday History Trivia And Commentary

December 21, 2006

On this day in . . .

– 1879, “Joseph Stalin, the Soviet statesman who was leader of the Communist Party and dictator of the Soviet Union for 25 years, was born.” [Source: NYT]

Let’s never forget one of the worst tyrants of the twentieth century.

– 1913, “The first crossword puzzle was published in the New York World.” [Source: NYT]

It’s hard for me to believe that crosswords are less than 100 years old.

– 1919, “J. Edgar Hoover deports anarchists/feminist Emma Goldman to Russia.” [Source: HNN]

Read about Goldman’s life at Wikipedia. Her life touched on almost every aspect of labor resistance and the anarchist movement at the turn of the twentieth century. She died in 1940.

– 1945, “Gen. George S. Patton died at age 60 in Germany of injuries suffered in a car accident.” [Source: NYT]

When I think of Patton, I think of George C. Scott.

– 1970, “Elvis Presley met with President Richard M. Nixon in the Oval Office to discuss fighting drugs.” [Source: NYT]

Oh, the irony! – TL

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