Tuesday Tomfoolery: History Trivia & Comment
Why today? Because I’ve been itching for this kind of fun for quite awhile.
On Tuesday, August 14, in . . .
– 1935, “President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, creating unemployment insurance and pension plans for the elderly.” . . . And thereby created a Pauline “thorn in the flesh” for Republicans ever since.
And now a bit of comparative international trivia:
– 1969, “British troops arrived in Northern Ireland to intervene in sectarian violence between Protestants and Roman Catholics.”
– 1973, “U.S. bombing of Cambodia came to a halt.”
– 1980, “Lech Wałęsa leads strikes at Gdańsk, Poland shipyards,” an “action that resulted in the creation of the Solidarity labor movement.”
And here’s Tim’s No-Fun, Preachy History Conclusion For Today:
– Exhibit A – Two of the above involved violence, and one didn’t. … Okay.
– Exhibit B – Two of the above failed to reach the goals of the states involved, but the other was a crucial part of ending the Cold War. … Check.
Conclusion – The math for peace seems obvious.
Sorry to sneak some anti-fun into today’s trivia tomfoolery. What a come down. It’s just an expression of a recent, recurring feeling: Just as fun can be made of history, we all know that morals of the story – otherwise called theses – sometimes also sneak in.