Category Archives: Today in History

Falling Into History

[Ed: We’ve been running this post since the blog began a decade ago. It is from the SF Chronicle a lifetime ago, from 2006 when we were younger and perhaps less cynical. This essay has fallen into the void and … Continue reading

Posted in Afghanistan, Chimpy's Great Adventure, Iraq, PDB 2001, Today in History | 10 Comments

Today in History

On this date in 1983, the press realized that Reagan had the Carter Briefing book to prepare for the debate in 1980. George Will was the man playing Carter and using the book: “6/28/83 At his 18th press conference, President … Continue reading

Posted in Feast of Saint Ronnie, Saint Ronnie, snark, Today in History | 2 Comments

Today in History

President Obama tells us… Statement by the President on the 35th Anniversary of HIV/AIDS in America On June 5, 1981, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report on what would later be understood as the first documented … Continue reading

Posted in Today in History | 1 Comment

On This Day In History

4/2/82 “Argentina invades Great Britain’s Falkland Islands. Hours later, UN ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick attends a dinner at the Argentine embassy.” Excerpt From: Paul Slansky. “The Clothes Have No Emperor.” With permission of the author.

Posted in Today in History | 3 Comments

Today in History: 1981

St. Ronnie was shot, or as some prefer to say Hinkley Misses. Al Haig tries to take control of the government, which brings about the definitive dialog of the Reagan Administration’s understanding of government: “As of now, I am in control here, in … Continue reading

Posted in Feast of Saint Ronnie, Saint Ronnie, Today in History | 5 Comments

January 20

And on this date, in one year, we will have a new preznint. And on this date, 35 years ago, Ronald Wilson Reagan (“the greatest president of the last half of the last century, maybe the greatest president, ever,” slurred … Continue reading

Posted in Today in History | 6 Comments

Ten Years Ago in MPS*…

I just realized that January 4th marked the beginning of the 10th year of Mock, Paper, Scissors! And I realized that I am a bad blogger for not remembering that and writing a self-congratulatory post about it. Until now, that … Continue reading

Posted in snark, Tengrain's Little Movies, Today in History | 16 Comments

Today In History

70 years ago today, the United States used an atomic weapon on civilians in Japan, resulting in an estimated 140,000 deaths. Yahoo News has a reprint of the AP story up, with archival pictures. I remember in the ’80s when … Continue reading

Posted in Today in History | Tagged | 5 Comments

One Year Ago Today in Wingnuttian History…

…was Operation American Spring, you know, when 10 Million Patriots were going to March on the Capitol and overthrow the government of the Kenyan Usurper. Don’t worry that you forgot to celebrate it.

Posted in Today in History | 2 Comments

Today in History

Twenty years ago today, Timothy McVeigh detonated a truck bomb in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, OK. To this day, Wingnuttia has a hard time calling it right-wing domestic terrorism. Both Sides Don’t

Posted in Today in History, Wingnuttia | 4 Comments