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The Beauty and Tragedy of Tammy Terrell

On this day in 1970, superlative Motown songbird Tammi Terrell passes away from a malignant brain tumor at 24. Best known for her duets with the legendary Marvin Gaye, Terrell was born to an actress and barber in Philadelphia, PA. With undeniable talent, Terrell (nee Montgomery) was signed to Scepter Records in her mid-teens, and […]

Political Perception, Conspiracies and Violence

On this day in 44 BC, a conspiratorial group of self-titled “Liberators” stab Julius Caesar to death in a location adjacent to the Theatre of Pompey on the Ides of March. Caesar, the dictator of the Roman Republic, had recently been declared such “in perpetuo” by the Senate of the Roman Republic. This ascension and […]

Dogs in the Military

On March 13, 1942, Secretary of War Robert P. Patterson signed a letter that authorized the Quartermaster General to officially induct dogs into the war effort. They arrived by the thousands in all shapes and sizes. Initially there were 30 breeds accepted that were later narrowed down to just five: German Shepherds, Belgian Sheep Dogs, […]

The Fireside Chats

On this day in 1933, newly-minted President Franklin Roosevelt delivers the first of many “fireside chats.” These addresses broadcast to a nation savaged by economic calamity helped quell irrationality, and in this writer’s humble estimation played a key role in FDR’s mission to keep the US tacking a relative center course. Without studied leadership and […]

The Tragic Life of the Feminist Writer of Frankenstein

On this day in 1818, novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Gothic masterpiece “Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus” is published in England. The book by the 21-year-old is frequently called the world’s first science fiction novel wherein a scientist animates a creature constructed from dismembered corpses. The work’s […]

Did Czechoslovakia’s Foreign Minister Jan Masaryk Commit Suicide?

In 1947 Masaryk made a fateful error in strongly endorsing the US offer of millions in aid under the Marshall Plan. When the US unveiled the brilliantly cunning and generous plan, the Soviets and their Czech lackeys demurred, and by strange coincidence a full-on communist coup was staged in February of ’48. Masaryk was one of the few non-communists left in place, a man largely alone.