Posted in Environment History

Exxon Valdez and the Worst Oil Spill in our History

On this day in 1989, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez went off course in a 10-mile wide channel in Alaska’s Prince William Sound and hit…

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Posted in Coronavirus Current events

The Corona Chronicles: To Flee, or Not to Flee

By this universally awful point in 2020, every man, woman and child on earth has felt the impact of our current planetary crisis. As I…

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Posted in History The Courts

Larry Flynt, Devin Nunes and his Cow

On this day in 1988, the Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s judgment for Reverend Jerry Falwell against publisher Larry Flynt, noting the First Amendment…

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The Napoleonic Code and Civil Code

On this day in 1804, the Napoleonic Code is brought into force in France and her possessions. It was the first consistent set of codes…

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Posted in Military Politics

Operation Iraqi Freedom Starts

On this day in 2003, Operation Iraqi Freedom is formally commenced against Saddam Hussein’s Ba’athist government. The initial invasion involved 21 days of major combat…

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Posted in History Human Interest Politics

FDR’s 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…

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