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Wednesday Open Thread

On this date in 1789, George Washington took the first oath of office of a President of the United States under the current Constitution in New York City. It has been downhill ever since.

Tuesday Open Thread

The International Military Tribunal for the Far East was convened at Ichigaya Court on this date in 1946.

Monday Open Thread

On this date in 1952 the U.S. occupation of Japan officially ended.

Sunday Open Thread

On this date in 1865 the steamboat SS Sultana exploded killing an estimated 1800 of her 2400 passengers. Most of the dead were Union prisoners headed home (see yesterday’s post on the Confederate prison) after being released.

Humanity and Hope in a Confederate Prison

The New York Times Opinionator has an interesting story on a Southern prison called Cahaba Federal Prison located in Alabama and run by a Kentuckian Methodist minister:

For more than the obvious reasons, Civil War soldiers in both armies despised military prisons. Not only were the inmates held against their will, but the hunger, filth, [...]

Saturday Open Thread

Guernica by Pablo Picasso

The Basque city of Guernica was bombed by the Luftwaffe on this date in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War

Friday Open Thread

The USS Maine

On this date in 1898, the U.S. declared war on Spain

Wednesday Open Thread

On this date in 1985, the Coca Cola. Company unleashed “New Coke” on the world to near universal condemnation.

Monday Open Thread

The Battle of San Jacinto by Henry Arthur McArdle (1895)

On this date in 1836 The Army of the Republic of Texas defeated the Mexican Army and captured General Santa Anna. Remember Goliad! Remember the Alamo!

Same As It Ever Was (Tax Edition)

Somewhere in Hell is an especially hot place for these bureaucrats of a bygone age (and perhaps their institutional descendants). The AP has the story on when Holland collected back taxes from Jewish Holocaust survivors returning home and a young woman’s fight to return the money:

Charlotte van den Berg was a 20-year-old college [...]