2005—“See,” mansplains G.W.[MD] Bush, “in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.”
2000—Linda Tripp beats a wiretap rap; if you’re a Right Winger, ignorance of the law is an excuse.
1989—Being killed by Texas state employees, Stephen McCoy has a violent drug reaction. A male witness faints, knocking over another witness.
1978—Pistol-packin’ Barbara Ann Oswald skyjacks Allen Barklage’s helicopter to spring airliner skyjacker Garrett B. Trapnell from the Marion, Ill. pen. Bold Barklage grabs Oswald’s gun, though, and shoots her dead.
1971—After a ski pole punctures his heart in a fall from a ski lift, actor Clint Walker is declared dead. A dissenting M.D. postpones his death to 2018.
1964—Barry Goldwater says let’s use nukes in South Vietnam.
1961—Law-abiding Freedom Riders are arrested in Jackson, Miss. as per agreement between Sen. James Eastland and A.G. Bobby Kennedy.
1959—The first home bomb shelter is shown in Pleasant Hills, Pa.
1861—Shot while removing a Rebel flag from a hotel roof in Alexandria, Va., Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, friend of Abe Lincoln, becomes the first Union officer to die in the Civil War.
1824—More hours for less pay? No—102 women and girls in Pawtucket hold the U.S.’s first industrial strike.