Tues, Oct 20

2011—Brotherly Leader Muammar Ghadaffi is rather unceremoniously dispatched by Libyan rebels. 2005—Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) nixes an increase in Federal home heating aid for the poor. 1990—In 22 cities, Americans protest the impending Gulf War. 1983—The Feds recognize the Mashantucket Pequots, paving the way for a gargantuan casino. 1973—After A.G. Eliot Richardson and Deputy A.G. William Ruckelshaus refuse on principle to comply with President Nixon’s order to fire Special Prosecuter Archibald Cox, Solicitor General Robert Bork, who is not so encumbered, complies. 1967—Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin shoot 24 feet of film purporting to show a Sasquatch walking along a streambed in northern California. 1947—HUAC …

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Mon, Oct 19

2005—Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) wins $853,492 in the Powerball lottery. A dying woman whose real estate deposit he has refused to return receives exactly none of it. 2005—Saddam Hussein goes on trial in Baghdad for crimes against humanity and Bushes. 2000—George W.[MD] Bush says at the Al Smith Dinner, “This is an impressive crowd, the haves and the have-mores. Some people call you the elite. I call you my base.” 1998—Shortly before his likely re-election, Tennessee Senator Tommy Burks [D] is murdered by his middle-name-changing opponent, Byron Low Tax Looper [R]. 1987—Computers say stocks are too damn high—the Dow drops 22 pct. 1982—Automaker J. DeLorean …

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Sun, Oct 18

2017—U.S. President Donald Trump signs a check for $35,000 to repay his lawyer for buying the silence of a porn star with whom he had an affair. 2014—Thousands of college-age cretins, urged on by social media company Finnarage, set fires, throw billiard balls, and overturn cars, putting an end to the Keene Pumpkin Festival. 2011—Ohioan Terry Thompson releases his menagerie of 56 exotic animals, including lions, leopards, and tigers, then kills himself. 2004—In game four of the ALCS, 12th inning, Big Papi puts the Yankees out of their misery and brings joy to the World Series. 2003—The president of Bolivia is driven out of office …

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Sat, Oct 17

2004—In game four of the ALCS, 9th inning, Dave Roberts steals 2nd, then scores on Bill Mueller’s single. 1999—Lissa Roche commits suicide after confessing she had a 19-year affair with her father-in-law, George Roche III, the president of Hillsdale College, “the most conservative college in America.” 1973—OPEC turns off the oil tap. 1967—Lt. Col. Terry Allen Jr. leads two companies of the 28th Infantry, outnumbered 10 to 1, into a VC ambush at Ong Thanh. Casualties exceed 92 percent, 64 are KIA; the U.S. Army declares it a victory. 1960—The sit-in movement pays off big: several chain stores with locations in 10 southern states desegregate …

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Fri, Oct 16

2002—George W.[MD] Bush signs the law he demanded giving him permission to start an unprovoked war. 1973—Fred and Donald Trump are sued by the Justice Dept. for discriminating against minority renters. Their lawyer, Roy Cohn, countersues, claiming the victims are the Trumps. 1973—Henry Kissinger gets the Nobel Peace Prize; Tom Lehrer declares political satire obsolete. 1972—Majority Leader Hale Boggs [D-La.], Rep. Nick Begich [D-Alaska], aide R. Brown, and pilot D. Jonz vanish while flying over Alaska. 1968—Tommie Smith and John Carlos, Mexico City Olympic winners, raise fists in the Black Power salute. 1962—At breakfast, President John F. Kennedy finds he’s got a Cuban Missile Crisis …

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Thurs, Oct 15

2008—The Dow loses 7.8 percent of its value in its 2nd worst day ever. 2004—Jon Stewart appears on CNN’s “Crossfire” and begs Tucker Carlson to “stop hurting America.” Less than 90 days later CNN announces the show is over. 1997—On Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, RAF pilot Andy Green breaks the sound barrier in a jet-driven, 110,000 horsepower car. 1969—In the U.S., two million march in the first Vietnam Moratorium. A demo in Boston draws 100,000. 1966—Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale form the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. 1965—David Miller becomes the first American to publicly burn his draft card in Vietnam War protest. 1963—The …

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