Sun, 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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Sat, 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. 1987—Socialist Thomas Sankara, President of Burkina Faso and an opponent of the World Bank, is assassinated in a French-backed coup. 1969—In the U.S., two million march in the first Vietnam Moratorium. One demo in Boston draws 100,000. 1966—In Oakland, 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 …

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Fri, Oct 14

2018—RIP, Emilio V. Maddaloni. 2011—Weeks after a U.S. drone smites his dad, a U.S. citizen in Yemen, Abdulrahman Anwar al-Awlaki, also a U.S. citizen, meets the same fate. Neither got a trial. 1984—KFBK in Sacramento replaces Morton Downey Jr., with someone even worse: Rush Limbaugh. 1976—The U.S., presided over by Gerald Ford, Republican, apologizes to Japan, offended by a Hiroshima re-enactment: Paul Tibbets flew a B-29 over Harlingen, Texas, creating a [mock] mushroom cloud. 1968—The Pentagon orders 24,000 troops back to Vietnam for an involuntary second tour. 1968—At the Presidio stockade, 27 soldiers are arrested for mutiny. 1947—Broken ribs be damned: Chuck Yeager breaks the …

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Thurs, Oct 13

2004—Andrea Mackris sues her ex-boss, Fox’s Bill O’Reilly, for making lewd phones calls. Two weeks later O’Reilly pays her $9M to shut up. 2004—George W.[MD] Bush claims during a televised debate, “Gosh, I don’t think I ever said I’m not worried about Osama bin Laden. That’s kind of one of those exaggerations,” directly contradicting his own statement of March 3, 2002 that he’s “not that much concerned about him.” 1991—A lie detector test suggests Anita Hill is telling the truth about Clarence Thomas. 1988—Radiocarbon dating says the Shroud of Turin is 780 years old. 1972—Seventy-five years after land was originally allocated for it, Congress creates …

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Wed, Oct 12

1984—A Provisional IRA bomb in a Brighton hotel kills five, but top target Maggie Thatcher is unscathed. 1972—A race riot aboard the USS Kitty Hawk leaves 47 injured. 1970—Lieut. William Calley is court-martialled for 102 murders. 1968—Navy nurse Susan Schnall drops anti-war leaflets from a plane onto five Bay-area military bases. 1964—JFK’s intimate friend Mary Pinchot Meyer is murdered under the murkiest of circumstances. 1964—Canadian John Watkins, suspected of spying by CIA man James Jesus Angleton, is interrogated to death in a Montreal hotel. 1961—The FBI launches a “Socialist Worker Disruption Program.” 1960—Otoya Yamaguchi, 17, a right-winger, runs a sword through Inejiro Asanuma, leader of …

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Tues, Oct 11

2006—Nine years after she was hit by a lampost knocked over by a Macy’s parade balloon, Kathleen Caronna’s Manhattan apartment burns after being struck by Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle’s crashing Cirrus airplane. 2003—Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez, 33, gives Yankee coach Don Zimmer a shove, knocking the 72-year old Zimmer to the ground. 2002—The U.S. Senate approves the error made yesterday by the House. 1991—Anita Hill testifies before Congress that she was sexually harassed by her former boss, Supreme Court Justice-to-be Clarence Thomas. 1973—Henry Kissinger tells Brent Scowcroft that President Nixon can’t take a call from the British Prime Minister because he’s too “loaded.” 1963—NSAM …

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