On This Day in History…

Absolutely nothing happened. Relating to writers, I mean. Can’t find a thing.

What did happen? Well, 168 years ago the Dominican Republic gained independence from Haiti. Seems the father of that split has fallen on hard times, compared to the child. Maybe Haiti should have gone along for the ride?

The Reichstag building was destroyed by fire on this day in 1933. It’s possible the fire was started by the Nazis as a deception that would allow them to remove the Communists from Parliament. With them pesky Reds gone, the Nazis would be a majority party, and this turned into a pivotal moment in German history. Proof of Nazi complicity is purely circumstantial, though, and this is still debated by historians.

The 22nd Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified on this day in 1951. Limiting the President to two terms in office, it’s only mistake was in not going far enough; but I digress…

Kuwait was liberated in 1991.

Oh, and the literature statement I made earlier? Wrong-o. Today is the 110th birthday of John Steinbeck. Yeah; THAT Steinbeck. Also Irwin Shaw (Rich Man, Poor Man), Michael Burstein (science fiction short stories) and Chelsea Clinton. I don’t know what she’s written, but I’m sure she’s going to write in the future.

Sadly, this is the death date of Mr. Rogers, now nine years ago. He’s got a sweater in the Smithsonian, which is more than most of us will ever have there. Today’s kids, though; they’ve not been exposed to the Neighborhood, and that’s sad…

Time Rolls On…

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