On Dec. 1, 1969, the Selective Service conducted its first lottery to determine the order of call to military service in the Vietnam War; the lottery was for men born between 1944 and 1950.
On Nov. 29, 1799, Amos Bronson Alcott was born in Wolcott, Connecticut; though he became well known as education reformer and teacher, it is the many lives that intersected with his that make his story fascinating.
On Nov. 28, 1757, William Blake was born in London, England. His poetry, criticism and engraving revealed a penetrating vision of religious and personal mythology.
On Nov. 27, 1701, Anders Celsius was born in Uppsala, Sweden; the astronomer proposed the centigrade temperature scale that the international standard is based on.
On Nov. 26, 1917, the owners of four hockey teams in Montreal, Quebec and Ottawa organized the National Hockey League.
On Nov. 24, 1859, John Murray published “On The Origin of Species, by Means of Natural Selection,” by Charles Darwin.
Perhaps on Nov. 23, 534 BCE, Thespis of Icaria eschewed the tradition of the Greek stage; wearing a mask, he spoke as Dionysus not himself. Two hundred years later, Aristotle calls it the first acting performance.
Thanksgiving, a time to recall the deliverances and bounties of our lives.
On Nov. 21, 1694, Voltaire, the name that François-Marie Arouet published under, was born in Paris. He rejected the law for a chance to write, and became one of the most successful, and influential authors in history.
On Nov. 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln consecrated the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg, where 3,155 Union soldiers died in a three-day battle, with one of America’s most memorable speeches.
Today I received the fourth envelope of holiday return address labels from a worthy (I guess) charity begging a donation. Other organizations send out calendars, key chains -- even coins -- knowing guilt is a great motivator. That might work if I needed the labels. But one batch is more ...
“We petition the Obama administration to: Peacefully grant the State of Tennessee to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.”
On Nov. 17, 1749, Nicolas Appert was born in Châlons-en-Champagne, Marne, France; he invented “canning” as a way to preserve food.
On Nov. 16, 1973, President Richard Nixon authorized the construction of the 800-mile Trans-Alaska Pipeline from the North Slope of Alaska to Port Valdez.
Denton True Young earned the moniker Cyclone in 1890, and when he retired 21 years later he left baseball records in a shambles.
On Nov. 14, 1765, American inventor Robert Fulton was born on a farm in Pennsylvania; he built the first workable submarine, the Nautilus, for Napoleon Bonaparte in 1800, and built the early warship.
People are people. Profound, I know, but it explains why I have no heroes. I don't mean to pick on General David Petraeus, but he's a good -- and latest example. The general and, until last week, CIA director, was by all measures and accounts a good and honorable man. ...
On Nov. 13, 1956, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down laws in Alabama that segregated buses, and heralded the end of “separate but equal” as legal segregation.
Last week, I was invited to participate in the annual career fair held in the gym at West Pine Middle School. Since this is my daughter's school, I jumped at the opportunity to see her in her "native environment" and do my level best either to impress or embarrass her. ...