This Day in History
1821 — Mexico declared its independence from Spain and the revolutionary forces occupied Mexico City.
I found no mention of anybody suggesting the need for a wall.
1881–12 fans attend a Chicago Cubs victory.
If the Twins continue their abysmal play next year, perhaps they will challenge this dubious record.
1962 — “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson is published. The book details the devastating effect pesticides have on the environment in the United States.
A bit hysterical don’t you think, given that only 97% of the scientists at the time supported her theory. And bedbugs, nearly eradicated, have made a comeback since certain pesticides were banned. I’m just saying.
1991 — The first scheduled NHL hockey game in Florida was cancelled due to poor ice.
1722 — Samuel Adams — A rabble-rouser of the highest order. He almost single-handedly kept the spirit of revolution alive, long before Lexington and Concord. If not the leader of the Boston Tea Party, certainly one of its participants.
And he makes good beer.
1827 — Hiram Rhodes Revels was a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Republican politician, and college administrator. Born free in North Carolina, he later lived and worked in Ohio. He became the first African American to serve in the U.S. Congress when he was elected to the United States Senate to represent Mississippi during the Reconstruction era. From wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiram_Rhodes_Revels “On February 25, 1870, visitors in the Senate galleries burst into applause as senator-elect Hiram Revels entered the chamber to take his oath of office. Those present knew that they were witnessing an event of great historical significance. Southern Senators failed in their procedural efforts to keep him from being seated.”
Southern Senators opposed? Who would have thought.
1896 — Sam Ervin, chairman of the Watergate Committee. Ervin was a conservative Georgia Senator who fought hard for Jim Crows laws and segregation. Yet he also became a hero for liberals because he was instrumental in bringing down Senator Joe McCarthy and also for his Watergate role, ultimately resulting in the resignation of President Richard Nixon.
To this day the Watergate hearings are still the best reality TV I’ve ever seen. The January 6th hearings rival it though.