Today is the 75th anniversary of the infamous rigged Anschluss election, where 99 percent of German voters supposedly approved the Nazi takeover of Austria.

Seventy-one years ago today an overzealous general, following unconstitutional orders from his commander-in-chief, started sending American citizens living in California to internment camps outside the state for the crime of being Japanese.

During World War II, Polish Catholic social worker Irena Sendler risked her life to save thousands of Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto.

If brevity is the soul of wit, it is unfortunate that Calvin Coolidge is remembered more for his greatly exaggerated brevity than for his frequently overlooked wit. Indeed, two of the famous quotes attributed to Coolidge have often been cited to suggest dullness rather than keenness of insight.

 

 

Lincoln's birthday, February 12, appears to have lost some of its former aura, as all presidents are now supposedly covered by the amorphous, all-purpose "Presidents' Day," but his time in office retains most of the luster that it acquired after he was killed.