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.
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.
The discovery of the remains of England's notorious King Richard III will likely do little to change his historical reputation as a murdering usurper who took the throne through intrigue.
The ratification of the 16th Amendment — the income tax — caused profound changes throughout the United States. Not surprisingly, though the amendment was sold as a tax-the-rich plan, that wasn’t its real intention.