History

December 7, 1941

“Air Raid on Pearl Harbor. This is not a drill.” Eighty years ago today, the United States (officially) entered the largest conflict ever fought on planet Earth. Japanese air and naval forces attacked the United States naval installation at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and almost destroyed the US fleet. By a stroke of luck (or intent) […]

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November 26, 2016

Five years ago I had my greatest November ever. On November 3 my beloved Chicago Cubs won the World Series. Having been a fan since the age of ten this was the crowning glory. On November 8 Donald Trump was elected President of the United States against all odds. I was not a fan then, […]

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November 22, 1963

I was a second grader at St. Mary’s Cathedral School, a Roman Catholic parochial school here in Miami. The day started as all days back then did. I have no memory of it save that it was my birthday and I was expecting lots of presents when my class celebrated it later that afternoon. We […]

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November 10, 1775

Happy Birthday, United States Marine Corps!  

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November 9, 1938

Today marks the 83rd anniversary of what would become the genocide of European Jewry by the Nazis. Although the Nuremberg laws had already begun the process, this event catalyzed the Germans into open aggression against the Jews. The result was the extermination of 6,000,000 Jews in Europe, starting in Poland after September 1, 1939, and […]

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September 11, 2001 – In memoriam, the 2,996

In memoriam, the 2,996. Twenty years later we will never forget you…

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September 11, 2001: The Timeline

September 11, 2001: “Today: Less humid. Sunshine. High 79.” 6:00 AM: Polls open in New York City for primary elections. 7:59 AM: American Airlines Flight 11 [carrying 87 innocent people, including crew, excluding hijackers] takes off from Boston’s Logan International Airport for Los Angeles. 8:00 AM: New York City public schools open for the fourth […]

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September 11, 2001 – The last word…

Finally, to end this solemn 20th anniversary of 9/11 I’m linking to a great essay by Gerard Van der Leun: “What I Saw: Notes Made on September 11, 2001 from Brooklyn Heights”: […] All day the images have repeated themselves on television while the smell of the smoke persisted in my rooms. Off and on, […]

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September 11, 2001 – “109 Minutes”

[Editor’s note: I first read this magnificent essay in a link that was provided, I think, by Glenn Reynolds on Instapundit.com. I’ve found it republished at several other sites but I have not found an original source for it. In any event, it’s one of the best things I’ve ever read about 9/11. I hope […]

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September 11, 2001

This 9/11, all that is left is the grief. For years, we thought the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, were not only a terrible event, but also a call to action, heralding a new vigilance at home and a new era of American leadership abroad. Today, the U.S. has left the impression of scalding […]

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