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May 23, 2018

Domestic Issues

Cascadia Fault – Mount St. Helens: Potential Future Disasters

On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens volcanically erupts in a major geologic event still holding various records for severity. Located in Skamania County, in the State of Washington, the eruption (a VEI 5 event) was the most significant volcanic event to occur in the contiguous 48 US states since the 1915 eruption of Lassen

Eero Saarinen

Ike and Eero Saarinen’s Technical Center

On May 16, 1956, with 34th President Dwight D. Eisenhower presiding, General Motors opens its modern “Technical Center” in the unlikely burg of Warren, Michigan. The campus has been the center of the company’s design, innovation and engineering efforts since its inauguration, housing up to 22,000 employees. In 2000 it was listed on the National

That’s Right Boys, I’m on the Pill!

On this day in 1960, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves the world’s first commercially produced combined oral contraceptive pill (COCP), colloquially known as “the pill.” Enovid-10, originally made by the G.D. Searle Company of Chicago, Illinois, and its progeny were not available to married women in all states until Griswold v. Connecticut in

Kent State – Appended to the War Dead

On this day in 1970, four students lay dead with nine others injured as the Ohio National Guard opens fire on a peaceful protest at Kent State University. The gunfire erupted during a mass protest against the bombing of Cambodia by United States military forces, another aerial initiative announced April 30 by President Nixon. Twenty-eight

Anniversary of Columbine – Enough

On this day, in 1999, Columbine High School students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold murdered 12 classmates and one teacher in a mass shooting. They injured 21 additional people, and three more were injured while attempting to escape the school. After exchanging gunfire with responding police officers, the pair subsequently committed suicide. In addition to

Get Serious

“Gun rights supporters — many carrying rifles and ammunition — gathered at state capitols across the U.S. on Saturday to push back against efforts to pass stricter gun-control laws that they fear threaten their constitutional right to bear arms.” AP A few dozen each? Not impressed, gun punks.You see, I was at a real rally,

Home-grown Terror

On this day in 1995, a domestic terrorist truck bombing on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City killed 168 people and injured 680 others; among the dead were 19 children from the building’s day care center. It remains the deadliest home-grown terror attack in US history, and was the most lethal

Will Trump Pull A Saturday Night Massacre of His Own?

It was on Saturday, October 20, 1973, that then President Richard Nixon, rather than comply with a subpoena by Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox to turn over the Watergate tapes, ordered Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire him. Richardson refused and promptly resigned. Nixon then directed Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus to fire Cox. Like Richardson, Ruckelshaus refused

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