Category Archive: Politics

Nov 07

November 7, 1962: Richard Nixon’s “Last Press Conference”

On this day in 1962, Richard Nixon conceded the California gubernatorial race to incumbent Pat Brown at an angry press conference at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. At the time, he stated that it would be his last press conference.

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Nov 03

November 3, 2009: Bill Owens Wins New York’s 23rd District

On this day in 2009, William “Bill” Owens won New York’s 23rd Congressional District. This particular race provides a constant and important lesson to be remembered regarding political control.

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Sep 15

September 15, 1981: The Reagan Revolution is Published

On this day in 1981, “The Reagan Revolution” by Robert Novak and Rowland Evans was published. This interesting and out-of-print book chronicles the formative early months and significant changes brought about by President Ronald Reagan’s administration.

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Aug 06

August 6, 1912: Bull Moose Party Convention

On this day in 1912, the Progressive Party, also known as the “Bull Moose Party,” held its convention in Chicago. To date, the Bull Moose Party remains the strongest third-party challenge to the presidency of the past 125 years.

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Jul 07

July 7, 2009: Justice Ginsburg Makes Controversial Abortion Statement

On this day in 2009, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg controversial comments on abortion during an interview were published in The New York Times Magazine. What followed was an example of the political divide and sensationalism in this country today. Justice Ginsburg’s comments during her interview with Emily Bazelon with New York Times Magazine were on the …

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Jul 04

July 4, 1776: American Dream Begins

On this day in 1776, the American Dream began with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Countless Americans have prospered since, including heavyweight champion Gene Tunney.

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May 29

May 29, 1973: Tom Bradley Elected Mayor of Los Angeles

On this day in 1973, Thomas J. “Tom” Bradley became the first African-American to be elected Mayor of Los Angeles. It’s a shame that a statesman of Bradley’s caliber is mainly synonymous outside of California with the “Bradley Effect,” because his election as mayor was remarkable.

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May 03

May 3, 1802: Congress Incorporates Washington, D.C.

On this day in 1802, Congress approved legislation incorporating Washington, D.C. and its citizens. The bill gave all eligible voters, free white males of age who had lived in the city for a year, the opportunity to elect a two-chamber city council made up of twelve members.

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Apr 28

April 28, 2009: Arlen Specter Switches Parties

On this day in 2009, the late Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Arlen Specter announced that he was switching his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat. The switch gave Specter a better chance of winning his 2010 election. In the statement that he issued following the switch, Specter said: “Since my election in 1980, as part of the …

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Apr 20

April 20, 2009: President Obama Pledges to Cut $100 Million from Budget

On this day in 2009, President Barack Obama ordered his Cabinet to collectively find ways to cut federal spending by $100 million. The pledge came three months into his first term.

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