Weeks before the 1964 presidential election, Walter Jenkins, a longtime aide to President Johnson, was caught by police in a YMCA men’s room in Washington, D.C. having sex with another man. It was a shocking arrest, not least to his wife and six children. Johnson was taken aback as well, saying, “I couldn’t have been more shocked about Walter Jenkins if I’d heard that Lady Bird had tried to kill the Pope.” The story was leaked to the press and Jenkins submitted his resignation to Johnson, bef...
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“Right here let me make as vigorous a plea as I know how in favor of saying nothing that we do not mean, and of acting without hesitation up to whatever we say. A good many of you are probably acquainted with the old proverb, ‘Speak softly and carry a big stick – you will go far.’ If a man continually blusters, if he lacks civility, a big stick will not save him from trouble, and neither will speaking softly avail, if back of the softness there does not lie strength, power. In private life th...
Daniel Webster sought the Whig Party nomination in 1848, but was defeated by Mexican-American War hero Zachary Taylor. Webster declined the subsequent offer of the Vice-Presidency, saying, “No thank you, I do not propose to be buried until I am really dead and in my coffin.” - #history #politics
Freeport Wide Awakes / Lincoln and Hamlin. The Wide Awakes were groups of young men who supported Abraham Lincoln in the 1860 presidential election. They marched and rallied in uniform, carrying torches. They also organized as self-appointed political police, poll watching and monitoring over political meetings to ensure order was kept.
On May 13, 1985, Philadelphia police dropped explosives containing C-4 on the roof of a house where members of the black liberation social justice organization MOVE lived. Right before, police attacked the house with 10,000 rounds of ammunition in 90 minutes, knowing that children were inside. The house burned for 45 minutes before hoses were turned on.
Chicago’s Police Department’s first female officers, 1913 The starting salary of a policewoman in 1913 was $75 a month, and each officer was assigned an area to patrol—often a beach, park, bus terminal, railroad station, or dancehall. Their duties included protecting girls from unsavory types who might lure them into danger and arresting girls for wearing questionable swimming costumes at the local beaches.
Samuel Colt (July 19, 1814 - January 10, 1862) was an American inventor and industrialist. He was the founder of Colt's Patent Fire-Arms Manufacturing Company (now known as Colt's Manufacturing Company), and is widely credited with popularizing the revolver. Colt's innovative contributions to the weapons industry have been described by arms historian James E. Serven as "events which shaped the destiny of American Firearms." In 2006, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.