Nothing happened today. Or did it?
From today’s “American History Parade” in The American Patriot’s Almanac (2008)…
1792: The New York Stock Exchange is founded by 24 brokers under a buttonwood drive on what is now Wall Street
1875: Arisrides, ridden by Oliver Lewis, wins the first Kentucky Derby
1877: Alexander Graham Bell answers the first interstate phone call– New Brunswick, NJ to New York, NY.
1954: In Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, the Supreme Court rules that racial segregation in public schools is unconstitutional.
Here’s a doozy–
1973: The Senate Watergate Committee begins nationally televised hearings.
Daily Reading May 17
I don’t know Thackeray’s work well– hardly at all. But I’ve read a little here and there. I think perhaps in 1925, when the second edition of the Pocket University Guide to Daily Reading was published, “On a Joke” was probably a good selection. In 2020, unless you are familiar with 18th and 19th English history and literature, not so much. Feel free to disagree.
Here’s that infallible source on Thackeray.