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November 30

On this date in 1861 the report of the commissioner of the U.S. General Land Office said, „The surveyor general reports that the population of Nevada Territory is 17,000, mostly found in towns and mining districts; the latter possessing unlimited mineral resources, which are being largely developed.‰ (see below); in 1894 more than a hundred people attended a meeting at the Lander County Court House in Austin and formed the Lucy Stone Non-Partisan Equal Suffrage League; in 1896 after 45 years, the hyphen appeared in the name flag of the New-York Times for the last time (a period after the s continued to appear until February 21 1967); in 1910 following the death of Mrs. Emma Ross, Reno physician F. Wichman was indicted for performing an abortion and murder; in 1936 after 32 years of operation, a post office serving ranchers in the Ruby Valley area shut down; in 1958 „16 Candles‰ by the Crests was released; in 1967 U.S. Senator Eugene McCarthy announced his candidacy for president; in 1995 President Clinton became the first U.S. president to visit British occupied Ireland; in 1999 white supremacists threw a cement weight through a window of Reno's Temple Emanu-El and followed it with a Molotov cocktail; in 1999 massive street protests by workers and labor unions in Seattle forced the cancellation of the opening of a World Trade Organization meeting, the protesters later being portrayed by columnists as flat earthers and conspiracy freaks (when the globalization talks finally began, they failed to produce an agreement).

November 30, 1861


The Territory of Nevada, organized March 2, 1861. -Its geographical limits are 39° west longitude of Washington meridian on the east; 370 of north latitude on the south; 42° of north latitude on the north, and the dividing ridge separating the waters of Carson valley from those that flow into the Pacific ocean, from the 37th to the 41st degree of north latitude, and thence due north to the southern boundary of Oregon, embracing 64,550 square miles, or 41,312,000 acres, formerly constituting the western portion of the Territory of Utah, and embracing a strip from the eastern side of California; but the latter only upon the condition of that State's assent.

The surveyor general of this Territory having been appointed under the pro visions of the organic act above mentioned, after receiving his instructions from this office for the government of the surveying operations, left New York on the 21st May last, and reached Carson city, in Nevada, via San Francisco, on the 22d June, 1861. Some of the standard lines governing the surveys of the public lines in California, and counting from the Mount Diablo meridian, having been extended east across the Snowy mountains in California, and now partly forming the eastern boundary thereof, the surveyor general of Nevada was instructed to extend the same further east to the valley of Carson river, in Nevada, and establish therein Carson river guide meridian, with standard parallel, so as to reach the localities of actual settlers. To this end the sum of $10,000 was set apart, with the Secretary's concurrence, from unexpended balances of former appropriations for surveys in Utah.

Surveys in Carson's valley, Nevada, had been made by Mormon county surveyors, under color of authority from the Utah legislature, when the region of country formed a part of Utah. The surveyor general of the latter Territory, under orders from this office, had given public notice of the illegality of such surveys, and of the invalidity of any claims resting upon the same, with a warning of the penalty prescribed for violation of the laws of the United States in that respect.

Such was the state of matters existing at the passage of the act organizing the Territory of Nevada when the extension of the lines of the public surveys was determined upon. The surveyor general of Nevada was consequently instructed to carry on his surveying in the valleys of Carson, Walker, and Truckee, or Salmon Trout rivers, and embrace actual settlements, together with those of one hundred and ninety petitioners, who, on the 3d December, 1860, had applied to the surveyor general of Utah to have the lands in Carson county surveyed, and which would have been surveyed under his superintendence during the present year and paid for out of the surveying fund of Utah, had the lands not been included in the surveying district of Nevada.

Upon opening his office at Carson city, the surveyor general of Nevada, after making reconnoissance of Carson valley and the valleys of Washoe lake and Bigler lake, also the settlements of China Town, Silver City, Gold Hill and Virginia City, into contract for the survey of Carson river guide meridian, corresponding very nearly with the 42° 30' of west longitude of Washington meridian, and standard parallels at thirty miles apart from each other, amounting in all to one hundred and forty-eight lineal miles of surveying, which will form sufficient bases for the sub-divisional surveys during this year and next fiscal year, for which an estimate of $5,000 has been submitted by this office.

The surveyor general reports depredations committed by parties claiming to hold the lands under the territorial laws of Utah, suggesting early surveys, with a view to speedy sale by the United States.

It is also stated that the lands in Carson valley are claimed by persons waiting the extension of surveying lines, so that they may conform their boundaries to the government surveys.

The Washoe valley, being on the west side of the lake of that name, is fifteen by five miles; contains numerous settlers, represented as holding large ranches under illegal grants.

The Walker valley, above Water lake Indian reservation, is represented as containing about 300,000 acres suitable for settlement.

The Truckee River valley, eighty miles above Pyramid lake Indian reservation, contains a large amount of the best lands in the Territory, fit for agricultural and grazing purposes, occupied by settlers holding extensive claims of from one to three thousand acres, under color of Utah territorial legislation.

The surveyor general reports that the population of Nevada Territory is 17,000, mostly found in towns and mining districts; the latter possessing unlimited mineral resources, which are being largely developed.

In 1855 the existing system of timber agencies was instituted by this office, under the provisions of the penal act of 2d March, 1831, „for the punishment of offences committed in cutting, destroying, or removing live oaks and other timber or trees preserved for naval purposes,‰ and in view of the decision in the case of the United States vs. Ephraim Briggs, (9th Howard, p. 351,) in which the Supreme Court decided that the said act authorized the prosecution and punishment of all trespassers on public lands by cutting timber, whether such timber was fit for naval purposes or not.

The present system was embodied in a circular letter, dated December 24, 1855, addressed to the registers and receivers, devolving the duties connected therewith upon the officers of the local land districts. There being as yet no such officers in Nevada, the duties of the register and receiver in this particular were assigned by this office to the surveyor general on the 9th September, 1861, requiring him to act in carrying out the system as developed in that circular, when necessary to protect the public timber from spoliation in NevadaÝ

German Foreign Minister Richard von Kuhlmann/November 30 1918: Our eyes at the present are turned toward the east. Russia has set the world ablaze. The gang of bureaucrats and sycophants, rotten to the core, overruling the weak and misguided through probably well meaning autocrat, surreptitiously brought about the mobilization of that country, which was the actual and immediate cause of the gigantic catastrophe which befell the world. Now, however, Russia has swept aside the culprits, and she is laboring to find through an armistice and peace an opportunity for her internal reconstruction.

Truman press conference/November 30 1950:

THE PRESIDENT. We will take whatever steps are necessary to meet the military situation, just as we always have.
Q. Will that include the atomic bomb ?
THE PRESIDENT, That includes every weapon that we have.
Q. Mr. President, you said „every weapon that we have.‰ Does that mean that there is active consideration of the use of the atomic bomb?
THE PRESIDENT. There has always been active consideration of its use. I don't want to see it used. It is a terrible weapon, and it should not be used on innocent men, women, and children who have nothing whatever to do with this military aggression. That happens when it is used.

White House statement/November 30 1950: The President wants to make it certain that there is no misinterpretation of his answers m questions at his press conference today about the use of the atom bomb. Naturally, there has been consideration of this subject since the outbreak of the hostilities in Korea, just as there is consideration of the use of all military weapons whenever our forces are in combat. Consideration of the use of any weapon is always implicit in the very possession of that weapon. However, it should be emphasized, that, by law, only the President can authorize the use of the atom bomb, and no such authorization has been given. If and when such authorization should be given, the military commander in the field would have charge of the tactical delivery of the weapon. In brief, the replies to the questions at today's press conference do not represent any change in this situation.

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November 29, 2008

On this date in 1859 the Walker River and Pyramid Lake Paiute reservations were established; in 1864 Colorado Territory militia led by Colonel John Chivington (a Methodist minister) attacked and destroyed a village of Cheyenne and Arapaho at Sand Creek, an unusual instance of a white massacre of Native Americans that was not spun into a noble victory (see below), though Chivington was never tried or disciplined because of a post-Civil War amnesty; in 1918 in a confusing story, Stars and Stripes in Paris reported that the U.S. 91st Division in the world war, which included soldiers from six states˜one of them Nevada˜used a war cry of „Powder River‰ to throw off military censors, though it did not explain how a cry on the battlefield had anything to do with censorship; in 1939 Nevada Assemblymember Dewey Sampson, first Native American member of the legislature, said it was tribal members in western Nevada (not U.S. Senator Patrick McCarran, as some reports had it) who arranged the transfer of Indian Agent Alida Bowler from Carson City to Los Angeles: „You may not be aware of the fact that the Indians of Nevada and California have never favored the Indian bureau system and have tried to make it plain to those in power in Washington that they hope some day to be rid of the supervision of a body of white people who live at ease while the Indians sometimes suffer for the necessities of life.‰; in 1947 without asking the permission of the residents, the United Nations General Assembly approved a plan partitioning Palestine into two states, one Jewish and the other Arab with Jerusalem outside both, a plan that set off immediate violence in Palestine and is today known as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People; in 1959 the Reno chapter of Hoo Hoo, a lumber group, announced new officers and plans for a December party at Lawton‚s Hot Springs; in 1961 Enos the chimp orbited the earth in a U.S. spacecraft (at his news conference, President Kennedy said, „He reports that everything is perfect and working well.‰); in 1965 Unsafe at Any Speed/The Designed-In Dangers of the American Automobile by Ralph Nader, named in 1999 as one of the 100 best works of journalism of the 1900s, was published by Grossman Publishers; in 1969 both sides of a Beatles single, „Come Together‰ b/w „Something‰ hit number one on the Billboard magazine chart, the first time such a thing had happened since Elvis‚s „Don‚t‰ b/w „I Beg of You‰ in 1958; in 2006 in a post-election ABC News panel discussion on the Iraq war moderated by ABC‚s Charles Gibson, Gibson said the options were more troops, continuing the current troop level, or withdrawal˜and then introduced a three-person panel to discuss the alternatives that did not include any supporters of the withdrawal option.

Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War:
As to Colonel Chivington, your committee can hardly find fitting terms to describe his conduct. Wearing the uniform of the United States, which should be the emblem of justice and humanity; holding the important position of commander of a military district, and therefore having the honor of the government to that extent in his keeping, he deliberately planned and executed a foul and dastardly massacre which would have disgraced the verist savage among those who were the victims of his cruelty. Having full knowledge of their friendly character, having himself been instrumental to some extent in placing them in their position of fancied security, he took advantage of their in-apprehension and defenceless condition to gratify the worst passions that ever cursed the heart of man. (New York Times July 23d 1865)

November 28, 2008

On this date in 1877 John and Mary Gardner, for whom Gardnerville is named, sold part of their Carson Valley ranch to Leander Ezell; in 1919 U.S. Senator William King of Utah charged that the U.S. Department of Labor was „honeycombed‰ with Bolshevism and announced that he would introduce legislation transferring authority for administering the law on deportation of political radicals from the DOL to the Department of Justice; in 1923 Helen Delich Bentley, former U.S. House member from Maryland and U.S. Maritime Commission chair, was born in Ruth, Nevada; in 1933 ss part of a program to reduce the number of sheep growing on a tribal reservation in Arizona in order to reduce soil erosion, the Federal Emergency Relief Administration planned to purchase a hundred thousand sheep from the Navaho, some of which would be distributed as food to Nevada tribes; in 1936 the Las Vegas police department advertised for bids on its first police cars with two-way radios; in 1939 U.S. Agriculture Secretary Henry Wallace was asked to investigate the alleged kidnap/beating of a Memphis African American who had expressed his intention to vote in a county farm district election; in 1949 syndicated Hearst columnist Westbrook Pegler published a column attacking reporter/author Quentin Reynolds as a nudist, liar, defrauder, war profiteer, and coward, provoking a landmark lawsuit that resulted in a then-record $175,000 libel judgment against Pegler and Hearst (the case inspired the Broadway play and television movie A Case of Libel, with Daniel J. Travanti as Reynolds and Ed Asner as his lawyer Louis Nizer); in 1962 Harrah‚s Lake Tahoe workers voted down affiliation with bartender and culinary unions; in 1962 the White House announced that President Kennedy would visit the atomic test site in Nevada on December 8; in 1964 twenty five days after Lyndon Johnson was elected president on a pledge of no wider war in Vietnam, his top advisors Dean Rusk, Robert McNamara, Maxwell Taylor and other members of the National Security Council agreed to recommend a U.S. bombing campaign in Vietnam; in 1970 „My Sweet Lord‰ by George Harrison was released.

Nov. 27, 2008

Archibald MacLeish/The Nation/November 27-December 4 1937 edition: The remedy in the United States is not less liberty but real liberty˜an end to the brutal intolerance of churchly hooligans and flag waving corporations and all the rest of the small but bloody despots who have made the word Americanism a synonym for coercion and legal crime.

On this date in 1095 in a field at Clermont in France, Pope Urban II launched the first crusade against Islam; in 1914 Boston suffrage leader and labor organizer Margaret Foley said of the successful 1914 Nevada ballot campaign in which she campaigned extensively, „It seems like a dream, a dime novel, a moving picture‰˜but also said she „wouldn‚t go through it again for $1,000,000݉; in 1919 Native Americans installing a pipeline for the Winnemucca Water and Light Company struck for fifty cents a day or more, and the contractor D.O. Church agreed to the raise for fear the ground would freeze (other details of the strike are lacking because the Silver State‚s report was mostly devoted to trivializing the incident and belittling the tribal members˜„Heap Big Indian Union. No. 1‰, etc.); in 1931 Maurice Ravel‚s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, which he composed as a commission from Paul Wittgenstein (a promising concert pianist whose right arm was amputated in World War One), was performed for the first time by Wittgenstein, who would become identified with the piece; in 1933 two hundred county officials met in Reno with federal relief administrator for the district Pierce Williams and state labor commissioner William Royle, who briefed them on how to administer 3,000 federally created jobs in the state, which would pay 60 cents an hour; in 1966 billionaire recluse Howard Hughes arrived in Las Vegas where he remained for four years and the Las Vegas Review Journal learned of his arrival and reported it (the Las Vegas Sun, which knew in advance of Hughes‚ plans to move to Las Vegas but withheld the news from its readers, published an editorial castigating the R/J for violating Hughes‚ privacy); in 1970 All Things Must Pass by George Harrison was released; in 1978 San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were murdered in city hall and former supervisor Dan White was arrested for the crime, which came on the heels of the Jonestown mass suicide by members of the People‚s Temple that had previously been headquartered in San Francisco (The Sean Penn movie Milk will be released next month); in 1980 an extortionist's bomb exploded inside Harvey's Wagon Wheel Casino at Lake Tahoe during efforts to defuse it; in 2002 U.N. inspectors began a new round of inspections in Iraq that found no weapons of mass destruction, a conclusion George Bush and his administration refused to accept.

November 26, 2008

On this date in 1789 President Washington declared a day of thanksgiving for the U.S. Constitution; in 1859 the former Genoa newspaper Territorial Enterprise was revived in Carson City; in 1907 a month after the second stock market crash of the Panic of 1907, Governor John Sparks issued a proclamation saying he would not call the Nevada Legislature into special session to cut taxes; in 1942 as Allied forces secured North Africa and liberated Casablanca (only to make it captive again by returning it to French colonial rule), the film Casablanca debuted three weeks before the Roosevelt/Churchill/de Gaulle summit in Casablanca (the film premiered at the Hollywood Theatre in New York City, but was not released into theatres until 1943); in 1950 after General Douglas MacArthur ignored warnings from China as he drove his forces toward the Chinese border in Korea, the Chinese (who had repeatedly ignored provocations) finally entered the war, throwing tens of thousands of troops into counterattacks and ultimately driving Allied forces out of North Korea and nearly out of the south; in 1956 Merle Travis‚s mine worker song „Sixteen Tons‰ by Ernie Ford, the fastest selling single in history, hit number one on the Billboard chart where it remained for seven weeks; in 1979 President Carter tried to place a telephone call to former Nevada governor Grant Sawyer but was unable to reach him, then spoke with him later in the day; in 1986 One >From the Heart, a Francis Ford Coppola movie filmed in an artificial Las Vegas built in southern California for the film, was released (the movie never recovered its cost and bankrupted Coppola‚s Zoetrope Studios, becoming one of the legendary failures of motion picture history); in 2006 in post-election „news‰ coverage after Democrats won congressional majorities on the issue of opposition to the Iraq war, NBC reporter Norah O‚Donnell said on-air that „not one military or foreign policy expert‰ supported withdrawal from Iraq, prompting Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting to produce a list of such experts.

November 25, 2008

Edward R. Murrow, narration over footage: This scene is not taking place in the Congo. It has nothing to do with Johannesburg or Cape Town. It is not Nyasaland or Nigeria. This is Florida. These are citizens of the United States, 1960. This is a shape up for migrant workers. The hawkers are chanting the going piece rate at the various fields. This is the way the humans who harvest the food for the best fed people in the world get hired. One farmer looked at this and said, "We used to own our slaves; now we just rent them."

On this date in 1881 Angelo Roncalli, later John XXIII, was born in Sotto il Monte; in 1907 after the arrest of eleven alleged „hop heads‰ in Reno, the Rhyolite Daily Bulletin commented, „The public has known for some time that something was wrong in Reno and this probably explains it. They have evidently been smoking a few Œgreen‚ pills.‰; in 1915 the Knights of Mary Phagan met on Stone Mountain in Georgia and formed a new Ku Klux Klan; in 1933 United Press reported that the Roosevelt administration was considering putting nonproductive farm lands into the public domain to be used for grazing; in 1950 with the Korean war seeming nearly ended and MacArthur pushing toward the Chinese border against the advice of other military officials and President Truman, China sent 300,000 troops over the border, throwing U.S. troops into headlong flight south; in 1960 Harvest of Shame, the landmark Edward R. Murrow documentary about migrant farm workers in the United States was broadcast the day after Thanksgiving (after Murrow became director of the United States Information Agency, he tried to block the broadcast of Harvest in Europe); in 1963 on the day of John Kennedy‚s funeral, an apparently concerned J. Edgar Hoover spoke with President Johnson about a Washington Post editorial calling for an independent commission to investigate the assassination, unaware that Johnson was taping the phone call (Johnson assured Hoover that there would be no such commission); in 1972 the Oakland Tribune reported that a federal investigation of Howard Hughes‚s Las Vegas operations had begun in the spring of ‚72 and that indictments could be returned by early ‚73; in 1986 President Reagan and Attorney General Edwin Meese shocked the nation and stunned Congress by admitting that $10 to $30 millions in profits earned from arms sold to Iran through Israeli agents had been turned over to Nicaraguan rebels; in 1998 the dueling pistols used in the 1859 Broderick/Terry duel (in which former California supreme court justice David Terry killed U.S. Senator David Broderick) were sold at auction for $34,500.

The time-hallowed custom of setting apart one day out of the three hundred and sixty-five for the offering up, by a grateful people, of thanks to Almighty God for blessings received in the past and prayers for a continuation of those blessings has become an unwritten law of our land and each succeeding year finds the custom more deeply, more reverently intrenched in the hearts and minds of our people. The time is again at hand for the observance of such a day.
The year now drawing to a close has been marked by storm as well as sunshine. A disastrous financial panic, nation wide, seriously affected for a time the prosperity of our state. The untimely death, last May, of our honored Governor, John Sparks, cast a pall over our Commonwealth that has not yet lifted.
Yet we have enjoyed many great blessings for which devout thanks should be returned by the Giver of all Good. The bitter industrial strife which, at the beginning of the year, threatened , for a time, the peace and tranquility of our State has given place to mutual understanding and harmony of action between the contending forces. Our mines have poured forth a steady stream of the precious metals for the enrichment of our people and the blessing of mankind. Our State is constantly and rapidly growing in population and wealth and we have within our boundaries less of extreme poverty than any other State in the American Union.
Now, therefore, I, D.S. Dickerson, Lieutenant and Acting Governor of the State of Nevada, in conformity with the proclamation of the President of the United States, do hereby designate as a day of general thanksgiving Thursday, the twenty-sixth of this present November and do hope and recommend that throughout the State the people cease from their wonted occupations, and at their several homes and places of worship reverently thank God for the manifold blessings He has bestowed upon us.
Given under my hand and the Great Seal of the State of Nevada, at the Capitol, in Carson City, this 12th day of November, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and eight.
D.S. Dickerson,
Lieutenant and Acting Governor
By the Governor:
W.G. Douglass
Secretary of State.

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Mon, 24 Nov 2008 07:52:49

On this date in 1850 Pius IX appointed Jean Baptiste Lamy vicar apostolic of the Catholic district of New Mexico, which included a part of present-day Nevada, a quarter of Colorado, all of Arizona, and New Mexico except the southern strip which would later be added by the Gadsden Purchase; in 1899 U.S. attorney for Nevada, Nevada supreme court justice, and Nevada gaming commission chair Miles Pike was born in Wadsworth; in 1900 Governor Hazen Pingree of Michigan traveled to D.C. to consult with the U.S. State Department about the loss of property of Native Americans of Burt Lake, who had been evicted from their ancestral lands by a timber speculator who claimed to own their settlement as a result of a delinquent tax sale (the land had been deeded to governors of Michigan „in trust for the Indians‰); in 1922 the Colorado River Compact, allocating the river‚s water, was signed by representatives of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming (and later approved by their legislatures); in 1933 former Democratic presidential nominee Al Smith published an attack on President Franklin Roosevelt in New Outlook magazine; in 1940 the Goshute people of Nevada and Utah incorporated as the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation; in 1949 birder Ned Johnson of Reno reported sightings of a slate colored jungo (junco hyemalis); in 1963 two days after the president‚s assassination, Las Vegas gambling figures John Gaughan, Benny Binion, and Jack Binion had a conversation at a Las Vegas rodeo about Jack Ruby, according to an FBI report included in the Warren Commission report; in 1963 Lee Oswald was murdered in Dallas, the first murder broadcast live as it was happening, by NBC with reporter Tom Pettit describing the event: „There is Lee Oswald. [Sound of shot is heard] He‚s been shot! He‚s been shot. Lee Oswald has been shot. There‚s a man with a gun. There is absolute panic, absolute panic here in the basement of Dallas police headquarters. Detectives have their guns drawn. Oswald has been shot. There is no question about it. Oswald has been shot. Pandemonium has broken loose in the basement of the Dallas police headquarters.‰ in 1972 „Happy Xmas (War Is Over)‰ by John and Yoko, the Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir, now a holiday standard, was released in England (on December 1 in the U.S.); in 1991 Reverend Little Richard Penniman married Cyndi Lauper and David Thornton at Friends Meeting House in New York City.

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 16:18:09

On this date in 1654 sometime between 10:30 and half past midnight, mathematician Blaise Pascal later wrote, Jesus appeared to him, prompting him to lay out what became known as „Pascal‚s wager‰, a sort of mathematical precautionary principle of faith that it is better to bet on the existence of God than not˜„Let us weigh the gain and the loss in wagering that God exists... If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager, then, without hesitation, that He exists.‰ (Pascal‚s notes on the wager did not become public until publication of the posthumous Pensées); in 1872 the Nevada State Journal printed a message which the U.S. Centennial Commission requested newspapers to publish, pointing out that unlike recent expositions in England and France which were supported by their governments, the U.S. Congress had not seen fit to fund the centennial exhibition in Philadelphia and therefore „The Commission looks to the unfailing patriotism of the people of every section, to see that each contributes its share to the expenses...‰; in 1906 the Bullfrong Miner reported that a local judge had called attention to the encroachment of the „redlight diocese‰ of Rhyolite on the residential sections of town; in 1910 a 33 page booklet titled Reno Reveries by Leslie Curtis was published, a peculiar collection of legal matter, poems, anecdotes about divorce, etc. (an expanded version was published as a book by Reno‚s Armanko Stationers store in 1924); in 1914 U.S. Forest officials said they would pony up $7,000, to be matched by about $3,000 from Elko County, to build a wagon road through Secret Pass to Ruby Valley; in 1933 the Rotary Club in Ely asked a local high school teacher to describe what was happening in Germany under the Nazis; in 1944 the U.S. War Department issued a casualty list of 1,896 soldiers including Edward O‚Grady of Las Vegas, killed in the European theatre; in 1956 nineteen year old Louis Balint began a seven day sentence in the Toledo workhouse for bursting into a private hotel lounge and attacking Elvis Presley while yelling „my wife carries your picture but she doesn‚t carry mine‰; in 1964 „I Feel Fine‰ b/w „She‚s A Woman‰ by the Beatles was released in the U.S.; in 1968 the Vatican disclosed that it was receiving hundreds of letters each day asking that the late Pope John XXIII be made a saint; in 1968 Pyramid Lake Tribal chair William Abraham told the Nevada Indian Affairs Commission that the tribe was losing its lands and its water rights and that the reservation was constantly being plundered of gem stones and petrified wood; in 1971 U.S. Representative Walter Baring of Nevada, a long time hawk on Vietnam, said he was withdrawing his support from the war and had voted to cut off spending for it; in 1971 a news report said Elko had two new attorneys-- Robert Manley and Byron Bilyeu (Manley later became Elko County District Attorney and Bilyeu later became Nevada Assembly speaker); in 1974 It's Only Rock ŒN‚ Roll by the Rolling Stones hit number one on the Billboard album chart; in 2001 Washington Post „style‰ columnist Hank Steuver called for school age Harry Potter fans to be „pummeled at the first bell of recessÝWhere are the kids who are supposed to be beating up the kids who like Harry Potter? Where is the bully who is going to tell them what kinda dork-face fairies they‚re being?‰ (Post editor Eugene Robinson defended the piece, but it has vanished from the newspaper‚s web site); in 2006 Southern Connecticut State University master's degree candidate Christopher Lohse said he had found a link between psychosis and predilection to vote for George W. Bush: „Our study shows that psychotic patients prefer an authoritative leader. If your world is very mixed up, there‚s something very comforting about someone telling you, ŒThis is how it‚s going to be.‚ ... Bush supporters had significantly less knowledge about current issues, government and politics than those who supported Kerry.‰ (he said he‚d found the same inclination among 1972 Nixon supporters).

Sat, 22 Nov 2008 14:23:05

On this date in 1633 between two and three hundred colonists set sail on the ships Ark and Dove to occupy Maryland (neglecting to ask the existing residents); in 1897 poet Ralph Frank was born in Cherry Creek, Nevada (see below); in 1928 Bolero by Ravel debuted in Paris (told that a woman in the audience had declared him mad, Ravel responded that she understood the piece); in 1936 an air mail letter was received in Las Vegas forty one hours after it left Honolulu; in 1961 the Nevada Hospital Advisory Board was considering commissioning an out of state expert or experts to investigate charges of elderly abuse at the state mental hospital; in 1963 Aldous Huxley, John Kennedy, and C.S. Lewis died; in 1963 visiting Dallas, from which he departed before John Kennedy arrived, Richard Nixon predicted that Kennedy would drop Lyndon Johnson from the Democratic ticket in 1964; in 1964 members of a Cuban exile group said they tried to murder Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro (plus, apparently, many bystanders) in John Kennedy‚s memory by sending an old B26 bomber to bomb a stadium where Castro was speaking but Cuban fighter planes drove the bomber off; in 1964 the Nevada State Journal carried a front page story on the one-year anniversary of John Kennedy‚s death, including comments from Reno High School student Andrea Dieringer, police sergeant Bob Guardia, UN physical education major Tony Osborn, county employee Tom Bourke, and others; in 1965 after declaring himself Christian redeemer against Muhammed Ali's Muslim faith („...how much harm he has done by joining the Black Muslims. He might as well have joined the Ku Klux Klan.‰; „...the image of a Black Muslim as the world heavyweight champion disgraces the sport and the nation‰), Floyd Patterson lost to Ali when the referee stopped the fight in the twelfth round.; in 1967 „Alice's Restaurant‰ by Arlo Guthrie was released; in 1968 The Beatles by the Beatles (better known as the white album) was released in England (and in the U.S. on the 25th); in 1974 representatives of U.S. senate candidates Harry Reid and Paul Laxalt held a negotiating session at which they agreed on the date (December 3d) for the start of their recount and then deadlocked on all other issues; in 1977 following in a family tradition (Pat Boone robbed black performers like Little Richard of their hits by providing quick white covers of their songs), Debby Boone covered Kasey Cisyk's soundtrack version of „You Light Up My Life‰; in 2004 a Scottish firm released a video game that lets players assassinate President Kennedy; in 2005 the DVD was released of Cry of Battle, one of two films playing in the Texas Theatre when Lee Oswald was captured there.

by Ralph Frank

On a lonely Nevada hillside
Grease woods wave above a native girl's grave.
Oh why, in nature's lonely wild
Must ever thus sleep this desert child?
She sleeps in desolation's lonely shadow
With the sleep of eternity upon her brow.

Oh why, from childhood's happy hour
Did wilt and die this summer flower?
From a land that is sunny and wide.
Why lay her to rest on the cold hillside -
And leave her forever with the greasewoods
Which wave above her unmarked grave.

Fri, 21 Nov 2008 08:00:19

On this date in 1789 North Carolina ratified the Constitution and became the twelfth state; in 1933 Christian Arthur Wellesley, who said he was the fourth earl of Cowley, announced his intention to renounce his peerage and settle down with his wife Mary (former hat checker at Reno‚s Cedars night club) on a Washoe Valley ranch; in 1936 Boulder City Episcopal priest James Terry, reported dead by the Boulder City Journal, turned up alive; in 1956 Dawn Wells of Reno opened in a three week run of The Solid Gold Cadillac at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri where she was a junior; in 1967 The Who Sell Out was released; in 1976 Nevada Governor Mike O‚Callaghan said he would not accept an appointment with the Carter administration (of course, he hadn‚t been asked, either); in 1980 eighty seven people died in the MGM casino/hotel fire in Las Vegas; in 1996 a six story iron tower on West John Street in Carson City, used for ham radio purposes for many years, was taken down; in 2004 Ray Hagar and Sandi Wright reported in the Reno Gazette Journal that local schools attended by low income students tended to be the most poorly maintained schools in 2006 Love, an album of remixed Beatles music produced by George Martin and his son, was released in connection with the Las Vegas stage show of the same name.

Thu, 20 Nov 2008 00:40:22

On this date in 1866 a group of Congregationalists met in D.C. and decided to establish a school for African-American preachers, which eventually became Howard University; in 1871 Chester Arthur was appointed collector of the port of New York, one of the most desirable patronage appointments of the gilded age (it provided a third of all federal revenues), by President Grant (President Hayes subsequently removed Arthur because of the rampant corruption at the port office, and Arthur was nominated for vice president and became president after the assassination of James Garfield); in 1896 in the novel Bid Time Return by Richard Matheson, which became the film Somewhere In Time starring Jane Seymour and Christopher Reeve, actress „Elise McKenna‰ appeared on stage: „And in one of the [display] cases is a program for a play performed in the hotel theater (wherever that was) on November 20, 1896; The Little Minister by J. M. Barrie, starring an actress named Elise McKenna. Next to the program is a photograph of her face; the most gloriously lovely face I've ever seen in my life.‰; in 1915 there were 25 motor vehicles in the Amargosa Valley-- five cars in Beatty, ten in Rhyolite, four in Carrara, two in Pioneer, two in the county, plus two trucks, with Studebaker, Ford, Overland, Mets, and Reos all represented; in 1936 the Clark County caucus of the Nevada Legislature, headed by Lieutenant Governor Fred Alward, met for the first time since the 1936 election; in 1945 the trials of German Nazis at Nuremberg began; in 1961 the U.S. Supreme Court denied the Navajo Nation Reservation of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah the right to take part in a court case over division of Colorado River waters among Nevada and four other states after the U.S. Justice Department argued that it represented tribal interests adequately; in 1965 Whipped Cream And Other Delights by the Tijuana Brass hit number one on the Billboard album chart and was there for eight nonconsecutive weeks; in 1975 MGM announced it would build another Grand Hotel, this one in Reno, a project that became a turning point in the city‚s quality of life˜and which, in a puffy and uncritical front page story, was portrayed by the Nevada State Journal as an unalloyed benefit to the city: „Plans which would make Cinderella's fairy godmother jealous˜turning an ugly east Reno gravel pit into a glamorous hotel-casino݉; in 2002 Washoe County Senator William Raggio underwent successful heart surgery; in 2004 acting under dubious open meeting and due process conditions, the Nevada Board of Regents fired Ron Remington as community college president and John Cummings as his consultant; in 2007 with six surviving Munchkins on hand for the ceremony, the Munchkins were given a star on the Hollywood „walk of fame‰.

UPDATE: Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 7:51 a.m. PST, 15:51 ZULU/GMT/CMT/SUT — On this date in 1803, a native Haitian army led by Jean Jacques Desalines defeated the French army at the battle of Vertieres, leading to independence on January 1; in 1846, members of the Donner party sent two men ahead to California to bring back food (one of them returned a month later with food and Native American guides); in 1873, Jay Cooke and Co. collapsed, triggering the closure of 37 banks and two brokerages by the end of the day and a depression that lasted for years; in 1924, Jules "Nicky" Arnstein, convicted in 1920 of the theft of $5,000,000 from Wall Street bond firms, was again indicted with five others for conspiracy to defraud in New Jersey (Arnstein was portrayed by Omar Sharif in Funny Girl); in 1936, President Franklin Roosevelt began a seven thousand mile sea voyage to attend a peace conference in Buenos Aires (where the U.S. agreed to submit all disputes from the Americas to arbitration — wink, wink); in 1942, gas rationing began in Reno as 120 school teachers, working in shifts of 22, distributed ration books at Billinghurst and Northside schools; in 1948 for the fifth time (1937, 1938, 1939 and 1947) the Nobel committee rejected Mohandas Gandhi, who had been assassinated earlier in the year, for the peace prize (the rules under which the committee operated allowed posthumous awards); in 1958, I Want to Live, a movie about Barbara Graham, the former Tonopah resident convicted and executed for murder after a notorious newspaper campaign against her, was released (Susan Hayward's performance earned her the Academy Award, Golden Globe and New York Film Critics award); in 1968 in The Church Play, an episode of Mayberry RFD (a spinoff of The Andy Griffith Show), Jodie Foster made her show business debut; in 1969, Republican state senators Coe Swobe, Cliff Young, Archie Pozzi and James Slattery, as well as an array of Democrats in both houses of the Nevada Legislature, said they favored more liberal marijuana laws; in 1976, after the disclosure of secret meetings by the Sparks city council, the Nevada State Journal checked minutes of public meetings and found that the council "has been a remarkably agreeable group when voting on city council agenda items — only three "no" votes since the current council took office (and in Carson City, mayor-elect Harold Jacobsen said he hoped that public but unpublicized meetings of the board of supervisors would be stopped); in 1977, Klansman Robert Chambliss was convicted for his involvement in the 1963 bombing of Birmingham, Alabama' s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church that killed four girls, a conviction achieved by Alabama officials after the FBI covered up evidence in the case (Chambliss was convicted of murdering Denise McNair, one of the girls); in 1994, recording artist (Minnie the Moocher), orchestra leader (Cab Calloway's Cotton Club Orchestra), club performer (Club Zanzibar, the Paramount), movie star (Stormy Weather, St. Louis Blues, The Blues Brothers, The Cincinnati Kid), author (Minnie the Moocher and Me), and Broadway performer (Porgy and Bess, as Sportin' Life, Hello Dolly) Cab Calloway died in Hockessin, Delaware; in 1997, the odd but beloved Seattle restaurant known as the Blob was demolished; in 2003 in settlement of a quarter century-old grievance against Phil Spector, The Beatles released Let It Be Naked, a version of Let It Be stripped of Spector's "wall of sound" orchestrations and background groups.

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UPDATE: Monday, November 17, 2008, 3:32 a.m. PST, 11:32 ZULU/GMT/CMT/SUT —

Richard Nixon/Disney World/November 17, 1973: I am not a crook.

On this date in 3 BC, Jesus was born, according to early church figure Clement of Alexandria, a Greek theologian and Christian convert; in 1856, Fort Moore (soon changed to Fort Buchanan, after the sitting president) was established in a canyon in Arizona as part of a plan to enforce U.S. control of land acquired in the Gadsen purchase against the Apache residents, though it provoked the hostilities it was supposed to prevent; in 1907, a gunfight erupted in Beatty's Mayflower Saloon when John Scott entered with a pistol in each hand, whereupon bartender John Morris drew his own gun and fired twice, striking Scott, who was hit in the lung and back; in 1936, it was announced that the Notre Dame football team would stop in Las Vegas on their way back from a game with the USC Trojans and would tour Hoover Dam; in 1944, three thousand pounds of turkey was on hand at the Reno Army Air Base to feed soldiers at Thanksgiving; in 1944 in Asheville, North Carolina, Reno pilot Dorothy Fowler received a commendation for her work in piloting weather service workers on military missions for the Army Air Force; in 1954 Dawn Wells, later "Miss Nevada" and "Mary Anne" in Gilligan's Island, was admitted to the Filibusters Club, Reno High School's public speaking group; in 1956, Salt Lake City FBI special agent Mark Felt announced that an alleged navy deserter, 19 year old Frank Bacca, had been arrested in McGill, Nevada (Felt, who was later convicted of ordering black bag jobs during the Nixon administration and was "Deep Throat" of Watergate fame, would also speak in Ely and the Eastern Nevada Peace Officers Association convention in Fireman's Hall and the Rotary on November 29, 1956); in 1962, Big Girls Don't Cry by The Four Seasons hit number one on the Billboard magazine chart; in 1968 in what became known as the Heidi Bowl, a fairly dull football game between the Oakland Raiders and the New York Jets ran on and on into other programming until NBC finally pulled the plug (with the Jets leading the Raiders 32 to 29) to start its showing of a new version of Heidi starring Jean Simmons and Jennifer Edwards, whereupon the game came to life and (unseen by viewers) Oakland came from behind in the last 42 exciting seconds to score two touchdowns and win 43-32 (the incident was dramatized in the Richard Benjamin film The Sports Pages, the Raiders have it on their web site as "the Greatest Game You Never Saw", and Heidi Bowl was voted the most memorable regular-season game in NFL history by a jury of sportswriters in a 1997 poll); in 1993, The Shipping News by Annie Proulx won the National Book Award; in 1993, Nevada Weekly, a new Reno newspaper begun by Mike Norris, Bill Martin and Larry Henry, began publication (it is now the Reno News and Review).

UPDATE: Sunday, November 16, 2008, 5:57 p.m. PST, 01:57 11-17-2008 ZULU/GMT/CMT/SUT —

Rise of the Machines
Rise in protest to save community television

Barbwire / Sparks Tribune / 11-16-2008

SPECIAL BULLETIN: Sen. Reid will be Sam Shad's guest on the statewide Nevada Newsmakers TV/Radio/Webcast show on Monday, Nov. 17. Cox cable (Clark County/Las Vegas) lobbyist Steve Schorr will sit on Sam's pundit panels on Nov. 18-19. Click here for the complete broadcast schedule.

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The devil and the deep blue sea
Charter cable deal and Reno "settlement" offers are all death warrants for community television. Court battle looms closer.

Ratepayers group may sue City of Reno as well as Charter
Sparks Tribune / 11-11-2008 + Barbwire special web edition, 11-12-2008

Sun, 16 Nov 2008 09:24:57 PST

On this date in 1873 W.C. (William Christopher) Handy
, known as the father of the blues, was born in a log cabin built by his grandfather in Florence, Alabama; in 1875 the Nevada State Journal reported that for the first time in many years, the Central Pacific Railroad paid its annual taxes˜„But they will please remember to remit that 83,000 and odd dollars due us for last year‚s.‰; in 1906 Marion Eleanor Gridley, author of Contemporary American Indian Leaders, Indians of Yesterday, American Indian Women, American‚s Indian Statues, and other Native American histories, was born in White Plains, New York; in 1907 Oklahoma, designated as a state for Native Americans in 1828 and subsequently stolen from sixty tribes to make say for white settlement, became a state; in 1911 William „Si‰ Redd, founder of the Nevada gambling device manufacturer International Games Technology, was born in Union, Mississippi; in 1929 Claude Johnston becaome the first African American fire captain in St. Louis˜four years before the city segregated the fire department; in 1934 after midterm elections in President Roosevelt‚s first term, business leaders swung in behind the president, with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce adopting a resolution pledging support to the New Deal and Chicago lawyer and Montgomery Ward chair Silas Strawn (who was finance chair for Herbert Hoover‚s presidential campaigns) telling reporters, „The recent election proved conclusively that the people of this country overwhelmingly support President Roosevelt.‰; in 1934 Nevada and California officials, including acting governors Morley Griswold and Frank Merriam, were invited to a November 18 ceremony to open the Bear Valley section of the Lake Tahoe/Ukiah highway; in 1953 after President Eisenhower‚s attorney general, Herbert Brownell, said that President Truman appointed Harry Dexter White to a treasury post while knowing that he was suspected of being a spy, Truman made a nationally broadcast radio address calling Brownell a liar (declassified records later supported Truman‚s account); in 1959 „Mr. Blue‰ by the Fleetwoods hit number one on the Billboard magazine chart; in 1960 Acting Governor John Koontz was serving in the chief executive‚s chair under an anomaly in the executive succession law˜the governor and lieutenant governor were out of state, which passes power to the assembly speaker or senate president pro tempore but because legislators take office (and thus vacate their offices) on the day after the election and the new legislative officers are not named until January, there were no such legislative officers and Attorney General Roger Foley ruled that power should pass to the fourth in line, the secretary of state; in 1962 „Deep Purple‰ by April Stevens and Nino Tempo hit number one on the Billboard magazine chart; in 1974 Walls And Bridges by John Lennon hit number one on the Billboard album chart; in 1974 urban Republican state assemblymembers from Clark and Washoe counties united to depose powerful rural legislators generally and former speaker Lawrence Jacobsen in particular and also forced one small county legislator˜Virgil Getto˜to accept the post of Republican floor leader; in 1976 Governor Mike O‚Callaghan, who had earlier become perhaps the last Democratic leader in the United States to support the Equal Rights Amendment, renewed his lukewarm support for the measure by saying he wasn‚t sure he would ask the 1977 Nevada Legislature to approve it, and he also said he would forward the report of the Nevada Commission on the Status of People to the legislators but would not endorse its recommendations either; in 1981 Pam Johnson was named publisher of the Ithaca Journal, the first African American woman to head a daily newspaper; in 1990 Congress enacted the Native American Graves Protection Act; in 1999 Righteous Babe Records released folksinger Ani DiFranco‚s To the Teeth containing the title track, about the Columbine school shooting incident, and „Hello Birmingham‰, about the assassination of abortion provider Barnett Slepian (brother of a Reno high school principal); in 1999 Judy „Judge Judy‰ Sheindlin of the United States, speaking in Australia, said of needle exchange programs, „Give them all dirty needles and let them die.‰; in 2001 eighteen year old Miss Nigeria Agbani Darego became the first black African Miss World.

Sat, 15 Nov 2008 10:26:38 PST

U.S. Senator Eugene McCarthy/November 15, 1969:
The record of history, I think, is clear. The cases in which political leaders out of misjudgment or ambition in ancient time and in modern times basing their action on the loyalty of their people, have done great harm to their own countries and to the world. The great loyalty of the Roman citizens moved the Caesars to war. The great loyalty of the French moved Napoleon to actions which should never have been taken. Let us in the United States take warning from that experience.

On this date in 1838 an „elegant chair‰ was manufactured in Philadelphia from a variety of historical materials, including a piece of the tree under which William Penn signed a treaty with Native Americans in 1682; in 1860 The presidential election returns, brought as far west by the Pony Express as Fort Churchill in Nevada, were telegraphed the rest of the way to Sacramento (see below); in 1875 President Grant, without the permission of Congress and in violation of treaty, secretly opened the Black Hills to miners, causing war between the Sioux and whites; in 1901 boxer Jack Johnson watched heavyweight champion Jim Jeffries (who Johnson would defeat in the „great white hope‰ fight in Reno in 1910) successfully defend his title against Gus Ruhlin in San Francisco; in 1923 after Reno Indian Agency official J.E. Jenkins wrote that he was seeking $15,000 for a Native American industrial day school, Elko set about trying to become the site of the school; in 1923 African American veteran James Montgomery was accused of rape by a mentally disabled white woman for which he was later convicted and sentenced to life in prison in a trial in which the Ku Klux Klan was very much a factor and in spite of exculpatory evidence that was withheld from the defense, resulting in Montgomery being exonerated in 1949 by a judge who said, „James Montgomery has gone the merry-go-round of Illinois justice . . . His conviction was secured by the use of false testimony, fraud and suppression . . . The court finds that the trial was a sham . . . The issue was not the guilt or innocence of rape˜but that of racial subjugation.‰ (a physican who had examined the „victim‰ and concluded she had not been raped and was likely a virgin said in 1949, „You don't know our prosecutor at that time. He wanted his way and if he did not get it, there was trouble . . . and I'm not a fellow who looks for trouble.‰); in 1939 the cornerstone was laid for the Jefferson Memorial; in 1933 a White River Civic Club was organized in Lund to deal with the area's problems, including the need for a Lund/Preston road, Tonopah highway, marketing of White River products in Nevada cities, and the locals' desire for the U.S. Forest Service to take over the local range; in 1941 Schutzstaffel (SS) commander Heinrich Himmler issued a Fuhrer's Decree Relating to Purity in the SS and Police providing that any SS or police officer engaging in homosexuality or S/M was to be condemned to death (the following February the order was extended to all German males); in 1968 U.S. Catholic bishops adoped on a 180 to 8 vote a pastoral letter saying that couples who choose in good conscience to use birth control pills should not be cut off from the church's sacraments; in 1969 The National Mobilization to End the War, half a million citizens (about the size of the U.S. presence in Vietnam) protesting the war in Vietnam, was held in the District of Columbia, the largest demonstration in the history of both D.C. and the Vietnam antiwar movement, with U.S. Senator Eugene McCarthy telling the crowd that loyalty to country had helped cause the misguided war (see above); in 1986 former Sparks resident Eugene Hasenfus was convicted in Nicaragua of delivering arms to the contras; in 2004 New Jersey Governor James McGreevey stepped down because of the fallout from a gay extra-marital affair.

Morning Transcript/Nevada [City], California, Thursday Morning, November 15, 1860:

The Election News

Under our telegraphic head will be found the election news, from the eastern side of the continent, as it was issued by us, yesterday forenoon, in an extra. The news reached Fort Churchill, yesterday morning at one o'clock, whence it was telegraphed to the Sacramento Union, too late for its yesterday's issue, and therefore, published in an extra of that paper. A copy of that extra was telegraphed to the TRANSCRIPT. The news is dated at St Louis, Nov. 7, the next day after the election, and thence telegraphed to Fort Kearney, on the Platte river, at which point it was taken by the pony and carried to Fort Churchill. The exact distance, traveled by the pony, between the two telegraphic stations, of Fort Kearney and Fort Churchill, we have no means of knowing; but what ever it is, the pony accomplished it in less than six days.

It seems astonishing that so much of the election results, in twenty-one states should have been learned in St Louis the next day after the voting, while, in our state, on the eighth day after the election, we are still unable to definitely state which presidential candidate has a plurality. On the eastern side of the Continent they excel us in superior telegraphic facilities, and they must exert much greater dispatch in counting the votes than our judges and inspectors. Of course., the official votes, in many, if not all, of the 21 states heard from, will slightly differ from the statements brought by the last pony; but whether they will enhance or depress the Lincoln majorities is more than can be safely predicted.

It seems that Lincoln has carried the following States, which we have set down, with the number of their electoral votes appended

Massachusetts 13
Illinois 11
Connecticut 6
Ohio 23
Vermont 5
Indiana 13
New Hampshire 5
Michigan 6
Maine 8
Wisconsin 5
New York 35
Iowa 4
New Jersey 7
Minnesota 4
Rhode Island 4
Pennsylvania 27

Making, altogether, 176 electoral votes.

The whole number of electoral votes in the Union is 303, and a majority of the whole, or the number necessary to elect is 152.

Thus it appears that, without the 7 votes of California and Oregon. Lincoln has received 24 more votes than are necessary to elect him.

Douglas seems to have a prospect of carrying Missouri, and has done well in the Mobile district of Alabama, but, as the southern and southwestern States will be mainly divided between Bell and Breckinridge, the Little Giant appears destined to be hindmost in the race. Of course, those States that have voted for Bell--the Union candidate par excellence--will oppose any attempt to disrupt the Republic. Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee are supposed to be Bell States, and will not consider Lincoln's election a sufficient cause for a dissolution of the Union.

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Fri, 14 Nov 2008 00:27:04 PST

Rebecca West/November 14, 1913: I myself have never known what feminism is. I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.

On this date in 1877, the Nevada State Journal wrote "Dr. Johnson has grown several inches since Monday. His better half, whom he has not seen for two years, arrived from the States on Monday, and will make Reno her future residence. We welcome her to our lovely town.‰; in 1879 the Truckee and Steamboat ditch was reported to be six weeks from completion; in 1915 African American groups launched a boycott against the racist movie The Birth of a Nation (Booker Washington died the same day); in 1933 U.S. Senator Key Pittman of Nevada urged President Franklin Roosevelt to take over the closed Nevada banks, most of them owned by former state political boss George Wingfield; in 1960 „Georgia On My Mind‰ by Ray Charles hit number one on the Billboard magazine chart (On March 7 1979 the Georgia Legislature named it as the state song, and Charles performed it before a joint session); in 1969 the day after publication of Seymour Hersh‚s story disclosing the My Lai massacre, western newsmen visiting the site found it had been leveled and also found mounds believed to be mass graves; in 1977 President Carter met for seven minutes at the White House with Vice President Mondale, Nevada magician Jimmy Grippo, and presidential aide Hamilton Jordan; in 1978 Nevada state personnel office employee Nancy Frank resigned in protest after Governor Mike O‚Callaghan‚s office intervened on behalf of a governor‚s office worker who had applied for a management assistant III job but flunked the test for it; in 1987 the Dirty Dancing soundtrack hit number one on the Billboard album chart and stayed there for twenty weeks; in 2002 Nancy Pelosi became the first female House Democratic floor leader.

Thu, 13 Nov 2008 00:21:25 PST

George Bush/November 13, 2007:
The decisions we make in Washington have a direct impact on the people in our country, obviously.

On this date in 1882 newspapers published an account of the destruction by forces from the U.S. revenue cutter Thomas Corwin, the frigate Adams, and the commercial tugboat Favorite of a Tlingit tribal village at a place called Hockinso on the Alaskan coast, with at least six children suffocating from the burning of the dwellings (in 1982 the U.S. government paid the Tlingits $90,000 for the destruction); in 1914 more than a week after the election, Democrat Francis Newlands had a 31-vote lead over Republican Sam Platt in the race for United States senator from Nevada; in 1914 in Takao Ozawa vs. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Japanese are an „unassimmilable race‰ and thus ineligible for naturalization; in 1922 Emporia, Kansas editor William Allen White‚s trial for violating Kansas law by putting a pro-labor union poster in his office window was scheduled to start, but Attorney General Richard Hopkins refused to prosecute and Governor Henry Allen (who brought the charges) was rumored to be planning to ask for a postponement; in 1941 the draft age was lowered to 18 from 21 and men (only men were drafted) were called by age (oldest first); in 1942 the cruiser USS Juneau went down in the strait between Guadalcanal and Florida Island after being hit with Japanese torpedoes, with five brothers named Sullivan among the dead, a devastating tragedy in one family that changed U.S. military policies on assignment of family members (the brothers‚ story was dramatized in the 1944 movie The Fighting Sullivans); in 1951 Patsy Charlie, a 110 year old Shoshone believed to be the oldest Nevadan, died in Wells; in 1956 a group of White Pine County businesspeople voted in favor of television translators over cable to bring television to the area; in 1960 Swedish actress May Britt and U.S. singer Sammy Davis Jr. were married at a time when interracial marriage was illegal in most U.S. states; in 1961 „The Lion Sleeps Tonight‰ by the Tokens was released; in 1968 the motion picture Yellow Submarine was released; in 1968 the Nevada State Journal profiled the eight „co-ed‰ candidates for queen of the University of Nevada Reno military ball: „White Pine Hall's representative is Frankie Sue Del Pappa [sic], a 19 year old sophomore from Las Vegas. Frankie Sue is 5 feet 8 inches tall and has brown hair and dark eyes...Her favorite pastime is participating in student affairs and government, and she enjoys people and poetry.‰; in 1974 in a major defeat for Israel and the United States, which defined Palestinians as refugees and refused to recognize them as a people, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat addressed the United National General Assembly: „The difference between the revolutionary and the terrorist lies in the reason for which each fights. Whoever stands by a just cause and fights for liberation from invaders and colonialists cannot be called terrorist. Those who wage war to occupy, colonize and oppress other people are the terrorists. Ý The Palestinian people had to resort to armed struggle when they lost faith in the international community, which ignored their rights, and when it became clear that not one inch of Palestine could be regained through exclusively political meansÝ The PLO dreams and hopes for one democratic state where Christian, Jew and Muslim live in justice, equality, fraternity and progress. The chairman of the PLO and leader of the Palestinian revolution appeals to the General Assembly to accompany the Palestinian people in its struggle to attain its right of self-determination....I have come bearing an olive branch and a freedom fighter's gun. Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand.‰; in 2001 in its attorney discipline rulings, the U.S. Supreme Court published this decision: „D-2270 IN THE MATTER OF BILL CLINTON Bill Clinton, of New York, New York, having requested to resign as a member of the Bar of this Court, it is ordered that his name be stricken from the roll of attorneys admitted to the practice of law before this Court. The Rule to Show Cause, issued on October 1, 2001, is discharged.‰; in 2003 as George Bush was about to leave the White House for a vacation, his chicken hawk aides prevailed on him to sign a document providing for „secret military tribunals‰ for prisoners of war, a document that had not been vetted by his own administration (including the National Security Council, Justice Department, and State Department), and Bush was not familiar enough with policymaking to understand the difference.

Wed, 12 Nov 2008 14:06:38 PST

James Mooney:
When we are willing to admit that the Indian has a religion which he holds sacred, even though it be different from our own, we can then admire the consistency of the theory, the particularity of the ceremonial and the beauty of the expression. So far from being a jumble of crudities, there is a wonderful completeness about the whole system which is not surpassed even by the ceremonial religions of the East.

On this date in 1851 settlers in CarsonValley, Territory of Utah (which was later detached from Utah), held a meeting, creating the first known public record in Nevada history; in 1880 Nevada State Journal: „The New York Times has the following: It is reported on good authority, and generally believed, that Jay Gould and the members of his clique recently succeeded in borrowing $30,000,000 from the city banks and capitalists on from six months to a year‚s time and then put it all out on call, thus virtually placing themselves in a position to create a panic in stocks at any moment they choose to call in the loans.‰; in 1887 Young Crow, who shot and killed ŒCurly‚ Hogan in Carson on the 5th of July, 1880, is slowly but surely losing his reasonÝThe shooting of Hogan was entirely justifiable, and young Crow was fully exhonerated; but the act has preyed upon his mind until it can stand the strain no longer, and it is only a question of a short time when he will become a mental wreck. In his rational moments his conversation is perfectly natural, but even then a wild or scared look is discernable.‰; in 1901 in the novels of Kenneth Robeson, Clark „Doc‰ Savage, Jr., was born on the schooner Orion in a cove off the northern tip of Andros Island, Bahamas; in 1919 African American newspaper publisher William Trotter, an opponent of Booker Washington‚s accomodationist approach who led some blacks out of the Republican Party to support Woodrow Wilson only to see Wilson adopt white supremacist policies, met with the president at the White House, an angry meeting in which Wilson told Trotter „Your manner offends me‰ and Trotter afterward disclosed to the public Wilson‚s support for segregation; in 1931 a meeting between Six Companies (the conglomerate formed to construct Hoover Dam) and state officials in Carson City on the state mine inspector‚s order against using gasoline trucks in small tunnels and bores (the trucks produced fumes that endangered the workers) ended without an agreement, and the company seemed headed to court, more interested in using the case to stop the state from collecting taxes on the dam reservation than in the truck issue; in 1938 German Minister Hermann Goring called a meeting of high ranking government and Nazi party officials at the Air Ministry where he told them Chancellor Hitler had directed plans to assure „the Jewish question be now, once and for all, coordinated and solved one way or another‰; in 1961 the television series Maverick broadcast one of its best episodes, a story satirizing another popular western series, described in the Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows˜„Bart encountered a ranching baron named Joe Wheelwright (played by Jim Backus), owner of the vast Subrosa Ranch, who was trying to marry off his three idiot sons,‰ Moose, Henry, and Small Paul; 1966 „Mellow Yellow‰ by Donovan was released; in 1969 U.S. Secretary of the Interior Walter Hickel backed away from a proposal he had previously embraced (in a July meeting with governors Laxalt of Nevada and Reagan of California) to shrink the size of Pyramid Lake and promised, „The rights of the Indians will be protected‰ (the lake is entirely within a Paiute tribal reservation); in 1969 on the same day, a Department of the Interior task force toured Sutcliffe, Nixon, Marble Bluff, and the Truckee River delta at Pyramid and Derby Dam, the canal to Lahontan, Lahontan Reservoir, Swingle Bench, and Stillwater; in 1978 long after the rest of the world had done so, the United States (in congressional testimony by deputy assistant secretary of state for Near East and South Asian affairs Harold Saunders) signalled that it was softening its position that the Palestinians were refugees and not a people („The Palestinians collectively are a political factor‰), the first major statement the U.S. had made on Palestinians since the creation of Israel and the dispossession of the Palestinians in 1948; in 1991 after a decade and a half of a conspiracy of silence by the U.S. press toward U.S.-supported repression in East Timor, the massacre of 250 people in a funeral march by Indonesian soldiers was reported by three journalists in attendance (Allan Nairn of the New Yorker, Amy Goodman of Pacifica Radio and British filmmaker Max Stahl), forcing the story into the light; in 2001, New York Times columnist William Safire wrote that September 11 hijacker Mohammed Atta's meeting in the Czech Republic with an Iraq diplomat, which U.S. intelligence later concluded never happened, was an "undisputed fact".

UPDATE: Tuesday, November 11, 2008, 3:17 p.m. PST, 23:17 ZULU/GMT/CMT/SUT —

John Kennedy / Arlington National Cemetery / November 11, 1961: No man who witnessed the tragedies of the last war, no man who can imagine the unimaginable possibilities of the next war, can advocate war out of irritability or frustration or impatience.

On this date in 1865, civilian Mary Walker, surgeon and prisoner of war, received the Medal of Honor for her services to the Union, the only woman to receive the medal; in 1902, Commissioner of Indian Affairs William Jones submitted a report recommending that additional land be reserved for Moapa tribe members in Nevada to Interior Secretary Ethan Hitchcock, who on December 4 forwarded the report to the House of Representatives; in 1914, eight days after the election, as Democrat Francis Newlands and Republican Sam Platt fought for every vote in the U.S. Senate race, irregularities were reported in the Fort Halleck and Carlin precincts (Newlands ended as the winner by forty votes); in 1918, the armistice in World War One took effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, and hundreds gathered in the streets of Reno to celebrate and burn Kaiser Wilhelm in effigy; in 1935, New York columnist O.O. McIntyre reported that when Fanny Brice was "in despair" over the bail for her husband Jules "Nicky" Arnstein after his theft from Wall Street firms, mobster Arnold Rothstein "tossed $100,000 in her lap on the Midnight Frolic Roof" (see below); in 1941, the Sky Ranch, a private airport on the Pyramid Lake highway about ten miles north of Sparks, began operation; in 1957, Peggy Sue by The Crickets was released; in 1957, the Young Democratic National Convention in Reno, during which young politicos hosted a generation of party leaders like Frank Church of Idaho, John Kennedy of Massachusetts, Stewart Udall of Arizona, and Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota, ended after shouting matches and fights for the floor mikes during a fight for YD president; in 1968, Pope Paul VI denounced liberal Catholics: "We are demanding of you total and generous faithfulness to the church, not certainly to an imaginary church which each would conceive and organize according to his own ideas, but to the Catholic Church as it is."; in 1978, Reno sportswriter Ray Hagar filed an assault and battery complaint against New York Yankees manager Billy Martin after Martin tried to take Hagar's notes and hit him in the face, breaking a tooth and opening cuts; in 2006 at the United Nations, the United States used its Security Council veto to block a majority-supported resolution condemning Israel's Gaza strip military offensive, the second time in 2006 the U.S. vetoed on Israel's behalf.

Time magazine / December 31, 1928: My Man. In 1921, Fannie Brice worked into her act in the Ziegfeld Follies a Channing Pollock translation of the French tune "Mon Homme." She knew that if her man got another chance, he would go straight. "No matter what he is," she sang, "I am his . . ." and the song, sung well enough to be effective even if it had not had any particular significance, moved her hearers to an extraordinary pitch of sentiment because they knew that her husband, Jules W. ("Nicky") Arnstein, was serving a sentence at the federal penitentiary at Leavenworth. Now, in her first picture, she sings My Man again and also her other famous songs, I'm an Indian and Second Hand Rose; she recites Mrs. Cohen at the Beach. The plot is what it has to be to give her a chance to do her stuff. As a sewing-machine girl in a costume factory, she sings for the other girls at lunch, sings at the annual picnic, sings for the famed theatrical producer when he sends for her. Her singing and acting under Archie Mayo's directing make a trite story new and interesting, and give Warner Brothers a hit almost as potent as The Singing Fool.

Mon, 10 Nov 2008

George Bush/November 10 2007:
I don't particularly like it when people put words in my mouth, either, by the way, unless I say it.

On this date in 1875,
shortly after soaking in the roman-style baths that were then located in the basement of the U.S. Capital building, Vice-President Henry Wilson was struck with paralysis (he died on November 22d); in 1890 in Chicago, seven weeks before Wounded Knee Creek, General Nelson Miles said he had just traveled through Montana, Dakota, and Nebraska and those regions were alive with the ghost dance taught by Nevada Paiute prophet Wovoka that whites found so threatening; in 1898, white supremacist Democrats led by racist News and Observor publisher Josephus Daniels (navy secretary under Woodrow Wilson) in Wilmington, North Carolina, frustrated by their inability to dislodge the moderate city fusion government of Republicans and Populists (all of them white) by democratic means, launched the only known coup d'etat against a local government in U.S. history, with rioting, murder of an undetermined number of blacks, exile of more blacks, destruction of an African American newspaper office, installation of white Democrats in office, and later stripping of the vote from African Americans (in 2005 an official state commission said it had found abundant evidence of a carefully laid plot for the insurrection that was months in the making and involved statewide actions); in 1914 a week after the 1914 election, returns were official in only seven counties, leaving the U.S. Senate race unsettled (Francis Newlands ended up winning over Sam Platt by 40 votes) and the Republicans claiming that Benjamin Curler had won the state supreme court race by 15 votes (he ended up losing by 278 votes); in 1933 the last Civilian Conservation Corps members at the Berry Creek camp in Nevada departed with all their gear for winter quarters at Moapa; in 1941, with war raging in Europe and U.S. officials threatening war against Japan, what one newspaper called "Nevada's first and only strike involving men employed in a defense industry" was settled by miners at Rio Tinto; in 1956 the cornerstone of the Blasdel Building, an ugly structure at one corner of the Nevada capitol grounds, was laid; in 1975 the Edmund Fitzgerald went down in a storm on Lake Superior, 29 people killed in the worst sinking in Superior history; in 2001 two months after September 11, George Bush spoke to the United Nations on terrorism (he was against it), getting an early start on his policy of alienating other nations by threatening preemptive war against countries that incur his displeasure; in 2003, Christian evangelist cartoonist Johnny Hart released a B.C. comic strip that seemed to have no comic meaning (a character entered an outhouse and then said "Is it just me, or does it stink in here?"), prompting speculation that because of several crescents Hart drew into the strip and the word SLAM inserted between panels, it was a subtle attack on Islam, an interpretation many of his fellow cartoonists agreed with — particularly because Hart in 1999 said that "Jews and Muslims who don't accept Jesus will burn in Hell" (in 2006, Hart ran a strip in which one character asks "What makes a bite that''s shaped like a crescent moon?" to which another character replies "A lunatic.").

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Sat, 8 Nov 2008

George W. Bush on Korea / November 8, 2005:
As a matter of fact, I know relations between our governments is good.

On this date in 1864, after just eight days of statehood, Nevadans voted to reelect President Lincoln by 3,300 votes out of more than 16,000 cast and elected a clean sweep of Republicans to every state office; in 1876, just after midnight at the end of election day, New York Times managing editor John Reid walked from the Times offices to Republican headquarters in the Park Avenue Hotel and met with campaign official William Chandler and they began planning how to manipulate the vote to deprive Democratic presidential nominee Samuel Tilden of his election and get Republican candidate Rutherford Hayes appointed by the electors or by Congress, a scheme that came to fruition on March 2 1877 when Hayes was appointed president by the U.S. House of Representatives after Tilden won both the popular and electoral votes; in 1887, the Manitoba Daily Free Press reported "With reference to the claim of the Six Nation Indians to certain lands on the Grand River, the Privy Council has adopted a report declining to submit the claim to the judicial committee of the Imperial Privy Council, declaring it has no merits and does not deserve exceptional consideration."; in 1892 a remarkable general strike in New Orleans to support streetcar conductors seeking a shorter workday, overtime, and the preferential closed shop was backed by unified blacks and whites and several integrated labor unions and ultimately succeeded in winning most labor demands; in 1892 Nevada's newly formed Silver Party swept state offices, beating Republicans, Democrats, and Prohibitionists, but leaving state officials with no party links to Congress and the presidency; in 1898 Nevadans voted against a consolidation of Douglas, Storey, Lyon and Ormsby counties and against splitting up Lincoln County; in 1898 on a ship at sea between the Hawaiian Islands and the Pacific coast of the United States, Troop A of the First Nevada Cavalry (formed for the war against Spain) cast their ballots on election day (the soldiers cast at least 35 ballots and the governor's race was decided by 22 votes) which the state board of canvassers refused to open and count, prompting the court case of State vs. Sadler in which the Nevada Supreme Court ruled that "there is no statutory provision regulating the manner of voting or holding elections by persons who may be in the military or naval service of the United States, beyond the boundaries of the state, or for making returns of such election; and that without such provisions no such election could be legally held."; in 1904 on election night, newly elected president Theodore Roosevelt committed an unexpected and unnecessary blunder that had enormous consequences by promising not to run for reelection, immediately making himself a lame duck, reducing his influence in Congress, and eventually making a fatal choice of his successor, William Howard Taft; in 1904, Nevadans voted to amend the state constitution to provide for initiative and referendum, 4,404 to 794; in 1910, Nevadans voted to devote all funds from the poll tax to state roads, thus depriving county governments of half the money (see 1966); in 1938, Crystal Bird Fauset was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, the first African-American woman to be elected to a state legislature; in 1938, Dewey Sampson of Washoe County was elected the state's first Native American member of the Nevada Legislature; in 1957 in a speech to the Young Democratic National Convention at the Holiday Hotel in Reno, Senator John Kennedy of Massachusetts beat the drum for higher military spending and criticized President Eisenhower for restraining such spending; in 1960, Nevada was one of only two states in the west to vote for Kennedy for president; in 1960, two years after they approved annual sessions of the legislature, Nevadans voted to change back to every-other-year sessions; in 1965, for action in treating his fellow soldiers under fire on this day, U.S. medic Lawrence Joel received the first Medal of Honor awarded to an African-American in the 20th century (see below); in 1966, "Republican resurgence" was the repetitive headline after this day's GOP victories (that came two years after the massive party setbacks of 1964), including the elections of Charles Percy, Mark Hatfield, Ronald Reagan, Edward Brooke, Nelson Rockefeller, George Romney; in 1966, Nevadans repealed the poll tax provision of the Nevada Constitution, two years after the 24th amendment to the U.S. Constitution outlawed poll taxes; in 1969, Wedding Bell Blues by The Fifth Dimension hit number one on the Billboard magazine chart; in 1972, the day after the election, the Cal Aggie carried the front page headline "McGOVERN SWEEPS MASSACHUSETTS"; in 1994, Republicans won a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time since the early Eisenhower presidency.

Rank and organization: Specialist Sixth Class (then Sp5c), U.S. Army, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry, 173d Airborne Brigade. Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 8 November 1965 Entered service at: New York City, N.Y. G.O. No.: 15, 5 April 1967. Born: 22 February 1928, Winston-Salem, N.C. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. Sp6c. Joel demonstrated indomitable courage, determination, and professional skill when a numerically superior and well-concealed Viet Cong element launched a vicious attack which wounded or killed nearly every man in the lead squad of the company. After treating the men wounded by the initial burst of gunfire, he bravely moved forward to assist others who were wounded while proceeding to their objective. While moving from man to man, he was struck in the right leg by machine gun fire. Although painfully wounded his desire to aid his fellow soldiers transcended all personal feeling. He bandaged his own wound and self-administered morphine to deaden the pain enabling him to continue his dangerous undertaking. Through this period of time, he constantly shouted words of encouragement to all around him. Then, completely ignoring the warnings of others, and his pain, he continued his search for wounded, exposing himself to hostile fire; and, as bullets dug up the dirt around him, he held plasma bottles high while kneeling completely engrossed in his life saving mission. Then, after being struck a second time and with a bullet lodged in his thigh, he dragged himself over the battlefield and succeeded in treating 13 more men before his medical supplies ran out. Displaying resourcefulness, he saved the life of 1 man by placing a plastic bag over a severe chest wound to congeal the blood. As 1 of the platoons pursued the Viet Cong, an insurgent force in concealed positions opened fire on the platoon and wounded many more soldiers. With a new stock of medical supplies, Sp6c. Joel again shouted words of encouragement as he crawled through an intense hail of gunfire to the wounded men. After the 24 hour battle subsided and the Viet Cong dead numbered 410, snipers continued to harass the company. Throughout the long battle, Sp6c. Joel never lost sight of his mission as a medical aidman and continued to comfort and treat the wounded until his own evacuation was ordered. His meticulous attention to duty saved a large number of lives and his unselfish, daring example under most adverse conditions was an inspiration to all. Sp6c. Joel's profound concern for his fellow soldiers, at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.

November 7

On this date in 1841,
135 slaves on board the Creole revolted and sailed the ship to Nassau where they were freed by the British, who later paid compensation; in 1965 in a special off-year election for Nevada's only U.S. House seat, Nevadans elected Republican Delos Ashley over Democrat H.K. Mitchell, 3,691 to 2,215 (one vote was cast for Storey County Senator Charles Sumner, who later did win a U.S. House seat in California); in 1903 responding to "persons [who] are industriously circulating rumors derogatory of our motives and intentions in the matter of the Street Railway Franchise", three businesspeople issued a public statement assuring the public that financing was already in hand to build the line from Reno to East Reno and they were just waiting for the franchise to be granted, presumably by state regulators; in 1908 African American Frank Price, shot by Reno'
s chief of police A.A. Burke while (Burke claimed) attempting to escape arrest, was found not guilty by a jury, shocking the chief who arrested Price again on a different charge as Price was leaving the courtroom; in 1913 French resistance journalist and Nobel author Albert Camus was born in Algiers, capital of a land he would one day work to free from French colonization; in 1914 there were reports that adoption of the Nevada women's suffrage amendment to the Nevada Constitution, approved in the November 3d election, would be challenged in court on grounds that it got a majority of the 17,419 votes cast on the ballot measure but not a majority of voters participating in the election (more than twenty thousand voted and 10,936 voted yes); in 1914 there was a celebration of the suffrage victory held in the Mayer Hotel by the women of Elko; in 1916, Jeannette Rankin of Montana was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, the first woman congressmember; in 1922 in a race for a Nevada district judgeship, J.M. McNamara and Edward Carville tied at 1,487 each (a recount gained 7 votes for McNamara); in 1932 President Hoover traveled from Washington (journalist William Allen White wrote of "how infinitely tired!" Hoover looked) to Elko where he made his last nationally broadcast speech of the campaign (see below), then continued on to Carlin where he was heckled, then passed over a bridge in Eureka County where a bomb had been found and defused, then on to Palo Alto where he voted (for some unknown reason, he returned to Washington by a different route); in 1962 Republican candidate for governor of California Richard Nixon, after learning he lost the election, bitterly denounced the press (while praising broadcast journalism): "For sixteen years, ever since the Hiss case, you've had a lot of fun. Just think what you're going to be missing. You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore, because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference and it will be one in which I have welcomed the opportunity to test wits with you."; in 1967 in off-year and municipal elections, voters in Kentucky elected Louis Nunn as governor after he ran against the war on the slogan "Tired of the war? Vote Nunn" but voters in San Francisco rejected a ballot measure calling for withdrawal of U.S. forces from Vietnam (in Gary, Indiana, reformer Richard Hatcher was elected the city's first African-American mayor after Robert Kennedy sent his aides to help stop the Democratic machine from stealing the election); in 1972, the people of Colorado, defying the business community in favor of the environment, voted in a landslide (59.4 percent) to prohibit the use of any public funds for the 1976 winter olympics, resulting in the event being moved to Innsbruck (part of the campaign dialogue involved publicity on the cost of the 1960 games in Squaw Valley, which had cost thirteen times what was originally estimated); in 1974, Reno Evening Gazette reporter Bob Felton, describing the Watergate year election defeat of U.S. Representative David Towell (who had first gotten elected in '72 by tying himself to Richard Nixon), wrote: "When he was elected in 1972 there were those who said Towell was swept into office on Nixon's coattails. It might be said he left office the same way."; in 1978 by a two to one vote, Nevadans voted against the Equal Rights Amendment; in 1989, Virginia Lieutenant Governor Douglas Wilder was elected governor and Manhattan Democratic leader David Dinkins was elected mayor of New York City, the first African-Americans elected to both those posts and, in Wilder's case, the first elected black governor in U.S. history; in 1998 New York Times reporter Rick Bragg described Newt Gingrich's Cobb County, Georgia, House district residents as having a "philosophy of self reliance" who believe in a person "paying his own way" and quoted one voter as saying "People here don't look to the government for their well being. That's the way it should be. Gingrich believed that. It works. It really does work.", but Bragg neglected to do the research on whether these claims were true — and a Common Cause study showed a district "hooked on federal handouts" and more generous federal spending in Cobb County than in all but two other counties in the nation.

Herbert Hoover/Radio Address to the nation From Elko, Nevada/November 7 1932: My fellow citizens, we have been through an arduous campaign. It has been almost unique as a campaign of education in the great domestic and international problems which have arisen out of events of the last 15 years.

I have endeavored to place these problems before the people as I see them from the facts and experience that have come to me in these past years. I wished the people to realize more intimately the difficulties with which their Government has been confronted, the disasters which have been averted, and the forces which have been mobilized for their support and their protection.

I hope from these discussions that the people will realize the great crisis that we have successfully passed and the unprecedented measures taken which have been designed solely that we might protect and restore the system of life and of government endeared to us over 150 years--a government that has given to us protection from distress and allayed the forces which would otherwise have wrecked our homes and our firesides. But more than that, I hope I have given an understanding of these measures that have been designed for counterattack upon this crisis. These measures are now demonstrating their strength and effectiveness not only at home but abroad, evidences of which are multiplying throughout the country in the return of more than half a million men to work monthly, and that we have again resumed the road toward prosperity.

I might add that the figure which I have given during the last few days of the return of 1 million men to work since the adjournment of the Congress have been added to during the day today by the estimates of the American Federation of Labor which increased the estimates, which I have given to you, by nearly 300,000 men.

I wish to emphasize the greatest function of the American citizen, the one which each of us should perform tomorrow. The ballot is that most sacred individual act which preserves the great system of self-government which we have inherited and which should carry forward at any cost. It is a direct opportunity for every man and woman to express their views in terms of equality with every other citizen as to the policies and kind of a government that they wish carried out in the next 4 years. And I have a deep feeling that the choice that you make now is more than the choice for another 4 years. There is great divergence in the philosophy of government between the parties which may affect events over a generation; a mistaken choice may hazard the welfare of our children and our children's children. I have been fighting that the wrong course may not be adopted, not by appeal to destructive emotion, but by truth and logic. I have tried to dissolve the mirage of promises by the reality of facts.

I am a believer in party government. It is only through party organization that our people can give coherent expression to their views upon public issues. There is no other way except by revolution, but we in America have ordained that the ballot shall be used for peaceful determination and not violence.

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We are a nation of progressives. We wish to see our Nation march forward. We differ strongly as to the method to progress. I differ widely with the principles and views advocated by our opponents, but it is not my purpose to review them at this moment. I feel deeply that the Republican Party has been the party of progress in our history from the days of Abraham Lincoln. It has built the progress of the Nation upon the foundations of national principles and national ideals.

We are a nation of homes from which the accomplishment of individuals is nurtured by the maximum freedom in an ordered liberty. The ultimate goal of our progress is to build for security and happiness in these homes where the inspiration of our religious faiths will implant in our children those principles of social order and idealism, and where our Government will contribute in safeguarding their future opportunity for them.

The action of our Nation has been modified and benefited by the enfranchisement of women. They equally with the men bear the shocks from economic disaster. With them lies largely the guardianship of the fundamental ideals, because concentrated in their lives and their responsibilities is a solicitude for the preservation of the home and the inspiration for the future. And in these labors our Government can contribute to strengthen their accomplishment and their influence.

Our women give with lavish hands, not only to childhood, but, as well, to the creation of those conserving customs upon which are builded all the blessings of our ordered Government. They thus give to government a large measure of the true strength of its foundations. It is but just that they receive back, in return, all that the Government can give them to assure them of security and the enlargement of the equal opportunity to their children and to themselves, to widen the field for the use of their own powers of mind and spirit.

It is they who are mobilizing new public regard to our obligations to home and children of the future; it is they who are mobilizing the public opinion on the maintenance of peace in the world.

The men of our country carry the frontline of battle through their initiative, their enterprise, their hopes, their courage.

The immediate question before our country is in whose direction shall be the measures by which we shall emerge from our present difficulties. In the longer view our problems are the questions that the world should have peace; that the prosperity of the Nation shall be diffused to all, and that we shall build more strongly the ideal of equal opportunity amongst all our people; that we shall secure that obedience to law which is essential to assurance of life in our institutions; that honesty and righteousness in business shall confirm the confidence of our people in our institutions and laws; that our Government shall contribute to leadership in these matters.

It is my deep conviction that for the welfare of the United States the Republican Party should continue to administer the Government. Those men and women who have supported the party over these many years should not be led astray by false gods arrayed in the rainbow colors of promises. They have but to review the performance and the sense of responsibility, the constructive action, the maintenance of national ideals by the Republican Party, in every national crisis including the present, always in opposition to the destructive forces of sectional and group action of our opponents.

Election Day is more than a day set aside for casting of our several ballots. There is a solemnity in the feeling of that day, the sense of being in the presence of a great invisible power when the united people of a great nation give their final judgment on great issues. We cannot feel that any human power alone can give us such emotions; rather we must trust that we are sensing the movements of that Ruler of the universe in whose beneficence and in whose favor we have been blessed throughout our history.

As a final word, I wish to convey my deep gratitude to the many hundreds of thousands of people who have come to stations and to meetings to welcome and encourage me during this past month and to the many millions more who have responded to me over the radio. I wish to express my gratitude to the young men and the young women who have organized their special movement to my support, for in them lies a special energy and idealism which drives and inspires the country; to the veterans' service leagues whose tested patriotism has supported me in this campaign; to the devoted women who, realizing the results at stake, have worked untiringly for the return of this administration; and to the organizations of men throughout the country who have been unceasing through this campaign in their presentation to the American people of the principles and ideals for which I have stood.

Four years ago I stated that I conceived the Presidency as more than an administrative office: it is a power for leadership bringing coordination of the forces of business and cultural life in every city, town, and countryside. The Presidency is more than executive responsibility. It is the symbol of America's high purpose. The President must represent the Nation's ideals, and he must also represent them to the nations of the world. After 4 years of experience I still regard this as a supreme obligation.

November 6

George Bush / November 6, 2000:
They misunderestimated me.

George Bush / November 6, 2003: This very week in 1989, there were protests in East Berlin and in Leipzig. By the end of that year, every communist dictatorship in Central America had collapsed.

George Bush on being shown a map by Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva / November 6, 2005: Wow! Brazil is big.

On this date in 1878 reporting on a description of the Little Big Horn battlefield where the remains of cavalry members were "exposed to the elements", the Nevada State Journal observed "The Indians, who are careful to guard their dead from the prowling wolf, either by placing the bodies on elevated platforms, or by burying them deep in the earth, must be astonished at such evidence of neglect on the part of people claiming to be their superiors."; in 1888 Nevadans approved ten amendments to the state constitution dealing with subjects like impeachment, succession to the governorship, abolition of the lieutenant governorship, and school taxes, all of which were later voided by the Nevada Supreme Court because the required legal notices in newspapers were not published; in 1894 Nevadans voted 7,208 to 443 in favor of direct election of U.S. senators; in 1894 Nevadans voted on a whopping 25 amendments to the state constitution, some of them on the same subjects as the voided 1888 amendments; in 1908 two bandidos died in a shootout with Bolivian police in San Vicente (22 years later the Elks Club Magzine started a story that the two were Harry "Sundance" Longabaugh and Butch Cassidy, though DNA testing of the bones in their grave has cast doubt on that claim); in 1920 the Ely Daily Times, edited and published by future Nevada governor Vail Pittman, editorialized on "race equality": "This has long been favored in religious teachings, but its consummation means nothing more or less than dragging the whites down to the level of the darks. If such mixture meant a blood enrichment and the evolution of a superior type of man in the form of a composite, objection could not be maintained, but with the Caucasian as the highest type and any infusion of other blood actually lowering it, such an adventure into eugenics would be a crime against civilization and mankind as well."; in 1944 PFC Jack Lichtenberg of Reno, a former Reno Evening Gazette employee missing in action in France since July 26, was reported to be a prisoner of war of the German government; in 1961 Big Bad John by Jimmy Dean on the Columbia label, a mine workers song, went to number one the Billboard magazine chart and stayed there for five weeks (because of his poor previous sales, Columbia had not renewed Dean's contract but the label's A&R division didn't get the word and released the song, so Columbia found itself with a monster hit on its hands with an artist it could lose; Columbia soon gave Dean a handsome renewal contract); in 1976, Elko General Hospital reluctantly complied with a state law requiring "no smoking" signs be posted, by posting such a sign in Hebrew; in 1976 the Nevada Bicentennial Committee announced that it would file suit against Thomas Elgas and Stanley Paher to obtain the state's share of sales and advertising from the official Nevada bicentennial book produced by the two men under an agreement with the commission; in 1984 Nevadans defeated an initiative petition that would have required a supermajority for tax increases, 143,874 to 132,688; in 1990 Nevadans voted to retain the state's Roe vs. Wade-style abortion law, 201,004 to 115,707; in 2000 after it had been on the air for 12 years, the new owners of KPTL Radio in Carson City canceled the History for Lunch Bunch program hosted by Nevada state archives administrator Guy Louis Rocha; in 2003 Responding to an October Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada resolution calling for naming state highways after Native American war heroes John Aleck and Ronald Smith, a state highway department spokesperson said the state had a policy of not naming highways after individuals, but a member of the state highway board spoke favorably of the idea; in 2006 on Studio 60, an NBC show about a television production company, a television star got extradited from the Sunset Strip to Pahrump, Nevada, to face a failure to appear warrant from a speeding ticket and it's Nevada Day so nobody is available hear the case and let the star go back to Hollywood ("Pahrump's a funny name," one of the characters said — and everyone pronounced the state's name Nevawda); in 2007 Penobscot tribe member Charles Shay of Maine received the Chevalier dans l'Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur (French Legion of Honor) for his actions as a medic with the First Infantry Division in the first lethal wave on D Day 1944.

November 5

Woodrow Wilson: The white men were roused by a mere instinct of self preservationÝ until at last there had sprung into existence a great Ku Klux Klan, a veritable empire of the South, to protect the Southern country.

On this date in 1864, the New York Tribune reported the October 31st admission of Nevada to the union: "THE THIRTY-SIXTH STAR ON OUR FLAG."; in 1869, The New York Times, in an article entitled "Improving the Indian", approvingly described a coalition of U.S. military officers and the Society of Friends which was promoting assimilation as an alternative to extermination of Native Americans; in 1872, after convincing local Rochester, New York registrars of the justice of their claim to a right to vote and casting their ballots, the Anthony sisters were arrested for voting; in 1878, Nevadans voted to amend the Nevada Constitution to forbid the use of public funds for religious purposes; in 1904 Democratic/Silver leader H.R. Cooke returned to Reno from a campaign trip to Winnemucca where he addressed an S/D rally, criticizing Republican U.S. Senate candidate George Nixon for failing to support the fellow servant bill (a measure requiring employers to be responsible for workplace injuries of their workers); in 1912 in the presidential race in Nevada, Republican candidate William Howard Taft came in fourth behind Socialist Eugene Debs, Progressive Theodore Roosevelt, and Democrat Woodrow Wilson (it was one of Debs' best showings in the nation); in 1912 in a four-way race with the Republican vote split between two candidates, anti-labor white supremacist Democrat Woodrow Wilson was elected president with 42 percent of the vote, ushering in a calamitous eight-year era of racism and militarism that set back African-American aspirations by years (Wilson segregated the federal government), repression (hundreds of people were arrested, prosecuted, jailed or deported on political offenses), and military aggression (Wilson invaded Mexico, Russia, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, China, Cuba, Panama, Dalmatia, Turkey, Honduras, and Guatemala); in 1912, Nevadans — well, the male portion of Nevadans — voted to allow women to be notaries public; in 1918, Nevadans voted 13,248 to 9,060 to outlaw alcoholic beverages; in 1940 Nevadans voted to prohibit abolishment of counties unless the residents consented; in 1943, Catholic priest Father Bernhard Lichtenberg died on his way to Dachau after protesting the extermination of the Jews and preaching to his congregation about the evils of mistreatment of the Jews; in 1955, a heavily attended public meeting in Tonopah was told that television would come to town before new year's; in 1956, the Nat "King" Cole Show debuted on NBC, which had been unable to get a sponsor for it — corporations feared offending the South — and so the network paid all production costs in hope that eventually some sponsors would find some courage (none did, and the program aired for the last time in its thirteenth month); in 1956, ignoring a warning from Lord Mountbatten that "We'll be plastered round the world as assassins and baby killers", the British and French governments invaded Egypt at Port Said, dismaying U.S. President Eisenhower and causing Soviet Premier Bulganin to threaten the use of hydrogen weapons; in 1958, Las Vegas city commissioners enacted a resolution urging casinos not to hire women dealers; in 1974, Ella Grasso of Connecticut was elected governor, the first woman to win an election as governor without first succeeding her husband in office; in 1974, Republican Paul Laxalt defeated Democrat Harry Reid for the United States Senate by 624 votes out of 87,375 cast (a recount made the margin 611 votes); in 1974, former Nevada State Journal reporter Mike Hershberger, who had the good sense to get out of journalism and became a hunting guide in Alaska, was elected to the Alaska Legislature; in 1974, Churchill County voters made prostitution legal but small counties voters rejected the Nevada Assembly candidacy of brothel owner Beverly Harrell (who soon began claiming the election had been stolen from her); in 1999, Microsoft was legally declared a monopoly corporation, a ruling later overturned.


UPDATE: Tuesday, November 4, 2008, 12:02 a.m. PST, 08:02 ZULU/GMT/CMT/SUT —

George Bush/November 4, 2006: The only way we can win is to leave before the job is done.

On this date in 1862, Republicans lost ground in the election, though keeping reduced majorities in both houses of Congress, a setback for the Lincoln administration; in 1884, Nevada voters defeated a state constitutional convention 4,156 to 2,933; in 1902, Silver-Democratic Party candidate Clarence Van Duzer was elected Nevada's member of the U.S. House, where he became something of a national figure before descending into scandal, at one point eluding arrest on the grounds of the capitol; in 1914, Nevada's male voters overwhelmingly approved women's suffrage, even by a narrow margin in the anti-suffrage stronghold of Reno (the measure won by 3,678 votes out of 18,194 cast); in 1924, Native Americans voted in a U.S. election for the first time; in 1924, Progressive Party presidential and vice presidential nominees Robert LaFollette and Burton Wheeler (running in Nevada on an independent line rather than as Progressives), came in ahead of the Democrats in the state; in 1924, Nellie Ross of Wyoming was elected the nation's first woman governor; in 1930, the tightest race of the statewide election was a referendum on establishment of a Nevada Rabies Commission, which was defeated by 19 votes, 11,586 to 11,567; in 1930, Nevada Treasurer George Russell, appointed to the post after his predecessor was forced out of office for embezzlement, won election to a term of his own; in 1944, most of the 150 election bets placed so far at Reno's Bank Club were on the Roosevelt/Dewey presidential race, but more were starting to appear on the U.S. senate race between George Malone and Patrick McCarran; in 1944, the Reno Evening Gazette ran an editorial, The Fourth Term Issue, that called for Franklin Roosevelt's defeat on the grounds that a fourth term would "entrench...the Roosevelt ideals, the Roosevelt waste, the Roosevelt indecision, the Roosevelt bungling, the Roosevelt deceit, and the Roosevelt lust for power so firmly in government that its effect will be felt for generations to come."; in 1948, two days after the November election, President Truman's train stopped in St. Louis on his way back to D.C. and someone gave him a copy of the Chicago Tribune's "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN" edition which he held up for the crowd and photographers; in 1952 for the first time, Nevadans voted for presidential candidates by name on the ballot instead of for their electors; in 1952 in a very narrow race, Nevadans voted to retain the state "right to work" law; in 1958 in a landslide vote, Nevada voters approved annual sessions of the Nevada Legislature (and, two years later, by another landslide, they repealed them), Grant Sawyer was elected governor in another lopsided vote, and Secretary of State John Koontz and Treasurer Dan Franks both ran unopposed for reelection; in 1980, five Democratic senators — George McGovern, Frank Church, Birch Bayh, Warren Magnuson and John Durkin — were all defeated on a single day, throwing the U.S. senate to the GOP; in 1980 in second round voting, Nevadans defeated ballot question 6, a Nevada version of California's famed Proposition 13; in 1986, twelve years after losing his first race for the U.S. Senate and eleven years after losing the Las Vegas mayor's race, seemingly ending his political career, Harry Reid won easy election to the U.S. Senate.

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UPDATE: Monday, November 3, 2008, 11:37 a.m. PST, 19:37 ZULU/GMT/CMT/SUT — On this date in 1860, the Territorial Enterprise, initially a Genoa and then Carson City newspaper, began publication in Virginia City; in 1861, residents of McMarlin's Station AKA Chinatown decided to change the name of the town to Dayton; in 1874, Pablo Laveaga of Humboldt County was elected Nevada's first known Latino state legislator (he also later served as Humboldt County treasurer and a Reno bar owner); in 1896, Silver/Democrat candidate C.H.E. Hardin won a landslide election to the lieutenant governorship of Nevada (but was not permitted to take office after the state supreme court ruled that there was no vacancy in the office to fill); in 1908 in the era when U.S. senators were (by federal law) appointed by state legislatures, Nevada began an experiment in getting around the federal requirement by letting the public cast votes in a straw poll for senate candidates with state legislative candidates pledged to support the winner (Democrat Frank Newlands defeated the Socialist and Republican candidates and the legislature appointed him); in 1908, in a referendum on whether to retain the state police force, created by the legislature to help break the unions in Goldfield, the force was retained by a vote of 9,954 to 9,078; in 1914, Nevadans voted 10,936 to 7,258 in favor of voting rights for women; in 1923, a group of Native Americans were scattered and two arrested by white game warden Frank Middleton for hunting deer in their ancestral lands of Ruby Valley; in 1934, an evening Democratic torchlight parade was held in Reno three days before an election in which Democrats were expected to sweep everything before them (speaking in Sparks the day before, Democratic lieutenant governor nominee Fred Alward said "Kirman already is elected", referring to Democratic nominee for governor Richard Kirman); in 1948, staffers of the Chicago Tribune, which had issued 150,000 copies of its "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN" edition before receiving any vote returns, scrambled like crazy after radio reports of eastern returns showed a close race, sending distribution trucks and employees in their private cars into the street to get the copies back (many were hauled to the dump; one copy recently sold for $2,167); in 1962, He's a Rebel, recorded by Darlene Love, Fanita James and Gracia Nitzche but released by Phil Specter under the name of The Crystals (Barbara Alston, Mary Thomas, Delores "Dee Dee" Kennibrew, Merna Girard and Patricia "Patsy" Wright), hit number one on the Billboard magazine chart; in 1964, U.S. Senator Howard Cannon of Nevada won reelection by defeating Lieutenant Governor Paul Laxalt in the closest U.S. senate race in U.S. history, 48 votes on election night that widened to 84 votes after Nevada's first statewide recount; in 1964, Nevadans voted to amend the state constitution to allow the legislature to fill vacancies in public offices caused by enemy attack; in 1970, Marxist Salvador Allende was inaugurated as president of Chile; in 1986, after personal pleading from retiring U.S. Senator Paul Laxalt of Nevada and over vehement objections from his political advisors who said Laxalt's seat was already lost, President Reagan made an election eve appearance in Las Vegas to try to save the senate campaign of Democrat-turned-Republican James Santini, who was defeated the next day by Democrat Harry Reid; in 2002, the United States assassinated several men in a car in Yemen with a missile in order to kill one of them believed to be in the vehicle, reputed Al Qaida leader Salim Sinan al-Harethi.

UPDATE: Sunday, November 2, 2008, 9:40 a.m. PST, 17:40 ZULU/GMT/CMT/SUT — MEDIA ADVISORY

Andrew Barbano, NevadaLabor.com

Forming right now at the Neil Road Recreation Center
Union caravans will blitz Reno today

RENO (Sunday, Nov. 2) — Hundreds of union members and retirees from locals large and small will canvass Reno today in a massive household contact effort.

Organized labor members and retirees are targeting union households with information on key issues critical to working families: economic security, pension protections, worker rights and health care.

The caravans are forming right now at the Neil Road Recreation Center at 3925 Neil Road in southeast Reno.

The will begin departing at 10:00 a.m. to targeted precincts. They will return to the center as their work is completed by mid-afternoon.

Veteran political organizer Liz Sorenson of Communications Workers of American Local 9413/AFL-CIO is coordinating the effort.
Sorenson will direct operations at the Neil Road command center all day.

UPDATE: Sunday, November 2, 2008, 12:51 a.m. PST, 08:51 ZULU/GMT/CMT/SUT —

     I scrapped the prohibition tax
When we required a bracer
    And finished up the Boulder dam
To give the boys a chaser.

    Off the Record
from I'd Rather Be Right,
a Broadway musical about
Franklin Roosevelt
by George M. Cohan

George Bush/November 2, 2000: They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program.

On this date in 1862, Mary Lincoln wrote to her husband, President Lincoln, from New York about their son Tad, the weather, and frequent discussion in the city about General George McClellan's "slowness" to act (see below); in 1863, the first Nevada Constitutional Convention began; in 1880, the morning Nevada State Journal waved the bloody shirt on that day's election: "Every traitor who shot bullets at Union soldiers in the late war, will vote for [Democratic nominee Winfield Scott] Hancock, and the loyal men who received them in their bodies, and who yet live will vote for [Republican nominee James] Garfield" (Nevada was apparently loaded with traitors, since Hancock won the state); in 1880, an anti-Chinese worker ballot measure was approved by Nevadans 17, 259 to 183; in 1889, Josie Kender of Paradise Valley, Nevada, returned from the Exposition Universelle de 1889 in Paris; in 1907, the Bullfrog Miner reported that the Goldfield local of the Western Federation of Miners voted against a sympathy strike with striking Nevada California Power Company workers; in 1920, KDKA in Pittsburgh reported the results of the Harding/Cox presidential race in the first radio broadcast; in 1920, presidential candidate Eugene Debs, in prison for criticizing U.S. participation in the world war, received nearly a million votes for President; in 1926, after Republican candidate for treasurer Clara Cunningham was killed in a car wreck during the last month of the campaign and the GOP agreed not to require reprinting of the ballots, Democrat Ed Malley was elected — a fateful choice, since he was later removed from office after embezzling funds from the state treasury; in 1926, Nevadans voted 17,332 to 5,607 against alcohol prohibition and 18,131 to 5,352 in favor of a federal constitutional convention to repeal prohibition; in 1936, three days before the election, the massive Literary Digest poll came out, with Alf Landon leading Franklin Roosevelt 1,293,669 to 972,897 (the poll showed 1,003 Nevadans supporting Landon to 955 for Roosevelt, the actual vote was almost three to one in favor of Roosevelt); in 1937, I'd Rather Be Right, a musical by Richard Rodgers, Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman about Franklin Roosevelt, opened on at the Alvin Theatre on Broadway, marking the comeback of star George M. Cohan after a decade-long absence; in 1948, Democrat Walter Baring defeated Republican incumbent Charles Russell in the race for Nevada's only U.S. House seat; in 1956, Nevada state parks commissioner Sessions Wheeler, speaking before the Ely Rotary, urged establishment of a White Pine county museum even if it had to be started in the corner of a public building or private office; in 1966, The Professionals starring Robert Ryan, Woody Strode, Lee Marvin, Jack Palance, Claudia Cardinale and Burt Lancaster was released, the film that — of the many movies filmed there — best displayed the terrain of the Valley of Fire (it was also Abbie Hoffman's favorite movie); in 1982, Harry Reid of Las Vegas was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives; in 1992, the Thomas and Mack Center, Las Vegas' largest public gathering site, banned smoking; in 1999, Utah scientists Patrick Wiggins and Holly Phaneuf discovered the 80,180th known asteroid, which they later named Elko (for Wiggins' birthplace in Nevada) after the International Astronomical Union refused their first choice of naming if after Phaneuf.

Mary Todd Lincoln to Abraham Lincoln, November 2, 1862:

Nov 2d — [1862]

My Dear Husband

I have waited in vain to hear from you, yet as you are not given to letter writing, will be charitable enough to impute your silence, to the right cause. Strangers come up from W — & tell me you are well — which satisfies me very much — Your name is on every lip and many prayers and good wishes are hourly sent up, for your welfare — and McClellan & his slowness are as vehemently discussed. Allowing this beautiful weather, to pass away, is disheartening the North —

Dear little Taddie is well & enjoying himself very much — Gen & Mrs Anderson & myself called on yesterday to see Gen Scott — He looks well, although complaining of Rheumatism — A day or two since, I had one of my severe attacks, if it had not been for Lizzie Keckley, I do not know what I should have done — Some of these periods, will launch me away — All the distinguished in the land, have tried how polite & attentive, they could be to me, since I came up here — Many say, they would almost worship you, if you would put a fighting General, in the place of McClellan — This would be splendid weather, for an engagement — I have had two suits of clothes made for Taddie which will come to 26 dollars — Have to get some fur outside wrappings for the Coachman's Carriage trappings — Lizzie Keckley, wants me to loan her thirty dollars — so I will have to ask for a check of $100 — which will soon be made use of, for these articles — I must send you, Taddies tooth — I want to leave here for Boston, on Thursday & if you will send the check by Tuesday, will be much obliged —

One line, to say that we are occasionally remembered, will be gratefully received — by yours very truly

M. L.

I enclose you a note from Mr Stewart, he appears very solicitous about his young friend — Mr S. is so strong a Union Man — & asks so few favors — if it came in your way, perhaps it would not be amiss to oblige.


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