The Almanac

December 21, 1892: Rebecca West Is Born

December 21, 1892: Rebecca West Is Born December 21, 1892: Rebecca West Is Born

“Pleasure is not arbitrary; it is the sign by which the human organization shows that it is performing a function which it finds appropriate to its means and ends.”

Dec 21, 2015 / 150th Anniversary / Richard Kreitner

December 20, 1968: John Steinbeck Dies

December 20, 1968: John Steinbeck Dies December 20, 1968: John Steinbeck Dies

“I have no doubt that, being human, he enjoys praise, but he has consistently shunned the mechanics and functionaries of publicity.”

Dec 20, 2015 / 150th Anniversary / Richard Kreitner

December 19, 1968: Norman Thomas Dies

December 19, 1968: Norman Thomas Dies December 19, 1968: Norman Thomas Dies

“There is little glory in what he is doing. But Thomas is having a magnificent time. He is doing what he wants to do and doing it well.”

Dec 19, 2015 / 150th Anniversary / Richard Kreitner

December 18, 1878: Joseph Stalin Is Born

December 18, 1878: Joseph Stalin Is Born December 18, 1878: Joseph Stalin Is Born

“A good friend might advise Stalin to put a stop to the orgy of personal glorification which has been permitted to sweep the country.”

Dec 18, 2015 / 150th Anniversary / Richard Kreitner

December 17, 1938: Otto Hahn Discovers Nuclear Fission, the Basis for the Atom Bomb

December 17, 1938: Otto Hahn Discovers Nuclear Fission, the Basis for the Atom Bomb December 17, 1938: Otto Hahn Discovers Nuclear Fission, the Basis for the Atom Bomb

“The remarkable work of atomic scientists is benefiting mankind in a thousand ways, and the inspiring fact is that this work has only begun.”

Dec 17, 2015 / 150th Anniversary / Richard Kreitner

December 16, 1901: Margaret Mead Is Born

December 16, 1901: Margaret Mead Is Born December 16, 1901: Margaret Mead Is Born

“The Samoan girl leads a busy, unconscious existence in which impulse and duty appear to play pleasantly correlative roles.”

Dec 16, 2015 / 150th Anniversary / Richard Kreitner

December 15, 2011: Christopher Hitchens Dies

December 15, 2011: Christopher Hitchens Dies December 15, 2011: Christopher Hitchens Dies

“Posterity is unlikely to deal kindly with his willingness to be a singer in the camp of George W. Bush.”

Dec 15, 2015 / 150th Anniversary / Richard Kreitner

December 14, 2012: Shooter Kills 26, Most of Them Children, at Sandy Hook Elementary

December 14, 2012: Shooter Kills 26, Most of Them Children, at Sandy Hook Elementary December 14, 2012: Shooter Kills 26, Most of Them Children, at Sandy Hook Elementary

“Whatever the solutions, the problem is clear—and that should be more than enough reason for change.”

Dec 14, 2015 / 150th Anniversary / Richard Kreitner

December 13, 2003: Saddam Hussein Is Captured

December 13, 2003: Saddam Hussein Is Captured December 13, 2003: Saddam Hussein Is Captured

“Neither the overthrow of the Baathist regime nor Saddam’s capture can erase the fact that Washington helped prop up Saddam for years.”

Dec 13, 2015 / 150th Anniversary / Richard Kreitner

December 12, 2000: In ‘Bush v. Gore,’ the Supreme Court Gives the Presidential Election to George W. Bush

December 12, 2000: In ‘Bush v. Gore,’ the Supreme Court Gives the Presidential Election to George W. Bush December 12, 2000: In ‘Bush v. Gore,’ the Supreme Court Gives the Presidential Election to George W. Bush

“Power is a mighty temptation. Money is another. Put the two together, and you have a force to reckon with.”

Dec 12, 2015 / 150th Anniversary / Richard Kreitner

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