Today In History

Today In History contains daily excerpts from events in the past. Occasionally, we compare what happened long ago with what is going on today.

Golden Gate

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January 5, 2022: In history, on this day in 1933, work was begun on the Golden Gate Bridge. In France, President Macron wants to “piss off” unvaccinated people by adding restrictions for access to movies or restaurants. In Kazakhstan, angered at fuel prices, the people formed a mob to protest. After years of rule by dictators, the people of Kazachstahn surprised politicians, as well as themselves, by standing up to their government.

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January 4, 2022: In history, on this day in 1965 President Lyndon Johnson proposed a “Great Society.” His ambitious plan to promote civil rights and make progressive changes in health care and education actually succeeded in improving quality of life for many people. Today, however, Johnson’s great society is being undermined with the apparent demise of Democracy. Donald Trump, a former US president, has endorsed Hungary’s autocratic leader, Viktor Orban. Meanwhile in Sudan, the transition from a dictatorship to a democracy has been thwarted with the apparent ouster of Prime Ministrator Abdalla Hamdoke. Meanwhile snowstorms are causing problems for drivers as well as for air travelers.

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January 3, 2022: In history, on this day in 1990, Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega surrendered to U.S. military troops. Today, in 2022, Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry fled from the city of Gonaïves after hearing gunshots nearby. In America, inclement weather as well as the spread of Covid-19 are to blame for thousands of flight cancellations. Also in America, the continuing investigation of the January 6 Capitol riots underscores a common theme of Democracy being threatened by power-hungry groups as well as autocratic leaders.

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January 2, 2022 It’s a Sunday and we are staying at home, inside mostly. Colorado wild fires continue to wreak havoc. As of this writing, authorities are saying that a few people are missing. In other news, weather has caused thousands of flights to be cancelled. On a happier note, we discovered that we can replicate live TV… complete with the old tv shows that some of us enjoyed as kids. The Roku app, for example, has many selections of Live TV.

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