Browsing: May 6

A Brief History On May 6, 2018, we ponder the premise of the incredibly popular movie in the Marvel Comics Universe (MCU), Avengers: Infinity War. Specifically, the plan that super villain Thanos has for life in the Universe, which is to randomly eliminate half of all living beings as a solution to overpopulation. We turn to our creative and intelligent readers to help us make sense of such an apocalyptic scenario.  (Note: See our article on May 7, 2018 for a discussion of real life attempts to limit human population.) Digging Deeper In the case of half of all the…

A Brief History On May 6, 1882, the United States Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, banning any further immigration of Chinese workers to the United States for the next 10 years. This Act followed previous agreements imposed on China, the Burlingame Treaty of 18689 and the Angell Treaty of 1880 that also sought to limit Chinese immigration to the US. It seems xenophobia was alive and “well” even back then! Digging Deeper The Chinese Exclusion Act was supposed to last 10 years, but was renewed in 1892 by the Geary Act of 1892, which was made “permanent”…

A Brief History On May 6, 2013, only one year ago today 3 Cleveland women who had been kidnapped got their first taste of freedom in nearly a decade!  One of the women’s first-hand accounts of the experiences arrives in bookstores today! Digging Deeper Ariel Castro born in Puerto Rico in 1960 and ending up in Cleveland where he went to high school and settled down with his own family in the 1980’s. Castro was not an ideal family man and was accused of frequently beating his common-law wife, who by 1996 had had enough and left him, gaining custody…

A Brief History On May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister became the first human to record a time of less than 4 minutes in the one mile run. The mythical barrier had been broken and history was made. Many records, some of which no longer stand, stay in the public’s imagination for the dramatic way they were set, the persons that set them, how long the record lasted, or the milestone nature of the feat. Here are 10 of the most memorable track and field record setting performances. Each feat listed here is so fantastic that it is extremely hard to…

A Brief History On May 6, 1996, the body of former CIA director William Colby washed up on a Maryland beach. He had been missing since April 27 from a solo boating trip. Digging Deeper Colby served as the director of the CIA from 1973 to 1976 under Presidents Nixon and Ford. Colby had worked for the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) during World War II, the predecessor of the CIA. He had made parachute jumps behind enemy lines and earned a Silver Star. Helping to form the CIA after the war, he continued to work in the clandestine organization.…