This Day In History

Introducing This Day In History: Patty Hearst, Court Packing, Immigration Restrictions, Global Warming, And Much More

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What’s up turtle riders? As most of you know by now I taught history at Shepherd Hill Regional High School for 9 years. I have a real passion for it, and I kind of miss talking about it. I started getting into tangents about it on the podcast and according to turtle rider feedback you all are craving for some history. It’s one of those subjects that you probably didn’t care about much as a kid, but grew to appreciate when you became an adult. So for that reason I’m starting a blog that I’m gonna try to do daily called This Day In History With Uncle Turtleboy. I’m just gonna list a bunch of crap that happened that day and give you some insight on it. I’ll keep it as brief as possible so as to not bore you like a high school teenager who’s thinking about girls and keg parties.

  • 1887 Snow falls on San Francisco

Remember this the next time people freak out and act like strange weather phenomenons are a new thing. Weather has always been extreme, long before carbon emissions were a thing. Calm down.

  • 1901 JP Morgan forms US Steel Corp

The election of Teddy Roosevelt as Vice President scared the crap out of people. If William McKinley died then this free wheeling cowboy could become President and dismantle monopolies left and right (he got shot shortly thereafter). Andrew Carnegie saw the writing on the wall and got out while the getting was good, selling Carnegie steel to Morgan for $1.4 billion, making him the world’s first billionaire. The difference between monopolies then and now, is that monopolies then actually produced a tangible product and employed hundreds of thousands of people. Facebook produces nothing except for bullshit, censored opinions, and employees almost no one. Teddy Roosevelt would’ve smashed them to pieces by now.

  • 1917 Congress overrides Wilson’s veto, curtailing Asian immigration

The law was designed to keep out Italian immigrants in particular by imposing literacy tests. They were part of the “new wave” of immigrants that the old wave of immigrants didn’t like. That’s really the American tradition – people move here, call it home, and then don’t want other people to move here. The difference was that for the Irish who were here, they didn’t like Italians because Italians notoriously did not assimilate well. They didn’t learn to speak English and they often raised money to send back to homeland. They also had a tendency to become anarchists and blow shit up. People HATED Italians, which is one of the reasons why they formed mafia – to fight back against Nativism. The law was overturned in 1952. It’s eerily similar to Trump’s ban on immigrants from certain predominantly Muslim countries.

  • 1937 FDR proposes enlarging Supreme Court, “court packing” plan failed

FDR is one of the most highly ranked Presidents, but also one of the most controversial. He was brilliant during World War 2, and very few could’ve guided us through it in the way he did. But he was also kind of a dictator. No President was ever elected more than twice except him, and he was elected 4 times. Like Obama he rode in on a bad Republican economy and promised to fix everything. So he spent billions and billions of dollars making a huge government safety net, which a lot of conservatives didn’t like, including the Supreme Court. His solution? Add 6 more judges who won’t vote against his stuff. The result? It made him look like a tyrant and was by far the least popular thing he ever did, even amongst democrats. Trump has shown a similar taste for ignoring checks and balances by threatening to declare an emergency to get his wall, because like FDR, he too thinks he alone knows what is best for the country.

  • 1967 “Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” premieres on CBS (later ABC, NBC)

The Smother Brothers set the stage for people like Turtleboy. They made jokes about politics and were critical of the establishment during the Vietnam War. They were left wing for their time and set the stage for left wing late night talk show hosts we have today. But I admire the fact that they refused to be censored by the networks and weren’t afraid to offend people that needed to be offended.

  • 1972 US airlines begin mandatory inspection of passengers & baggage

Imagine getting on a plane and not having your bags checked? That used to happen until hijacking became a thing in the 70’s. It most mostly an Arab reaction to Israel, but even domestically white people would hijack planes all the time. Imagine living in a world where hijacking planes was part of the average daily news cycle? That used to be a thing. In 1971 a guy who used the alias DB Cooper hijacked a plane from Seattle and ended up parachuting out somewhere in Oregon after he miraculously got the money. They never found him.

  • 1974 Randolph Hearst’s 19-year-old daughter, Patty Hearst, is kidnapped from their home in California

The original pumpkin spice mafia story. Patty Hearst invented “Stockholm syndrome” when the wealthy granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst started robbing banks with her kidnappers. Her defense was that the radical group of domestic terrorists who kidnapped brainwashed her into accepting them as family, and that she was an unwilling participant. She wasn’t buying it but soft Jimmy Carter pardoned her before she completed her 7 year prison sentence.

  • 1994 “Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego,” debuts on Fox TV

Remember when kids used to learn about Geography on TV? This show my favorite growing up, almost as good as the computer game. Kids these days will never know the joy of the smooth crooning of Rockapella. Everyone over the age of 30 knows the tune of “Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego” without me singing it.


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17 Comment(s)
  • Brian Sullivan
    Rooney Eats It
    February 6, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    Carmen Sandiego was great. Rockapella still tours and they were at the Hanover a few years back.
    Really like this new feature, a welcome break from the pervasive ratchetry

  • A failing attempt at trying to "class up" this blog!
    February 6, 2019 at 11:19 am

    turtle boy trying to make himself more than a blog about pathetic wretches!

    So he thinks that he should “Class It Up” with his “Day In History”!

    WOW! What a pathetic reach at trying to make a silk purse out of a cow’s anus!

    (Yes, I do in fact know the true expression!)

    You’re a waste!

  • Peter North
    King Terrapin
    February 5, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Well done and written overall. Keep it going.

    • True Reality Speaks
      Mirror Mirror
      February 5, 2019 at 8:33 pm

      Gets a C overall. Love the idea, but the analysis and comparisons to today get an F. It’s hard to understand how such a staunch defender of facts and truth in regards to free speech can be just another brainwashed lib when it comes to revisionist history and current political events.

  • Scott
    February 5, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    Comparing Italian discrimination in 1917 with the shitshow on our southern border today is just so fucking lame. Imagine those Italians taking over an entire state like Commiefornia and smuggling in tons of fentanyl. No, I can’t either.

  • randiguy2006
    Randall Guy
    February 5, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    You want to explain how Patty Hearst invented “Stockholm Syndrome”???

    (HINT: She’s never been to Stockholm so she didn’t)

    Be better.

  • Travis Rearick
    February 5, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    How about a “Woodrow Wilson Wednesdays” all about how he took what was Progressivism and turned it into authoritarianism. One of those a week could go on for a lifetime.

  • Victory Lane
    February 5, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Sorry, this blog series will be a hard pass for me. Didn’t care in HS; don’t care now.

  • Bc
    February 5, 2019 at 11:51 am

  • Y
    February 5, 2019 at 11:41 am


  • dowen0895
    Dick Scratcher
    February 5, 2019 at 11:38 am

    Immigrants in not liking other immigrants, shock!

    Brightened up a cold afternoon in the UK. More, please! 🙂

  • Joe Biden is a Closet Racist
    February 5, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Why the anti-Trump rhetoric?
    You guys miss Obama the start of the great divide?

  • WeRFuked
    February 5, 2019 at 10:21 am

    How about a “This Day in Trump History” in which each blog post reminds us about all of his business, political, or personal failures on that day in history?

    • True Reality Speaks
      Give a Lib a Throat Punch
      February 5, 2019 at 8:22 pm

      Just read or watch any other media source. People come here for truth – not fake news, snowflake.

  • Deplorable Me
    February 5, 2019 at 9:56 am

    I liked it too. Something different. But Trump has another plan that does not include declaring a national emergency. There is a law on the books he can invoke without a national emergency.

  • Sulfer Powder
    February 5, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Like it! Less Trump in each story would be nice though. Keep it going man!

    • True Reality Speaks
      True Reality Speaks
      February 5, 2019 at 8:21 pm

      Yeah, huge student of history.

      Keep it coming – just stick with the facts. Less revisionism and false conclusions. Your lefty youth and bias are showing.

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