On this day in 1856 the first Republican National Convention ended. The end of the Whig political party created a hole for the two-party system in America. It was filled by the Republican party, and got off to a shaky start on this day in 1856. It was actually found two years prior, but the first presidential election was in 1856. The Republicans were the default anti-slavery party, and were immediately shunned in the south. John C. Fremont was chosen as their first presidential nominee, but he would go on to lose to James Buchanan.
On this day in 1993 I turned 10. I caddied for my daddy that day, making $1.00 a hole to carry around his golf clubs.
On this day in 1917 Britain's King George the V changed the royal surname from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor because of WWI. God forbid the British citizens think that their king is related to the very people they were at war with. Heck, it's not like he was first cousins with the Kaiser or anything. What's that? They were first cousins? Their grandmother was Queen Victoria? Britain was ruled by German Kings throughout the 1700's. Some didn't even speak English. If we go to war with Britain, I'm going to change my last name from Kent to something more American. Like Ranch Dressing, or Coca Cola.
On this day in 1953 Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed for espionage. The 50's were to Communism like the 2000's were to wardrobe malfunctions. Although the Rosenbergs were spies, it was the fact that they were also dirty, red commies that caused them to die. Martyrs to the cause, they brought about a wave of sympathy to communism in the US that brought the democratic government of capitalist pigs to their knees. Wait, what? That didn't happen? Democracy won? The bums lost Lebowski!