The Bad Days

22 Apr
Bad Days in History by Micheal Farquahr

Bad Days in History by Micheal Farquahr

Back in my school boy days I encountered an author, Richard Armour who produced books evidencing a jocular attitude toward American History. He penned sixty-five books including the classic It All Started with Columbus

It All Started with Columbus by Richard Armour

It All Started with Columbus by Richard Armour

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Washington Post Michael Farquhar ( A Treasury of Royal Scandals, A Treasury of Great American Scandals, A Treasury of Deception and A Treasury of Foolishly Forgotten Americans) seems to be mining the same rich vein in his Bad Days in History: A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem, and Misery for Every Day of the Year as collects a calendar full of “instances of bad luck, epic misfortune, and unadulterated mayhem.” One would be myopic to lump this tome with the kinds of novelty items found near book store checkouts as the “A Gleefully Grim Chronicle” might suggest. This is a legitimate work of historiography that enlivens the badly taught history I was presented with in mid century Chicago Public Schools and I suspect is still in fashion in many public schools.

Here are some good dates

Jan. 3, 1977

Aug. 13, 363,

Oct. 16, 1998

On Nov. 2, 1932

July 7, 1456

Dec29, 1977

Aug 28  2013

And one of my favorites,  January 15, 1919.

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