A Historical Day

(1845) Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Raven’ is published

1845 The New York Evening Mirror prints a macabre and mysterious narrative poem by Boston-native Edgar Allan Poe, which will lead him to celebrity and acclaim but very little monetary profit.


(1936) Baseball Hall of Fame inducts first members

1936 Inaugural inductees to Baseball’s Hall of Fame include famous names of talent and temperament, including hitters Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb (shown here), and pitchers Christy Matthewson and Walter Johnson.


(1964) Kubrick’s ‘Dr. Strangelove’ premieres

1964 Director Stanley Kubrick’s biting black comedy of cold war paranoia opens in US and UK cinemas, introducing a bomb-fearing world to President Muffley, Captain Mandrake, and General Ripper’s “precious bodily fluids.”


(2002) George W. Bush speech warns of “axis of evil”

2002 Name-checking Iran, Iraq, and North Korea as “the world’s most dangerous regimes,” President George W. Bush introduces the phrase “axis of evil” into the lexicon of political discussion.

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