On this day in 1909, Joseph McCarthy was born. Elected to the US Senate in 1946, McCarthy’s part in creating the uncontrollable popular paranoia of communist espionage and subversion within the government inspired the term McCarthyism and plays a significant role in the broader Red Scare of the 1950s.
On this day in 1960, Harper Lee published her seminal work ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’.
On July 9th 1955 the Russell-Einstein Manifesto was released during a press conference at Caxton Hall, London. In the midst of a Nuclear Arms Race between the USA and USSR, it sought to raise the grave dangers to mankind posed by nuclear weapons and press for peaceful resolutions to Cold War tensions. The first of the international…
On this day in 1776, the Second Continental Congress issued the Declaration of Independence, the pretext for the 4th of July celebrations held across the USA every year.
The document effectively formed the United States of America, announcing the sovereignty of the 13 American colonies.
On May 19th, 1925, human and civil rights activist Malcolm X was born in Omaha, Nebraska.
On May 6th, 1937, the LZ 129 Hindenburg, a German passenger airship, was destroyed whilst docking in New Jersey, USA.
On the 30th of April George Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the United States of America.