November 14th

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.

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February 9th

On this day in 1950 US senator Joseph McCarthy accused more than 200 staff of the State Department of being members of the Communist Party.