Monday, May 27, 2019

Today -100: May 27, 1919: A mere scrap of paper will never bear my signature


Count von Brockdorff-Rantzau, head of the German peace delegation, says the peace terms would mean “perpetual famine and unemployment.” He calls them “a sentence of death.” Dude, it’s either death or perpetual, it can’t be both, that’s just science.

There are pogroms against Jews in Ukraine now as well as Poland.

Sen. James Reed (D-Missouri) denounces the League of Nations as a “colored league” in which the white races would be out-voted. How, he asks, can senators from Southern states which stripped black people of the vote support a League in which Liberia and Haiti would sit as equals with the United States? Indeed, how can senators from Western states which support bans on Asiatic immigration? Reed’s speech lasts three long hours.

A volcano in central Java erupts, killing or injuring 16,000.

The Tarrant Trabor, a triplane designed during the war as a bomber, now gets its first test flight. This six-engine, 20-ton monstrosity is the largest plane in the world.


But not for long.


Both pilots die as a result of the crash.


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