Monday, November 01, 2010

Today -100: November 1, 1910: Of alliances of crooked politicians and crooked business, and flying high

In a campaign speech for Henry L. Stimson, Teddy Roosevelt says “we stand against the worst alliance of crooked politicians and crooked business that this state has seen, or this city has seen, since the days of Tweed.”

At a Stimson campaign rally in the Grand Music Hall in NYC, the man introducing him noted that when Stimson was a US District Attorney he hired Felix Frankfurter out of Harvard, even after Frankfurter explained that he was a Jew, because that’s just the kind of guy Stimson is.

Ralph Johnstone, flying one of the Wright planes, sets a new altitude record: 9,714 feet. That’s nearly twice as high as the altitude records set in July. Spoiler alert: Johnstone died in a plane crash a couple of weeks later.

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