Sunday, November 15, 2015

Today -100: November 15, 1915: Of bookers, champagne horrors, and aeroplanes

Booker T. Washington dies, at 59. Taliaferro, by the way, is what the T. stands for. He will be buried on Tuskegee University, which he founded 34 years ago – I’ll wait while you do the math on that one.

In recent years, Washington’s leadership of the American negro community has been slipping; his focus on negro autonomy and self-development was accompanied by an unfortunate willingness to accept segregation, Jim Crowism, and negro political powerlessness, which sat increasingly badly with the rising generation.

Headline of the Day -100: 

We’ve all been there.

The NYT thinks we should stop calling heavier-than-air flying machines by the “intolerably awkward name of ‘aeroplane’” and instead use the French “avion.” They’re not too thrilled with “automobile” either.

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