Thursday, August 20, 2020

Today -100: August 20, 1920: Of bribery, arms-less armies, and welcomed women

A Tennessee grand jury opens an investigation into whether bribes affected the Legislature’s vote to ratify the 19th Amendment, specifically the vote of Harry Burn, the 24-year-old representing McKinn County. The only influence brought on young Harry was a letter from his mother telling him to be “a good boy” and vote for ratification (“help Mrs. Catt put the ‘rat’ in ratification”, she wrote, whatever that meant).

Woodrow Wilson is back to his old weight, the White House says. And he likes cowboy movies. Of course he does.

The Poles are driving back the Russian army. At the peace talks, Poland rejects the Soviet demand that it’s army be disarmed.

Headline of the Day -100:

I’ll bet he does, I’ll bet he does.

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