Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Today -100: September 15, 1920: Of the 2%, fast mail, immigrants, and lynchings

Gov. Cox, doing his best Bernie Sanders, says the 2% are raising a $25-30 million fund to defeat him. He says no one knows where Harding stands on the League of Nations, including, probably, Harding himself (it’s funny ‘cuz it’s true).

There are reports, which may even be true, of rioting in Petrograd following news of military defeats, with commissars being drowned in the Neva.

The new transcontinental air mail service has its third and fourth fatalities, as the gas tank on a plane explodes. Some of the scattered mail is recovered.

Connecticut ratifies the already-ratified 19th Amendment.

Harding endorses an “America first” immigration policy to a delegation of anti-Japanese Californians, promising to admit only immigrants who can easily be assimilated. He avoids offending Japan by not referring specifically to Japanese people, only Orientals. Yeah I’m sure that’ll totally do it.

A man is lynched near Hartford, Alabama — hanged in a swamp, no less – for making remarks to a white woman. The shock twist: he’s white.

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