Thursday, May 19, 2022

Today -100: May 19, 1922: That flagstaff never shall fly a rebel flag

Charles Atkins, a 15-year-old negro accused of murdering a white woman in a carjacking, is burned at the stake in Georgia after being tortured over a slow fire until he named an accomplice.

Another black youth is lynched in Grimes County, Texas.

The Dept of Justice is investigating Rudolph Valentino’s recent marriage with an eye to prosecuting him for bigamy or violation of the Mann Act. They’re sending investigators to Mexico, where the marriage took place.

The US and Germany restore reciprocal copyright protections.

The British Army leaves the last barracks it held in Ireland, in Cork. British officers throw a hissy fit about it, breaking windows and cutting down the flagstaff, responding to the objections of the Irish captain taking over the barracks, “That flagstaff never shall fly a rebel flag.”

The NYPD charges that Eugene O’Neill’s “The Hairy Ape” is “obscene, indecent and impure.” The DA won’t act on the police complaint though.

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