This day in history…

1778…Voltaire welcomed back to Paris after 28-year exile. Trouble started in 1717 when he was arrested for satirical poem La Henriade (an assault on politics and religion–my kind of man!). Spent a year in the Bastille Big House. On the lam because of his writings for decades after that. (Let that be a lesson to you, Jim Bacon!)

1805…Sacagawea, who pulled Lewis and Clark’s chestnuts out of the fire more than once, gives bith to her first child, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau (those Baptists horn in everywhere!) Her husband bought her from Hidatsa kidnappers the year before. Back in those days, you could still get a bargain!

1861…Lincoln leaves his crib in Springfield, headed to Washington to be sworn in. Things didn’t go as well as they could have. He returned on a funeral train four years later.

1945…Yalta conference ends. ‘Uncle Joe’ Stalin swindles Churchill and Roosevelt on the dividing up of eastern Europe and North Korea. (You could never trust a son-of-a-bitch like him in a card game!)


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  1. Jim Bacon Avatar

    Barnie, maybe YOU ought to be writing jokes for Leno.

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