06/17 – The Bonus Army

The Bonus Brigade in 1932. The movement garnered broad public support, and Hoover's ill-advised response to their protest helped ensure his loss in the 1932 election. (Public Domain) On this day in 1932, a well-disciplined mass of 43,000 protestors - American veterans of WWI and their families - descended on the US Capitol building in…

06/10 – Salem’s First “Witch”

"Witch Hill / The Salem Martyr": Bridget Bishop, the first victim of Salem's murderous witch hunt, is led to the gallows. (New York Historical Society) On this day in 1692, an English woman by the name of Bridget Bishop was brought before a municipal court in Salem, Massachusetts. Settled in 1626 by Puritans (Protestant refugees…

06/08 – The Birth of Austria-Hungary

Emperor Franz Joseph I attending a Hungarian cultural fair towards the end of the 19th century. (Wikimedia Commons) On this day in 1867, the Austro-Hungarian Compromise (or Ausgleich/Kiegyez├ęs) was negotiated by leaders from both countries. The agreement bound Austria and Hungary - two states of the former Holy Roman Empire - together; they were governed…

06/03 – The Tiananmen Square Protests

Thousands of workers and students pictured in Tiananmen Square. Many of the people above would be dead soon after, victims of the PRC's effort to wipe out dissent. (People's World) On this day in 1989, thousands of Chinese student activists and workers gathered in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, in a massive display of civil disobedience. Site…