03/27 – The Polish Warning Strike

Some of the 12 million Poles on the morning of March 27th. Government officials were alarmed to learn that a huge proportion of Communist Party members took part in the strike. (Teller Report) At 8 AM on this day in 1981, 12 million Poles laid down their tools and walked away from their jobs. Armbands…

01/19 – The Iran Hostage Crisis

Anti-Iranian protesters in the US. What most of these people failed to realize is that Iranians who had chosen to live in America already rejected the Iranian regime, and as such were not "enemies of America". (Flickr) On this day in 1981, 52 American hostages were released from captivity after an agreement was signed between…