There’s three sides to every story: there’s the history you were taught in school, the history the revisionist dig up and the truth.

Monday December 22nd

1696: James Oglethorpe (ENL 1696-1785) founder/Governor of Georgia (1732–1743).

1823: Thomas Wentworth Higginson (GILD 1823-1911) Unitarian minister who was one of the secret six that supported John Brown.

1828: Rachel Jackson dies less than two months after Andrew Jackson is elected president.

1843: Prentiss Ingraham (PROG 1843-1904) dime store novelist he wrote over 600 Old West novels and was an advance man for Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.

1858: Giacomo Puccini (PROG 1858-1924) Italian opera composer Madame Butterfly (1904).

1862: Connie Mack (MISS 1862-1956) baseball player, manager Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1950).

1892: Lawrence B. Sperry (LOST 1892-1923) aviator/inventor of the airplane gyrostabilizer.

1894: French officer Alfred Dreyfus court-martial for treason triggers worldwide charges of anti-Semitism.

1915: Barbara Billingsley (GI 1915-2010) actress Leave It to Beaver (1957-63).

1938: A prehistoric coelacanth is caught off South Africa. What was thought to be a transitional species, turns out not to be transitional at all.

1964: Comedian Lenny Bruce is convicted of obscenity.

1965: Doctor Zhivago is released.

1971: Dirty Harry is released.

1984: Bernhard Goetz shoots 4 black muggers on the NYC subway.

1997: Paramilitary forces in Mexico massacred 45 peasants in the village of Acteal.

2000: Cast Away is released.

2006: Night at the Museum is released.

2010: Repeal of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy.