On This Day
On This Day. 1828: In a move that widened the North/South divide, President John Quincy Adams signed the Tariff of 1828, protecting U.S. wool manufacturers. Adams’s Tariff Act protected northern industries that were being hurt by low-priced imports. But Southern businesses were hurt – and angered. The Tariff Act, largely forgotten about today, was one of many things that together, caused Southern resentment against the North to build - and eventually boil over into the Civil War 33 years later.
On This Day. 1943: President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill set May 1, 1944 as the date for the Normandy landings against Nazi-occupied France. Weather delayed it for 36 days.
On This Day. 1962: A breathless Marilyn Monroe sang “Happy Birthday” to President Kennedy at a Madison Square Garden gala. JFK's birthday wasn't for another ten days, but he didn't appear to mind.
Quote of the Day
“He who knows best knows how little he knows.”