Aug 5, 2017
August 5. In 1620, the Mayflower departed from Southampton, England, on its first attempt to reach North America. In 1861, the federal government levied its first income tax—3% of all incomes over $800. On this same date, the US Army abolished flogging. In 1884, the cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid. In 1921, the first cartoon to win a Pulitzer Prize (“On the Road to Moscow”) was published. In 1925, Houdini spent 91 minutes underwater in a sealed tank before escaping. In 1957, “American Bandstand” debuted on ABC. In 1962, Nelson Mandela began his 28-year prison term. In 1974, Nixon ordered the investigation into Watergate halted, but said he expected to be impeached. Happy Birthday, Guy du Maupassant, Mary Ritter Beard, Betty Oliphant, Wendell Berry, Jesse Williams. Mission: If you are going to flog, flog those who deserve it. If you need help with that, I’ve got some suggestions.