About this blog

The Spanish-American philosopher George Santayana (Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás  (11/16/1863 – 09/26/1952) famously said “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” The theme of this blog is to remember episodes from the past and to relate each episode to the present, either by discussing that the present resembles the past in some way, or by showing how the present was shaped by the past.

I am strictly an amateur historian, so there are likely to be errors and omissions in these postings. I welcome comments that expand, amend, dispute, refute or confute any of the material on this site.