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Today in History (October)

1 HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jimmy Carter, 39th US President HAPPY BIRTHDAY Sam Yorty, 37th Los Angeles Mayor 1864 – Abraham Lincoln substitute, John Staples, paid $500 1869 – George Desbarats accepts Sir John A. Macdonald’s offer to become first Queen’s Printer of Canada 1909 – Earl Grey lays cornerstone of Alberta’s legislature 1974 – Watergate cover-up […]

Today in History (September)

1 1843 – Sir John A. Macdonald marries Isabella Clark 1900 – Lord Minto opens an irrigation canal from Kimball to Lethbridge in Alberta 1919 – Edward, Prince of Wales, lays cornerstone of Peace Tower in Ottawa 1939 – William Lyon Mackenzie King proclaims the War Measures Act 1961 – Leslie Frost brings in a […]

Today in History (August)

1 1897 – Sir William Fielding brings in a heavy tariff, but with reciprocal provisions 1946 – Harry Truman establishes Atomic Energy Commission 1952 – William Bennett sworn in as British Columbia’s 25th Premier 1972 – Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein have their first Watergate article published 2 HAPPY BIRTHDAY Bob Rae, 21st Ontario Premier, […]

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Sitting Presidents Challenged from Within

For this week’s blog, I think I have another fun topic.  I will be looking at Presidents that faced serious challenges to their party’s presidential nomination from within their party.  This only happened three times in the twentieth century.  Sorry John Ashbrooke in 1972 against Richard Nixon, but, I don’t consider your challenge serious.  Same […]

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Adding To Your Political Memorabilia Collection

This past weekend would be considered a success for any collector.  I probably spent more money than I should have, but, I got a lot of great new items for my collection.  The highlights would be a press pass from the 1971 NDP national convention, a Manitobans  for Clark button from the 1983 leadership convention, […]


Bill’s 6: Greatest Presidents the U.S. NEVER Had

And, now the U.S. version of last weeks blog.  The Bill 6 seems quite popular.  The beauty of this kind of topic is that there’s lots of room for discussion.  This week, I am looking at the greatest Presidents the U.S. never had.  These are people who never sought the presidency.  This means that persons […]


Bill’s 6: Greatest Prime Ministers Canada NEVER Had

The first of my political 6 seemed quite popular with everyone.  And, they’re fun to write.  Sooooo….this week, I’m going to pick the 6 greatest Prime Ministers that Canada never had.  First, the ground rules…It cannot be someone that led a party in an election.  Voters had the option of making them Prime Minister and […]