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Some presidential age trivia.

Last year, I posted this on my feed on Facebook; since that’s friends-only, I thought I’d repost it here on the anniversary of this rather regrettable milestone.

As most folks know, Trump is the oldest President at his inauguration, beating out Reagan by about 8 months (Reagan was not quite 70, Trump almost 71).

What others may not have realized is he’s also an exceptional President in other ways:
* He’s the first time a third President has been born in the same year (with Clinton and Bush Jr, all three born in 1946)
* He’s the oldest jump from his predecessor both at age at his inauguration, but also in age inauguration-to-inauguration.

More presidential age trivia

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US Navy Historical Center Photo Library

A truly wonderful array of historical photos:

DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY — NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER — Online Library of Selected Images

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More human cost of Wilson’s folly…

The Montana Sedition Project

Imagine going down to your local brewpub or coffee shop. You meet some friends. The talk turns to the war. You criticize the President and his wealthy supporters. Next thing you know, a couple of husky fellows at the next table grab you, hustle you out the door and down to the local police station. You are arrested on a charge of sedition. Within months you are indicted, tried and convicted. The judge sentences you to 5-10 years in prison — and off you go! Think this could never happen? Well, it happened not that long ago — during World War I — to scores of ordinary people in Montana. They discovered very painfully that their free speech rights had been stripped away by the state legislature.

via BoingBoing.

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It’s Armistice Day…

87 years ago today, the First World War ended on the western front.

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“England expects that every man will do his duty”

Today is the two hundredth anniversary of the British victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. As you likely know, the quote above was Admiral Lord Nelson’s message to the fleet.