This Day in History

Casablanca Premieres (1942)
One of the most iconic romantic films of all time and winner of three Oscars, Casablanca is a tale of love, heartbreak, and sacrifice. Rick Blaine, played by Humphrey Bogart, is an American expatriate living in Casablanca, Morocco, in 1941, who "stick[s his] neck out for nobody." But when his former lover, played by Ingrid Bergman, and her husband need his help, Blaine's resolve is tested. To what did Bogart's son compare the controversial colorization of the black-and-white classic? Discuss

Elias Howe Patents a Precursor to the Zipper (1851)
Five years after being granted a patent for the first practical sewing machine, Howe patented his design for a zipper-like garment fastener. However, he never put much effort into marketing this invention, perhaps due to the great success of his sewing machine, and today, credit for the zipper's development is largely given to Whitcomb Judson, who demonstrated his innovative slide-fastener design 42 years later at the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. How did the zipper get its name?

Mysterious Hijacker Parachutes from Plane with $200,000 Ransom (1971)
To this day, the true identity of the well-dressed man calling himself Dan Cooper—reported in the press as D. B. Cooper—who hijacked a passenger jet and then parachuted from the airborne Boeing 727 with a $200,000 ransom, remains a mystery. Despite numerous leads and a great deal of media attention, the mystery man's true identity and whereabouts continue to elude investigators, and the bulk of the money has never been recovered. What are some theories about who he was and what became of him?

Quote of the Day

George Eliot
Deep unspeakable suffering may well be called a baptism, a regeneration, the initiation into a new state. Discuss

Robert Louis Stevenson
There are two things that men should never weary of, goodness and humility; we get none too much of them in this rough world among cold, proud people.

Henry David Thoreau
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.