Wednesday, February 20, 2008


William Howard Taft.

While we're waiting for the two hundredth birthdays of Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln next February 12th, here are a few centennials we can celebrate in 2008:

Mother's Day. The first Mother's Day was celebrated on May 10, 1908.
The Model T. Henry Ford rolled out his first Model T on September 27, 1908.
The Cubs Win the World Series. The Chicago Cubs clinched their most recent World Series championship on October 14, 1908, defeating the Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 1. 1908 was also the year that Jack Norworth wrote the lyrics for the song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." The infield of the 1908 Cubs was anchored by the famous double play combination of Joe Tinker (SS), Johnny Evers (2B) and Frank Chance (1B): "Tinker to Evers to Chance."

We've already missed the 100th birthday of the Boy Scouts, on January 24. It was also one hundred years ago this November that William Howard Taft was elected President, marking the Republican Party's decisive repudiation of the progressive policies of former President Theodore Roosevelt. Taft was described by one Senator as "a ponderous and amiable man completely surrounded by men who know exactly what they want." What the leaders of the GOP wanted in 1908 was to abandon TR's program of environmental conservation and scrap his efforts to regulate big business.

1 comment:

Bleeet said...

Let's hear it for our fattest President! Didn't they have to install a special bath tub in the White House for him?

Taft was, in more ways than one, big business.

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