You Might Need Reminding

The weeks have more in them–the days have more in them–than we can keep up with. Sometimes the rush of events and actions overwhelm us. So, I thought you might need reminding, a gentle reminding, of a post I wrote back in early 2019. Well over a year later and the list I compiled needs to be remembered now more than ever. Of particular interest are the 4th and 6th bullet points. Without further ado, I return you to my comments from January 2019 shown below.


“The televised impeachment hearings of POTUS 45 are officially open. If you haven’t been already, you’ll be inundated with news, quasi-news, fake news, and the like. By all means, pay attention. But you don’t need me to say that. I think my best role, at least today, is to provide you with the list below and the reminder of what it means.

Consider, a century ago, in the twelve months and fifty-two weeks of 1919:

  • German revolution rioters are threatened they will be shot
  • American suffragettes celebrate the approval of women as federal voters – a new amendment is added to the Constitution
  • New boundaries go into effect for nations in Europe that have not existed until now
  • The mysterious influenza pandemic, a global killer of millions, has reappeared
  • Prohibition begins – another new amendment to the Constitution
  • Racial riots spread across American cities and towns
  • A professional baseball team, the Chicago Black Sox, is accused of cheating
  • The Russian Civil War rages and may spread into other parts of Europe
  • The Mexican Revolution appears to destabilize much of Central America
  • Terrorist bombings explode in New York City
  • Turkish war of independence begins
  • First gasoline tax enacted in the US
  • Einstein’s theory of relativity is tested, while Mussolini forms the first fascist political party
  • Arab nationalists declare independence in Syria
  • US Army conducts first gas-engine expedition across the nation
  • American Legion holds its first national convention
  • New York Yankees purchase rights to Babe Ruth from Boston Red Sox for $125,000, highest amount ever paid for a professional athlete

It will be all too easy for you, in late 2019, to slip into the mindset that “we’ve just never seen anything like this.” I understand. But go back over this list and know that your ancestors a century ago also faced a world rocked with change. Be well.