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Peter Takes On History

I started writing these little history essays for the amusement of the members of my Rotary Club. The stories were usually tied to what happened on "This Day in History"and often involved an irreverent, clear-eyed take on common topics. The members seemed to like them and over the years I've written many, many stories so, rather than allow them to rest in the dark corners of my cloud, I put them to work here. 

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January 28, 1959

Are you really a cheesehead?

Here's the test

July 19, 1910

Batting zero!

What does the man who patented the San Francisco Cable Cars have to do with the invention of baseball?

September 1, 1985

Bobby Fischer Had All The Moves

The youngest ever U.S. Chess Champion was an angry young man

January 12, 1927

Charlie Chaplin: The Little Tramp

Loved by children of all ages, he preferred children of a certain age

August 18, 1920

Don't Call Them Suffragettes!

With the skills sharpened in the Abolition Movement these bad ass women led the fight

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