Category Archives: Extended Post

A Clockwork Orange

This 1971, Stanley Kubrick film is easily one of the STRANGEST movies I have ever seen. This movie was adapted from Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange, published in 1962. This movie gets special recognition from Hankering for History because it was released into theaters on this day, December 19th, in 1971. A Clockwork Orange was also a cinematic innovator of its time. It achieved the first of many accomplishments. The film… Read More »

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is unique–in my opinion–for two reasons: 1) The Guinness Book of World Records regards the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the “document most translated.” 2) This may be one of the few times when nations from all over the world voted and agreed on one particular subject. With the ending of World War II, there was a worldwide outcry to prevent further crimes against humanity.… Read More »

Assassination Attempt on President Harry Truman

On November 1, 1950, an assassination attempt against President Harry S. Truman occurred. Two Puerto Rican pro-independence activists, Oscar Collazo and Griselio Torresola, stormed the Blair House, where President Truman was napping, and exchanged gunfire with police and Secret Service agents. The attempt on the life of President Truman was foiled, but not without the loss of White House Policeman Leslie W. Coffelt. Coffelt was the first person to have interaction with the… Read More »

The Johnny Bright Incident

On this day (October 20), 1951, the Johnny Bright Incident occurred. If you aren’t  familiar with this event, it was deemed as a racially motivated attack that took place during a collegiate football game. Johnny Bright, being both black and a talented athlete, pissed off most opponents, especially the players and coaches at Oklahoma A&M. Bright, a remarkable competitor who represented Drake University, was so talented that in the previous year (his junior year), he… Read More »

Goodness, Gracious, Great Balls of Fire!

One of the founding fathers of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Jerry Lee Lewis, put out his #1 hit, “Great Balls of Fire,” on this day (Oct 8th), in 1957. This pianist, with god-like talent, recorded “Great Balls of Fire” at Rock ‘n’ Roll headquarters, Sun Studio, in Memphis, Tennessee. Sun Studio recorded some of, if not, the greatest talent of this generation. Along with great single hits, like the aforementioned, Lewis is famous for… Read More »

America’s First Set of Laws

On this day (Oct 4), in 1636, the Plymouth Colony, founded in 1620 by Pilgrims, established its first written set of laws. These laws were published as the 1636 Book of Laws, which were later called The General Fundamentals of New Plimouth. Now don’t presume that the Pilgrims were just running around, all willy-nilly. The General Court of Plymouth Colony, which has records (that we have found) going back to 1623, was not only… Read More »