I don’t often think of the past as much as I wonder how a particular event may have played out 50 or 100 years ago. Today I managed to shock even myself. In thinking about something to write about for today’s blog, I came up with nothing. There is little news here in the retirement home, the weather remains hot and sticky and will do so until the end of September and I do not write about politics or money. What else is there? 

I wandered down to the library in search of an idea and then thought that maybe a change in environment and a different computer would help. I put today’s date into 1933, the year of my birth into Google on the library computer and got back an amazing piece of information: 

“August 4, 1933 (Friday)

A tear gas attack, on the trading floor New York Stock Exchange, sent hundreds of brokers scattering and forced the suspension of trading. The sudden closing was the first since September 16, 1920, when 30 people were killed by a bomb at the Exchange.” 

Someone was really upset! Why did I think that something like that was only possible in modern times? You mean people behaved like that 80 years go? If money is involved, I guess one can count on it. “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” That quote comes from the New Testament, 1 Timothy 6:10. I can imagine such a scene in today’s turbulent world where explosives are almost a household commodity available to anyone. 

The other item in the news for August 4, 1933, was equally fascinating: “The day after a clash between soldiers at the border between Iraq and Syria, Iraqi General Bakr Sidqi ordered the Simele massacre to be carried out against 300 adult males of the Assyrian minority.” Wasn’t that yesterday…