Once Upon A Time in America (Week of 7/28 – 8/3/13)

This is the “transcript” if you will, of this week’s edition of Once Upon a Time in America on Otter Limits Radio. You can listen to the podcast of this episode here.


1868: The 14th Amendment to the US Constitution is ratified. This Amendment established citizenship of African-Americans.


1932: US troops remove “Bonus Army” from Washington DC.
The Bonus Army was a collection of about 20,000 war veterans that marched along with their supporters to demand their compensation for the service they provided for their country in WWI. This removal of the Bonus Army by US troops resulted in 4 members of the Bonus Army dead and over 1000 injured.

1958: President Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics & Space Act, creating NASA.

1976: David Berkowitz, aka Son of Sam, murders his first victim in New York City.

1619: The House of Burgesses convenes for the 1st time in Jamestown, VA.
This was the 1st ever elected legislative assembly in North America. This assembly later became the Virginia House of Delegates in 1776, which was the lower house of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

1956: President Eisenhower signs legislation making In God We Trust the national motto.

1965: President Johnson signs the Social Security Act. This Act created the Medicare and Medicaid programs, bringing the nation closer toward a complete welfare state than FDR could have even imagined.

1975: Former Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa disappears from the parking lot of a restaurant in suburban Detroit.


1876: Colorado becomes the nation’s 38th state.

1957: The North American Air Defense Command, NORAD, is formed.

1966: Charles Whitman kills 16 people at the University of Texas from a tower on campus.

1981: MTV broadcasts its 1st video, Video Killed the Radio Star by the Buggles.
Remember when MTV played videos? Remember when MTV was about music? What happened?


1790: The first US Census is conducted.

1923: Vice President Calvin Coolidge becomes President upon the death of Warren Harding.
President Coolidge was a popular Republican President in his time and was an ardent supporter of limiting the size of government programs.

1937: Marijuana is made illegal by the passage of the Marijuana Tax Act. A dark day in American history.

1946: The 1st theme park in the United States, Santa Claus Land, opens for business in Santa Claus, Indiana.

1977: Senate begins hearings on the CIA’s MKUltra program.
MKUltra was a behavioral engineering program, effectively using mind control experiments, that began in the early 1950s and was not officially disbanded until 1973. Due to the Senate hearings, information regarding this program was declassified.

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