Category Archives: history

October 13, 1492

FROM THE DIARY OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS SATURDAY OCTOBER 13, 1492 As soon as it dawned, many of these people came to the beach?all young, as I have said, and all of good stature?very handsome people, with their hair not curly but straight and coarse, like horsehair; and all of them very wide in-the forehead and […]

SPICE MAD DAY by Peter Nolan Smith

Last year I celebrated Columbus Day with my doctor on Staten Island. Nick was Italian and cooked great meatballs. The doctor and I had met during our freshman class of European History 101. We had received Bs from the professor. His kids had the day off and we enjoying the meal. “Hey, Nico, I have […]

Happy Columbus Day

Five hundred and twenty-seven years ago Rodrigo de Triana spotted land at 2am from the Pinta’s lookout. “Tierra, tierra.” This shout woke his shipmates and the captain of this small caravel fired a cannon to announced the epic discovery of land. Later that day the three ships of Christopher Columbus or Cristoforo Colombo arrived at […]

October 10

In 2005 America celebrated Columbus Day. In 1492 the great navigator was two hundred miles from land. In 1973 Vice President Agnew was deposed as Nixon’s second for graft. He once said, “An intellectual is a man who doesn’t know how to park a bike.” I said, “Go fuck yourself.” Pseudo-intellectuals are not nattering nabobs […]

October 8

October 8 has been the date of many important historical events. In 1600 San Marino adopted its written constitution. In 1956 New York Yankees’s Don Larsen pitched a perfect game in the World Series. In 1967 Guerrilla leader Che Guevara and his men are captured in Bolivia. And in 2001 U.S. President George W. Bush […]