Charles Edward Magoon was a prominent United States lawyer, judge,
diplomat, and colonial administrator who is best remembered as a
colonial Governor of both the Panama Canal Zone and Cuba. He was also
the subject of several small scandals during his career. As a legal
adviser working for the United States Department of War, he drafted
recommendations and reports that were used by Congress and the
executive branch in governing the United States' new territories
following the Spanish-American War. These reports were collected as a
published book in 1902, then considered the seminal work on the
subject. During his time as a colonial governor, Magoon worked to put
these recommendations into practice.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Christopher Columbus became the first European to set foot on the
island of Hispaniola (now Haiti and the Dominican Republic).
Niccolò Sfondrati became Pope Gregory XIV, succeeding Pope Urban VII
who died two months earlier.
In London, James Christie opened what is today the world's leading
art business and fine arts auction house.
Prohibition of alcoholic beverages in the United States officially
ended when the Twenty-first Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was
Flight 19, a squadron of five Avenger TBM torpedo bombers of the
U.S. Navy, disappeared in the area now known as the Bermuda Triangle.
Wiktionary's Word of the day:
inevitably: In a manner that is impossible to avoid or prevent; as
Wikiquote of the day:
Leadership means that a group, large or small, is willing to entrust
authority to a person who has shown judgement, wisdom, personal
appeal, and proven competence. -- Walt Disney