- Today in 1908 the Chicago Cubs defeated the Detroit Tigers to win the World Series. Well, can the 2016 version do it again and break a 108 year drought?
- Theodore Roosevelt on this day in 1912 was shot by a mentally disturbed saloon keeper, and, with a .32-caliber bullet in his chest, carried out his scheduled speech. Incidentally, this was a heck of presidential election year, for there were four serious candidates: Republican and incumbent William Howard Taft, Teddy for the splinter Republican Bull Moose Party, Democrat Woodrow Wilson and Socialist Eugene Debs. Wilson easily won because of the Republican split. So if you think there are fireworks between Trump and Clinton, it can get a lot worse.
- The Cuban Missile Crisis reached a peak today in 1962. The world could well be 54 years into our nuclear winter if the worst happened. ISIS terrorists? Donald Trump? While the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has now added global warming to its worry list, really, the world is about the safest it has been in more than half a century. Their Doomsday Clock historical graph:
She is not in the discussion, keeping a rather low profile, but third daughter, Princess Chulabhorn Walailak is 61 years old and divorced, but has a PhD in chemistry and was the first Asian to be invited to join Britain's Royal Society of Chemistry. To the left she plays the guzheng (a Chinese zither) at China's Forbidden City.