Today is Dec. 9.
The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to President Woodrow Wilson on this date in 1920. Wilson was honored because of his efforts behind the League of Nations, a world body aimed at resolving conflicts between countries before they erupt into war. However, the U.S. Congress refused to approve legislation for the United States to join the League of Nations, and the idea withered on the vine.
It was on this date in 1990 that Lech Walesa won Poland's first direct presidential vote. Back in 1980, Walesa was a shipyard worker in the Polish port city of Gdansk when he organized the Solidarity Labor Union. Warsaw's Communist government tolerated the pro-democracy union activities until December 1981, when it declared martial law, cracked down on Solidarity and threw Walesa into prison for 11 months. But Walesa's ideas could not be so easily contained and eventually contributed to the end of Communism in Poland.
What did the president know and when did he know it? It was on this date in 1974 that former White House aide John Ehrlichman testified at the Watergate trial that President Nixon was responsible for the cover-up that followed the June 1972 break-in at the Democratic committee headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Retired Boston candy manufacturer Robert H.W. Welch, Jr., established the John Birch Society on this date in Indianapolis in 1958. The right-wing organization was dedicated to fighting what it perceived to be the extensive infiltration of communism into American society.
And it was on this date in 1907 that the first Christmas Seals to raise money to fight tuberculosis went on sale in the post office in Wilmington, Del.
We now return you to the present, already in progress.