background preloader

Historic People

Facebook Twitter

7 of John Adams' Greatest Insults. A man whose wit was matched only by the looseness of his tongue, the combative John Adams quickly acquired a hefty reputation for articulate jabs and razor-sharp put-downs at the expense of his allies and (numerous) rivals alike, including some of the most celebrated figures in American history (Bob Dole once described him as “an eighteenth-century Don Rickles”).

7 of John Adams' Greatest Insults

Here are some of his best zingers. 1. On Benjamin Franklin “His whole life has been one continued insult to good manners and to decency.” 2. “That bastard brat of a Scottish peddler! (Hamilton certainly wasn't above returning the fire.) 3. “What a poor, ignorant, malicious, crapulous mass.” (For more on their relationship, head here.) 4. “That Washington is not a scholar is certain. 5. “Phyladelphia [sic], with all its trade and wealth and regularity, is not Boston. 6. “His soul is poisoned with ambition.” 7. Timetoast timelines. Thatcherism: A Timeline. Monday, 08 April 2013 12:48 Written by John Rees David Cameron became the first Tory prime minister for 13 years after the general election of 2010.

Thatcherism: A Timeline

Many of those who voted in that election had no real memory of living under a Conservative administration. For many Margaret Thatcher's first election victory in 1979 is the stuff of history books. So what is the real story of Britain's longest serving Tory prime minister? There was real fear among Britain's traditional rulers at this time. But the Tories also began to re-arm and in 1975 a surprise result gave Margaret Thatcher the Tory leadership. The IMF terms for the loan meant the government imposing wage controls and cuts in public services. The public sector strikes of 1979, the so-called Winter of Discontent, marked the breach between the Labour government and its traditional supporters.

Thatcher's offensive was not just domestic. Thatcher had bided here time until she felt confident in her second term. Timeline 1981 Inner city riots. The Big Question. Henry VIII, serial killers in love, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton (x 2), and more Graham Roumieu Q: What was the worst marriage ever?

The Big Question

Raoul Felder, divorce lawyer If you’re a New Yorker, you might have heard of “the Bride of Wildenstein.” Jocelyn Wildenstein was a socialite who used plastic surgery to turn herself, little by little, into a cat. Susan Squire, author, I Don’t: A Contrarian History of Marriage Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton exemplify a long-forgotten rule of wedlock that we ought to keep in mind: intensity, sexual or otherwise, is the antithesis of stability. Paul Theroux, author, The Last Train to Zona Verde (out in May) Norman Mailer stabbed his wife, Adele, during a party—a rather ungrateful thing to do. Kate Bolick, Atlantic contributing editor Elizabeth Gilbert, author, Eat Pray Love and The Signature of All Things, due from Viking in October. Pearls of Wisdom. History of the Samurai. The Dream Stela of Thutmosis IV Egyptologist Kasia Szpakowska decodes a mysterious stone monument erected between the Sphinx's front paws.

History of the Samurai

Saving the Sphinx Zahi Hawass, head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, has taken extraordinary steps to preserve the monument. A Marvel of Inca Engineering Perched high in the Andes, Machu Picchu required ingenious construction, as engineer Ken Wright explains. Excavating the Lost City Egyptologist Mark Lehner describes the lives of the pyramid-builders, as revealed in his ongoing excavation at Giza. Rise of the Inca How did the Inca Empire become as vast as the Roman in just over a century? Native American Language Net: Preserving and promoting indigenous American Indian languages.