Sunday, May 30, 1926 was a slow news day in south side Allentown, but it was approximately 3:15 when the drowsy stillness of a Sunday afternoon was shattered by an explosion that could be heard as far as Bethlehem.
The winter of 1920 was one of the coldest anyone in America could remember. There were even deep snow drifts in Washington D.C. But by that spring, at least among the Lehigh Valley’s music lovers, it was sunny.
It was May, 1954. Joseph Stalin, the psychopathic dictator of the Soviet Union who had killed millions and millions of people- not a few of them fellow Communists- had been dead for a little over a year.
Perhaps the roughest no-holds-barred election occurred in Pennsylvania in 1742. Known as the bloody election, it featured a knock-down, drag-out physical battle between the two factions that dominated the colony of Pennsylvania’s politics.