"My opponent is a known thespian and practices nepotism with a maiden aunt."
On this day in 1929 James Michael Curley, on right below, heavily favored to win his third term as mayor of Boston, used a radio appearance to defame a school committee member who had spoken out against him.
The savage, and ungrounded, attack was unprecedented: his adversary was a woman, a wife, a mother, and popular civic volunteer. The remark was "My opponent is a known thespian and practices nepotism with a maiden aunt. "
Curley's tactic of "do unto others before they do you" backfired, and he barely squeaked out a victory in the election two days later. One local newspaper would call it "one of the most dramatic incidents in the whole history of Boston politics." Between 1914 and 1950, the charismatic and resilient Irishman served four terms as Boston's mayor, one term as Massachusetts governor, and two terms in jail.
November 3, 1930 was the first national election after the start of the Great Depression which had begun a year before.
It was also the day our Blogfather was born. That's him on the right holding a photo of his wife Pat and sitting on his evil twin Vlad.
Read some of his bio "3+ Lives" here.
Walter "Blogfather" Brooks' own father was the political columnist for the Waterbury, CT daily newspaper, the Republican-American.
So on this day in 1930, Walter Sr. received a telegram from the Democratic candidate for Governor that year, Wilbur Cross (for whom the Wilbur Cross Parkway is named) saying, "Congratulations on the birth of your son. This must bode well for the party in today's elections." - Wilbur Cross.
It was. It would be four more elections for governor before a Republican regained the State House.
When asked his reaction at attaining his birthday, Brooks aped W.C. Fields and said, "If I'd known I was going to live this long I'd have taken better care of myself."
Walter Brooks died in 2018. Read our tribute on the Related Content link below.
On this day in 1979 the first complete overhaul of the Bourne Bridge in its 45-year history ended its second week.
The $11 million, two-year project included replacing the 2,384-foot long bridge's entire concrete span, shoring up of structural components, new paint and placement of suicide deterrent barriers.
The aerial photo on right was taken about the time of the rebuilding.
Read about "Everything Else Which Happened Today" including on this day in 1620 the Great Patent was signed - the legal arrangements under which the Pilgrims journeyed to North America and established their colony was granted to Plymouth Colony here.