Wednesday, 7 November 2018


Our faithful chronicler, Doctor Caligari, informs that among many other premieres and momentous occasions that occurred on this day, in 1962 Richard Nixon, a sixteen year political veteran, delivered a rather acrimonious concession speech to a gathering of supporters and reporters after learning of the electoral win of incumbent Pat Brown, who would remain the governor of California, a traditionally Republican stronghold at the time, for another term. The contender lashed out at the media, snarling, “you don’t have Nixon to kick around any more, because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference.” Be careful what you wish for.  Brown was defeated and replaced by Ronald Regan in the 1966 race but his son, Jerry Brown Jr. went on to become the thirty-fourth and thirty-ninth and current governor of the state.