Tuesday, November 21, 2006

History of the day for November 21

In 1856, in the wake of the vicious cane beating of Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts by South Carolina Representative Preston Brooks, the Senate invokes a host of new rules of conduct. Among these is referring to colleagues as "the distinguished gentleman" instead of "that whiny little maggot."

3 comments:

Monkey said...

So cane beating is no longer allowed? Dammit it all to hell.

slappy said...

It's frowned upon.

Monkey said...

Oh! So it's merely an etiquette issue then. Well, that makes me feel better.