Annals of Insanity, #237: No War in 1950!

This Los Angeles Times article, from New Year’s Day 1950, makes a variety of optimistic predictions about the year to come, with just one slight mistake.

Like most top officials, [Vice President Alben] Barkley sees little likelihood of war during 1950. ‘I think the odds are strongly against it,’ he says. They’re 1000 to one, reports the International Statistical Bureau.

Author: Alex Sayf Cummings

Alex Sayf Cummings is an associate professor of history at Georgia State University, whose work deals with technology, law, public policy, and the political culture of the modern United States. Alex's writing has appeared in Salon, the Brooklyn Rail, the Journal of American History, the Journal of Urban History, Al Jazeera, and Southern Cultures, among other publications, and the book Democracy of Sound was published by Oxford University Press in 2013 (paperback, 2017). Alex can be followed on Twitter at @akbarjenkins.

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