Déjà Vu

Bringing a historical perspective to the day’s news

August 16, 2018

August 01, 2018

Have Fun Storming the Tower

2018:

Two thieves pull off a heist of royal jewels from a holy place.

1671:

A vengeful thief goes after royal jewels kept in a hellish place.

2018:

New York politicians blame short-term rentals for rising rents.

1853:

Nineteenth-century journalists are skeptical about the whole idea of short-term rentals.

April 13, 2018

Remains of the Strays

2018:

The body of a poet is found in a sunless cellar.

1674:

The young royals wronged by Richard III are found under a staircase.

2018:

Two Spanish queens go viral for trading harsh—and unknown—words at church.

c. 1560:

A fight between two queens is saved for posterity.

2018:

Trump humiliates underlings with firings; the media reports metaphoric “stays of execution.”

 

c. 40:

Caligula condemns underlings to fight wild beasts after they fail to acknowledge his genius.

2018:

Facebook disappears an ad featuring a woman’s—gasp—upper back.

1880:

Mark Twain has opinions about Titian’s depiction of Venus.

February 09, 2018

Gold Medal on the Rocks

2018:

Russian athletes prefer their steroids shaken, not stirred.

c. 530:

Ancient Olympians use illegal curses to defeat the opposition.