OTD in 1972, Actor Charlie Chaplin returns to the United States for the first time since being labeled a communist during the ‘Red Scare’ in the early 1950s. McCarthyism is the practice of making accusations of subversion or treason without proper regard for evidence. The primary targets of such suspicions were government employees, those in the entertainment industry, academics, & labor-union activists.

Suspicions were often given credence despite inconclusive or questionable evidence, & the level of threat posed by a person’s real … More

Born OTD in 1889, English comic actor, filmmaker, & composer, Charlie Chaplin. Chaplin’s childhood in London was one of poverty & hardship, as his father was absent & his mother struggled financially, & he was sent to a workhouse twice before the age of nine. When he was 14, his mother was committed to a mental asylum. Chaplin began performing at an early age, touring music halls & later working as a stage actor & comedian.

Social commentary was a feature of Chaplin’s films from early in his career, as he portrayed the underdog in a … More