A People’s Almanac host Megan LaSalle discusses the continued protests and activism that lead to the controversial vote in 1973 by the American Psychiatric Association to remove homosexuality from the DSM, the standard manual used by psychiatrists to diagnose mental illness. This vote is discussed in reference to the December 1 2012 vote by the American Psychiatric Association to change the classification of transgender identity from “gender identity disorder” to “gender diaspora” in the DSM, downgrading the diagnosis from a disorder to a condition.
A People’s Almanac host Megan LaSalle discusses the temporary ceasefire of German and Allied forces in observance of Christmas, in what would become known as the Christmas Truce of 1914.
“When Europe marched to war in 1914, both sides thought that the fighting would be over in a few weeks. Instead by the close of December, the war had already claimed close to one million lives, and it was clear that the fighting would go on for a long time. Yet on December 24th, much of the western front fell silent as the ordinary soldiers made temporary peace with the enemy.”