October 04, 2009

Today In History

In 1945, President Truman signed an Executive Order restoring the standard spelling of "cigarette". The name of the tobacco product had been shortened to "cigaret" in 1942 to make more t's and e's available for the War Effort.

The efforts of the War Spelling Board also paid off in helping to identify nazi agent Bruno Schurzmann, put ashore by U-Boat in 1943 to sabotage the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Schurzmann's persistent use of the prewar spelling aroused the suspicion of the FBI. When he also insisted that the Chicago Cubs were in the American League the would-be saboteur was arrested, tried and executed.

Posted by mayor mcsleaze at October 4, 2009 07:55 AM

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