The first educational television network launches on this day in 1967. Seventy independent, affiliated educational stations interconnected to show a live broadcast of President Lyndon Johnson's State of the Union address. The network, called National Educational Television, started broadcasting regularly scheduled programs in November. It eventually grew into the Public Broadcasting System. When it was first created in 1967 it was before the Internet, satellite television, DVDs, and cable TV with hundreds of channels. A case might have been made then that there was a public benefit to subsidize other voices and programming. Now, with the media explosion of the past quarter century, there is little justification left for public subsidies that total hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

QoD: Who shot him? I asked. The grey man scratched the back of his neck and said: Somebody with a gun. Red Harvest by Dashiel Hammett, who died on this day in 1961.