This day in history

2004, 2009, 2014, 2019, 2023.

Cory Doctorow
2 min readApr 19, 2024


I’m on tour with my new, nationally bestselling novel The Bezzle! Catch me SUNDAY in TORINO (Apr 21), then Marin County (Apr 27), Winnipeg (May 2), Calgary (May 3), Vancouver (May 4), and beyond!

#20yrsago Prison wipes creative-writing class HDDs after student wins PEN award

#20yrsago EFF waging war on bullshit Internet patents

#20yrsago Brazil cracks down on sat-hackers who bounce ham signals off US military satellites

#15yrsago Clement Freud’s funniest joke

#15yrsago RIP, JG Ballard

#15yrsago CIA waterboarded individual suspects up to 183 times

#10yrsago Profile of Aeropress and Aerobie inventor Alan Adler

#10yrsago UK tax authority caught sneaking in plan to sell Britons’ private financial records

#5yrsago AOC is going to Kentucky

#5yrsago TSA admits that its pornoscanners flag Black women and others with curly hair for humiliating, invasive searches

#5yrsago NYC adopts law targeting the handful of skyscrapers that are spiking the city’s carbon footprint

#5yrsago Read the source code for every classic Infocom text-adventure game!

#5yrsago Telcoms lobbyists have convinced 26 states to ban or restrict municipal broadband

#5yrsago IPOs have sent Uber and Lyft fares skyrocketing, while driver pay plummets

#1yrago Iowa’s starvation strategy