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    from The Newsroom, but I was struck by Will McAvoy talking about how tiny details and decisions can have major ramifications, altering the entire course of human history.  He brought up the black woman who refused to move to the back of the bus in Montgomery, who then became attached to the court case challenging the racist practice.  And how Montgomery's black leaders decided she wouldn't help their movement, as she got pregnant while unmarried.  That was Claudette Colvin.  Rosa Parks refused to move 8 months after Colvin refused to move.  But that was enough time for a new young preacher to start attracting attention, who was then tapped to lead the bus boycott, someone by the name of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Had they gone with Colvin, perhaps King would've remained just a regular ol' preacher nobody ever heard of outside of Montgomery.

    BTW, Colvin is still alive to this day, and gave an interview to Amy Goodman back in March.  It's well worth watching.

    Or how Guiseppe Zangara was standing on a wobbly chair, so when he fired his gun, he assassinated the mayor of Chicago, Anton Cermak, rather than what was assumed to be his intended target, newly elected President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  Had FDR been assassinated, his VP John Nance Garner would've become President, and guess what?  No New Deal.  Garner was a fierce opponent of FDR's economic policies.

    Or how about NASA testing these things called O-rings under every possible condition... except for extreme cold?  Because when does it get cold in Florida?  Well, it did get unusually cold on January 28, 1986.

    That scene, and the episode as a whole, was just incredible to watch.

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