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By John Breneman

When Iraq War enthusiasts argue that "everybody" thought Saddam Hussein had WMDs, here's why. Speaking to the Veterans of Foreign Wars on this day in 2002, Vice President Dick Cheney told the world -- quote -- "there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction."

Cheney, who obtained five military deferments to weasel out of serving in Vietnam, fired off the word "weapon(s)" 31 times and "terror(ist)" 20 times in his bid to weasel America into Iraq.

White House untruths were handled differently back in Ben Bradlee's heyday. The Boston-born Washington Post journalist fought to expose government deception in Vietnam by publishing the "Pentagon Papers" in 1971, then helped expose a corrupt president in the Watergate scandal. He turns 86 today.

On this day in 1498, Michelangelo was commissioned to carve the Pietà, under a contract guaranteeing the legendary master a seven-figure advance, an executive producer credit and 5% of future museum gift-shop sales.

With the big Lions-Gladiators playoff showdown coming up and no Guinness on hand, Julius Caesar invaded Britain on this day in 55 B.C.

On this day in 1883, the eruption of Mount Krakatoa in Indonesia killed thousands while spewing almost as much toxic junk into the atmosphere as your average presidential debate.

Charles "Lucky Lindy" Lindbergh's luck ran out on this day in 1974 when the aviation hero went down with lymphoma at age 72.

The 19th amendment was certified on this day in 1920, giving women the right to vote and raising the electoral question: What does a modern woman wear to the voting booth.

The first baseball game was televised on this day in 1939 (Reds vs. Dodgers at Brooklyn's Ebbets Field), frightening many viewers with the ominous warning that "any rebroadcast, reproduction, or other use of the pictures and accounts of this game without the express written consent of Major League Baseball is strictly prohibited."

Today's births

Green-blooded Boston Celtics broadcaster and Hall of Fame player Tommy Heinsohn turns 71 today. But the team's failure to win a title since 1987 has not shaken his belief in leprechauns.

Ex-child star Macaulay Culkin plans to celebrate his 27th today by playing pin the tail on one of Michael Jackson's donkeys.

Today is the 55th birthday of famed New York Times crossword editor Will ______ (six letters, starts with S).

Tom Ridge, 62, as first head of Homeland Security he regularly exposed the nation to an "elevated risk" of politically motivated propaganda, pioneering the practice of using trumped-up terror press conferences to distract attention from White House screw-ups.

John Breneman's "This Day in (Revisionist) History" appears in the Boston Sunday Herald.

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