US President Grover Cleveland
About the randomly generated history club
On July 5th 1896 Lord Salisbury had just celebrated a year in office of what would be his third and final term as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Meanwhile, in Washington D.C. President Grover Cleveland was recovering from an overly exuberant family barbecue.
The two men were trying to get along after falling out over who should be allowed to dominate South America the year before.
Yet, both hungover and both fiercely proud, what began as a courteous telegram exchange descended into a furious argument over who invented the top hat, all conducted at two words per minute.
Cleveland was convinced that the haberdasher John Hetherington had invented the top hat in 1797. But an incandescent Salisbury insisted the lofty headwear was conceived by George Dunnage, the Middlesex hatter some four years prior.
To prevent the need to yet again turn to costly international arbitration, by 11pm GMT, the two had agreed to establish “A Club, which meeting weekly, and insisting upon the highest standards of academic rigour, shall discuss and mutually educate about Hisstory [sic] by selecting a year at random using the latest technology available”.
Ever since then, the Club has met each week to discuss historical matters in an effort to maintain the unity of the Western World.
Then, in 2022, the Club members thought their meetings might make a good podcast.
Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury KG GCVO PC FRS DL, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
For the sake of Western unity, the two men established The Randomly Generated History Club. (Picture shows Cleveland and Salisbury arguing in 1895)