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The events at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 are still ringing in heads across the nation. The day is bound for infamy, alongside Pearl Harbor and 9/11 as dates when a dark shadow rolled across America, leaving death and destruction, sadness and confusion in their wake.

Christopher Columbus did not set out to prove that the world was round (educated people had proven the flat-Earthers wrong centuries earlier). He was not the first European to cross the Atlantic (that title goes to Norse Viking Leif Eriksson). And he never, ever — not once — set foot on what…