This Day in Blogging History: Anthrax's Dan Spitz, watchmaker; UK leads the world in police spending, imprisonment; Doonesbury shocks newspaper editors with masturbation mention

One year ago today
Anthrax's Dan Spitz is now a master watchmaker: He quit the music business to become a world-renowned, prize-winning watchmaker who hand-lathes his own replacement parts for antique watch restorations.

Five years ago today
Britain spends more on cops and locks up more people than any other developed nation: Despite crime figures going down, we continue to spend more and lock up proportionately more people than any other free country.

Ten years ago today
Doonesbury references masturbation, America's editors surrender: Aroused the ire (or cowardice) of "hundreds of newspaper editors."