It’s been 80 years since Black Thursday. On that day in 1929 stocks plummeted on record volume. Big banks got together and propped up the market by buying huge blocks of shares. That only delayed the pain, of course. It reminds me of our current short-sighted attempts to prop up the markets. More info.

In the spirit of “those who don’t learn from history…” I suggest watching The Crash of 1929, a great documentary from PBS. There are some fascinating first-hand accounts from the people who lived through it. Ignore the fuzzy image, that’s just Google Video being wonky. It’s a full 53 minutes long, and the picture isn’t bad. (For more historical perspective, see these cartoons from the Great Depression.)

h/t Jesse.