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The ultimate practical joke, and the first Macy's Parade

On November 27 in:

176, Emperor Marcus Aurelius grants his son Commodus the rank of "Imperator," and making him Supreme Commander of the Roman legions;

1703, the first Eddystone Lighthouse is destroyed in the Great Storm of 1703;

1810, the Berners Street hoax  was perpetrated by Theodore Hook in the City of Westminster, London;

1924, In New York City, the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is held;

1968, Penny Ann Early becomes the first woman to play major professional basketball, for the Kentucky Colonels in an ABA game against the Los Angeles Stars;

2001, A hydrogen atmosphere is discovered on the extrasolar planet Osiris by the Hubble Space Telescope. It's the first atmosphere detected on an extrasolar planet; and in

2005, The fist partial human face transplant is completed in Amiens, France. 

The first "Jack Sparrow" and our neighbor to the north

 

 

On October 20 in:

 

1720, Caribbean pirate Calico Jack is captured by the Royal Navy;

 

1818, The Convention of 1818 is signed between the United States and the United Kingdom. Among other things, it settles the Canada- United States border on the 49th parallel;

 

1944, Liquid natural gas leaks from storage tanks in Cleveland, then explodes. The explosion and resulting fire level thirty blocks and kill 130 people;

 

1951, the "Johnny Bright Incident" occurs in Stillwater, Oklahoma;

 

1968, former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy marries Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis; and in

 

1977, Rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd's plane crashes. 

Winnie the Pooh and Mary, Queen of Scots

On October 14 in:

 

1856, Mary, Queen of Scots, goes on trial for conspiracy against Elizabeth I of England;

 

1773, Just before the beginning of the Revolutionary War, several of the British East India Company's tea ships are set ablaze at the old seaport of Annapolis, Maryland;

 

1884, American inventor,George Eastman, receives a U.S. Government patent on his new paper-strip photographic film;

 

1912, While campaigning in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, former president Theodore Roosevelt is shot and mildly wounded by John Schrank, a mentally-disturbed saloon keeper. With the fresh wound in his chest, and the bullet still within it, Roosevelt still carries out his scheduled public speech;

 

1926, Winnie -the-Pooh, by A.A.Milne, is published;

 

1933, Germany withdraws from The League of Nations;

 

1968, The United States Department of Defense announces that the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps will send about 24,000 soldiers and Marines back to Vietnam for involuntary second tours of duty in the combat zone there;

 

1979, The first Gay Rights March on Washington, D.C., the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, demands "an end to all social, economic, judicial, and legal oppression of lesbian and gay people" and draws 200,000 people; and in

 

1998, Eric Rudolph is charged with six bombings including the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta, Georgia. 

 

Winnie the Pooh and Mary, Queen of Scots

On October 14 in:

 

1856, Mary, Queen of Scots, goes on trial for conspiracy against Elizabeth I of England;

 

1773, Just before the beginning of the Revolutionary War, several of the British East India Company's tea ships are set ablaze at the old seaport of Annapolis, Maryland;

 

1884, American inventor,George Eastman, receives a U.S. Government patent on his new paper-strip photographic film;

 

1912, While campaigning in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, former president Theodore Roosevelt is shot and mildly wounded by John Schrank, a mentally-disturbed saloon keeper. With the fresh wound in his chest, and the bullet still within it, Roosevelt still carries out his scheduled public speech;

 

1926, Winnie -the-Pooh, by A.A.Milne, is published;

 

1933, Germany withdraws from The League of Nations;

 

1968, The United States Department of Defense announces that the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps will send about 24,000 soldiers and Marines back to Vietnam for involuntary second tours of duty in the combat zone there;

 

1979, The first Gay Rights March on Washington, D.C., the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, demands "an end to all social, economic, judicial, and legal oppression of lesbian and gay people" and draws 200,000 people; and in

 

1998, Eric Rudolph is charged with six bombings including the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta, Georgia. 

 

The Sultan of Swat makes history and technology comes from an unlikely source

On August 11 in:

 

1921, American historian and author Alex Haley is born;

 

1929, Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Ohio;

 

1937, Edith Wharton dies at the age of 75;

 

1942, Actress Hedy Lamarr and composer George Antheil receive a patent for a Frequency-hopping spread spectrum communication system that later became the basis for modern technologies in wireless phones and Wi-Fi;

 

1965, Race riots begin in the Watts area of Los Angeles, Califorinia; and in 

 

1968, The last steam-hauled train runs on British Rail. 

 

The TinMan dies and Tetris is born

On June 6 in:

 

1933, The first  drive-in theater opens in Camden, New Jersey;

 

1844, The Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) is founded in London;

 

1984,Tetris, one of the best-selling video games of all time, is released;

 

1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy dies from gun shot wounds inflicted on June 5.

 

1979, American actor / singer Jack Haley dies. 

Gold & Venus.

 

On June 5 in:

-1933  The US Congress abrogates the United States' use of the Gold Standard by enacting a joint resolution nullifying the right of creditors to demand payment in gold;

-1956 Elvis introuduces the song "Hound Dog" and his hip movements become scandalous;

-1968 Robert F. Kennedy is shot by Sirhan Sirhan (he will die the next day); and in 

-2012 The last transit of Venus of the 21st century begins. 

I shot Andy Warhol!

On June 3 in:

 

1968, Valerie Solanas attempts to assinate Andy Warhol by shooting him three times;

 

1888, The poem "Casey at the Bat," by Ernest Lawerence Thanyer, is published in the San Franscisco Examiner;

 

1937, The Duke of Windsor marries Wallis Simpson;

 

1967,Anderson Cooper, American journalist and author is born.  

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