May 13, 2017
May 13. In 1821, the first practical printing press was patented. In 1861, Britain declared its neutrality in the American Civil War. In 1873, Ludwig Wolf patented the sewing machine lamp holder. In 1888, slavery was abolished in Brazil. In 1917, the Virgin Mary was spotted in Portugal. In 1954, “The Pajama Game” debuted on Broadway. In 1958, VP Nixon’s limo was battered by rocks in Caracas. In 1960, hundreds of UC Berkeley students protested against a visit by the House Committee on Un-American Activities. In 1989, groups of Chinese students occupied Tiananmen Square. In 1995, Alison Hargreaves became the first woman to conquer Everest without oxygen or a Sherpa. Happy Birthday, George Braque, Daphne du Maurier, Mary Wells, Stevie Wonder, Stephen Colbert (He is on fire these days!) Mission: Stamp out all this un-American activity. Impeach now.