Jun 24, 2017
June 24. In 1374, a sudden outbreak of St. John’s Dance caused Germans to hallucinate and jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapsed in Aachen. In 1664, New Jersey was founded. In 1812, Napoleon invaded Russia. In 1869, Mary Ellen “Mammy” Pleasant officially became the Voodoo Queen in San Francisco. In 1916, Mary Pickford became the first female film star to sign a million-dollar contract. In 1938, a 450-metric ton meteorite exploded and landed near Chicora, PA. In 1964, the FTC required cigarette manufacturers to include health warnings on their packaging. In 1982, the Supreme Court ruled no President could be sued for damages while serving as President. (Why not? We’ve got a case.) In 1997, the US Air Force declared the alien spacecraft crash in Roswell, NM, in 1947 was fake. In 2012, Lonesome George, the last known Chelonoidis nigra abingdonii (Galapagos tortoise) died. Happy Birthday, Ruth Randall Edstrom, Harry Partch, John Ciardi, Robert Reich, Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star). Mission: Look up. Then dance.