Jul 15, 2017
July 15. In 70, Titus breached the walls of Jerusalem. In 1410, the Poles and Lithuanians (my people!) defeated the Teutonic knights at Tannenburg. In 1834, the Spanish Inquisition was officially disbanded after 356 years. In 1838, Ralph Waldo Emerson discounted the divinity of Jesus, declaring him a great man but not God, in a speech at Harvard Divinity School. The Protestant community was outraged. In 1901, 74,000 steel workers in Pittsburgh went on strike. In 1910, Alzheimer’s disease was named after Alois Alzheimer. In 1922, the duck-billed platypus arrived in America (Bronx Zoo). In 1972, NASA’s Pioneer 10 became the first spacecraft to enter the asteroid belt. In 2006, Twitter was launched. Happy Birthday, Rembrandt, Emmeline Pankhurst, Iris Murdoch, Vivian Malone Jones, Linda Ronstadt. It’s Elderly Men Day. Mission: Save your outrage for the outrageous. Honor our old men.