Jul 22, 2017
July 22. In 1376, the Pied Piper of Hamelin led the rats out of Hamelin. In 1893, Katharine Lee Bates wrote “America the Beautiful” inspired by the view from Pikes Peak, CO. In 1926, Babe Ruth caught a baseball dropped from an airplane at 250 feet. In 1933, Caterina Jarboro became the first Black prima donna of US opera history, singing “Aida” at the Met. In 1979, Little Richard, then a reverend, warned against the evils of rock & roll in a California revival meeting. In 2000, astronomers found a 17th moon orbiting Jupiter. In 2009, the longest total solar eclipse (6 minutes/38.8 secs) of the 21st century occurred over Asia and the Pacific. Happy Birthday, Emma Lazarus, Edward Hopper, Stephen Vincent Benet, Tom Robbins, Albert Brooks, Rufus Wainwright. It’s Ratcatcher’s Day. Mission: You know who they are so GET ‘EM OUT OF HERE.