May 26, 2018
May 26. In 1647, a new law banned Catholic priests from the colony of Massachusetts because the Puritans believed them to be idolatrous blasphemers destined for eternal damnation. The penalty was banishment or death for a second offense. In 1812, a political cartoon in the Boston Gazette coined the term "gerrymander" to describe oddly shaped electoral districts designed to help incumbents win re-election. In 1913, Actors' Equity Association was organized in New York. In 1942, the first female prisoners arrived at Auschwitz. In 1946, the H Bomb was patented. In 1959, the frisbee was trademarked. In 1969, John and Yoko began their second Bed-In for Peace in Montreal. In 1974, 1000 people needed medical treatment and one girl died when a crowd lost control at a David Cassidy concert in London. In 1998, the Supreme Court ruled Ellis Island was mainly in New Jersey, not New York. Happy Birthday, Tennessee Williams, Sandra Day O'Connor, Peggy Lee, Miles Davis, Sally Ride. Mission: Resist mightily the destruction of democracy in America by corrupt thugs with small brains.