Aug 24, 2019
Saturday Morning Post. August 24. In 79, Mt Vesuvius erupted, burying Pompeii, Stabiae and Herculaneum in ash. In 410, the Visigoths overran Rose, symbolizing the fall of the Roman Empire. In 1349, 6000 Jews were killled in Mainz, Germany, after being blamed for the bubonic plague. (Oh, where was our King when we needed him?) In 1572, the Catholics began slaughtering French Protestants (Wait! Religion is good???) In 1814, the British forces set the White House and Capitol on fire. In 1869, the waffle iron was patented. In 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across America. In 1941, Hitler announced he was stopping the systematic killing of the mentally ill and handicapped due to protests, although the killings continued for the remainder of the war. In 1950, Edith Sampson became the first black US delegate to the UN. In 1963, John Pennel broke the 17-foot barrier in pole-vaulting.In 1967, The YIPPIES, led by Abbie Hoffman, disrupted trade on the NYSE by throwing dollar bills from the viewing gallery, causing trading to cease as brokers scrambled for cash. In 1989, Voyager 2 photographed Neptune. In 2006, Pluto got demoted to dwarf planet. Happy Birthday, Zonia Baber, Jean Rhys, Maria Zubreeva, Ida Cook, Tosia Altman, Ava DuVernay. It's National Waffle Day and International Strange Music Day. Mission: Turn on some John Cage and eat some waffles.