Aug 18, 2018
August 18. In 1840, the American Society of Dental Surgeons was founded. In 1868, helium was discovered. In 1919, the Anti-Cigarette League of America was founded. In 1920, the 19th amendment was ratified, guaranteeing women the right to vote. In 1962, Ringo Starr first appeared with the Beatles. In 1963, James Meredith became the first Black man to graduate from the University of Mississippi. In 1977, Elvis Presley was buried.Happy Birthday, Virginia Dare, Merriwether Lewis, Nettie Palmer (Australian poet), Rosalynn Carter, Rafer Johnson. It's National Science Day in Thailand. Mission: Believe scientists, not spineless, unethical, thick-brained imbeciles who are shamelessly and ostentatiously greedy and corrupt.
Aug 4, 2018
August 4. In 1693, Dom Perignon perfected sparkling wine and is considered the inventor of champagne. In 1735, freedom of the press was established with the acquittal of John Zenger, a writer for the New York Weekly Journal, who had been charged with seditious libel. The jury said "Truth is not libelous." In 1922, Alexander Graham Bell died and AT&T and Bell Systems shut down their switchboards and all 13 million phones to honor him. In 1944, the Frank family was discovered by the Nazis and sent off to Auschwitz. A month later, Anne and her sister were sent to Bergen-Belsen, where they both died of typhus. Soon after, Bergen-Belsen was liberated. In 1957, Florence Chadwick set a world record, swimming the English Channel in 6 hours and 7 minutes. In 1966, most US radio stations banned all Beatles records in response to John saying they were more popular than Jesus. In 1987, the William Faulkner stamp went on sale in Oxford, MS, where Faulkner had been fired as postmaster in 1924. Happy Birthday, Percy Shelley, the Queen Mother (Elizabeth), Louis Armstrong, Mary Decker, Barack Obama. It's Revolution Day in Burkina Faso. Mission: Act Burkinabe.
Jul 28, 2018
July 28. In 1750, J.S. Bach died after an unsuccessful eye operation. In 1866, 18-year-old Vinnie Ream became the first and youngest female artist to receive a commission by the US government for a statue of Abe Lincoln. In 1868, the 14th Amendment was ratified establishing African-American citizenship and guaranteeing due process of law. In 1917, the Silent Parade took place in NYC protesting murders, lynchings and other violence directed towards African-Americans. In 1939, Judy Garland recorded "Over the Rainbow." In 1945, a US Army bomber crashed into the Empire State Building, killing 14. In 1982, San Francisco banned handguns. In 1987, the Beatles sued Nike for using "Revolution" in its shoe commercials. In 1996, the remains of a prehistoric man were discovered in Kennewick, WA. . In 1998, Monica Lewinsky received immunity to testify before a grand jury about her relationship with President Clinton. (Remember when the legislature actually took action when Presidents committed crimes?) Happy Birthday, Beatrix Potter, Lucy Burns, Jacqueline Kennedy, Natalie Babbitt, Fahmida Riaz. It's Liberation Day in San Marino. Mission: Shout at the parade. Silence is complicity.
Jul 21, 2018
July 21. In 1865, in the first western showdown, Wild Bill Hickok shot Davis Tutt in Missouri. In 1873, Jesse James and the James-Younger Gang pulled off the first successful train robbery in Iowa. In 1925, John Scopes was found guilty of teaching evolution in Tennessee and fined $100 (Ah, that pesky science). Happy Birthday, Hart Crane, Ernest Hemingway, Isaac Stern, Garry Trudeau, Robin Williams. It's Liberation Day in Guam and Racial Harmony Day in Singapore. Mission: Do what you have to do. P.S. A reminder: Science NOT a liberal conspiracy.
Jul 14, 2018
July 14. In 1789, the citizens of Paris stormed the Bastille sparking the French Revolution and the overturning of the French monarchy. (Quelle bonne idee!) In 1868, the tape measure was patented. In 1881, Pat Garrett shot and killed Billy the Kid. In 1933, all German political parties except the Nazi Party were outlawed. In 1943, the George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, Missouri, opened, becoming the first national monument honoring an African American. In 1960, Jane Goodall arrived in Tanzania to begin her legendary chimpanzee study. Happy Birthday, Kate Gordon, Gustav Klimt, Woody Guthrie, Ingmar Bergman, Polly Bergen. It's Bastille Day! Mission: This land is OUR land--not his. Storm the failing White House.
Jul 7, 2018
July 7. In 1456, Joan of Arc was acquitted of heresy 25 years after her death. In 1863, the US began its first military draft--exemptions cost $300. In 1911, the US, Great Britain, Japan and Russia banned open-water seal hunting (no doubt, the current administration has reversed this). In 1928, sliced bread was sold for the first time in Missouri. In 1946, Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini was canonized as the first American saint. In 1954, Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips became the first DJ to play Elvis ("That's All Right"). In 1967, the Monkees started a national tour with Jimi Hendrix as their opening act. In 1981, President Reagan nominated the first female Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O'Connor. In 1985, Boris Becker won Wimbledon at 17. In 1992, the New York Court of Appeals ruled women had the same right as men to go topless in public. In 1994, Amazon.com, Inc. was founded as "Cadabra." Happy Birthday, Nettie Stevens, Marc Chagall, Satchel Paige, Ringo Starr, Lisa Leslie. It's World Chocolate Day. Mission: Take it off. Then eat chocolate. Then smash the patriarchy.
Jun 30, 2018
June 30. In 1859, Charles Blondin became the first person to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope. In 1908, a meteor explosion in Siberia struck people unconscious 40 miles away. In 1934, during "The Night of the Long Knives," Hitler violently purged Germany of his political rivals. In 1935, Fascists caused an uproar at the League of Nations when Haile Selassie spoke. In 1950, President Truman ordered US troops into Korea. In 1953, the first Corvette rolled off the Chevy assembly line in Flint. It sold for $3,250. In 1966, NOW (National Organization of Women) was founded. In 1971, the US Supreme Court ruled the government could not prevent the Washington Post or the New York Times from publishing the Pentagon Papers. In 1974, Mikhail Baryshnikov defected in Toronto. In 1994, Tonya Harding was stripped of her championship and banned from the US Figure Skating Association for life. Happy Birthday, Eleanor Ross Taylor, Shirley Fry Irvin, Lena Horne, Joan Murrell Owens, Vincent D'Onofrio. Mission: Purge the zombie, I mean, GOP infestation. Cause an uproar against fascists.
Jun 23, 2018
June 23. In 1829, the typographer, a precursor to the typewriter, was patented. In 1840, the province of Canada was created. In 1903, Ford sold its first car. In 1926, the first lip reading tournament was held in Philadelphia. In 1929, the Fascist government in Italy banned the use of foreign words. In 1942, Treblinka opened. In 1972, Nixon and Haldeman started discussing plans to use the CIA to obstruct the FBI's Watergate investigation. In 1980, Pham Tuan became the first Vietnamese citizen (and first Asian) in space. Happy Birthday, Vera Rubin, Rene Ricard, Janis Siegel, Slash, Joel Stein. It's Revolution Day in Egypt. Mission: Act Egyptian. And say as many foreign words as you can: Mensch, tamale, babka, schmuck, etc.
Jun 16, 2018
June 16. In 455, Rome was sacked by the Vandals. In 1884, the first roller coaster in America opened at Coney Island. Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl was published in America. In 1961, Rudolf Nureyev defected. In 1963, Valentina Tereshkova became the first female space traveler. In 1985, Willie Banks broke the world record for the triple jump. In 1993, the USPS released stamps depicting Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Clyde McPhatter, Otis Redding, Ritchie Valens, Dinah Washington and Elvis Presley. In 2008, California began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In 1967, the legendary Monterey Pop Festival began at which Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin rocked the freakin' house. Happy Birthday, Geronimo, Katharine Graham, Joyce Carol Oates, Laurie Metcalf, Tupac Shakur. Mission: Picture me rollin'. Then leap.
Jun 9, 2018
June 9. In 68, Nero committed suicide after quoting the Iliad, starting the civil war known as the Year of the Four Emperors. In 1915, William Jennings Bryan resigned as Woodrow Wilson's Secretary of State over the sinking of the Lusitania. (Bryan opposed American imperialism and entering WW 1.) In 1934, Donald Duck made his debut in the cartoon "The Wise Little Hen." In 1968, President Johnson declared a national day of mourning following the assassination of Bobby Kennedy on June 5. In 1973, Secretariat won the Triple Crown. In 1980, Richard Pryor was severely burned in a free-basing accident. In 1998, the Ronettes sued Phil Spector for not paying royalties for 35 years. Happy Birthday, Cole Porter, Jackie Wilson, Letty Pogrebin, Patricia Cornwell, Natalie Portman. It's Coral Triangle Day. Mission: Sink Swampy Scott Pruitt before he sinks us.
Jun 2, 2018
June 2. In 1537, Pope Paul III banned the enslavement of Indians. In 1692, Bridget Bishop became the first person tried for witchcraft in Salem, MA. She was found guilty & hanged. In 1851, Maine became the first state to enact a law prohibiting alcohol. In 1886, Grover Cleveland had the first wedding in the White House. In 1924, all American Indians were granted US citizenship. In 1953, Elizabeth was crowned queen of England. In 1997, Timothy McVeigh was convicted on 15 counts of murder & conspiracy for the Oklahoma City bombing, which killed 168 people. Happy Birthday, Karl Gjellerup, Thomas Hardy, Barbara Pym, Jerry Mathers, Cornel West. It's International Sex Workers Day. Mission: Resist the destruction of democracy in America.
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.
May 19, 2018
May 19. In 1536, Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife, was beheaded for adultery, treason & incest. In 1926, Mussolini announced democracy was dead and Rome became a fascist state. In 1935, Lawrence of Arabia died in a motorcycle crash. In 1962, Marilyn Monroe sang her legendary version of “Happy Birthday” to JFK. In 1974, Erno Rubik invented the Rubik’s Cube. Happy Birthday, Ho Chi Minh, Tina Strobos, Malcolm X, Nora Ephron, Grace Jones. It’s Hepatitis Testing Day. Mission: Learn from history. Resist. #fakechristians #zombieapocalypse #NRAwhores [Royal wedding fun fact: I stayed & dropped acid at the Cliveden estate (now hotel). It was Stanford’s campus in England in the early 70s.]
May 12, 2018
May 12. In 1846, the ill-fated Donner Party left Missouri for California. In 1847, William Clayton invented the odometer. In 1940, the Nazis entered France. In 1950, the American Bowling Congress abolished its white males-only restriction. In 1963, Bob Dylan walked out of dress rehearsals for “The Ed Sullivan Show” when censors told him he could not Perform “Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues.” In 1965, West Germany & Israel established diplomatic relations. In 2002, President Carter went to Cuba for the first American visit in 53 years. Happy Birthday, Florence Nightingale, Dante Rossetti, Katherine Hepburn, George Carlin, Stevie Winwood. It’s Day of the Finnish Identity and International Nurses Day. Mission: Act Finnish. And take care.
May 5, 2018
May 5. In 1809, Mary Kies became the first woman awarded a patent for her technique for weaving straw with silk and thread. In 1865, the 13th Amendment was ratified, abolishing slavery in America (sort of). In 1891, Carnegie Hall had its grand opening with Tchaikovsky as guest conductor. In 1925, John Scopes, a biology teacher in Tennessee, was arrested for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution. In 1936, Edward Ravenscroft received a patent for the screw-on bottle cap with a pour lip. In 1945, a Japanese balloon bomb exploded on Gearhart Mountain in Oregon, killing a pregnant woman and five children—the only Americans killed in the continental US during WW 2. In 1956, Jim Bailey became the first American runner to break the 4-minute mile. In 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American in space. In 1968, Buffalo Springfield performed their final concert. Happy Birthday, Nellie Bly, Helen Maud Merrill, James Beard, Stan Goldberg, Annette Bening. It’s International Midwives’ Day. Mission: Don’t fear knowledge. Science Is not a liberal conspiracy.
Apr 28, 2018
April 28. In 1881, Billy the Kid escaped from the Lincoln County Jail in Mesilla, NM. In 1896, the Addressograph was patented. In 1914, the air conditioner was patented. In 1932, the yellow fever vaccine was announced. In 1945, Mussolini and his mistress were executed by Italian partisans as they attempted to flee. In 1967, Muhammad Ali refused induction into the US Army on religious grounds and was stripped of his boxing title. In 1973, Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon” began its 741-week run at the top of the US charts. In 1986, high levels of radiation from the Chernobyl disaster were detected in Sweden, leading Soviet authorities to publicly announce the accident. Happy Birthday, Na Hye-sok, Oskar Schindler, Blossom Dearie, Harper Lee, Kim Gordon. It’s Workers’ Memorial Day & World Day for Safety & Health at Work. Mission: Be transparent. Why not? Secrets infect.
Apr 21, 2018
April 21. In 1506, the Lisbon Massacre ended after the slaughter of 1900 suspected Jews by the Portuguese Catholics. (And once again, it was proven that religion is the most hypocritical bane of humanity [#fakechristians].) In 1892, the first buffalo was born in Golden Gate Park. In 1918, the “Red Baron” (Manfred von Richthofen) was shot down. In 1984, French doctors announced finding the AIDS virus (HIV). In 1986, creepy old Geraldo Rivera opened Al Capone’s vault and found nothing. Happy birthday, Charlotte Bronte, John Muir, Elaine May, Sister Helen PreJean, Iggy Pop. It’s Local Self Government Day. Mission: Get a handle on yourself. AND end this corruption in America.
Apr 14, 2018
April 14. In 1775, Ben Franklin and Ben Rush organized the first abolition society “The Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held In Bondage. In 1828, the first edition of Noah Webster’s dictionary was published. In 1860, the first Pony Express rider arrived in San Francisco with mail from St. Joseph, MO. In 1865, Abe Lincoln was assassinated. In 1902, James Cash Penney opened his first store in Kemmerer, WY, called the Golden Rule Store. In 1912, the Titanic hit an iceberg and began to sink. In 1927, the first Volvo premiered in Gothenburg, Sweden. In 1939, Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath was published. In 1963, the Beatles met the Stones in Richmond, England. In 1984, the Texas Board of Education required textbooks describe evolution as a theory, not a fact. In 2003, the Human Genome Project was completed with 99% of the human genome sequenced to 99.99% accuracy. In 2005, the Oregon Supreme Court nullified marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples a year earlier in Multnomah County. In 2014, 276 school girls were abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Happy Birthday, Anne Sullivan, Elizabeth Huckaby, Loretta Lynn, Frank Serpico, Julie Christie. It’s South and Southeast Asian New Year. Mission: Stop this “ostentatious corruption.” De-sleaze American government. Lock them up.
Apr 7, 2018
April 7. In 1712, there was a slave revolt in NYC. In 1827, John Walker sold his first friction match. In 1864, the first camel race took place in Sacramento. In 1933, Prohibition ended in the US. In 1940, Booker T. Washington became the first Black man on a postage stamp. In 1969, the US Supreme Court struck down laws prohibiting possession of obscene material. In 1990, Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center displayed Robert Mapplethorpe’s photos. Later that day, the director of the center was indicted on obscenity charges, although later acquitted. In 2000, President Clinton signed the Senior Citizens Freedom to Work Act, which allowed seniors to earn money without losing Social Security benefits. Happy Birthday, William Wordsworth, Billie Holiday, Daniel Ellsberg, Freddie Hubbard, Janis Ian. It’s Genocide Memorial Day in Rwanda, Motherhood and Beauty Day in Armenia, National Beer Day in America and World Health Day. Mission: A toast to beauty.
Mar 31, 2018
March 31. In 1492, Ferdinand & Isabella of Spain issued an edict expelling all Jews who were unwilling to convert to Christianity (Happy Passover!). In 1776, Abigail Adams told her husband John that women would revolt if the Declaration of Independence didn’t guarantee their rights. In 1870, Thomas Peterson of New Jersey became first Black man to vote. In 1966, 200,000 anti-war demonstrators marched in NYC. In 1995, Selena was killed by the president of her fan club. In 1999, Fabio was hit in the face by a bird while promoting a roller coaster in Virginia. In 2004, Gmail launched. Happy Birthday, Nikolai Gogol, Mary Abigail Dodge, Octavio Paz, Al Gore, Sandra Morgen. It’s International Transgender Day of Visibility. Mission: SHOW IT!