Dec 8, 2018
December 8. In 1660, a woman appeared on an English public stage for the first time, playing Desdemona in "Othello." In 1941, the US declared war against Japan. In 1952, a pregnancy was acknowledged in a TV show ("I Love Lucy") for the first time. In 1960, Fabian visited Elvis at Graceland and lent him his pants when Elvis ripped his demonstrating karate. In 1962, the Workers of the International Typographical Union went on strike, closing down nine NYC newspapers for 114 days. In 1968, Graham Nash quit the Hollies and announced the formation of Crosby, Stills and Nash. In 1980, John Lennon was killed by Mark David Chapman. In 1982, Norman Mayer held the Washington Monument hostage, demanding an end to nuclear weapons. He was shot to death by police after threatening to blow up the monument. In 1984, Larry Flynt was found innocent of libeling Jerry Falwell with a parody ad. In 1993, President Clinton signed NAFTA into law. In 1997, New Zealand swore in their first female prime minister, Jenny Shipley. In 1999, a jury found MLK Jr. had been the victim of a vast murder conspiracy, not a lone assassin. In 2013, Metallica performed in Antarctica, making them the first band to perform on all seven continents. Happy Birthday, Camille Claudel, Julia Robinson, Carmen Martin Gaite, Margaret Geller, Mary Gordon. It's the Day of Finnish Music. Mission: Repeat after me: Kalliolle, kukkulalle/Rakennan minä majani/Tule, tule tyttö nuori/Jakamaan se mun kanssani/Jollen minä sinua saa/Niin lähden täältä kauas pois/Muille maille vierahille/Etten sua nähdä vois/Kalliolle, kukkulalle/Rakennan minä majani/Tule, tule tyttö nuori
Dec 1, 2018
December 1. In 1865, Shaw Univeresity, the first historically black university in the South, was founded in Raleigh. In 1913, Ford Motor Co started using a movable assembly line, ushering in the era of mass production. On the same day, Crete was annexed by Greece. In 1918, Transylvania united with Romania. In 1919, Lady Astor became the first female Member of Parliament. In 1952, it was announced in Denmark that the first successful sex-change operation had been performed on Christine Jorgensen. In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man in Montgomery. In 1960, Paul McCartney & original Beatle Pete Best were arrested in and later deported from Germany for arson. In 1969, the first draft lottery since WW2 was held in America. Happy Birthday, Julia Moore, Richard Pryor, Bette Midler, Sarah Silverman, Janelle Monae. It's Rosa Parks Day, Self-Governance Day, World AIDS Day, Freedom & Democracy Day in Chad, Restoration of Independence Day in Portugal. Mission: Freedom, Democracy, Self-Governance, Independence, etc., etc., etc. [P.S. Happy Birthday, Jan Beran.]
Nov 24, 2018
Saturday Morning Post. November 24. In 1859, Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species, explaining his theory of evolution through natural selection. In 1871, the misguided National Rifle Association was incorporated. In 1877, Anna Sewell's animal welfare novel Black Beauty was published. In 1940, Nazis closed off the Jewish ghetto in Warsaw. Over the next three years the population dropped from 350,000 to 70,000 due to starvation, disease and deportations to concentration camps. In 1947, during another period of American embarrassment and utter bullshit, the "Hollywood 10" were cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about alleged Communist influence in their industry. In 1963, Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald live on national television (as we were just leaving for Sunday school). In 1971, DB Cooper parachuted from a Northwest Orient Airlines plane with $200,000 of ransom money never to be seen again. In 1989, Czechoslovakia's hard-line party leadership resigned after more than a week of protests against its policies. In 1991, Freddie Mercury died of AIDS complications at the age of 45. Happy Birthday, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Scott Joplin, Margaret C. Anderson, Esther Applin, Arundhati Roy. It's Evolution Day. Mission: Come on. Let's evolve past this point. Let's get them to resign.
Nov 17, 2018
November 17. In 1603, Sir Walter Raleigh went on trial for treason. In 1800, Congress held its first session in DC. In 1871, the NRA was granted a charter by New York. In 1880, the first 3 British women graduated from London University. In 1913, Kaiser Wilhelm banned the army from dancing the tango. In 1947, the Screen Actors Guild implemented an anti-Communist loyalty oath. In 1968, NBC cut away from the final minutes of a Jets/Raiders game to begin "Heidi." (Raiders came from behind and won.) In 1970, the Soviet Union landed a vehicle on the moon and Lieutenant William Calley went on trial for the My Lai Massacre. In 1973, Nixon told the Associated Press, "Well, I'm not a crook." In 1988, Benazir Bhutto became the first female leader of an Islamic country (Pakistan). In 2010, researchers trapped anti-matter for the first time. Happy Birthday, Grace Abbott, Ruth Bari, Lesley Julia Abdela, Yolanda King, Rebecca Walker. It's Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Mission: Struggle for freedom and democracy. Out the treasonous. Out the crooks.Then lock them up.
Nov 10, 2018
November 10. In 1865, Major Henry Wirz, the superintendent of a prison camp in Georgia, was hanged for war crimes during the Civil War (one of three executed). In 1898, the Wilmington Insurrection of 1898 began--the only instance of a city government being overthrown in US history. In 1917, 41 suffragists were arrested in front of the White House. In 1951, direct-dial, coast-to-coast telephone service began. In 1969, "Sesame Street" debuted. In 1970, for the first time in 5 years, no reports of American combat fatalities in Southeast Asia were reported. In 1975, the Edmund Fitzgerald and its crew of 29 vanished during a storm on Lake Superior. In 1976, the Utah Supreme Court approved Gary Gilmore's execution. In 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial opened to visitors in Washington, DC. In 1983, Windows 1.0 was released. In 1995, playwright/activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and 8 others from the Movement for the Survivial of the Ogoni People were hanged by Nigerian government forces. In 2004, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) was awarded the "Man for Peace" prize at the opening of the Nobel Peace Prize laureates. Happy Birthday, Idabelle Smith Firestone, Kate Seredy, Noemi Gerstein, Ann Reinking, Holly Black. Mission: Continue to work for democracy by ousting these entitled white bullies who think they are above the law of the land.
Nov 3, 2018
Saturday Morning Post. November 3. In 1507, Leonardo DaVinci was commissioned by Lisa Gherardini to paint her portrait, which became the Mona Lisa. In 1631, the Rev John Eliot arrived at the Massachusetts Bay Colony to convert Native Americans to Christianity. In 1793, French playwright, journalist and feminist Olympe de Gouge was guillotined. In 1900, the first car show opened at Madison Square Garden. In 1952, frozen bread was offered for sale for the first time. In 1992, Carol Moseley-Braun became the first African-American woman senator. Happy Birthday, Lois Mailou Jones, Annapurna Maharana, Mazie Hirono, Lulu, Jeanette J. Epps. It's Culture Day in Japan, Independence Day in Panama, Dominica, Micronesia, Ecuador and Victory Day in Maldives. Mission: Oh, PLEASE release us. Let Tuesday be the beginning of our independence from Mendacity, Idiocy, Greed, Corruption, Hatred and frightening and fucked-up Backwardness and Bullshit. Oh, PLEASE.
Mar 24, 2018
March 24. In 1401, Turco-Mongol emperor Timor sacked Damascus. In 1712, Bach published the Brandenburg Concertos. In 1832, Mormon founder Joseph Smith was beaten, tarred and feathered in Ohio, possibly for molesting his sister—NOT due to religious persecution. In 1837, Canada gave Blacks the right to vote. In 1921, the first international women’s sports event, the Women’s Olympiad, began in
Monte Carlo. In 1958, Elvis Presley was drafted.
In 1960, a US court ruled LADY CHATTERLY’S LOVER was not obscene and could be mailed. In 1973, Lou Reed was bitten on his ass by a fan in Buffalo. In 1989, the Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons of oil in Alaska’s Prince William Sound. Happy Birthday, Fanny Crosby, Harry Houdini, Dorothy Height, Lawrence Ferlinghetti (99!), Tig Notaro. Mission: Resist this rampant unethical sleaze. March for Your Lives.
Sep 30, 2012
In 1938, the League of Nations outlawed intentional bombings of civilian populations. In 1955, James Dean died on the road in Cholame, CA. In 1962, James Meredith entered University of Mississippi after four tries. It's Truman Capote's birthday. W.S. Merwin's. Elie Wiesel's. Johnny Mathis's. Frankie Lyman's. Ritah Parrish's. Mission: Don't bomb people. Just eat cake.
Mar 17, 2012
March 17. Nat King Cole's birthday. Nureyev's. Mission: Sing like syrup. Dance like a geyser with a plan.