30 BC: IN THE BATTLE OF ALEXANDRIA, MARC ANTONY ACHIEVES A MINOR VICTORY OVER OCTAVIAN'S FORCES, BUT MOST OF HIS ARMY DESERTS, LEADING TO HIS SUICIDE.
And this despite sleeping with Liz Taylor. Or Jennifer Lopez.
781: THE OLDEST RECORDED ERUPTION OF MOUNT FUJI.
Can you find this on You Tube?
904: THESSALONICA FALLS TO THE ARABS, WHO DESTROY THE CITY.
Doesn't they always?
1201: ATTEMPTED USURPATION OF JOHN KOMNENOS THE FAT.
If that's your nickname, you really must be.
1451: JACQUES COEUR IS ARRESTED BY ORDER OF CHARLES VII OF FRANCE.
1492: THE JEWS ARE EXPELLED FROM SPAIN.
I see a pattern forming.
1498: ON HIS THIRD VOYAGE TO THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE, CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS BECOMES THE FIRST EUROPEAN TO DISCOVER THE ISLAND OF TRINIDAD.
His fourth voyage there was on Carnival Cruises.
1703: DANIEL DEFOE IS PLACED IN A PILLORY FOR THE CRIME OF SEDITIOUS LIBEL AFTER PUBLISHING A POLITICALLY SATIRICAL PAMPHLET.
Is this what's going to happen to me and this blog?
1763: CHEIF PONTIAC'S FORCES DEFEAT BRITISH TROOPS AT THE BATTLE OF BLOODY RUN.
I used to like Pontiac, but only in the four door sedan.
1856: CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND IS CHARTERED AS A CITY.
Well, if you're going to include Jesus' name, you should be a city.
1911: ARRANGER GEORGE LIBERACE IS BORN.
"Yeah, my brother George...."
1916: GAME SHOW PRODUCER BILL TODMAN IS BORN.
And when do we get Goodson?
1919: SPORTSCASTER CURT GOWDY IS BORN.
"Namath back to pass....."
1929: ACTOR DON MURRAY IS BORN.
He chose to leave "Knots Landing" after its second season. The show ran eleven more years. Mr. Murray, I hope you fired your agent.
1930: THE RADIO MYSTERY "THE SHADOW" AIRS FOR THE FIRST TIME.
1931: WCBS-TV IN NY BEGINS EXPERIMENTAL BROADCASTS.
Some might argue that they never stopped.
1932: ACTOR TED CASSIDY IS BORN.
1932: THE NAZI PARTY WINS MORE THAN 38% OF THE VOTE IN GERMAN ELECTIONS.
Not an overwhelming majority, but they had tanks and panzers.
1939: ACTRESS FRANCE NUYEN IS BORN.
I met her once at a screening of "South Pacific." A friend of mine made her cry. E-mail me for the details.
1940: A DOODLEBUG TRAIN IN OHIO COLLIDES WITH A MULTI-CAR FREIGHT TRAIN, KILLING 43 PEOPLE.
And injuring lots of doodles.
1941: UNDER INSTRUCTIONS FROM ADOLF HITLER, NAZI OFFICIAL HERMANN GORING ORDERS A GENERAL PLAN FOR CARRYING OUT THE FINAL SOLUTION OF THE JEWISH QUESTION.
Sounds incredibly vague? In retrospect, we get it.
1945: MUSICIAN GARY LEWIS IS BORN.
Not a one-hit wonder, but certainly less than ten.
1948: IDLEWILD AIRPORT IN NY IS DEDICATED.
I wonder what its three letter abbreviation was before it was renamed JFK.
1961: AT FENWAY PARK IN BOSTON, THE FIRST ALL STAR GAME TIE IN MLB HISTORY OCCURS WHEN RAIN STOPS THE GAME IN THE 9TH INNING.
How did bookies pay this off?
1966: ACTOR DEAN CAIN IS BORN.
He actually might have been the best Superman.
1971: APOLLO 15 ASTRONAUTS BECOME THE FIRST TO RIDE IN A LUNAR ROVER.
1973: A DELTA AIR LINES JET CRASHES IN THE FOG AT BOSTON'S LOGAN AIRPORT, KILLING 89.
You will soon understand why this is not a good day to fly.
1987: FILM PRODUCER JOSEPH E. LEVINE DIES.
And the "E" stood for? Anybody?
1992: THAI AIRWAYS FLIGHT 311 CRASHES IN NEPAL, KILLING ALL 113 PEOPLE ON BOARD.
Like I said....
1992: CHINA GENERAL FLIGHT 7552 CRASHES AFTER TAKING OFF, KILLING 108 PEOPLE ON BOARD.
Cancel my reservation, please.
1992: GEORGIA JOINS THE UNITED NATIONS.
Some people will do anything to honor Jimmy Carter.
2004: ACTRESS VIRGINIA GREY DIES.
Wife of Earl, mother of several Crayolas.
2006: FIDEL CASTRO HANDS OVER POWER TO BROTHER RAUL CASTRO.
"Yeah, that's my brother Raul...."
2012: MICHAEL PHELPS BREAKS THE 1964 RECORD FOR THE GREATEST NUMBER OF MEDALS WON AT THE OLYMPICS.
Three of which are now on eBay.
2012: AUTHOR GORE VIDAL DIES.
When this happened last year, I thought he already was.
Dinner last night: Louisiana sausage at the Dodger game.