Maureen O'Hara would have been 96 today. Except she died.
986: A BYZANTINE ARMY IS DESTROY IN THE PASS OF TRAJAN'S GATE BY THE BULGARIANS UNDER THE COMITOPULI SAMUEL AND ARON.
This is the first evidence I've seen in these blog pieces where the Bulgarians are acting up. Who knew??
1657: BRITISH ADMIRAL ROBERT BLAKE DIES.
Just to be clear, this is not the guy who killed his wife.
1786: FRONTIERSMAN DAVY CROCKETT IS BORN.
And, boy oh boy, did Disney make a fortune on those freakin' hats.
1807: ROBERT FULTON'S FIRST AMERICAN STEAMBOAT LEAVES NEW YORK CITY FOR ALBANY ON THE HUDSON RIVER.
Somebody missed the 2:35PM out of Grand Central.
1862: THE DAKOTA WAR OF 1862 BEGINS IN MINNESOTA AS LAKOTA WARRIORS ATTACK WHITE SETTLEMENTS ALONG THE MINNESOTA RIVER.
Somebody needed to run this factoid through Spellcheck. Or perhaps we do have two states named North and South Lakota.
1862: DURING THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR, MAJOR GENERAL J.E.B. STUART IS ASSIGNED COMMAND OF ALL THE CAVALRY OF THE CONFEDERATE ARMY.
Is it J.E.B. or just plain Jeb? Because, on the Beverly Hillbillies, I don't think it was J.E.D. Clampett.
1863: DURING THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR, UNION BATTERIES AND SHIPS BOMBARD CONFEDERATE-HELD FORT SUMTER.
Sorry, J.E.B. or Jeb.
1864: DURING THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR, CONFEDERATE FORCES DEFEAT UNION TROOPS NEAR GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA.
Nice recovery, J.E.B. or Jeb.
1880: VIOLINIST OLE BULL DIES.
1883: THE FIRST PUBLIC PERFORMANCE OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC'S NATIONAL ANTHEM, HIMNO NACIONAL.
Later on, when suffragettes got involved, it was Herno Nacional.
1888: ACTOR MONTY WOOLEY IS BORN.
The man who came to dinner.
1907: PIKES PLACE MARKET, THE LONGEST CONTINUOUSLY-RUNNING PUBLIC FARMERS MARKET IN THE US, OPENED IN SEATTLE.
Years before people discovered Trader Joe's.
1908: FANTASMAGORIE, THE FIRST ANIMATED CARTOON, REALIZED BY EMILE COHL, IS SHOWN IN PARIS.
The x-rated version was called Orgasmagorie.
1918: BOLSHEVIK REVOLUTIONARY LEADER MOISEI URITSKY IS ASSASSINATED.
1918: BOLSHEVIK REVOLUTIONARY LEADER MOISEI URITSKY DIES.
1920: ACTRESS MAUREEN O'HARA IS BORN.
The quintessential redhead. And I think, for the most part, it was real.
1929: PILOT FRANCIS GARY POWERS IS BORN.
1943: ACTOR ROBERT DE NIRO IS BORN.
You talkin' to me?
1945: THE INDONESIAN DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.
So this is the day they shoot off cherry bombs?
1953: THE FIRST MEETING OF NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS IS HELD IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.
Where else could it be? Sheboygan?
1969: CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE CAMILLE HITS THE MISSISSIPPI COAST, KILLING 248 PEOPLE AND CAUSING $1.5 BILLION IN DAMAGE.
Damn you, George W. Bush. A year out of Yale and you're already causing problems in this region.
1979: ACTRESS VIVIAN VANCE DIES.
1982: THE FIRST COMPACT DISCS ARE RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC IN GERMANY.
And I bet that it was tough to remove the cellophane even then.
1983: LYRICIST IRA GERSHWIN DIES.
Outlived his brother by almost forty years.
1987: NAZI DEPUTY RUDOLF HESS DIES.
I used to love those toy trucks at Christmas time.
1990: ENTERTAINER PEARL BAILEY DIES.
One of my grandmother's favorites. Mine, too.
1998: US PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON ADMITS THAT HE HAD AN IMPROPER PHYSICAL RELATIONSHIP WITH WHITE HOUSE INTERN MONICA LEWINSKY.
I bet Hillary still circles this date on her calendar.
2008: SWIMMER MICHAEL PHELPS BECOMES THE FIRST PERSON TO WIN EIGHT GOLD MEDALS IN ONE OLYMPIC GAMES.
Take that, Mark Spitz.
2015: ACTRESS YVONNE CRAIG DIES.
A former Batgirl and I don't mean for the Yankees.
Dinner last night: Grilled BBQ sausage at Boneyard Bistro.