Happy birthday to Denny McLain, a baseball star who was in and out of jail more than a politician.
502: KING GUNDOBAD ISSUES A NEW LEGAL CODE AT LYON THAT MAKES GALLO-ROMANS AND BURGUNDIANS SUBJECT TO THE SAME LAWS.
I'm just amused by the name Gundobad.
845: PARIS IS SACKED BY VIKING RAIDERS, PROBABLY UNDER RAGNAR LODBROK, WHO COLLECTS A HUGE RANSOM IS EXCHANGE FOR LEAVING.
Viking Raiders? That's like two NFL franchises in one.
1500: CESARE BORGIA IS GIVEN THE TITLE OF CAPTAIN GENERAL AND GONFALONIER BY HIS FATHER RODRIGO BORGIA AFTER RETURNING FROM HIS CONQUESTS IN THE ROMAGNA.
I'm just amused by the title Gonfalonier.
1792: KING GUSTAV III OF SWEDEN DIES AFTER BEING SHOT IN THE BACK AT A MIDNIGHT MASQUERADE BALL IN STOCKHOLM.
"I didn't see who did it. They had a mask on."
1809: KING GUSTAV IV ADOLF OF SWEDEN ABDICATES AFTER A COUP D'ETAT.
I wonder where he was on March 29, 1792.
1831: GREAT BOSNIAN UPRISING - BOSNIAKS REBEL AGAINST TURKEY.
A good day to be a Bosniak.
1865: AMERICAN CIVIL WAR - FEDERAL FORCES MOVE TO FLANK CONFEDERATE FORCES UNDER ROBERT E. LEE AS THE APPOMATTOX CAMPAIGN BEGINS.
It's almost over, old man.
1867: PITCHER CY YOUNG IS BORN.
I wonder whose award he won.
1871: ROYAL ALBERT HALL IS OPENED BY QUEEN VICTORIA.
And Prince Albert is still in a can.
1882: THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS ARE ESTABLISHED.
Meetings every Tuesday night at the VFW.
1886: JOHN PEMBERTON BREWS THE FIRST BATCH OF COCA-COLA IN A BACKYARD IN ATLANTA.
The pause that refreshed.
1891: PAINTER GEORGES SEURAT DIES.
Sunday in the Cemetery with Georges.
1916: POLITICIAN EUGENE MCCARTHY IS BORN.
Peace and love.
1918: SINGER PEARL BAILEY IS BORN.
One of my grandmother's favorites.
1936: IN GERMANY, ADOLF HITLER RECEIVES 99% OF THE VOTES IN A REFERENDUM TO RATIFY GERMANY'S REOCCUPATION OF THE RHINELAND.
The other 1% were shot.
1942: THE BOMBING OF LUBECK IN WORLD WAR II IS THE FIRST MAJOR SUCCESS FOR THE RAF BOMBER COMMAND AGAINST GERMANY.
Well, they had to hit one sooner or later.
1944: BASEBALL PITCHER DENNY MCLAIN IS BORN.
He pitched, played the organ, and got arrested for gambling...a lot.
1951: ETHEL AND JULIUS ROSENBERG ARE CONVICTED OF CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT ESPIONAGE.
If they were still around, they'd be hosting a show on MSNBC.
1961: THE 23RD AMENDMENT TO THE US CONSTITUTION IS RATIFIED, ALLOWING RESIDENTS OF WASHINGTON DC TO VOTE IN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS.
Oh, okay, if they insist.
1971: MY LAI MASSACRE - LT. WILLIAM CALLEY IS CONVICTED OF PREMEDITATED MURDER AND SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON.
Today, he'd be a host on Fox News.
1973: THE LAST UNITED STATES COMBAT SOLDIERS LEAVE SOUTH VIET NAM.
It's about freakin' time.
1980: MUSICAL CONDUCTOR MANTOVANI DIES.
Without a first name apparently.
1984: THE BALTIMORE COLTS LOAD ITS POSSESSIONS ONTO MOVING TRUCKS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT AND HEAD TO INDIANAPOLIS.
Class act not.
1992: ACTOR PAUL HENREID DIES.
Lots of acting roles, but best known for lighting cigarettes.
1999: THE DOW JONES AVERAGE CLOSES ABOVE THE 10,000 MARK FOR THE FIRST TIME DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE DOT.COM BUBBLE.
2014: THE FIRST SAME-SEX MARRIAGES IN ENGLAND AND WALES ARE PERFORMED.
I'd make a George Michael joke but I'm still withing the mourning window.
2016: ACTRESS PATTY DUKE DIES.
Here's Cathy who's lived most anywhere...until now.
Dinner last night: Long travel day....nothing.