Wednesday, April 12, 2017

This Date in History - April 12

A tough day to be king...or US President, for that matter.  Read and learn.

240:  SHAPUR I IS CROWNED AS KING OF THE SASANIAN EMPIRE.

A tough day for whoever he was succeeding.

467:  ANTHEMIUS IS ELEVATED TO EMPEROR OF THE WESTERN ROMAN EMPIRE.

I guess a national song to him would be called the Anthemius Anthem.

627:  KING EDWIN OF NORTHUMBRIA IS CONVERTED TO CHRISTIANITY.

A tough day for whatever religion he was leaving.

1167:  KING KARL SVERKERSSON OF SWEDEN IS MURDERED ON VISINGSO.

Now that really is a bad day for him.

1606:  THE UNION FLAG IS ADOPTED AS THE FLAG OF ENGLISH AND SCOTTISH SHIPS.

You don't hear much about the Scotland Navy.

1820:  ALEXANDER YPSILANTIS IS DECLARED LEADER OF FILIKI ETERIA, A SECRET ORGANIZATION TO OVERTHROW OTTOMAN RULE OVER GREECE.

A tough day to be a lot of things here.

1861:  AMERICAN CIVIL WAR - BATTLE OF FORT SUMTER - THE WAR BEGINS WITH CONFEDERATE FORCES FIRING ON THE FORT.

Enjoy it.   This won't end well.

1865:  AMERICAN CIVIL WAR - MOBILE, ALABAMA FALLS TO THE UNION ARMY.

Told ya.

1877:  THE UNITED KINGDOM ANNEXES THE TRANSVAAL.

The who?  The what?

1912:  NURSE CLARA BARTON DIES.

No donuts will help now.

1916:  AUTHOR BEVERLY CLEARY IS BORN.

I read all her books in grade school.   No, really.

1917:  WORLD WAR I - CANADIAN FORCES SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THE TAKING OF VIMY RIDGE FROM THE GERMANS.

And you thought they only played hockey.

1926:  ACTRESS JANE WITHERS IS BORN.

Josephine the Plumber!

1927:  CHIANG KAI-SHEK ORDERS THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CHINA MEMBERS EXECUTED IN SHANGHAI.

Isn't that a little extreme?

1932:  ENTERTAINER TINY TIM IS BORN.

He tiptoed through the tulips.  Now he's under them.

1934:  THE STRONGEST WIND GUST IN THE WORLD AT THE TIME OF 231 MPH OCCURS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE.

I wonder what the Real Feel temperature was.

1945:  US PRESIDENT FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT DIES IN OFFICE AND HARRY TRUMAN BECOMES PRESIDENT.

FDR's last words:  "You better get my mistress out of here before Eleanor gets home."

1947:  TV HOST DAVID LETTERMAN IS BORN.

Top Ten Reasons Why I Don't Care.

1955:  THE POLIO VACCINE, DEVELOPED BY DR. JONAS SALK, IS DECLARED SAFE AND EFFECTIVE.

Okay, I'll take a shot...ouch.

1961:  THE SOVIET COSMONAUT YURI GAGARIN BECOMES THE FIRST HUMAN TO TRAVEL INTO OUTER SPACE.

They shot him up there because they ran out of monkeys and dogs.

1980:  SAMUEL DOE TAKES CONTROL OF LIBERIA IN A COUP D'ETAT.

Ousting his brother John.

1981:  BOXER JOE LOUIS DIES.

Eight...nine...ten.

1981:  THE FIRST LAUNCH OF A COLUMBIA SPACE SHUTTLE.

January 1986 is coming.

1989:  ACTIVIST ABBIE HOFFMAN DIES.

And none too soon.

1989:  BOXER SUGAR RAY ROBINSON DIES.

See Joe Louis.

1992:  EURO DISNEYLAND OPENS.

With Euro long lines.

1999:  US PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON IS CITED FOR CONTEMPT OF COURT FOR GIVING FALSE STATEMENTS IN A CIVIL LAWSUIT.

All politics aside, he really remains, to this day, a dirty guy.

2009:  PORN STAR MARILYN CHAMBERS DIES.

And, oddly enough, she was still making movies in 2011.

2016:  ACTRESS ANNE JACKSON DIES.

Well, with husband Eli gone...

Dinner last night:  Chinese vegetables and noodles.






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