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.
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.
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.