Happy birthday to Elinor Donahue. This is probably the only blog in the world sporting a picture of her today.
65 AD: THE FREEDMAN MILICHUS BETRAYS PISO'S PLOT TO KILL THE EMPEROR NERO AND ALL THE CONSPIRATORS ARE ARRESTED.
Too bad. Would have saved a fortune on arson insurance.
797: EMPRESS IRENE ORGANIZES A CONSPIRACY AGAINST HER SON, THE BYZANTINE EMPEROR CONSTANTINE VI.
April 19...a day to plot overthrows apparently.
1529: THE BEGINNING OF THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION.
My pal Martin Luther must be in the middle of this somehow.
1539: CHARLES V AND PROTESTANTS SIGN THE TREATY OF FRANKFURT.
With mustard and relish.
1770: MARIE ANTOINETTE MARRIES LOUIS XVI OF FRANCE IN A PROXY WEDDING.
A head of her time.
1775: THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION BEGINS WITH AN AMERICAN VICTORY IN CONCORD.
1810: VENEZUELA ACHIEVES HOME RULE WHEN GOVERNOR EMPARAN IS REMOVED BY THE PEOPLE OF CARACAS AND A JUNTA IS INSTALLED.
Junta...always loved that word.
1882: THEORIST CHARLES DARWIN DIES.
1892: CHARLES DURYEA CLAIMS TO HAVE DRIVEN THE FIRST AUTOMOBILE IN THE US.
Probably a false claim because I never heard of anybody driving a new Duryea.
1927: MAE WEST IS SENTENCED TO TEN DAYS IN JAIL FOR OBSCENITY FOR HER PLAY SEX.
That's play sex as in theatrical production, you dirty minds, you.
1930: ACTOR DICK SARGENT IS BORN.
1935: ACTOR DUDLEY MOORE IS BORN.
Probably stayed at the same height for the rest of his life.
1937: ACTRESS ELINOR DONAHUE IS BORN.
A good friend of mine is a good friend of her son. If anybody is playing Six Degrees of Elinor Donahue.
1943: WORLD WAR II - IN POLAND, THE WARSAW GHETTO UPRISING BEGINS AS GERMAN TROOPS ROUND UP THE REMAINING JEWS.
Paying attention, President Roosevelt?
1948: BURMA JOINS THE UNITED NATIONS.
1956: ACTRESS GRACE KELLY MARRIES PRINCE RAINIER OF MONACO.
Based on his looks, he did very, very well here.
1971: CHARLES MANSON IS SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR CONSPIRACY IN THE TATE-LABIANCA MURDERS.
And this guy still walks the earth.
1971: SPORTSCASTER RUSS HODGES DIES.
Also sentenced to death today. Sort of.
1987: THE SIMPSONS FIRST APPEAR AS A SERIES OF SHORTS ON THE TRACEY ULLMAN SHOW.
After all these years, wow, that's a lot of yellow ink.
1995: THE OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING.
Remember it like it was just 22 years ago.
2005: CARDINAL JOSEPH RATZINGER IS ELECTED TO THE PAPACY AND BECOMES POPE BENEDICT XVI.
Later quit when he discovered he had to work Christmas Eve.
2005: ACTRESS RUTH HUSSEY DIES.
Listed here only because the last name makes me laugh.
2011: FIDEL CASTRO RESIGNS AS FIRST SECRETARY OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY.
Wonder what kind of 401K plan the Communist Party has.
2013: JOURNALIST AL NEUHARTH DIES.
Founded USA Today which nobody reads unless they're in a hotel on a business trip.
2013: BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING SUSPECT TAMERIAN TSARNAEV IS KILLED IN A SHOOTOUT WITH POLICE.
As depicted in the movie Patriots Day, this guy was one dumb terrorist.
2016: BASEBALL PITCHER MILT PAPPAS DIES.
Gets listed here because, frankly, April 19 isn't a particularly busy day for dead celebrities.
Dinner last night: Leftover pasta.