DayBird - May 17th
1536 - George Boleyn, and four other chaps were beheaded on Tower Hill. George was the brother of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's twenty-seven millionth wife. He was convicted of incest with his sister, the Queen.
The four other “lovers” implicated in the plot, Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, Sir William Brereton and Mark Smeaton were tried on May 12th. Despite lack of evidence all of men were found guilty. Thomas Boleyn, Anne's papa, sat on the jury and basically condemned his own daughter by finding the men guilty. thanks, daddy. I would of announced if I slept with my brother, I may as well of slept with my dad, and sent him to the axe with me. That is how I roll.
1673 – Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette begin exploring the Mississippi River. They departed from St. Ignace with two canoes and five other voyageurs of French-Indian ancestry.
1733 - England passed the Molasses Act, putting high tariffs on rum and molasses imported to the colonies from a country other than British possessions.
1936 - Dennis Hopper, American actor, True Grit, Blue Velvet, Easy Rider, is born.
1954 – The United States Supreme Court hands down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. Major civil rights victory, ruling that racial segregation in public educational facilities is unconstitutional.
In 1896, the Supreme Court ruled in Plessy v. Ferguson that "separate but equal" accommodations in railroad cars conformed to the 14th Amendment's guarantee of equal protection. That ruling was used to justify segregating all public facilities. However, in the case of Linda Brown, the white school she attempted to attend was far superior to her black alternative and miles closer to her home. In 1954, it reached the Supreme Court.
In an opinion, the nation's highest court ruled that not only was the "separate but equal" doctrine unconstitutional in Linda's case, it was unconstitutional in all cases because educational segregation stamped an inherent badge of inferiority on African American students. Good on you.
1970 – Thor Heyerdahl sets sail from Morocco on the papyrus boat Ra II to sail the Atlantic Ocean. He wanted to prove, something. He did.
1973 - The investigation of Watergate by the Senate begins televised hearings on the Watergate scandal. E hole la, in trouble.