DayBird - June 2nd
455 – Sack of Rome: The Vandals enter Rome, and plunder the city. The sack of 455 is generally seen as being more thorough than the Visigothic sack of 410, because the Vandals plundered Rome for 2 weeks whereas the Visigoths spent only three days in the city. Rome was sacked a lot.
1740 – Marquis de Sade, French author, dirty birdy and aristocrat, is born.
1793 – Jean-Paul Marat recites the names of 29 people to the French National Convention. Almost all of these people are guillotined, followed by thousands more over the next year during the Reign of Terror. Marat is eventually assassinated in his bathtub, by Charlotte Corday, a Girondin sympathizer. During her trial, she had testified that she had carried out the assassination alone, saying "I killed one man to save 100,000." I think she was a Vulcan.
1835 – “P. T. Barnum's Grand Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan & Hippodrome," a traveling circus, menagerie and museum of freaks starts the first tour of the United States.
1840 - Thomas Hardy, English novelist (Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Far from the Madding Crowd )and poet, is born.
The Man He Killed ~Thomas Hardy
"Had he and I but met
"But ranged as infantry,
"I shot him dead because –
"He thought he'd 'list perhaps,
"Yes; quaint and curious war is!
1924 - Coolidge signs the Indian Citizen Act, granting automatic American citizenship to Native Americans born in the United States. Although the legislation stated that "the granting of such citizenship shall not in any manner impair or otherwise affect the right of any Indian to tribal or other property," federal treatment of tribal sovereignty remains a troubled and hotly debated subject today.
1953 – The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, who was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Her Other Realms and Territories & Head of the Commonwealth, the first major international event to be televised. Charles will never be king.