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DayBird - May 6th

1856 - Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, was born in Freiberg, Moravia . "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar." He said that while hopped up on Cocaine. Nah, he didn’t. He did. I think my mom is hot.

1862 – Henry David Thoreau, American author and philosopher wanders into the wood.

"That government is best which governs not at all; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have."

“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”

1877 – Chief Crazy Horse and his band of Oglala Sioux surrender to the United States troops at Camp Sheridan.

1889 – The Eiffel Tower is officially opened to the public at the Universal Exposition in Paris.

1915 Orson Welles, American film director and actor, is born.
Spoiler:Rosebud = sled. He was happy once. Before the wealth, the fame, and when life was, dare I say it, simple. Lame.

1937 – The German airship Hindenburg, the largest dirigible ever built, explodes while attempting to dock at Lakehurst, New Jersey. Thirty-six people died in the fiery accident, although fifty-six people managed to survive.

The dirigible was built to be the fastest, largest and most luxurious flying vessel of its time. It was more than 800 feet long, had a range of 8,000 miles, could carry 97 passengers. At 7:25 p.m. local time, the Hindenburg caught fire and quickly became engulfed in flames. A chain reaction caused the entire vessel to burn instantly.

"Oh, oh, oh. It s burst into flames. Get out of the way, please . . . this is terrible . . . it s burning, bursting into flames, and is falling . . . Oh! This is one of the worst . . . it s a terrific sight . . .oh, the humanity." – Herbert Morrison, describing the events, as broadcasted to WLS radio.

1940 – John Steinbeck is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Grapes of Wrath.

2001 - Grandpa Pope, during a trip to Syria, became the first pope to enter a mosque.

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    DayBird - May 4th

    1626 - Dutch explorer Peter Minuit landed on what is now Manhattan.

    1886 – Haymarket Square Riot: A bomb is thrown at policemen trying to break up a labor rally in Chicago, killing eight and wounding 60. The police fire into the crowd. There is a lot of that going around today.

    1919 – May Fourth Movement: Student demonstrations take place in Tiananmen Square, protesting the Treaty of Versailles and other stuff.

    1929 - Happy Birthday, Holly Golightly! She is known as the "Muscle from Brussels."

    1961 – The "Freedom Riders" begin their bus trip traveling through the South. They set it up so that they would have at least one interracial pair sitting in adjoining seats and at least one black Rider sitting up front (the white peeps place). One rider would abide by the South's segregation rules in order to avoid arrest and to arrange bail for those who were arrested.

    1970 – 28 National Guardsmen fire their weapons at a group of antiwar demonstrators on the Kent State University campus, killing four students, wounding nine.

    Two days earlier, the Ohio National Guard troops were called to Kent to suppress students demonstrations in protest of the U.S. invasion of Cambodia. By noon on the 4th, despite a ban, some 2,000 people had assembled on the campus. National Guard troops arrived and ordered the crowd to disperse, fired tear gas, and advanced against the students. Minutes later, without firing a warning shot, the Guardsmen discharged more than 60 rounds toward a group of unarmed demonstrators. Of those wounded, none was closer than 71 feet to the guardsmen. Of those killed, the nearest was 265 feet away.

    In 1974, at the end of a criminal investigation into the Kent State incident, a federal court dropped all charges against eight Ohio National Guardsmen for their role in the students' deaths.

    1970Will Arnett appeared in Canada. I cannot be more specific.

    1977 - In the televised interview, Nixon answered questions regarding the Watergate scandal and his resignation, admitting that he had "let the American people down" through his role in the 1972 Watergate burglary and cover-up.

    1979 – Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

    1998 – A federal judge gives "Unabrower" Theodore Kaczynski four life sentences plus 30 years.

    history lesson

    DayBird - May 3rd

    1469 – Niccolò Machiavelli, Italian historian and political author, is born. He is most famous for a short political treatise, The Prince. Though released in book form posthumously in 1532, The Prince was first published as a pamphlet in 1513. In it, Machiavelli outlined his vision of an ideal leader: an amoral, calculating tyrant for whom the end justifies the means. The term "Machiavellian" is used to describe an action undertaken for gain without regard for right or wrong.

    In longer and more detailed writings as Discourses on the First Ten Books of Livy (1517) and History of Florence (1525), he shows himself to be a more principled, moral politico. Too bad, so sad.

    1808 – Citizens of Madrid rose up in rebellion against the French occupation on May 2, slew 150 French soldiers. The next day, immortalized by Goya in his painting, The Third of May 1808, the French army shot hundreds of Madrid citizens in retaliation. Not cool, Froggie.

    1933 - “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business," “The Godfather of Soul," "Mr. Dynamite," "Sex Machine," burst out of the womb. He stepped back and kissed himself. He was raised by his brothel running, moonshine selling aunt Honey.

    1946 – The International Military Tribunal for the Far East begins in Tokyo with twenty-eight Japanese military and government officials accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity. E hole la.

    1991 – Jerzy Kosiński, Polish-born writer, best known for the novel The Painted Bird, died this day. He committed suicide, by taking a fatal dose of barbiturates, with or without a plastic bag around his head. His suicide note read: "I am going to put myself to sleep now for a bit longer than usual. Call it Eternity." I would of thought he’d come up with something a bit more horrific and gruesome. Maybe something with a dog. But, whatev.

    I found the schock value wears off pretty fast. What violent act of cruelty will we see in the next vignette? How will you wow us this time, Jerzy? I’ve already seen this snuff film. Incest, bestiality and rape! Oh, my!

    1997 - Garry Kasparov begins chess match with IBM supercomputer Deep Blue. The computer wins and takes over the world.

      history lesson

      DayBird - April 29th

      711 – Islamic conquest of Hispania: Moorish troops begin their invasion of the Iberian Peninsula.

      1429 – 17-year-old French peasant and hearer of voices, Joan of Arc leads a small force of troops in relieving the city of Orleans, besieged by the English since October. She inspired the French to a passionate resistance and through the next week led the charge during a number of battles. At one point, she was hit by an arrow, dressed her wound and returned to the battle. On May 8, the siege of Orleans was broken, and the English retreated.
      Charles VII was crowned king of France on July 17, 1429 in Reims Cathedral. At the coronation, Joan was given a place of honor.

      In May 1430, Bourguignon soldiers captured Joan and sold her to the English. She was charged with cross-dressing. No, really. She was told that for a woman to wear men's clothing was a crime against God. She was tried as a heretic and witch, convicted, and on May 30, 1431, burned at the stake. Charles VII did nothing to save the one to whom he owed his throne. He was busy that day.

      Exactly 233 years later, the city of New Orleans was captured by the Union army during the Civil War.

      1624 – In France, Richelieu assumes as Prime Minister of Louis XIII."The pen is mightier than the sword," written by English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839 for his play Richelieu; Or the Conspiracy.

      1938 – Bernard Madoff, American convict, who was a financier and Chairman of the NASDAQ, born.

      1945 – Adolf Hitler marries his long-time partner Eva Braun in his bunker hideaway. The bride wore black. The couple was married only hours before they both committed suicide.

      Also on this day in 1945, the Americans liberate the concentration camp at Dachau. Five hundred German garrison troops guarding the camp are killed within an hour, some by inmates, but most by the American liberators, who are horrified by what they bear witness to, including huge piles of emaciated dead bodies found in railway cars and near the crematorium.

      1980 – Legendary film and television director Alfred Hitchcock died of kidney failure in his L. A. home at the age of 80. Hitchcock directed more than fifty feature films in a career spanning six decades.

      1981 - Truck driver Peter Sutcliffe admitted in a London court to being the "Yorkshire Ripper," the killer of 13 women in northern England over five years. I always confuse him with Stuart Sutcliffe, the first bassist for the Beatles, who died. I watched that movie.

        history lesson

        DayBird - April 27th

        que triste
        que triste

        1667 – The impoverished John Milton sells the copyright of Paradise Lost for a measly £10. Jobless and blind, he dictated his poem Paradise Lost to his forever resentful family. Once printed, the poem was immediately hailed as a masterpiece of the English language. In William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, the "voice of the devil" argues:

        The reason Milton wrote in fetters when he wrote of Angels & God, and at liberty when of Devils & Hell, is because he was a true Poet and of the Devil's party without knowing it.

        I totes agree.

        1865 - The Sultana steamboat exploded on the Mississippi River. Only about six hundred of the 2,400 passengers aboard survive, most of them are Union prisoners of war from Andersonville and somewhere else. The ship was originally built to hold 376 passengers legally, but what are numbers to men like us.

        1882 – Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist dies.

        1916 - British officers, including the famous "Lawrence of Arabia,” attempt to negotiate the release of thousands of British troops under siege at the city of Kut-al-Amara, with a bribe. If the Turks allowed the men in Kut to leave and rejoin Allied troops, they would be rewarded with £1 million in gold. You have our word. Hotterdeedoo.

        The Turks, confident of their imminent victory, refused the offer. Dude, we already won. They were right, the British lost, as they so often do. Some 11,800 British soldiers, most of them Indians, became prisoners after the five-month Siege of Kut, around 4,250 died in captivity.

        1945 – Benito Mussolini is arrested by Italian partisans in Dongo, while attempting escape disguised as a German soldier. Busted. The next day, Mussolini and company were summarily executed.

        On the 29th, the bodies of Mussolini, and other Fascists were loaded up and taken to the old Piazza Loreto, where they are dumped and open season declared. After being shot, kicked, spat on, and all manner of grossness, the bodies were hung upside down on meat hooks from the roof of a petrol station.

        1950 – In South Africa, the Group Areas Act is passed formally segregating races. The act assigned racial groups to different residential and business sections in urban areas. It only took 41 years to repeal it.

        1956 - World heavyweight champ Rocky Marciano retires from boxing at age 31. He retired as the only heavyweight champion with a perfect record--49 wins in 49 professional bouts, with 43 knockouts.

        1965Edward R. Murrow, American journalist, good night and good luck.

        history lesson

        DayBird - April 26th

        1478 – The Pazzi attack Lorenzo de' Medici and kill his brother Giuliano during High Mass at the Duomo. Giuliano was stabbed 19 times by a gang that included a priest, in front of 10,000 peeps. That is a lot of church folk. The plot failed and the conspirators were hunted down and killed. Jacopo de' Pazzi was tossed from a window, dragged naked through the street and thrown into a river. Salviati was hung on the walls of the Palazzo della Signoria, for all to see.

        1900 – Charles Richter, American geophysicist, and scale creator, is born.

        1937 –The Bombing of Guernica by the Nazi Luftwaffe. The Basque region opposed General Francisco Franco's Nationalist forces in the Spanish Civil War, but Guernica itself was a small rural city of only 5,000 inhabitants that had not directly engaged in the fight. With Franco's approval, the German’s began their attack at 4:30 p.m., the busiest hour of the market day in Guernica. For hours, the German planes poured down a continuous rain of bombs and gunfire on the town and surrounding countryside. One-third of Guernica's inhabitants were killed or wounded, and fires engulfed the city. Guernica had served as the testing ground for a new Nazi military tactic - blanket-bombing a civilian population to demoralize the enemy, it would come in handy later. Guernica would later became a symbol of fascist brutality.

        1946 – Jim White, discoverer of Carlsbad Caverns dies. An inscription reading "J White 1898" was discovered deep within Carlsbad Caverns in the 1980s.

        1970Gypsy Rose Lee, American burlesque entertainer and playwright, teases her way into heaven.

        1986 - The worst nuclear accident to date occurs at the Chernobyl nuclear plant near Kiev in Ukraine. At 1:23 a.m., reactor 4 explodes. Dispersing large amounts of radioactive particulate and gaseous debris. A total of three explosions eventually blew the 1,000-ton steel top right off of the reactor. Flames shot into the air for two days, as the entire reactor began to melt down. Radioactive particles were carried by wind across international borders.

        Only after dangerously high levels of radiation set off alarms at the Forsmark Nuclear Power Plant in Sweden did the Soviet Union admit that an accident had occurred, but authorities attempted to conceal the scale of the disaster. The evacuation of Pripyat, 36 hours after the initial explosions, was silently completed before the disaster became known outside the Soviet Union.

        The full toll from this disaster will probably never be known. Experts believe that thousands of people died and as many as 70,000 suffered severe poisoning. The 18-mile radius around Chernobyl was home to almost 150,000 people who had to be permanently relocated, and is considered unlivable. Some say 150 years, I say never.

        1989 Lucille Ball, American actress and comedian passes.

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        DayBird - April 23rd

        303 – Saint George, Roman soldier and Christian martyr, is beheaded. When he appeared before Diocietian, it is said that St. George denounced him for his cruelty and injustice. The Emperor sent George to prison with instructions that he be tortured until he denied his faith.

        St George, having defended his faith was beheaded at Nicomedia near Lyddia in Palestine. He didn’t really slay a dragon. They don’t exist.

        1014 - King Brian of Ireland is murdered by Vikings hordes. His forces, under his kiddo’s command annihilated the Vikings at the Battle of Clontarf, near Dublin. As the Norsemen were running from their defeat, they stumbled on the king’s tent and slaughtered him. Was his tent just lying there? Whatever. Victory at Clontarf broke Norse power in Ireland forever, and ever.

        1564 / 1616William Shakespeare, English writer and actor was born (traditional birth date based on baptism) and died on this day. He is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. Although the plays of William Shakespeare may be the most widely read works in the English language, little is known for certain about the playwright himself.

        He never went to University, I did not know that.

        At age 18 married Anne Hathaway, who was eight years his senior and pregnant at the time of the marriage. Their first daughter, Susanna, was born six months later, and in 1585 he had twins. He became an actor and writer in the Lord Chamberlain’s Men and eventually died.

        He is buried at Holy Trinity Church, in Stratford. On the stone slab that covers his grave a curse is carved:
        Don’t move my bones or I’ll wreck you.

        Good frend for Iesvs sake forbeare,
        To digg the dvst encloased heare.
        Blese be ye man yt spares thes stones,
        And cvrst be he yt moves my bones.

        I don’t know if that last part is true. Why not a plague a' both your houses? I would of gone OG.

        Some scholars believe the plays were not written by William Shakespeare but by some other well-educated, aristocratic writer. snobs.

        1616 – Miguel Cervantes, Spanish author of Don Quixote rambles on.

        1899 - Vladimir Nabokov, Russian-born American novelist and critic born. Nabokov's Lolita has become one of the best-known and most controversial examples of 20th century literature, about dirty old men.

          history lesson

          DayBird - April 22nd

          1864 - Congress authorized the use of the phrase "In God We Trust" on U.S. coins. Shame on you, Congress.

          1889 - High noon thousands rush to claim land in the Land Run of 1889. By the end of the day, over 50,000 settlers had staked their claims to the land, in and around Oklahoma. No worries, there were no people on that land before.

          1904 – Robert Oppenheimer is born. He is remembered as "The Father of the Atomic Bomb" for his role as the director of the Manhattan Project, at the secret Los Alamos National Laboratory, in New Mexico.

          At Trinity test site, where they first tested the bomb, Oppenheimer famously recalled the Bhagavad Gita: "If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the mighty one." and "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." He was totally full of himself.

          1923 – Bettie Page, American model, is born. Her later life was remarkably sad. It was marked by depression, mood swings and several years in a state psychiatric hospital. She converted to Christianity, and later worked for Billy Graham. E hole La.

          1950 Peter Frampton, English musician is born.

          1954 - One of my favorite historical lunatics, Senator Joseph McCarthy begins hearings investigating the United States Army. By 1954, his power was beginning to slip and he made a fatal mistake: he charged that the United States Army was "soft" on communism, and had the hearings televised. The hearings were a fiasco. He constantly interrupted with irrelevant questions; yelled "point of order" whenever testimony was not to his liking; and verbally attacked just about everyone.

          The end came when the associate of the Army's chief counsel, Joseph Welch declared, "Until this moment, Senator, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness...Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last?" The packed audience erupted into cheers and applause. McCarthy was fin. The Senate censured him for his conduct and he died three years later of alcoholism. Yipee!

          2004 - Pro football player Pat Tillman, who'd traded in a multimillion-dollar contract to serve as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan, was killed by friendly fire.

          His brother Kevin Tillman, testifying at a congressional hearing, stated, "The deception surrounding this case was an insult to the family: but more importantly, its primary purpose was to deceive a whole nation. We say these things with disappointment and sadness for our country. Once again, we have been used as props in a Pentagon public relations exercise."

          After Kevin's testimony Pete Geren, acting secretary of the Army stated to reporters, "We as an Army failed in our duty to the Tillman family, the duty we owe to all the families of our fallen soldiers: Give them the truth, the best we know it, as fast as we can.”

          history lesson

          DayBird - April 21st

          753 BCRomulus and Remus founded Rome, on the site where the twins were suckled by a she-wolf as orphaned infants. Like Cain before him, Romulus eventually offed his bro-bro. With him out of the way, Romulus became ruler and named the city “Rome” after himself. To populate his town, Romulus offered asylum to fugitives, exiles, and ne’er-do-wells. Sort of like Australia. Rome lacked women, however, so Romulus invited the neighboring Sabines to a festival and abducted their women. Would you be my neighbor?

          1509Henry VIII ascends the throne of England on the death of his father. Two days after his coronation he arrested two of his father’s ministers, for no reason at all. They were charged with high treason and executed in 1510. This was to become Henry's primary method of dealing with any and all problems in the realm.

          1792 – Tiradentes, a revolutionary leading a movement for Brazil's independence from Portugal, is hanged, drawn and quartered. His head was publicly displayed in Vila Rica and pieces of his body were exhibited in other locales to serve as a warning, a reminder or just to be gross.

          1816 - Charlotte Bronte, author of “Jane Eyre” and the only one of three novelist Bronte sisters to live past age 31, is born.

          1918 – German fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen, known as “The Red Baron," is shot down and killed over Vaux sur Somme. He terrorized the skies over the western front in an Albatross biplane, and is considered the most successful flying ace during World War I. He is officially credited with 80 confirmed air combat victories. Eighty-one, if you include Snoopy.

          1910 – Samuel Clemens, American author and humorist, well known by his pen name Mark Twain went away. In 1909, he is quoted as saying:

          I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don't go out with Halley's Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: 'Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.'

          His prediction was accurate – Twain died of a heart attack on April 21, one day after the comet's closest approach to Earth. Or so Wikipedia would have me believe. I didn’t check.

          1926 – Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, is born. She pledged, back in the day: "I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.” That old bat meant it. She has no official engagements on her 84th birthday, except to rub it in Prince Chuck's face.

          1947 Iggy Pop, is born. Happy Birthday, Stooge!

          1989 – In Beijing, around 100,000 students start to gather in Tiananmen Square to commemorate Chinese reform leader Hu Yaobang. This does not end well.

            history lesson

            DayBird - April 20th

            Happy 420! For marijuana smokers, today is a day of celebration.

            According to Snopes, no police department has ever used radio call code 420 for anything marijuana –related. That was the story I heard when I was stoned.

            The real skinny was a group of high school students in San Rafael, Calif. in 1971 used the code “420 Louis” to tell each other to meet by the statue of Louis Pasteur outside the school at 4:20 p.m. for a smoke session. Jokers, smokers and midnight tokers.

            For pot smokers, everyday is a day of celebration. Who am I kidding? moochie hippies.

            571 – Muhammad, (traditional date) Prophet and founder of Islam, is born. Could Muhammad move a mountain, or was that just PR? I love Jesus Christ Superstar.

            1765 – Abigail Williams, American accuser in the Salem witch trials dies. Finally.

            1889 – Adolf Hitler was born this day. To celebrate his 56th, he poked his cabeza out of his bunker for the last time. fucker.

            1902 - Scientists Marie and Pierre Curie isolated the radioactive element radium.

            1912 – Bram Stoker, Irish author becomes a vampyr.

            1920 - Retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, is born with a bowtie. Happy 90th.

            1937 – Mr. Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise, is born. In 1942, his family was sent to Rohwer War Relocation Center for internment in Arkansas, then sent to another in California. The more you know.

            1999 - The deadliest school shooting in U.S. happened in Littleton, Colorado, as two students armed with guns and explosives stormed into the high school at lunch time. They killed 12 classmates, a teacher and wounded more than 20 other persons before killing themselves.


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              DayBird - April 19th

              1770 – Marie Antoinette marries Louis XVI by Proxy marriage.

              1824 Lord George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, dies in what is now Greece. He had traveled there to support the struggle for Greek independence from Turkey. He was friends with Shelley, had a club foot and was pretty scandalous. Shame about the poetry.

              1943 – German troops enter the Warsaw ghetto to round up the remaining Jews, beginning the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. It was the largest single revolt by the Jews during the Holocaust. And so it begins. On the eve of Passover, Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler announced that the ghetto was to be liquidated of its residents in honor of Hitler's birthday the following day. Over 2,000 S.S. soldiers entered the confines with tanks and heavy artillery, they were met by resistance fighters with handguns, Molotov cocktails, homemade bombs and any other weapons that had be smuggled into the ghetto. Initially, the German withdrew but soon returned, and launched an all-out attack. The resistance fighters were able to fend off the German assault for 28 days.
              Finally, SS General Jürgen Stroop ordered the ghetto burned to the ground building by building. He goes on to blow up the Great Synagogue (which was outside the ghetto) as a symbol of victory and of the fact that “the Jewish quarter of Warsaw no longer exists.”

              1961 – The Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba ends. More than 200 people been killed; another 1,197 were taken captive. On April 20, Kennedy told the American Society of Newspaper Editors that the episode was Cubans fighting Cubans and that the U.S. had not been involved. Wink, wink.

              1971 – Charles Manson is sentenced to death for the Sharon Tate murders. He is still alive.

              1995 Oklahoma City bombing. A massive explosion at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, kills 168 people and injures hundreds more. The bomb, contained in a Ryder truck parked outside the front of the building, went off at 9:02 a.m. as people were starting their workday. Among the victims of America's worst incident of domestic terrorism were 19 children who were in the daycare center on the first floor of the building. McVeigh was executed by lethal injection on June 11, 2001, and Nichols was sentenced to life in prison.

              1993 – David Koresh, leader of Branch Davidians dies, along with his flock of seagulls.

              saddest day.

              history lesson

              DayBird - April 16th

              1178 BC - Cunningly calculated date of the Greek king
              Odysseus' return home from the Trojan War. Welcome home, Odie! He arrived around noon, to slaughter his wife’s suitors.

              A total solar eclipse occurred over the Ionian islands, one of which is Ithaca, this day in April and would have coincided roughly a decade before the most often cited estimate for the sack of Troy — about 1190 B.C.

              1521 – Martin Luther's first appearance before the Diet of Worms to be examined by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. Edict of Worms, Imperial Diet of Worms.

              1889 - Charlie Chaplin is born in London, England . The endearing figure of his “Little Tramp” is instantly recognizable and loved the world over.

              1927 – Pope Benedict XVI turns 83 years old, celebrates by eating children.

              1943 - Happy birthday, LSD! Kinda.
              Albert Hoffman a Swiss chemist working at a pharmaceutical research laboratory, accidentally consumes LSD-25, a synthetic drug he had created in 1938. After taking the drug, Albert was disturbed by unusual sensations and trippy hallucinations. In his notes, he related the experience:

              "Last Friday, April 16, 1943, I was forced to interrupt my work in the laboratory in the middle of the afternoon and proceed home, being affected by a remarkable restlessness, combined with a slight dizziness. At home I lay down and sank into a not unpleasant, intoxicated-like condition characterized by an extremely stimulated imagination. In a dreamlike state, with eyes closed (I found the daylight to be unpleasantly glaring), I perceived an uninterrupted stream of fantastic pictures, extraordinary shapes with intense, kaleidoscopic play of colors. After some two hours this condition faded away."

              After intentionally taking the drug again (and again, and again) to confirm that it was the cause of his altered state, he published a report announcing his discovery, and so LSD made its entry into the world as a hallucinogenic drug. This is the word of the lord. He tuned in, it was pretty psychedelic and he began to say stuff:

              I think that in human evolution it has never been as necessary to have this substance LSD. It is just a tool to turn us into what we are supposed to be.

              okay.

              1963 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pens his famous Letter from Birmingham Jail while incarcerated in Birmingham, Alabama for protesting against segregation.

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                DayBird - April 15th

                1843 – Henry James, American author is born.

                1865 – Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States
                dies. He successfully led the country through its greatest internal crisis, the American Civil War, preserving the Union and ending slavery.

                The Gettysburg Address.

                1920 – Anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti rob and kill peeps. A pair of trigger-men gun down a paymaster and his security guard in a heist in South Braintree, Mass. They pocket $16,000, the entire payroll for two companies. Sounds pretty straight forward, but out of this rather unremarkable crime grew one of the most famous trials in American history and a landmark case in forensic crime detection.

                Police arrest Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, who were each carrying loaded weapons. Sacco had a .32 caliber handgun (the same type as was used to kill the security guards) and bullets from the same manufacturer as those recovered from the shooting. Sacco and Vanzetti were anarchists, and tried to use this to their advantage by drumming up support from the left wing with claims that the prosecution was politically motivated. Millions of dollars were raised for their defense by the radical left. The American embassy in Paris was even bombed in response to the Sacco-Vanzetti case.

                In the end, Sacco and Vanzetti were found guilty. However, the ballistics issue refused to go away as Sacco and Vanzetti waited on death row. In the meantime, there had been many scientific advances in the field of forensics. The comparison microscope was now available for new ballistics tests and proved beyond a doubt that Sacco's gun was indeed the murder weapon. Bad,Sacco. Sacco and Vanzetti were executed in August 1927.

                1947 – Jackie Robinson debuts for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking baseball's color line. Robinson's major league debut brought an end to approximately sixty years of segregation in professional baseball. Plus, he was a badass!

                1980 – Jean-Paul Sartre, French philosopher and writer, Nobel laureate (which he refused) goes bye-bye.

                “What do we mean by saying that existence precedes essence? We mean that man first of all exists, encounters himself, surges up in the world – and defines himself afterwards. If man as the existentialist sees him is not definable, it is because to begin with he is nothing. He will not be anything until later, and then he will be what he makes of himself.”

                1998 - Pol Pot, leader of the Camobodia's brutal Khmer Rouge regime, the architect of Cambodia's killing fields, dies while serving a life sentence under house arrest. Between 1975 and 1978, an estimated two million Cambodians died by execution, forced labor, and famine. Sentenced to life imprisonment by a "people's tribunal," which critics derided as a show trial, Pol Pot later declared in an interview, "My conscience is clear." Much of the international community hoped that his captors would extradite him to stand trial for his crimes against humanity, but nope.

                2001 – Joey Ramone, American musician and singer (The Ramones)


                history lesson

                DayBird - April 15th

                1843 – Henry James, American author is born.

                1865 – Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States
                dies. He successfully led the country through its greatest internal crisis, the American Civil War, preserving the Union and ending slavery.

                The Gettysburg Address.

                1920 – Anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti rob and kill peeps. A pair of trigger-men gun down a paymaster and his security guard in a heist in South Braintree, Mass. They pocket $16,000, the entire payroll for two companies. Sounds pretty straight forward, but out of this rather unremarkable crime grew one of the most famous trials in American history and a landmark case in forensic crime detection.

                Police arrest Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, who were each carrying loaded weapons. Sacco had a .32 caliber handgun (the same type as was used to kill the security guards) and bullets from the same manufacturer as those recovered from the shooting. Sacco and Vanzetti were anarchists, and tried to use this to their advantage by drumming up support from the left wing with claims that the prosecution was politically motivated. Millions of dollars were raised for their defense by the radical left. The American embassy in Paris was even bombed in response to the Sacco-Vanzetti case.

                In the end, Sacco and Vanzetti were found guilty. However, the ballistics issue refused to go away as Sacco and Vanzetti waited on death row. In the meantime, there had been many scientific advances in the field of forensics. The comparison microscope was now available for new ballistics tests and proved beyond a doubt that Sacco's gun was indeed the murder weapon. Bad,Sacco. Sacco and Vanzetti were executed in August 1927.

                1947 – Jackie Robinson debuts for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking baseball's color line. Robinson's major league debut brought an end to approximately sixty years of segregation in professional baseball. Plus, he was a badass!

                1980 – Jean-Paul Sartre, French philosopher and writer, Nobel laureate (which he refused) goes bye-bye.

                “What do we mean by saying that existence precedes essence? We mean that man first of all exists, encounters himself, surges up in the world – and defines himself afterwards. If man as the existentialist sees him is not definable, it is because to begin with he is nothing. He will not be anything until later, and then he will be what he makes of himself.”

                1998 - Pol Pot, leader of the Camobodia's brutal Khmer Rouge regime, the architect of Cambodia's killing fields, dies while serving a life sentence under house arrest. Between 1975 and 1978, an estimated two million Cambodians died by execution, forced labor, and famine. Sentenced to life imprisonment by a "people's tribunal," which critics derided as a show trial, Pol Pot later declared in an interview, "My conscience is clear." Much of the international community hoped that his captors would extradite him to stand trial for his crimes against humanity, but nope.

                2001 – Joey Ramone, American musician and singer (The Ramones)


                history lesson

                DayBird - April 14th

                1841 - Edgar Allen Poe's "Murders in the Rue Morgue," published. The Orangutan did it.

                1846 – The Donner Party departs Springfield, Illinois, for California, on what would become one of the greatest tragedies in the history of westward migration. Go west, young man, Ima eat you.

                1865 – U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is shot in Ford’s Theatre. John Wilkes Booth, an actor and Confederate sympathizer first plotted to kidnap the president, but upon later reflection decided, fuck it, let’s go for broke.
                He and his co-conspirators aimed to knock out the Union government and throw it into a state of panic. He assigned his crew the assassination of Vice President Andrew Johnson and Secretary of State William H. Seward. They failed.

                That evening, at around 10 p.m., as the play (Our American Cousin), progressed, John Wilkes Booth slipped into Lincoln's private box and shot him in the back of the head with a .44 caliber Derringer. Booth leapt to the stage and shouted "Sic semper tyrannis! (Thus always to tyrants)–the South is avenged!" gawh, actors.

                He broke his leg on the way down, but still managed to escape on horseback. The pursuit lasted twelve days; Booth was eventually cornered in a Virginia barn, and shot. Other people were punished.

                The President was taken across the street from the theater to the Petersen House, where he lay in a coma for nine hours before dying. At 7:22 a.m. the next morning, Lincoln, age 56, died–the first U.S. president to be assassinated.

                Never trust three-namers.

                1912 – The British passenger liner RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 11:40pm. The ship sinks the following morning with the loss of 1,517 lives. Four days earlier, the Titanic, one of the largest and most fancy-dancy ocean liners ever built, departed Southampton, England, on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. Designed by the Irish shipbuilder William Pirrie it spanned 883 feet from stern to bow, and was considered unsinkable. Iceberg smash. At about 2:20 a.m. on the morning of April 15, the massive ship sank into the North Atlantic. It dies a maiden pure.

                1977 Buffy the Vampire Slayer is born.

                1986 - We bomb Libya. President Reagan went on national television to discuss the air strikes. "When our citizens are abused or attacked anywhere in the world," he said, "we will respond in self-defense. Today we have done what we had to do. If necessary, we shall do it again."

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