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DayBird - May 19th

1535 – French explorer Jacques Cartier sets sail on his second voyage to North America with three ships, 110 men, and Chief Donnacona's two kidnapped sons.

1568 – Queen Elizabeth I of England orders the arrest of Mary, Queen of Scots. She was upset about it being the anniversary of her mommy death day.

1864 - Battle of Spotsylvania concludes. Spots lose.

1870 – Albert Fish, American serial killer, child rapist and cannibal. He was also known as the Gray Man, the Werewolf of Wysteria, the Brooklyn Vampire, and The Boogeyman. He was so fucking evil.

1890 – H? Chí Minh, Vietnamese leader, is born.

1925 – Black Muslim leader Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebreska.

1925 – Pol Pot, Cambodian dictator. His time as the leader of Cambodia, in which he attempted to "cleanse" the country, resulted in the death of an estimated 1.7 to 2.5 million people.

1935 - T.E. Lawrence, also known as "Lawrence of Arabia," died in England from injuries sustained in a motorcycle smash. He became a legendary figure in his own lifetime, he wrote his monumental war memoir, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, and he hoped to escape his fame and live dangerously. He basically kept enlisting, in the RAF under assumed names, John Hume Ross, and again as T.E. Shaw.

In February 1935, Lawrence (as Shaw) was discharged from the RAF and returned to his cottage in Dorset. On May 13, he was critically injured while driving his motorcycle through the Dorset countryside. He had swerved to avoid two boys on bicycles. All of Britain mourned his passing. Except that one guy.

1945 – Pete Townshend, English guitarist of The Who, totes born this day.

1946 André the Giant, French professional wrestler, is born.

1962 – A birthday salute to U.S. President John F. Kennedy takes place at Madison Square Garden, New York City. Famous for the Marilyn Monroe's rendition of Happy Birthday. Jackie, also died this day, but not this year, well...just a little.

1992 - Mary Jo Buttafuoco was shot and seriously wounded in Massapequa, N.Y., by her husband Joey's teenage lover, Amy Fisher.

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DayBird - May 18th

1302 – Bruges Matins, the nocturnal massacre of the French garrison in Bruges by members of the local Flemish militia. According to wikipedia, to distinguish the French from the natives, they asked suspects to repeat the shibboleth: "schild en vriend" which means "shield and friend" a sentence difficult to pronounce for a French speaker.

1593 – An arrest warrant was issued on this day in 1593 for Christopher Marlowe, after fellow writer Thomas Kyd accused Marlowe of heresy. Kyd had been arrested and tortured on the suspicion of treason, as heretical documents had been found in his room. He wrote a letter stating the documents were actually his previous roommate, Christopher Marlowe. Marlowe was arrested on May 20th, bailed out and killed in a bar brawl on the 30th. Bad two weeks.

1896 – Khodynka Tragedy: A mass panic on Khodynka Field in Moscow during the festivities of the coronation of Russian Tsar Nicholas II (his b-day today) results in the deaths of 1,389 people. In 1917, Nicholas dies in a basement, surrounded by family.

1897 – Dracula, a novel by Irish author Bram Stoker is published.

1980Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington.Seismic activity at Mount St. Helens, which is 96 miles south of Seattle, had occurred all throughout March and April. Scientists watched a bulge on the north side grow larger and larger and finally bango. On May 18 at 8:32 a.m., a sudden 5.1-magnitude earthquake and eruption rocked the mountain. The north side of the peak blasted out ash at 650 miles per hour. A cloud of ash, rocks, gas and glacial ice roared down the side of the mountain at 100 mph. roared, dude. Magma, at 1,300 degrees Fahrenheit, flowed for miles. flowed, bro.

The 24-megaton blast demolished a 230-square-mile area around the mountain. The plume of ash belched out for nine hours; easterly winds carried it across the state and as far away as Minneapolis, Minnesota. Fifty-seven people died overall from suffocation, burns and other assorted injuries. Twenty-seven bodies were never found. Mount St. Helens went from 9,600 feet high to only 8,300 feet high in a matter of seconds.

1948 – Happy Birthday, Tom Udall!

1950 Mark Mothersbaugh, American composer, musician, and singer, is born esta dia.

1980 Ian Curtis, English musician, singer and lyricist (Joy Division) commits suicide. He was 23 years old. That sucks.

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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.

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DayBird - May 13th

1787 – Captain Arthur Phillip leaves Portsmouth, England with eleven ships full of convicts to establish a penal colony in Australia.

1846 – The United States declares war on Mexico. Mexico, claiming that the official boundary was the Nueces River, considered the advance of Taylor's army an act of aggression (which it was) and in April sent troops across the Rio Grande. Polk, in turn, declared the Mexican advance to be an invasion of U.S. soil, he asked Congress to declare war on Mexico, which they did.

The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, signed on February 2, 1848, ended the war. The Rio Grande was made the southern boundary of Texas, and California and New Mexico were ceded to the United States. In return, the United States paid Mexico the sum of $15 million.

1917 – Ten year old Lúcia Santos and her younger cousins, siblings Jacinta and Francisco Marto report the first apparition of the Virgin Mary in Fátima, Portugal. She appeared for six consecutive months on the 13th of each month. According to Lúcia's account, the woman imparted sacred secrets to the children.

Two of the children died, Spanish Flu. Both children had their remains exhumed in 1935 and again in 1951. Jacinta's face was found incorrupt, fresh as a daisy; where as her brother’s body had decomposed. Who decided to dig them up? We should do that again. That left Lucia as the only shitty secret keeper. The Vatican made her tell, therefore negating all of existence.

Nazi/Emperor Pope said of the third secret and final secret:

"A careful reading of the text of the so-called third 'secret' of Fatima ... will probably prove disappointing or surprising after all the speculation it has stirred. No great mystery is revealed; nor is the future unveiled."

I'm swayed more by, Father Malachi Martin, who wrote the 3rd was all about the satanic infiltration of the Catholic Church, and the approach of apocalyptic events. Dude, the Emperor is in charge!

1933 - Roger Zelazny, American author, is born.

1940 - Winston Churchill gave his first speech to the British Parliament:

I would say to the House as I said to those who have joined this government: I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering.

You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory. Victory at all costs — Victory in spite of all terror — Victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival.

1964 Stephen Colbert, American comedian and actor, begotten by the father.

1994 – Johnny Carson makes his last television appearance on Late Show with David Letterman.

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DayBird - May 12th

1820 – Florence Nightingale, Englishwoman who established nursing as a trained profession for women, was born.

1907 – Actress Katharine Hepburn, was born in Hartford, Connecticut.

She would eventually rack up 12 Oscar nominations, a record that would stand until 2003, when Meryl Streep received her 13th nomination. Hepburn would win four Oscars--for Morning Glory (1933), Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967), A Lion in Winter (1968) and On Golden Pond (1981)--but never attended the Academy Awards. Independent and strong-willed, she wore pants, no makeup, and refused to pose for pictures, grant interviews or sign autographs. Spencer T. and Kate spent 27 years together, but not "officially." He was already married, and Catholic. She also dated Howie Hughes.

To me, she will always be, Eleanor of Aquitaine.

1928 – Burt Bacharach, American composer, was born. The world is a circle .

1935 – Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith (founders of Alcoholics Anonymous) meet for the first time in Akron, Ohio, at the home of Henrietta Siberling.
It goes something like this:

admitting that one cannot control one's addiction or compulsion;
recognizing a greater power that can give strength;
examining past errors with the help of a sponsor(experienced member);
making amends for these errors;
learning to live a new life with a new code of behavior;
helping others that suffer from the same addictions or compulsions.

What if you are an atheist?

1943 - World War II, Axis forces in North Africa surrendered. That means you, Rommel! Whoops, nope, he was already dead. Hitler allowed him to commit suicide rather than be tried and executed.

Wait, he was alive. He died in 1944? Fuck, it is like I don't even read anymore.

1949 - Berlin blockade lifted. The Soviet Union blocked the Western Allies' railway and road access to the sectors of Berlin under their control. It was one of the first major international crises of the Cold War. In total, the USA /RAF dropped 2,326,406 tons of food and supplies on 278,228 total flights to Berlin.

1963 - The young and unknown Bob Dylan walked off the set of the country’s highest-rated variety show, the Ed Sully Show, after the network said no to the song he planned on performing. It was something to do with commie hunting.

More importantly, in one of his early interviews, he said this:

Dylan: Yeah, well, I was in the carnival when I was about 13 — all kinds of shows.
CBS: Where'd you go?
Dylan: All around the Midwest, uh, Gallup, New Mexico, Aptos, Texas, and then … lived in, Gallup, New Mexico and …
CBS: How old were you?
Dylan: Uh, about 7, 8, something like that.

1982 - Pope John Paul II was assaulted by a bayonet-wielding Spanish priest while visiting the shrine of Fatima in Portugal.

history lesson

DayBird - May 11th

1310 ? In France, fifty-four members of the Knights Templar are burned at the stake as heretics. King Philip IV of France, deeply in debt to the Order, had them arrested. They were charged with apostasy, idolatry, heresy, obscene rituals and homosexuality, fraud, and worst of all, secrecy.

1720 ? Baron Karl Friedrich Hieronymus Freiherr von Mnchhausen, German adventurer, is born. The Baron's astounding feats included riding cannonballs, travelling to the Moon, and an island of cheese, surrounded by a sea of milk. It?s possible.

1857 ? Indian rebels seize Delhi from the British. Hotterdeedoo.

1894 ? Martha Graham, an American dancer and choreographer regarded as one of the foremost pioneers of modern dance. When she passed in ?91, she was cremated, and her ashes were spread over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in northern New Mexico.

1904 ? Salvador Dal, Spanish surrealist painter born in Catalonia, Spain.

1960 ? In Buenos Aires, Argentina, four Israeli Mossad agents capture fugitive Nazi Adolf Eichmann, living under the assumed name Ricardo Klement. Suh weet! After the war, he fled to Argentina using a fraudulently obtained laissez-passer issued by the International Red Cross. He was found guilty and executed by hanging in 1962.

1981 ? Bob Marley, Jamaican singer and musician dies. He was diagnosed as having a cancerous growth on his big toe that had metastasized and spread to his brain, liver and lungs. Less than eight months later, Bob Marley, died in Miami, Floria. He was only 36 years old.

1987 ? Klaus Barbie, the Butcher of Lyon, former Nazi Gestapo chief of German-occupied Lyon, France, goes on trial for crimes against humanity. He personally tortured prisoners and is responsible for thousands of deaths, including one of my favorite resistance fighters, Jean Moulin.

He returned to Germany, and at the end of the war burned off his SS tattoo and assumed a new identity. He surrendered himself to the U.S. Counter-Intelligence Corps after the Americans offered him money and protection in exchange for his intelligence services. We are assholes. Barbie worked as a U.S. agent in Germany for two years, and the Americans shielded him from French prosecutors trying to track him down. In 1949, Barbie and his family were smuggled by the Americans to South America. Barbie settled in Bolivia and continued his work as a U.S. agent.

France offered Bolivia aid in exchange for Barbie, and they said, our bad, he's right here.

On July 4, 1987, he was found guilty. For his crimes, the 73-year-old Barbie was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison, France's highest punishment.

In reading, I found out the COCO Chanel was a collaborator. What?

2001 ? Douglas Adams, English author, hitchhiked out of here.

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DayBird - May 10th

70 – Titus, son of Emperor Vespasian, opens a full assault on Jerusalem and attacks the city's Third Wall.

1291 – Scottish nobles recognize the authority of Edward I of England. Grudgingly.

1863 - Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson died of pneumonia a week after losing his arm when his own troops accidentally fired on him. Maybe if he hadn’t stonewalled them, his troops wouldn’t have shot him. He gave them the cone.

1869 - Peeps from the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads meet in Promontory, Utah, and drive a golden spike into a rail line that connects their railroads. This made transcontinental railroad travel possible for the first time in U.S. history.

1893 – The Supreme Court of the United States rules in Nix v. Hedden that a tomato is a vegetable, not a fruit. Don't freak out, the ruling applies only to the interpretation of the Tariff Act of March 3, 1883, and the court did not purport to reclassify the tomato for botanical or other purpose.

1924 - J. Edgar Hoover is named acting director of the Bureau of Investigation (now the FBI), he wore a dress to the occasion.

1940 - Winston Churchill, First Lord of the Admiralty, is called to replace Neville Chamberlain as British prime minister following the latter's resignation after losing a confidence vote in the House of Commons. Diplomacy + the Nazis = didn’t work out.

Also today, ‘Ol Nazi Hess parachuted into Scotland, hoping to negotiate peace with Britain, through the Duke of Hamilton, whom Hess claimed to have met at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Such a peace would have prevented Germany from fighting on two fronts. Instead, he went to the Tower of London, and had the honor of being the last man held there under guard.

1994 – John Wayne Gacy, American serial killer was put down.

1996 – A wicked, awful storm near the summit of Mount Everest kills eight climbers, making this the deadliest day in the mountain's history. Among the dead are experienced climbers Rob Hall and Scott Fischer, both of whom were leading paid expeditions to the summit.

1999 – Shel Silverstein, American poet and composer was eaten by a Boa Constrictor. He narrated it.

2002 – F.B.I. agent Robert Hanssen is given a life sentence without the possibility of parole for selling United States secrets to Moscow for a lot of cash and diamonds.

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DayBird - May 7th

558 – In Constantinople, the dome of the Hagia Sophia collapses.

1812Robert Browning, English poet is born.

1825Antonio Salieri, Italian composer died. He was so sad.

1840 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer, is born.

1915 – World War I: German submarine SM U-20 sinks RMS Lusitania, killing 1,198 people including 128 Americans. Public reaction to the sinking turns many formerly pro-Germans in the United States against the German Empire.

1932 – Happy Birthday, Pete Domenici!

1994 - Norway's most famous painting, "The Scream" by Edvard Munch, was recovered almost three months after it was stolen from a museum in Oslo. The iconic 1893 painting of a waiflike figure on a bridge was stolen in only 50 seconds during a break-in on February 12. Two thieves broke through a window of the National Gallery, cut a wire holding the painting to the wall and left a note reading "Thousand thanks for the bad security!"

2000 – Vladimir Putin is inaugurated as president of Russia. He celebrated by punching a polar bear, shirtless and on horseback.

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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.