History Lesson

DayBird - February 18th

1294Kublai Khan, Mongol Emperor (b. 1215)

1516 Mary Tudor, the queen of England popularly known as "Bloody Mary," was born in Greenwich Palace. Invents my favorite hangover drink, hence her nickname.

1546Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant Reformation in Germany, died. I know a Lutheran.

1564 - Michelangelo done.

1861Jefferson Davis is inaugurated as the provisional President of the Constipated States of America.

1873 – Bulgarian revolutionary leader Vasil Levski is executed by hanging in Sofia by the Ottoman authorities.

1878 John Tunstall is murdered, sparking the Lincoln County War in New Mexico. More importantly, Terence Stamp, played John Tunstall in Young Guns. Yes, that Terence Stamp. so cool.

1930 - Photographic evidence of Pluto was discovered by Clyde W. Tombaugh at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz. Originally classified as a planet, the icy rock was downgraded to "dwarf planet" in 2006. Que triste.

1954 – The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles, California. hijinx ensue. It is also John T’s Birthday today. Go team Xenu!

1955 Operation Teapot: Teapot test shot "Wasp" is successfully detonated at the Nevada Test Site with a yield of 1.2 kilotons. Wasp is the first of fourteen shots of the Teapot series.