History Lesson

DayBird - March 4th

1702Jack Sheppard, English burglar and escapee (d. 1724)

1868 - Jesse Chisholm, who blazed one of the West's most famous trails (Chisholm Trail), dies in Oklahoma of dysentery. Okay, food poisoning.

1918 –In the United States the first case of Spanish Flu was observed at Fort Riley, Kansas. kills everyone.

1944 - The head of Murder, Inc. is executed at Sing Sing Prison. Louis "Lepke" Buchalter, was the leader of the largest crime syndicate in the states throughout the 30’s and he pocketed about 50 million a year from his dastardly deeds. He ran the notorious killing squad, the Crazy 88’s; even though it was rumored he had over 250 hit men. In the 1920s, they added liquor bootlegging and gambling and later began importing heroin and other narcotics. They also ran the entire New York garment district, so they looked cool too.

In order to generate more cash money and keep his hit men busy, Lepke started Murder, Inc. Murder Inc. was authorized to kill anyone (approved by the syndicate) for a profit. Lepke was numero uno until he was betrayed by one of his own. Reportedly, he was able to order the final hit on his Judas from jail before his execution. I think there were a couple of rat finks, but he took care of them. Sleep with the fishes.

1946 – Bror von Blixen-Finecke, Danish big-game hunter (b. 1886) Here is Meryl Streep’s eulogy for Denys not Bror.

1952 - Ernest Hemingway completes his short novel The Old Man and the Sea. The book won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 and became one of his bestselling works. The novella would be his last significant work of fiction before his suicide in 1961.

1966 - The Beatles are bigger than Jesus, doncha know. Originally the interview appeared in the London Evening Standard, and the comment nestled in there, was a commentary on the waning importance of religion. "Christianity will go," Lennon said. "It will vanish and shrink….We're more popular than Jesus now." Our English brothers didn’t freak out.
Fast forward five months later and voila, shit storm when it hits our shores. The comment alone appeared in an American teenybopper magazine, “We're more popular than Jesus." Blasphemous. DJ’s announced an eternal ban on all Beatles music, set up Beatle boycotts and record burning parties. The ban worked and we never heard from those guys again. The Beatles, that is. Thank god.

1976 – The first Cray-1 supercomputer is shipped to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico. In 1975 the 80 MHz Cray-1 was announced. Excitement was so high that a bidding war broke out between Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory. We won. I don’t know much about computers, so I will leave it at that.

2005 – Martha Stewart is reintroduced into the wild.