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V.19 No.20 |

history lesson

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.

V.19 No.15 |

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)