Sunday, September 18, 2016

PARACULTURAL CALENDAR FOR SEPTEMBER 18


On this day in 1502, Christopher Columbus lands at Honduras on his fourth, and final voyage.

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On this day in 1793, the first cornerstone of the Capitol building is laid by George Washington.

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On this day in 1830, a horse beats the first American-made steam locomotive in a race near Baltimore, Maryland. In a number of alternate universes, this single event puts an ignominious end to the Industrial Revolution, after which we all return to the wild, eating poison mushrooms and berries, mating with whomever we can overpower, and living to a ripe old age of about thirty or so before being eaten alive by wolves. I know, I know… the grass is always greener!

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 On this day in 1850, the U.S. Congress passes the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850. It's pretty gross.

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On this day in 1851, the New York Times publishes its first edition. Unfortunately, yer old pal Jerky picked up this piece of information from the New York Times, so he can't really vouch for its veracity.

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On this day in 1870, Old Faithful Geyser is observed and named by Henry D. Washburn during the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition to Yellowstone.

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On this day in 1885, riots break out in Montreal to protest against compulsory smallpox vaccination.

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On this day in 1895, Daniel David Palmer gives the first chiropractic adjustment.

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On this day in 1919, Fritz Pollard becomes the first African-American to play professional football for a major team, the Akron Pros.

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On this day in 1927, the Columbia Broadcasting System – or CBS – goes on the air.

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On this day in 1934, the USSR is admitted to League of Nations.

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On this day in 1939, the Nazi propaganda broadcaster known as Lord Haw-Haw begins transmitting.

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On this day in 1947, the National Security Council and the Central Intelligence Agency were established in the United States under the National Security Act. So HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CIA!

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On this day in 1948, Margaret Chase Smith of Maine becomes the first woman elected to the US Senate without completing another senator's term, when she defeats Democratic opponent Adrian Scolten.

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On this day in 1961, UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld dies in a plane crash while attempting to negotiate peace in the war-torn Katanga region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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On this day in 1974, over five thousand people die in Honduras as Hurricane Fifi comes ashore. That's right... you read right: five thousand Hondurans were killed by something called Fifi. Never look at poodles the same way again.

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On this day in 1975, mind-control victim Patty Hearst is arrested after a year on the FBI Most Wanted List.

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On this day in 1998, ICANN is formed. Believe it or not, this is some pretty important stuff.

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On this day in 2001, first mailing of anthrax letters from Trenton, New Jersey in the 2001 anthrax attacks.

2 comments:

  1. Deep ignorance here bro'-do you really think pre-machine age people couldn't tell poisonous mushrooms from non-poisonous? And rape was the norm??? Really? Actually, and you can look this up, rape was completely unknown amongst the eastern woodland indians, and their healthcare and knowledge of plants was far superior to 'civilized' europe. get a grip. Native Americans were far healthier than the invaders...taller and more muscular and more peaceful, actually. but because they had not domesticated animals other than the dog,they had no immunity to typhoid, flu, plague, smallpox or even the cold. Or to metal implements of death like swords and guns and metal clad dogs and horses. Average life span much longer than scrofulous europeans serfs.

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    "...which we all return to the wild, eating poison mushrooms and berries, mating with whomever we can overpower, and living to a ripe old age of about thirty or so before being eaten alive by wolves. I know, I know… the grass is always greener! "

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    1. I certainly wasn't attempting to cast aspersions at our Native American cousins, MiddleWorld. I was trying to make a humorous point that "the good old days" weren't always so good. I know the modern world sucks, too. Anyway, peace to you and I get what you're saying.

      yer old pal Jerky

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