Tuesday, September 20, 2016

PARACULTURAL CALENDAR FOR SEPTEMBER 20


It was (roughly) on this day in the year 622 that the Muslim era began, when Mohammad made his "hegira," which is a fancy Arab word that means: "fleeing." Chased out of Mecca for pestering citizens there with his tales of revelation-spouting angels in mountain caves, Mohammad made his way to Medina, where people actually believed his stories and raised an army in defense of them. Eventually, Mohammad would return to Mecca and FORCE them to believe. And they all lived happily ever after.

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On this day in 1187, Saladin begins the Siege of Jerusalem.

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On this day in 1848, the American Association for the Advancement of Science is created.

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On this day in 1881, Chester A. Arthur is inaugurated as the 21st President of the United States following the assassination of James Garfield.

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On this day in 1884, the Equal Rights Party nominates female candidates for both President and Vice President of the United States of America. Thus is explained their crushing defeat.

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On this day in 1945, after being secretly smuggled into the country in the top secret Project Paperclip, "former" Nazi rocket scientists begin their first day of "honest" work in the good old US-of-A.

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On this day in 1973, God once again proves he's an asshole when he makes singer/songwriter Jim Croce's plane crash. Croce, famous for such gentle, catchy hits as Bad Bad Leroy Brown, Time in a Bottle and Lover's Cross, was only 30 years old at the time.

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On this day in 2002, the Kolka-Karmadon rock/ice slide. It's a big one!

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On this day in 2011, the United States ends its "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, allowing gay men and women to serve openly for the first time.

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