Thursday, September 22, 2016

PARACULTURAL CALENDAR FOR SEPTEMBER 22


On this day in 1598, English playwright Ben Jonson kills an actor in a duel and is indicted for manslaughter.

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For a timeless lesson on the inherent dangers in allowing religion to have too great an influence on public policy, one need look no further than the Salem Witch Trials, which came to an end after the last 8 "witches" were hanged by the neck until dead, on this day in the year 1692.

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On this day in 1789, the office of United States Postmaster General is established.

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On this day in 1823, Joseph Smith, Jr. states he found the Golden plates on this date after being directed by God through the Angel Moroni to the place where they were buried.

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On this day in 1869, Richard Wagner's opera Das Rheingold premieres in Munich.

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On this day in 1888, the first issue of National Geographic Magazine is published.

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On this day in 1896, Queen Victoria surpasses her grandfather King George III as the longest reigning monarch in British history.

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On this day in 1975, former Manson Family member Sara Jane Moore tries to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford, but is foiled by Oliver Sipple.

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On this day in 1979, the Vela Incident - also known as the South Atlantic Flash - is observed near Bouvet Island, thought to be a nuclear weapons test.

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On this day in 1980, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein launches an invasion of Ayatollah Khomeini's revolutionary Iran. It was the beginning of the deadly Iran/Iraq War, wherein we here in the USA played both sides against each other, overtly supporting Iraq while covertly supporting Iran. It was a win/win (or lose/lose) situation!

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On this day in 1991, the Dead Sea Scrolls are made available to the public for the first time by the Huntington Library. Well... a tiny chunk of them are, anyway.

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