Thursday, September 8, 2016

PARACULTURAL CALENDAR FOR SEPTEMBER 8


On this day in 1974, President Gerald Ford begins a long-standing tradition for the Republican Party by granting an unconditional, all-encompassing pardon to disgraced President Richard Milhouse Nixon. In 1992, George Bush Sr. pardoned five defendants involved in Iran/Contra (including Caspar Weinberger) mere days before handing over the reigns to Bill Clinton.

These pardons were only the last in a long line of pardons doled out by Bush. However, the Weinberger pardon marked the first time in American history that a President pardoned a defendant in whose trial he would likely have been called as a witness, and in whose crimes he would likely have been implicated. So, in essence, Dubya's daddy pardoned himself. This is why yer old pal Jerky laughs his ass off whenever right-wingers try to portray Clinton's Marc Rich pardon as the crime of the friggin' century.

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On this day in 1504, Michelangelo's David is unveiled in Florence.

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On this day in 1565, the Knights of Malta lift the Turkish siege of Malta that began on May 18.

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On this day in 1888, in Spain, the first travel of Isaac Peral submarine, was the first practical submarine ever made.

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On this day in 1888, in London, the body of Jack the Ripper's second murder victim, Annie Chapman, is found.

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On this day in 1892, the Pledge of Allegiance is first recited.

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On this day in 1900, the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 kills about 8,000 people in Texas. This is one time where Texas' usual boast of things being bigger there wasn't necessarily for the better.

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On this day in 1914, Private Thomas Highgate becomes the first British soldier to be executed for desertion during the war.

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On this day in 1926, Germany is admitted to the League of Nations. Pfff...

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On this day in 1930, 3M begins marketing Scotch transparent tape.

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On this day in 1935, US Senator from Louisiana, Huey Long, nicknamed "Kingfish", is fatally shot in the Louisiana State Capitol building. Oh, is there ever a lot more to this story than just that...

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On this day in 1944, London is hit by a German V-2 "buzzbomb" rocket for the first time. It's a terrifying technological accomplishment. The missiles are supersonic, so you hear them coming AFTER the blast. Read Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow to learn more.

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On this day in 1966, the first Star Trek series premieres on NBC.

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