Sunday, October 2, 2016

PARACULTURAL CALENDAR FOR OCTOBER 2


On this day in 1187, the Siege of Jerusalem ends when Saladin captures Jerusalem after 88 years of Crusader rule.

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On this day in 1535, French explorer Jacques Cartier discovers the area where Montreal, Quebec is located.

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On this day in 1922, the very first facsimile photo ("fax") is sent over public telephone lines. No record of the image exists, but yer old pal Jerky is fairly certain it was a crudely drawn set of shrunken male genitals with a caption underneath reading: "If good things come in small packages, then yours must be worth a fortune!" Either that, or it was a fucking chain letter.

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On this day in 1928, the "Prelature of the Holy Cross and the Work of God", commonly known as Opus Dei, is founded by Saint Josemaría Escrivá.

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On this day in 1937, Dominican Republic strongman Rafael Trujillo orders the execution of the Haitian population living within the borderlands; approximately 20,000 are killed over the next five days.

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On this day in 1944, Nazi troops put a bloody end to the Warsaw Uprising.

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On this day in 1950, Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz is first published

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On this day in the year 1959, America enters another dimension. A dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. It's a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination, when Rod Serling's Twilight Zone - quite possibly the coolest fucking show ever to grace the airwaves -premieres on CBS.

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On this day in 1967, Thurgood Marshall is sworn in as the first African-American justice of United States Supreme Court.

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On this day in 2002, the Beltway sniper attacks begin, extending over three weeks.

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On this day in 2006, five school girls are murdered by Charles Carl Roberts in a shooting at an Amish school in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania before Roberts commits suicide.

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