May 26th, 2008 Tuesday
May 26th, 2009
Question: What is a Papist?
Yesterday’s Quiz answered below: Sometimes when discussing the politics of the last 8 years, you hear the term Bizzaro World. Who created that idea?
History for 5/26/2009
Birthdays: John Churchill the first Duke of Marlborough, Pope Clement VII the Medici Fox-1478, Mary Wollenstonecraft Godwin 1759- early feminist writer and mother of Mary Shelley, Alexander Pushkin, Isadora Duncan, Norma Talmadge, Paul Lukas, John Wesley Hardin the shootist, John Wayne- real name Marion Morrison, Al Jolson, Jay Silverheels (Tonto), Peter Cushing, Robert Morley, Peggy Lee, Sally Ride, Pam Grier, Helen Bonham Carter is 44, Bobcat Golthwaite, Frank Gladestone, Matt Stone the co creator of South Park
1805- Lewis and Clark sight the Rocky Mountains.
1828- THE MYSTERY OF KASPAR HAUSER- On this day on a street in Nuremberg a judge came upon a filthy boy unable to read, write or even speak. As the boy's trauma eased and he could communicate he said he had been kept in a dungeon since he was three years old, never seeing another human soul. One day he was suddenly released. His name was Kaspar Hauser and his case became a cause celebre throughout Europe. Some thought he was the rightful prince of the German State of Baden. Then one day while walking in the park a man came up and stabbed Kaspar Hauser. He bled to death. The judge who first cared for him was poisoned. The murderers were never found and the mystery never solved.
1865- Rebel General Simon Bolivar Buckner surrendered the last organized body of Confederate troops to Yankee General Canby in New Orleans. Rebel Gen. Joe Shelby rather than surrender took his cavalry over the border to Mexico where a Confederate exile community was forming under the Emperor Maximillian.
1896- Charles Dow started his stock index named the Dow Jones Index. The first Dow Jones closing is 40.94
1913- Actors Equity formed.
1933- Jimmy Rogers "the Singing Brakeman", considered the father of modern country music, died of tuberculosis at age 31. Shortly before his death he recorded a song about it called "TB Blues".
1937- The Battle of Millers Overpass- Henry Fords hired thugs beat up Walter Reuther and four other UAW union men for handing out union literature.
1940-The Miracle of Dunkirk- When German panzers overrun France they surround the British army and pin them against the Normandy coastline. Instead of finishing them off Marshal Goering asks Hitler's permission to use the Luftwaffe (airforce) to administer the coup de grace. Britain mobilized all available ships and hundreds of small boat owners volunteer to cross the channel under dive bombing and strafing and in ten days evacuate 340,000 troops. 40,000 stayed behind and surrendered. The British force was decimated but not destroyed and would live to fight again.
1949- Mao Tse Tung’s Red Army entered Shanghai, effectively winning the Chinese Civil War.
1960- THE MOULIN ROUGE AGREEMENT- Las Vegas gambling casinos finally integrate. Before this stars like Sammy Davis Jr. and Ella Fitzgerald could headline in the clubs but had to exit via the kitchens and sleep across town in the colored section. Singer Nat King Cole was requested to keep his eyes on his piano keys for fear if he looked up he would seduce young white girls. Frank Sinatra played a big part in pressuring the Vegas 'powers-that-be' i.e. the mob, to change with the times. Marlene Dietrich grabbed Lena Horne by the arm and stormed into a casino bar defying any reaction. None came. The Moulin Rouge was the first completely integrated casino.
1960-UN ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge complained that the gift of a wood carving of the Great Seal of the United States given the US Embassy by Moscow had a concealed microphone in it.
1962- The Isley Brothers single “Twist & Shout” released.
1969- John Lennon and Yoko Ono have their "Bed-In for Peace" news conference in New York. One of the most acerbic exchanges was one Lennon had with Lil'Abner cartoonist and conservative curmudgeon Al Capp.
1994- Singer Michael Jackson married Elvis’ daughter Lisa Marie Presley in the Dominican Republic. They keep the wedding a secret for six weeks, then divorce 18 months later.
1995- Looney Tunes director Isadore Friz Freleng died at age 89.
2008- To commemorate Memorial Day, President Bush asked all Americans to stop what they were doing at 3:00PM to remember the sacrifice of our soldiers. Then he went mountain biking. No kidding.
Yesterday’s Quiz: Sometimes when discussing the politics of the last 8 years, you hear the term Bizzaro World. Who created that idea?
Answer: In 1958 D.C. comics editor Otto Binder wrote and Wayne Boring drew an alternative reality dimension for Superman. The Bizarro Superman was crude, brutish and dim, the Bizarro world much more violent than the normal world. In recent times the term Bizzarro World denoted a political climate where values and logic were the opposite from what you would think of as normal.