Wednesday, July 6, 2016

PARACULTURAL CALENDAR FOR JULY 6



On this day in 1189, Richard I "the Lionheart" accedes to the English throne. He reigns during the time of the legendary bandit Robin Hood.

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On this day in 1483, a much different Richard - Richard III - is crowned King of England. Shakespeare writes a great play about this world historic asshole.

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On this day in 1785 the dollar is unanimously chosen as the monetary unit for the United States.

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On this day in 1854, in Jackson, Michigan, the first convention of the United States Republican Party was held. Chaos ensues.

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On this day in 1885, Louis Pasteur successfully tests his vaccine against rabies on Joseph Meister, a boy who was bitten by a rabid dog. The process is notoriously long and painful, and eventually gives The Powers That Be a “great idea” about how to control the global population.

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On this day in 1947, the AK-47 goes into production in the Soviet Union.

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On this day in 1957, John Lennon and Paul McCartney of the Beatles are introduced to each other when Lennon's band the Quarrymen performs at the St. Peter's Church Hall fête in Woolton.

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On this day in 1985, the National Wrestling Alliance holds their first ever Pay-Per-View event, The Great American Bash. It's a smashing success, giving credence to the old addage: "a wrestling fan and his money are soon parted."

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On this day in 1995, during the Bosnian War, under the command of General Ratko Mladić, Serbia begins its attack on the Bosnian town of Srebrenica, and kills more than 8000 Bosniaks, in what then- UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali calls "the worst crime on European soil since the Second World War".

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On this day in 2003, the 70-metre Eupatoria Planetary Radar sent a METI message (Cosmic Call 2) to 5 stars: Hip 4872, HD 245409, 55 Cancri (HD 75732), HD 10307 and 47 Ursae Majoris (HD 95128). The messages will arrive to these stars in 2036, 2040, 2044 and 2049 respectively.

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On this day in 2005, Time Magazine reporter Matt Cooper agrees to testify to a grand jury that Karl Rove revealed to him Valerie Plame's secret CIA identity. An extremely suspicious lack of chaos ensues.

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