Monday, August 22, 2016

PARACULTURAL CALENDAR FOR AUGUST 22


On this day in 564, Saint Columba reports seeing a monster in Loch Ness, Scotland.

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On this day in 1485, the Battle of Bosworth Field, the death of Richard III and the end of the House of Plantagenet.

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On this day in 1642, Charles I calls the English Parliament traitors. The English Civil War begins.

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On this day in 1654, a man by the name of Jacob Barsimson arrives in New Amsterdam. He is the first known Jewish immigrant to America.

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On this day in 1791, the Haitian Slave Revolution in Saint-Domingue begins. It is the first and only successful Spartacist revolution in history. Pretty awesome.

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On this day in 1831, Nat Turner's slave rebellion commences just after midnight in Southampton County, Virginia, leading to the deaths of more than 50 whites and several hundred African Americans who are killed in retaliation for the uprising.

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On this day in 1864, 12 nations sign the First Geneva Convention. The Red Cross is formed.

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On this day in 1902, Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first President of the United States to ride in an automobile.

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On this day in 1922, Michael Collins, Commander-in-chief of the Irish Free State Army, is shot dead during an Anti-Treaty ambush at Béal na Bláth, County Cork, during the Irish Civil War.

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On this day in 1992, the second day of the stand-off, federal law enforcement officers close in on Randy Weaver's deep-woods hideaway at Ruby Ridge. At one point, as the Weavers try to bury their 14 year old son - who was shot and killed by a federal officer after he shot and killed a federal officer for shooting his dog - sharpshooters open fire, killing Weaver's wife while she held their baby daughter in her arms. Meanwhile, around the nation, for the first time in their lives, big dumb white guys begin to worry about police brutality. By the way, contrary to popular right-wing mythology, the President of the USA at the time was George Herbert Walker Bush, and NOT Bill Clinton.

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