Sunday, January 8, 2017

PARACULTURAL CALENDAR FOR JANUARY 8


On this day in 1297, François Grimaldi, disguised as a monk, leads his men to capture the fortress protecting the Rock of Monaco, establishing his family as the rulers of Monaco.

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On this day in 1697, the last execution for blasphemy takes place in Britain, of Thomas Aikenhead, student, at Edinburgh. Jesus Christ!

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On this day in 1790, George Washington delivers the first State of the Union address in New York, New York.

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On this day in 1835, the United States national debt is ZERO for the first and only time.

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On this day in 1877, Crazy Horse and his warriors fight their last battle against the United States Cavalry at Wolf Mountain, Montana Territory.

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American media tycoon William Randolph Hearst, the Rupert Murdoch of his time, forbids his many newspapers from running ads for Orson Welles' controversial new film, Citizen Kane, on this day in 1941. This probably had nothing at all to do with Welles' film being a thinly-veiled caricature of Hearst, down to using the nickname Hearst was rumored to have given his girlfriend's pussy - "Rosebud" - as the flick's mysterious McGuffin.

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On this day in 1981, a local farmer reports a UFO sighting in Trans-en-Provence, France, claimed to be "perhaps the most completely and carefully documented sighting of all time".

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On this day in the year 1992, US President George Herbert Walker "Poppy" Bush turns green, doubles over, and vomits up a steaming, frothy gut-full of raw fish into the crotch of Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa. Diplomacy at its finest!

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On this day in 2011, the attempted assassination of Democratic Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords and subsequent shooting in Casas Adobes, Arizona at a Safeway grocery store - for which Glenn Beck look-alike Jared Lee Loughner is subsequently arrested - results in six deaths and 13 injuries, including Giffords.

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