Good morning boys, girls, and mares. The sun is shining, the birds are signing, the pollen is driving my allergies haywire. And I’m up earlier than I usually am because a friend in Spain texted me that she wanted to Skype, but now is nowhere to be seen online. Meh.
It’s another wonderful day in the neighborhood.
On Friday I went to see the Suicide Girls Blackheart Burlesque show in LA. It was… ok. I’m not a huge fan of overtatted girls with lots of piercings. And there were only about six performers in total who kept rotating through different acts. They tried too hard and focused way too much on parodying pop culture. There were acts with themes like Harry Potter, Thriller, Donnie Darko (?!) and of course, Disney princesses. Because we can’t have women getting naked without bringing Disney into it somehow. It’s a rule somewhere, I think. All in all, I probably wouldn’t go back for another show.
Today is the anniversery of the Doolittle raid on Japan. God rest those brave men. It’s also the anniversary of the United States Embassy bombing in Beirut.
Other events in history today
796 – King Æthelred I of Northumbria is murdered in Corbridge by a group led by his ealdormen, Ealdred and Wada. The patrician Osbald is crowned, but abdicates within 27 days.
1025 – Bolesław Chrobry is crowned in Gniezno, becoming the first King of Poland.
1506 – The cornerstone of the current St. Peter’s Basilica is laid.
1518 – Bona Sforza is crowned as queen consort of Poland.
1521 – Trial of Martin Luther begins its second day during the assembly of the Diet of Worms. He refuses to recant his teachings despite the risk of excommunication.
1689 – Bostonians rise up in rebellion against Sir Edmund Andros.
1738 – Real Academia de la Historia (“Royal Academy of History”) is founded in Madrid.
1775 – American Revolution: The British advancement by sea begins; Paul Revere and other riders warn the countryside of the troop movements.
1831 – The University of Alabama is founded in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
1847 – American victory at the battle of Cerro Gordo opens the way for invasion of Mexico.
1857 – “The Spirits Book” by Allan Kardec is published, marking the birth of Spiritualism in France.
1864 – Battle of Dybbøl: A Prussian-Austrian army defeats Denmark and gains control of Schleswig. Denmark surrenders the province in the following peace settlement.
1897 – The Greco-Turkish War is declared between Greece and the Ottoman Empire.
1899 – The St. Andrew’s Ambulance Association is granted a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria.
1902 – The 7.5 Mw Guatemala earthquake shakes Guatemala with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe), killing between 800–2,000.
1906 – An earthquake and fire destroy much of San Francisco, California.
1909 – Joan of Arc is beatified in Rome.
1912 – The Cunard liner RMS Carpathia brings 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic to New York City.
1915 – French pilot Roland Garros is shot down and glides to a landing on the German side of the lines during World War I.
Go forth and kick ass. I will be over here reading about financial regulation and wishing I’d made better life choices. Like selling cocaine.
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