Had a doctor's appointment this morning, $4.00 (yes, four dollars) in prescriptions medication and zero copay at the office later and now I am home with the rest of the day off...
[Phlip note - I guess all that complaining I did about the cost of my insurance was unnecessary after all]
Apparently, today marks the anniversary of a large historical occurrence.
Being the internets nerd and researcher that I am, I decided that I would take a break from looking at images of naked women in Feedly to look and research what historically has taken place on this day...
[Phlip note - that is a link, and if you use an RSS Feed Reader, you NEED that, same if you have an iPhone/Android device]
It would happen that today marks the occurrences of literally thousands of things throughout history, I decided that I would have a crack at 19 items to share with you.
And here we go...
- 1454 – Amerigo Vespucci, Italian explorer and cartographer, the discoverer for whom The Americas are ACTUALLY named is born (d. 1512)
- 1796 – Napoléon Bonaparte marries his first wife, Joséphine de Beauharnais.
- 1841 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules that captive Africans who had seized control of the ship carrying them had been taken into slavery illegally.
- 1890 – Vyacheslav Molotov, Russian politician was born. The Molotov Cocktail is named for him (d. 1986)
- 1933 – Great Depression: President Franklin D. Roosevelt submits the Emergency Banking Act to Congress, the first of his New Deal policies.
- 1943 – Bobby Fischer, American chess player was born (d. 2008)
- 1945 – Margot Frank, German-born Dutch Jewish holocaust victim died (b. 1926)
- 1959 – The Barbie doll makes its debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York.
- 1971 – Pope Cyril VI of Alexandria, Coptic Orthodox Patriarch (b. 1902)
- 1976 – Forty-two people die in the 1976 Cavalese cable-car disaster, the worst cable-car accident to date.
- 1977 – The Hanafi Muslim Siege: In a thirty-nine hour standoff, armed Hanafi Muslims seize three Washington, D.C., buildings, killing two and taking 149 hostage.
- 1980 – Chingy, American rapper was born
- 1986 - U2 releases The Joshua Tree, an album that launches them into superstar status in the music world.
- 1996 – George Burns, American actor and singer (b. 1896)
- 1997 – Comet Hale-Bopp: Observers in China, Mongolia and eastern Siberia are treated to a rare double feature as an eclipse permits Hale-Bopp to be seen during the day.
- 1998 - Britpop group Space released their second album Tin Planet
- 2004 - John Allen Muhammad is sentenced to death by a Virginia judge for his role in the Beltway sniper attacks.
- 2005 - In Spain, Alfredo Galán, a serial killer who left playing cards on the bodies of some of his victims, is sentenced to jail for 142 years.
- 2007 - Cuba-United States relations: The United States Coast Guard stages an exercise in Florida in preparation for a possible mass exodus from Cuba in the event of the death of Cuban leader Fidel Castro. During the drill 40 Cuban exiles reach the United States.
- 2008 - Venezuela announces that it will reopen its embassy in Colombia and welcome back Colombian diplomats expelled during the regional diplomatic crisis.
- 2009 - U.S. President Barack Obama lifts George W. Bush's restrictions on embryonic stem cell research.
There, I have laid out a collection of good reading for you and yours based on the events of today throughout history. All links have been left intact for the enjoyment/sharing of you and your friends...
I even did you all the favor of not including my silly little strike-thru text or italicized parenthesis quotes this time around.
What, were y'all expecting something more?