PMMJ (cheetahmaster) wrote,

Norton is back on vacation, so allow me to present


On this day in 1864, a Colorado militia killed at least 150 peaceful Cheyenne Indians in the Sand Creek Massacre.

In 1924, Italian composer Giacomo Puccini died in Brussels before he could complete his opera "Turandot." It was finished by Franco Alfano.

In 1929, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Richard E. Byrd radioed that he'd made the first airplane flight over the South Pole.

In 1942, coffee joins the list of items rationed in the United States.

In 1947, the U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the partitioning of Palestine between Arabs and Jews.

In 1952, President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower kept his campaign promise to visit Korea to assess the ongoing conflict.

In 1961, "Enos" the chimp was launched from Cape Canaveral aboard the Mercury-Atlas 5 spacecraft, which orbited earth twice before returning.

In 1963, President Lyndon Johnson named a commission headed by Earl Warren to investigate the assassination of President Kennedy.

In 1964, the U.S. Roman Catholic Church instituted sweeping changes in the liturgy, including the use of English instead of Latin.

In 1967, Robert S. McNamara announces that he will resign as Secretary of Defense and will become president of the World Bank.

In 1981, actress Natalie Wood drowned in a boating accident off Santa Catalina Island, Calif., at age 43.

In 1986, actor Cary Grant died in Davenport, Iowa, at age 82.

Ten years ago today: Fighter jets attacked the capital of Chechnya and its airport hours after Russian President Boris Yeltsin demanded the breakaway republic end its civil war.

Five years ago today: Protestant and Catholic adversaries formed an extraordinary Northern Ireland government designed to bring together every branch of opinion within the bitterly divided society.

In 2001, former Beatle George Harrison died in Los Angeles following a battle with cancer; he was 58.

One year ago today: Gunmen in Iraq ambushed and killed two Japanese diplomats; seven members of Spain's military intelligence agency were killed in Mahmudiyah. Thirty-three people were killed in the crash of a military plane in Congo.


Today's Birthdays: Hall-of-Fame sportscaster Vin Scully is 77. Blues singer-musician John Mayall is 71. Composer-musician Chuck Mangione is 64. Pop singer Denny Doherty is 64. Country singer Jody Miller is 63. Actress Diane Ladd is 61. Pop singer-musician Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals) is 60. Olympic gold medal skier Suzy Chaffee is 58. Comedian Garry Shandling is 55. Movie director Joel Coen is 50. Actor-comedian Howie Mandel is 49. Actor Jeff Fahey is 47. Actress Cathy Moriarty is 44. Actress Kim Delaney is 43. Actor Tom Sizemore is 43. Actor Andrew McCarthy is 42. Actor Don Cheadle is 40. Actor-producer Neill Barry is 39. Musician Wallis Buchanan (Jamiroquai) is 39. Pop singer Jonathan Knight (New Kids on the Block) is 36. Rock musician Martin Carr (Boo Radleys) is 36. Actress Gena Lee Nolin is 33. Actress Anna Faris is 28.

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