Hello, Headliners! Today’s birthday belongs to Beach Boy Bruce Johnston, who also wrote “I Wrote the Songs,” even though Barry Manilow had a hit with it. Here are some more Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear:
- 1759 – General James Wolfe begins the siege of Quebec.
- 1844 – Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, and his brother Hyrum Smith, are murdered by a mob at the Carthage, Illinois jail.
- 1895 – The inaugural run of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad‘s Royal Blue from Washington, D.C., to New York, New York, the first U.S. passenger train to use electric locomotives.
- 1898 – The first solo circumnavigation of the globe is completed by Joshua Slocum from Briar Island, Nova Scotia.
- 1905 – Battleship Potemkin uprising: sailors start a mutiny aboard the battleship Potemkin, denouncing the crimes of autocracy, demanding liberty and an end to war.
- 1946 – In the Canadian Citizenship Act, the Parliament of Canada establishes the definition of Canadian citizenship.
- 1950 – The United States decides to send troops to fight in the Korean War.
- 1971 – After only three years in business, rock promoter Bill Graham closes the Fillmore East in New York, New York, the “Church of Rock and Roll”.
- 1974 – U.S. president Richard Nixon visits the Soviet Union.
- 1981 – The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China
issues its “Resolution on Certain Questions in the History of Our Party
Since the Founding of the People’s Republic of China”, laying the blame
for the Cultural Revolution on Mao Zedong.
- 1985 – U.S. Route 66 is officially removed from the United States Highway System.
- 2007 – Tony Blair resigns as British Prime Minister, a position he had held since 1997.
Let’s get to today’s Headlines Du Jour:
ANOTHER EXCITING EPISODE OF COPS GONE WILD:
TODAY IN RELIGION:
SO GLAD WE’RE LIVING IN A POST-RACIAL SOCIETY:
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