Hello Headliners! It’s the King of Jazz’s birthday. Paul Whiteman is the orchestra leader who commissioned George Gershwin to write Rhapsody in Blue and hired Bing Crosby as his boy singer back in 1926. George, along with his brother Ira, loved the Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear:
- 845 – Paris is sacked by Viking raiders, probably under Ragnar Lodbrok, who collects a huge ransom in exchange for leaving.
- 1776 – Juan Bautista de Anza finds the site for the Presidio of San Francisco.
- 1802 – Heinrich Wilhelm Matthäus Olbers discovers 2 Pallas, the second asteroid known to man.
- 1854 – Crimean War: France and Britain declare war on Russia.
- 1871 – The Paris Commune is formally established in Paris.
- 1930 – Constantinople and Angora change their names to Istanbul and Ankara.
- 1969 – The McGill français movement protest occurs, the second largest protest in Montreal’s history with 10,000 trade unionists, leftist activists, college students, and some McGill students at McGill’s Roddick Gates. The majority of the protesters are arrested.
- 1979 – A coolant leak at the Three Mile Island‘s Unit 2 nuclear reactor outside Harrisburg, Pennsylvania leads to the core overheating and a partial melt down.
- 1990 – President George H. W. Bush posthumously awards Jesse Owens the Congressional Gold Medal.
Let’s get right to today’s Headlines Du Jour:
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD:
CLIMATE CHANGE CORNER:
ANOTHER DISPATCH FROM DETROIT, ‘MERKA’S FIRST THROWAWAY CITY:
In a first, scientists create
Scientists have built from scratch the
world’s first synthetic chromosome
of a eukaryote, incorporating it
into brewer’s yeast.
IN OUTER SPACE:
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