Howdy there, Headliners. It’s the birthday of songstress Billie Holiday. Lady Day was born on this day in 1915 and, because she loved the Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear, we have a larger than usual assortment today:
- 529 – First draft of the Corpus Juris Civilis (a fundamental work in jurisprudence) is issued by Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I.
- 1788 – American Pioneers to the Northwest Territory arrive at the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum rivers, establishing Marietta, Ohio, as the first permanent American settlement of the new United States in the Northwest Territory, and opening the westward expansion of the new country.
- 1805 – Lewis and Clark Expedition: The Corps of Discovery breaks camp among the Mandan tribe and resumes its journey West along the Missouri River.
- 1829 – Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, commences translation of the Book of Mormon, with Oliver Cowdery as his scribe.
- 1868 – Thomas D’Arcy McGee, one of the Canadian Fathers of Confederation is assassinated by Irish Republicans, in one of the few Canadian political assassinations, and the only one of a federal politician.
- 1927 – First distance public television broadcast (from Washington, D.C., to New York City, displaying the image of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover).
- 1933 – Prohibition in the United States is repealed for beer of no more than 3.2% alcohol by weight, eight months before the ratification of the XXI amendment.
- 1940 – Booker T. Washington becomes the first African American to be depicted on a United States postage stamp.
- 1964 – IBM announces the System/360.
- 1967 – Film critic Roger Ebert published his very first film review in the Chicago Sun-Times.
- 1969 – The Internet‘s symbolic birth date: publication of RFC 1.
- 1971 – President Richard Nixon announces his decision to increase the rate of American troop withdrawals from Vietnam.
- 1980 – The United States severs relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
- 1983 – During STS-6, astronauts Story Musgrave and Don Peterson perform the first space shuttle spacewalk.
- 1990 – Iran Contra Affair: John Poindexter is found guilty of five charges for his part in the scandal (the conviction is later reversed on appeal).
- 2001 – Mars Odyssey is launched.
- 2003 – U.S. troops capture Baghdad; Saddam Hussein‘s regime falls two days later.
Let’s get right to today’s Headlines Du Jour:
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HELPING OUR ENVIRONMENT:
HURTING OUR ENVIRONMENT:
THE NEWS IN THE NEWS AGAIN:
LOOFAH LAD IN THE NEWS AGAIN:
THE EVUL LIBRUL LEFT-WING MEDIA:
IN INNER SPACE:
IN OUTER SPACE:
VIDEO DU JOUR:
VIDEO DU JOUR BONUS: