Good morning, Headliners. It’s Chuck Norris’ birthday and it can beat up your birthday — with one hand tied behind its back. Among the Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear include:
- 1804 – Louisiana Purchase: In St. Louis, Missouri, a formal ceremony is conducted to transfer ownership of the Louisiana Territory from France to the United States.
- 1876 – Alexander Graham Bell makes the first successful telephone call by saying “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you.”
- 1891 – Almon Strowger, an undertaker in Topeka, Kansas, patents the Strowger switch, a device which led to the automation of telephone circuit switching.
- 1922 – Mahatma Gandhi is arrested in India, tried for sedition, and sentenced to six years in prison, only to be released after nearly two years for an appendicitis operation.
- 1945 – The U.S. Army Air Force firebombs Tokyo, and the resulting conflagration kills more than 100,000 people, mostly civilians.
- 1952 – Fulgencio Batista leads a successful coup in Cuba and appoints himself as the “provisional president”.
- 1969 – In Memphis, Tennessee, James Earl Ray pleads guilty to assassinating Martin Luther King Jr. He later unsuccessfully attempts to retract his plea.
- 1977 – Rings of Uranus: Astronomers discover rings around Uranus.
Let’s get right to today’s Headlines Du Jour:
TODAY IN VOTER FRAUD NEWS:
How Much Voter Fraud Is There?
A state-by-state map reveals the answer: almost none.
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REMEMBERING COSMOS, THE ORIGINAL SERIES:
VIDEO DU JOUR:
REMEMBERING CARL SAGAN,
THE ORIGINAL COSMOS HOST