|Saint Patrick depicted in a stained glass
window at Saint Benin’s Church, Ireland
Howdy Headliners. Put on your funny green hat and drink the funny green beer until you turn a funny shade of green: It’s St. Patrick’s Day or Lá Fhéile Pádraig. Long before he chased the snakes out of Ireland, Patrick loved to read the Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear:
- 624 – Led by Muhammad, the Muslims of Medina defeat the Quraysh of Mecca in the Battle of Badr.
- 1776 – American Revolution: British forces evacuate Boston, ending the Siege of Boston, after George Washington and Henry Knox place artillery in positions overlooking the city.
- 1780 – American Revolution: George Washington grants the Continental Army a holiday “as an act of solidarity with the Irish in their fight for independence”.
- 1861 – The Kingdom of Italy is proclaimed.
- 1941 – In Washington, D.C., the National Gallery of Art is officially opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
- 1942 – Holocaust: The first Jews from the Lvov Ghetto are gassed at the Belzec death camp in what is today eastern Poland.
- 1958 – The United States launches the Vanguard 1 satellite.
- 1960 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the National Security Council directive on the anti-Cuban covert action program that will ultimately lead to the Bay of Pigs Invasion.
- 1966 – Off the coast of Spain in the Mediterranean, the DSV Alvin submarine finds a missing American hydrogen bomb.
- 1969 – Golda Meir becomes the first female Prime Minister of Israel.
- 1970 – My Lai Massacre: The United States Army charges 14 officers with suppressing information related to the incident.
- 1985 – Serial killer Richard Ramirez, aka the “Night Stalker”, commits the first two murders in his Los Angeles, California murder spree.
- 1992 – A referendum to end apartheid in South Africa is passed 68.7% to 31.2%.
Green with envy? No matter, let’s get right to today’s Headlines Du Jour:
ANOTHER DISPATCH FROM DETROIT, ‘MERKA’S FIRST THROWAWAY CITY:
COLD CASE SOLVED:
Has the real Sherlock Holmes been deduced?
A new biography of a leading Victorian detective suggests
he helped inspire Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation
TODAY IN CLIMATE CHANGE:
Rob Ford captured on
new video stumbling,
swearing outside city hall
Mayor Rob Ford has again been caught
on video behaving erratically in public.
FOX “NEWS” IN THE NEWS AGAIN:
VIDEO DU JOUR: