Howdy Headliners!!! Today’s birthday is celebrated by Terry Reid, who gave up the chance to become Led Zeppelin’s lead singer, so he could tour as an opening act for Cream. Here are some of the other Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear:
- 1553 – Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer and four others, including Lady Jane Grey, are accused of high treason and sentenced to death under Catholic Queen “Bloody” Mary I.
- 1887 – Bloody Sunday clashes in central London.
- 1927 – The Holland Tunnel opens to traffic as the first Hudson River vehicle tunnel linking New Jersey to New York City.
- 1940 – Walt Disney’s animated musical film Fantasia is first released, on the first night of a roadshow at New York’s Broadway Theatre.
- 1947 – The Soviet Union completes development of the AK-47, one of the first proper assault rifles.
- 1956 – The Supreme Court of the United States declares Alabama laws requiring segregated buses illegal, thus ending the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
- 1969 – Vietnam War: Anti-war protesters in Washington, D.C. stage a symbolic March Against Death.
- 1974 – Ronald DeFeo, Jr. murders his entire family in Amityville, Long Island in the house that would become known as The Amityville Horror.
- 1982 – The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C. after a march to its site by thousands of Vietnam War veterans.
- 1985 – Xavier Suárez is sworn in as Miami‘s first Cuban-born mayor.
- 1988 – Mulugeta Seraw, an Ethiopian law student in Portland, Oregon is beaten to death by members of the Neo-Nazi group East Side White Pride.
- 1994 – In a referendum, voters in Sweden decide to join the European Union.
- 2001 – War on Terror: In the first such act since World War II, US President George W. Bush signs an executive order allowing military tribunals against foreigners suspected of connections to terrorist acts or planned acts on the United States.
Here is today’s Headlines Du Jour: