Hello again, Headliners. Today’s birthday belongs to Otis Ray Redding, Jr, whose biggest hit, “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay,” was recorded 3 days before he died in a plane crash in 1967, making it a Headline Du Jour of yesteryear. Also on this date:
- 1739 – Stono Rebellion, the largest slave uprising in Britain’s mainland North American colonies prior to the American Revolution, erupts near Charleston, South Carolina.
- 1776 – The Continental Congress officially names its new union of sovereign states the United States.
- 1791 – Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States, is named after President George Washington.
- 1839 – John Herschel takes the first glass plate photograph.
- 1850 – California is admitted as the thirty-first U.S. state.
- 1926 – In the United States the National Broadcasting Company is formed.
- 1940 – George Stibitz pioneers the first remote operation of a computer.
- 1942 – World War II: A Japanese floatplane drops incendiary bombs on Oregon.
- 1947 – First case of a computer bug being found: a moth lodges in a relay of a Harvard Mark II computer at Harvard University.
- 1956 – Elvis Presley appears on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time.
- 1969 – In Canada, the Official Languages Act comes into force, making the French language equal to the English language throughout the Federal government.
- 1971 – The four-day Attica Prison riot begins, which eventually results in 39 dead, most killed by state troopers retaking the prison.
- 1993 – The Palestine Liberation Organization officially recognizes Israel as a legitimate state.
Here’s today’s Headlines Du Jour:
MORE OF THAT REPUBLICAN OUTREACH:
Republicans’ bugging of Assemblyman Edward Hennessey’s car, while others demanded an
apology. State GOP Chairman Ed Cox shot back on Monday that the tracking was perfectly legal.
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