Hello, Headliners. Today’s birthday boy is Egbert Roscoe Murrow, aka Edward R. Murrow. who read a lot of Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear:
- 1792 – Highwayman Nicolas J. Pelletier becomes the first person executed by guillotine.
- 1792 – La Marseillaise (the French national anthem) is composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle.
- 1846 – Thornton Affair: Open conflict begins over the disputed border of Texas, triggering the Mexican–American War.
- 1847 – The last survivors of the Donner Party are out of the wilderness.
- 1859 – British and French engineers break ground for the Suez Canal.
- 1901 – New York becomes the first U.S. state to require automobile license plates.
- 1944 – The United Negro College Fund is incorporated.
- 1945 – The Nazi occupation army surrenders and leaves Northern Italy after a general partisan insurrection by the Italian resistance movement; the puppet fascist regime dissolves and Benito Mussolini tries to escape. This day is taken as symbolic of the Liberation of Italy.
- 1953 – Francis Crick and James D. Watson publish “Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid” describing the double helix structure of DNA.
- 1959 – The St. Lawrence Seaway, linking the North American Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean, officially opens to shipping.
- 1961 – Robert Noyce is granted a patent for an integrated circuit.
- 1982 – Israel completes its withdrawal from the Sinai Peninsula per the Camp David Accords.
- 1983 – Pioneer 10 travels beyond Pluto‘s orbit.
- 1988 – In Israel, John Demjanuk is sentenced to death for war crimes committed in World War II.
Let’s get right to today’s Headlines Du Jour:
IN LGBT NEWS:
GET THE FRACK OUT OF HERE:
GOP STANDS FOR “GOT OVERLY PLASTERED”
IT’S A SERIES OF TUBES:
WAR IS HELL, UNLESS YOU’RE A CONTRACTOR:
The Real Winner of the Afghan War
Is This Shady Military Contractor
The State Department paid out $4 billion
to rebuild Afghanistan. Some $2.5 billion of
that went to a single firm with a bad, bad past.