Howdy Headliners! Today’s birthday belongs to Kevin Ayers, an English singer-songwriter, who started in the free Jazz combo Soft Machine. Before he died last year, he lived through quite a few Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear:
- 1812 – War of 1812: American General William Hull surrenders Fort Detroit without a fight to the British Army.
- 1841 – U.S. President John Tyler vetoes a bill which called for the re-establishment of the Second Bank of the United States. Enraged Whig Party members riot outside the White House in the most violent demonstration on White House grounds in U.S. history.
- 1858 – U.S. President James Buchanan inaugurates the new transatlantic telegraph cable by exchanging greetings with Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. However, a weak signal forces a shutdown of the service in a few weeks.
- 1896 – Skookum Jim Mason, George Carmack and Dawson Charlie discover gold in a tributary of the Klondike River in Canada, setting off the Klondike Gold Rush.
- 1927 – The Dole Air Race begins from Oakland, California, to Honolulu, Hawaii, during which six out of the eight participating planes crash or disappear.
- 1930 – The first color sound cartoon, called Fiddlesticks, is made by Ub Iwerks.
- 1930 – The first British Empire Games were opened in Hamilton, Ontario by the Governor General of Canada, the Viscount Willingdon.
- 1954 – The first issue of Sports Illustrated is published.
- 1974 – Punk Rock pioneers The Ramones play their first show in a local New York club named CBGB.
- 1989 – A solar flare from the Sun creates a geomagnetic storm that affects micro chips, leading to a halt of all trading on Toronto’s stock market.
- 2008 – The Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago is topped off at 1,389 feet (423 m), at the time becoming the world’s highest residence above ground-level.
Let’s look at today’s Headlines Du Jour:
COPS GONE WILD:
Mayberry has a SWAT team and
authorities are eager to unleash riot
police on the public. This wasn’t the
case 50 years ago, so how’d we get