Saturday, June 6, 2009

Birthday wishes are in order

June 6, 1935 -
Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso (born Lhamo Döndrub), the Dalai Lama, Tibet, spiritual leader of Tibet's Lamaistic Buddhists was born on this date.

June 6, 1955 -
Sandra Bernhard, comedian/actress was also born on this day.

These are not two people you ever mention in the same breathe.

Today in History -
June 6, 1752 -
A devastating fire destroys a third of Moscow, including 18,000 homes. Two other large-scale fires already struck the city in the previous 13 days.

June 6, 1755 -
A boy was born in Coventry, Connecticut. He grew up, went to Yale, and became a teacher. He never distinguished himself in any way. He never wrote or said anything of note, never committed any famous or infamous deeds, never married or had children. He seemed destined to be swallowed whole by the omnivorous mouth of obscurity. He was therefore recruited by the United States Military as an intelligence agent, dispatched behind enemy lines in British-occupied Manhattan, and captured.

He was hanged by the British on September 22, 1776.

Moments before his execution, he expressed regret that he couldn't be hanged more than once. This remark catapulted him to posthumous fame (but only after his death), and Nathan Hale is revered to this day.

June 6, 1844 -
" ...Young man, there's a place you can go.
I said, young man, when you're short on your dough.
You can stay there, and I'm sure you will find
Many ways to have a good time...."

That 'fun' place to stay, the YMCA opens for the first time in London England.

June 6, 1944 -
Sixty four years ago was D-Day, the day of the allied invasion of Normandy, which was called Operation Overlord. The military calls the date of every major operation D-Day, probably to confuse the enemy.

This would have been especially confusing in Normandy, which is in France, where Day begins with a J. German spies were probably waiting to hear something about J-Day.

June 6, 1968 -
Senator Robert F. Kennedy dies at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles. The Democratic lawmaker had been campaigning for his party's Presidential nomination when he was shot three times by Sirhan Bishara Sirhan.

Jun 6 1976 -
American expatriate J. Paul Getty, named the richest man in the world in 1957, dies in London at age 83.

According to the oil baron, "If you can count your money, you don't have a billion dollars."

June 6, 1985 -
Authorities in Embu, Brazil exhume the grave of one Wolfgang Gerhard in order to determine its true identity. The remains are later proven to be those of Dr. Josef Mengele, Auschwitz's notorious "Angel of Death."

Mengele is thought to have drowned while swimming in the ocean in February 1979.

June 6, 1989 -
During the Tehran funeral of the Ayatollah Khomeini, frenzied mourners accidentally tip his corpse out of its coffin and onto the ground. Three million horrified followers bear witness to the desecration.

June 6, 1990 -
US district court judge Jose Gonzalez rules that the rap album As Nasty As They Wanna Be by 2 Live Crew violates Florida's obscenity law.

Gonzalez declares that the predominant subject matter of the record is "directed to the 'dirty' thoughts and the loins, not to the intellect and the mind."

I wonder what class teaches 'interpreting dirty thoughs and the loins'?

Happy Birthday Joe !!!

And so it goes.

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