Here's Today in History -
Tonight is the Fourth night of Kwanzaa and Sunday is the Fifth. Saturday celebrates Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) - To build and maintain the community's stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.
December 29, 1170 -Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, is slashed to death by four of King Henry II's knights at the altar of the Virgin Mary. "Is there no one who will rid me from this turbulent priest", cried Henry in frustration earlier that month. It was apparently not a serious demand for Becket's death, but that did not stop his brains from being splattered in Canterbury Cathedral. So kids, remember, don't ask for things that you don't really want.
December 29, 1851 -It's fun to stay at the YMCA. Formation of the first YMCA in the United States in Boston, on this date.
December 29, 1890 -The Wounded Knee Massacre took place in Wounded Knee, South Dakota as over 200 Sioux were killed by US troops sent to disarm them. Another proud moment in American history.
December 29, 1972 -Members of a Uruguayan rugby team whose plane crashed in the Andes admit at a press conference that they survived by Cannibalism. This spawned a popular theme for bumper stickers, "Rugby Players Eat Their Dead". But best of all is the quote from one of the team, "If we had been soccer players, we would have died."
December 29, 1993 -Former child star Todd Bridges (who played Willis on "Different Strokes") arrested for transportation of methamphetamine. What the hell was in the water on that set.
December 29, 1997 -Male nurse Orville Lynn Majors is charged with six counts of murder at Vermillion County Hospital in Newport, MD. He is suspected of many other murders, likely over 100. Majors would apparently inject older patients with potassium chloride or other drugs, and frequently he expressed a dislike for elderlies. When off duty, hospital deaths occurred once every 551 hours; but on duty, once every 23 hours. Apparently, Columbo didn't work out of Newport, MD.
And so it goes.