On This Day in History
1855 – About 5,000 “Border Ruffians” from western Missouri invaded the territory of Kansas and forced the election of a pro-slavery legislature. It was the first election in Kansas. Sad story, but I just like the term “Border Ruffians.”
1867 – The US purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million dollars. Insert obligatory Sarah Palin joke.
1870 – The 15th amendment, guaranteeing the right to vote regardless of race, was passed by the US Congress.
1909 – The Queensboro bridge in New York opened, linking Manhattan and Queens. It was the first double-decker bridge.
1958 – The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater gave its initial performance. In later years, graduates like James from Showgirls would put on works of aesthetic mastery at Las Vegas nightclubs.
1964 – Jeopardy debuts on NBC
1966 – Barbra Streisand’s Color Me Barbra special aired on CBS-TV.
1978 – Paul Simonon and Topper Headon of The Clash were arrested in London for shooting pigeons from the roof of a rehearsal hall. I love The Clash and despise pigeons so I have no problem with this.
1981 –Ronald Reagan was shot and wounded in Washington, DC, by gun enthusiast and Jodie Foster obsessive John W. Hinckley, Jr.
1987 – Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers was bought for $39.85 million.
1993 – In the Peanuts comic strip, Charlie Brown hit his first home run, but still can not get to first base with the little redheaded girl.