On This Day in History
1603 – Queen Elizabeth I dies, lives on in dozens of movies.
1720 – In Paris, banking houses closed due to financial crisis. Thank goodness things are so improved now.
1832 – Mormon Joseph Smith was beaten, tarred, and feathered in Ohio. Probably deserved it.
1868 – Metropolitan Life Insurance Company was formed. Cutest insurance ad campaign ever.
1906 – The “Census of the British Empire” revealed that England ruled 1/5 of the world. On the same date in 1972, Great Britain imposed direct rule over Northern Ireland, the only place they had left.
1955 – Tennessee Williams’ play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof debuted on Broadway.
1960 – The U.S. took another step out of the dark ages as an appeals court ruled that the novel Lady Chatterly’s Lover was not obscene and could be sent through the mail. Trashy, but not obscene.
1973 – Lou Reed was bitten on his rear end by a fan during a concert in Buffalo, NY. The male fan was ejected from the show, which is surprising as Lou probably liked it.
1989 – A drunk crashes the Exxon Valdez in Alaska, spilling oil on cute animals. Exxon exec proposes blaming the animals in next board meeting.
1992 – A Chicago judge ruled in the Milli Vanilli class-action suit that $3.00 cash rebates would be given to anyone who could prove that they bought the group’s music before November 27, 1990 (the date the lipsynching scandal broke). This, of course, would involve admitting to buying the music in the first place.
1998 – A former FBI agent said papers found in James Earl Ray’s car supports a conspiracy theory in the assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Shocker.