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Pirates in Chicago? and "to infinity and beyond"

On November 22 in:


1869, in Dumbarton, Scotland, the clipper Cutty Sark is launched - one of the last clippers ever built, and the only one still surviving today;


1954, the Humane Society of the United States is founded;


1963, U.S. President John F. Kennedy is assassinated.  Lee Harvey Oswald is later captured and charged with the murder.  Oswald is shot two days later by Jack Ruby while in police custody;


1977, British Airways inaugurates a regular London to New York City supersonic Concorde service;


1986, Mike Tyson defeats Trevor Brvick to become youngest Heavyweight champion in boxing history;


1987, two Chicago television stations are hijacked by an unknown pirate dressed as Max Headroom; and in


1995, Toy Story is released as the first feature-length film created completely using computer-generated imagery.



The first "Jack Sparrow" and our neighbor to the north



On October 20 in:


1720, Caribbean pirate Calico Jack is captured by the Royal Navy;


1818, The Convention of 1818 is signed between the United States and the United Kingdom. Among other things, it settles the Canada- United States border on the 49th parallel;


1944, Liquid natural gas leaks from storage tanks in Cleveland, then explodes. The explosion and resulting fire level thirty blocks and kill 130 people;


1951, the "Johnny Bright Incident" occurs in Stillwater, Oklahoma;


1968, former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy marries Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis; and in


1977, Rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd's plane crashes. 

The Pieta is commissioned and a Saint is born

On August 26 in :


1498, Michelangelo is commissioned to carve the Pieta;


1920, The 19th amendment to to United States Constitution takes effect, giving women the right to vote;


1791, John Fitch is granted a United States patent for the steamboat;


1910, Mother Teresa, Macedonian-Indian missionary, Nobel Prize laureate is born; and in


1977, H.A. Rey, the German-American author and illustrator who created Curious George, dies at the age of 79. 

Sue, the T-Rex!

On August 12 in:

1898, Hawaii was annexed by the US; 

1977, we had the first free flight of the Space Shuttle Enterprise;

1990, Sue, the largest and most complete T-Rex skeleton found to date,  was discovered  by Sue Hendrickson in South Dakota; and

1994, Major baseball players go on strike, causing the 1994 World Series to be canceled.


"Hollywoodland", Live Aid and the Nixon tapes



On July 13 in:


1977, Somalia declares war on Ethiopia, starting the Ethiopian-Somali War;


1863, New York City draft riots;  in New York, N.Y., opponents of conscription begin three days of rioting which will be later regarded  as the worst in the United States history;


1985, The Live Aid benefit concert takes place in London and Philadelphia, as well as other venues such as Sydney and Moscow;


1923, The Hollywood sign is officially dedicated in the hills above Hollywood.  It originally reads "Hollywoodland" but the four last letters are dropped after renovation in 1949; and in


1973, Alexander Butterfield reveals the existence of the "Nixon tapes" to the Special Senate Committee investigating the Watergate break-in.  



Apple II, Equal Pay Act and the first public zoo

On June 10 in:


1963, the Equal Pay Act is signed into law by John Kennedy. It aims at abolishing wage disparity based on sex;


1692, Salem witch trials:  Bridget Bishop is hanged at Gallows Hill near Salem, Massachusetts, for "certaine Detestable Acts called Witchcraft and Sorceries";


1977, the Apple II, one of the first personal computers, goes on sale;


1935, Dr. Robert Smith takes his last drink and Alcoholics Anonymous is founded in Akron, Ohio, by him and Bill Wilson;


1940, World War II,  Italy declares war on France and the United Kingdom; and in


1793, the Jardin des Plantes museum opens in Paris.  A year later, it becomes the first public zoo.





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