41 – Roman Emperor Caligula, known for his eccentricity and cruel despotism, is assassinated by his disgruntled Praetorian Guards. The Guard then proclaims Caligula’s uncle Claudius as Emperor. Having served on a security detail in Iraq, the lesson here
is always tip your waiter.
1848 – California Gold Rush: James W. Marshall finds gold at Sutter’s Mill near Sacramento. Oddly enough, in 1985 on a road trip to Syracuse University I found gold in a bar called Sutter’s Mill. I think her name was Lisa and she was a Tri Delt but everything else is hazy.
1961 – 1961 Goldsboro B-52 crash: A bomber carrying two H-bombs breaks up in mid-air over North Carolina. 5 of 6 arming devices automatically arm on one bomb. Easch bomb was 250 times more powerful than Hiroshima. The uranium core of one weapon remains buried in some 55 feet of ground that flooded everytime they tried to dig it out. So the Air Force bought the land. The third pilot is the only man to every eject from the top hatch of a B-52 without an ejection seat and live to tell about it. This proves fear is a great motivator.
1972 – Japanese Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi is found hiding in a Guam jungle, where he had been since the end of World War II. Wasn’t this a Gilligan’s Island episode?
2003 – The United States Department of Homeland Security officially begins operation.
Indecipherable color coded terror alert systems and humiliating airport pat downs soon follow. The Coast Guard is traded here by the Department of Transportation for an agency to be named later.
76 – Hadrian, Roman Emperor, builder of the wall and bad neighbor to the Picts. The original spite fence.
1941 – Neil Diamond, American singer
1941 – Aaron Neville, American singer Now there is an joint album for you
1943 – Sharon Tate, American actress and Manson murder victim What a career she could have had
1946 – Michael Ontkean, Canadian actor and former Division One Hockey player, Ned Braden from Slapshot
1947 – Warren Zevon, American musician and genius Send Lawyers, Guns and Money ’cause Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner is an Excitable Boy and he’s on the loose with Werewolves of London
1949 – John Belushi, American actor “John Blutarsky, zero point zero”
1987– Jennifer Repollet, Paralegal, Baker, McEvoy Everybody deserves to see their name in lights. If you see her in the office today and she is awake say Happy Birthday.
Other than Caligula
1965 – Winston Churchill, soldier, politician, historian, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Nobel laureate and enjoyer of the finer things in life.
1975 – Larry Fine, American actor and comedian The Brainy Stooge
1986 – L. Ron Hubbard, American writer and founder of Scientology So many jokes, so little time
1993 – Thurgood Marshall, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Jen’s Birthday and the Feast of Cadoc