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TODAY IN HISTORY—JULY 31, 2020:
Eid al-Adha (Muslim Holiday)
President Andrew Johnson, Apollo 15, Electric Light Orchestra featuring Hugh McDowell, R.E.M. featuring Bill Berry, and the Rolling Stones featuring Mick Jagger and Keith Richard:
- 30 BC: Following the Battle of Actium, Octavian- Julius Caesar’s great nephew regroups while Mark Anthony finds himself with a massive desertion of his troops. Once Octavian regroups, he drives deeper into Egypt searching for Caesar’s illegitimate son with Cleopatra, her, too, as well as Anthony. Things would not end well for any of the three.
- 432: St. Sixtus III begins his reign as Catholic Pope.
- 768: Philip begins and ends his reign as Catholic Pope. This took place because those who gave him his position were guilty of simony, which forced him to withdraw him from papacy.
- 1498: On his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, Christopher Columbus arrived at the island of Trinidad.
- 1556: St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, aka “the Jesuits,” died in Rome.
- 1620: The Pilgrim Fathers depart through England on the way the way to North America.
- 1715: A fleet of Spanish ships carrying gold, silver, and rare jewels sank during a hurricane off the east Florida coast; of some 2,500 crew members aboard, approximately 1,000 lost their lives.
- 1718: At the Battle of Cape Pesaro, the English fleet destroys the Spanish fleet.
- 1751: A massive fire destroys 1,000 homes in Stockholm, Sweden.
- 1777: The Marquis de Lafayette, a 19-year-old French nobleman, received a commission as a major general in the American Continental Army.
- 1790: The first U.S. patent went to Samuel Hopkins for his process of making potash and pearl ashes; we use the substances in fertilizers.
- 1792: Builders lay the cornerstone for the first government building in the United States, the U.S. Mint at Philadelphia.
- 1809: The first working railroad track in America begins today, a wooden track for horse-drawn wagon-cars, again in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- 1849: Benjamin Chambers patents the breech-loading cannon.
- 1875: The 17th President of the United States, Andrew Johnson, died in Carter County, Tennessee, at age 66.
- 1914: Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II threatens ‘war’ if the Russian army does not immediately begin mobilizing; the nation did this to protect German ally, Austro-Hungary in its attack on Russian ally, Serbia.
- 1917: On the Western Front, the Third Battle of Ypres gets underway. More than half-a-million British casualties would occur as General Haig continued sending his men into the German meatgrinder.
- 1919: The republic’s National Assembly adopted Germany’s Weimar Constitution.
- 1922: In Minnesota, 18-year-old Ralph Samuelson rides the world’s first set of water skis. Meanwhile, a general strike protesting violence committed by Mussolini’s Fascist movement breaks out. It would not last long.
- 1928: MGM’s Leo the Lion roared for the first time. MGM introduced him in their first talking picture, “White Shadows on the South Seas.”
- 1930: The radio character, “The Shadow” made his debut as narrator of the “Detective Story Hour” on CBS Radio.
- 1932: Enzo Ferrari retired from racing on this date. However, in 1950, he launched a series of cars under his name.
- 1933: The radio series “Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy,” made its debut on CBS radio station WBBM in Chicago, Illinois.
- 1936: Tokyo, Japan, wins the Summer Olympics for 1940; however, due to World War II and Japan’s part in it, the International Olympic Committee cancels them.
- 1940: Reich Commissar Arthur Seyss-Inquart orders the elimination of all homosexuals. Meanwhile, Great Britain and allies sink 38 U-Boats (196,000 tons) for the month of July.
- 1941: German U-Boats sink 21 Allied ships this month for 96,000 tons.
- 1942: SS troops at Minsk, Belorussia, gas 1,000 Jews. Meanwhile, German U-Boats sink 96 Allied ships during the month for a total of 476,000 tons.
- 1945: Pierre Laval, premier of the pro-Nazi Vichy government surrendered to U.S. authorities in Austria; he was turned over to France which later tried the man and then executed him.
- 1948: President Harry S. Truman helped dedicate New York International Airport (later John F. Kennedy International Airport) at Idlewild Field.
- 1953: Senator Robert A. Taft of Ohio, known as “Mr. Republican,” died in New York at age 63. Elsewhere, future cellist with the British rock band, Electric Light Orchestra[i] 1972-1979—Hugh McDowell—is born in Great Britain on this date.
- 1954: Pakistan’s K2 was conquered as two members of an Italian expedition, Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli, reached the summit.
- 1955: At age 17, Marilyn Bell of Toronto became the youngest person to swim the English Channel.
- 1957: The Distant Early Warning Line, a system of radar stations designed to detect Soviet bombers approaching North America, went into operation on this date.
- 1958: Future drummer with the American rock band, R.E.M.[ii] 1980-1997, Bill Berry, is born in the USA on this date.
- 1959: The Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) came into being on this date. We know the group as an armed Basque nationalist and separatist organization.
- 1960 Sunday: Founder of the Nation of Islam, Elijah Muhammad, calls for a ‘black state.’[iii]
- 1961 Monday: Israel welcomes its 1,000,000-immigrant arrival on this date. Elsewhere, the first tie in an All-Star Game major league baseball history took place when officials stopped the game in the 9th inning due to rain at Boston’s Fenway Park. Meanwhile, IBM introduced its first Selectric typewriter on this date with its distinctive “typeball.”
- 1964 Friday: The American space probe Ranger 7 transmitted pictures of the moon’s surface.
- 1967 Monday: Imprisoned for drugs, Rolling Stones[iv] Mick Jagger, and Keith Richard exit prison at the end of their one-month sentences.
- 1970 Friday: After 14 years, “The Huntley-Brinkley Report” ended as Chet Huntley signed off for the final time; the producers at NBC renamed the show, “The NBC Nightly News.”
- 1971: Apollo 15 crewmembers David Scott and James Irwin became the first astronauts to use a lunar rover on the surface of the moon.
- 1972 Monday: Democratic vice-presidential candidate Thomas Eagleton withdrew from the ticket with George McGovern following disclosures that Eagleton once had undergone psychiatric treatment.
- 1973 Tuesday: Delta Air Lines Flight 723, a DC-9, crashed while trying to land at Boston’s Logan International Airport, which killed all 89 people aboard.
- 1981 Friday: The seven-week baseball players’ strike ended when the players and owners agreed on the issue of free agent compensation.
- 1987 Friday: In a battle between Iranian pilgrims to Mecca against Saudi Arabian troops, 402 die in the melee prompting the Saudis to clamp down on the Iranian scum.
- 1989 Monday: A pro- Iranian group in Lebanon released a videotape reportedly showing the hanged body of American hostage William R. Higgins. Elsewhere, the Game Boy handheld video game device hit store shelves in the U.S.
- 1990 Tuesday: Bosnia-Herzegovina declares its independence from Yugoslavia.
- 1991 Wednesday: President George H.W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev singed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.
- 1995 Monday: The Walt Disney Company agreed to acquire Capital Cities/ABC in a $19 billion deal.
- 1997 Thursday: The Oakland Athletics trade slugger Mark McGuire to the St. Louis Cardinals for a sizable sum.
- 1999 Saturday: The spacecraft Lunar Prospect crashed into the moon. Its mission was to detect frozen water on the moon’s surface. NASA launched the craft on January 06, 1998.
- 2002 Wednesday: A bomb exploded inside a cafeteria at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, killing nine people, including five Americans.
- 2008 Thursday: Scientists reported the Phoenix spacecraft had confirmed the presence of frozen water in Martian soil.
- 2009 Friday: The space shuttle Endeavour and its seven astronauts returned to Earth, completing a long but successful construction job that boosted the size and power of the International Space Station.
- 2013 Wednesday: The super PAC, “Ready for Hillary,”[v] raises over $1,000,000 since its inception earlier in the year; most of the money comes from mega-donors for President Barack Obama.
- 2014 Thursday: President Obama authorizes the use of airstrikes against ISIS trash in Syria as well as in Iraq should they threaten any American military personnel as well as for cargo planes to deliver food to border areas between Syria, Iraq, and Turkey. Meanwhile, the death toll from the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 in West Africa.
- 2015 Friday: After killing the beloved lion, Cecil, the Zimbabwean authorities demand that the United States extradite American dentist, Walter James Palmer. Zimbabwe says the dentist lured the lion from a game preserve so he could shoot it on a safari.
- 2016 Sunday: Yuriko Koike becomes the first woman elected by the citizens of Tokyo to be its mayor.
- 2017 Monday: After less than two weeks, foul-mouth Anthony Scaramucci, aka the Mooch- is forced out of his position as communications director for Donald Trump’s White House.
- 2018 Tuesday: The 104thS. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, nominated by President Ronald Reagan to replace 99th U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr., finished his final day on the court and went into retirement. He took his seat on the nation’s high court on February 18-1988 and left little more than 30 years later. Long beloved by liberal Americans as the crucial swing vote on numerous cases, they shed tears as he left the court, fearing it would become much more conservative. Little did they know they would not have to worry about that.[vi] Meanwhile, Facebook announces a major moment of virtue-signaling as it announces it ‘removed Russian-linked accounts that are attempting to interfere in the November 2018 Elections.’[vii]
- 2019 Wednesday: U.S. officials announce a major coup with the news of an airstrike in Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden’s son, Hamza bin Laden, and a potential successor. Good, keep on killing these worthless jihadist scumbags. Meanwhile, after more than 700,000 people sing a petition demanding the Russian government do something about the out-of-control wildfires destroying Siberia (7.4 million acres burned), Vladimir Putin orders Russian troops to aid the locals in fighting the conflagration devouring his country. ‘Bout time you did something besides interfering in U.S. elections there, Vlad.
- 2020 Friday: Governor Gavin “The Smiler” Newsom continues causing problems for the citizens of California as on Friday, he pardoned five people who had already served time and commuted the sentences of another 21 state prison inmates including more than a dozen convicted of murder some of whose victims included young children and pregnant women. He did this, or so he says, because of the Xi Jinping Bat Flu. What a worthless POS. One of these scumbags released was a 64-year-old murderer Richard Flowers who, at age 38, murdered an elderly Tulare, California, woman in her home and stole her jewelry. He received a sentence of life without parole and when a potential parole hearing came up under the previous Governor Jerry Brown, Brown would not free him. (For more information on these felons, please see <https://www.politico.com/states/california/story/2020/03/27/newsom-grants-clemency-to-26-including-man-who-stabbed-elderly-woman-to-death-1269447>).
- 2020 Friday A: Here are today’s Xi Jinping Bat Flu Statistics for the globe: 17,321,394 confirmed cases, UP by 212,059 cases, 673,822 confirmed deaths, UP by 50,021 deaths, and 10,155,026 confirmed recoveries, UP by 154,288 recoveries. Here are the numbers for the United States: 4,625,180 confirmed cases, UP by 62,570 new cases, 155,246 confirmed deaths, UP by 1,201 new deaths, and 2,262,974 confirmed recoveries, UP by 38,679 new recoveries. (The number of recoveries would be even greater if Blue State governors would report them).
- 2020 Friday B: Next, in the three states in which, the world-famous American Institute of Culinary Politics-The Elemental News of the Day employs chef-authors, California, Hawaii, and Washington, here are the stats, Golden State first: 493,588 confirmed cases, UP 8,086 cases, 9,005 confirmed deaths, UP by 96, but as is the norm, NO mention of confirmed recoveries. Next, here are the stats for the Aloha State: 1,989 confirmed cases, 26 confirmed deaths, and 1,226 confirmed recoveries. Finally, in the Ever-Red, uh, we mean, the Evergreen State, here are the stats: 55,803 confirmed cases, 1,564 confirmed deaths, but like California, the slope-headed governor, Jay Inslee, won’t share the number of confirmed recoveries. Shame on these flipping Democrats.
- 2020 Friday C: Here are today’s Stock Market closes: DOW Jones Industrial Average: 26,428.32, UP 114.67 points (+0.44%). Next, the NASDAQ: 10,745.27, UP 157.46 points (+1.49%). Finally, here are the stats for the S&P 500: 3,271.12, UP 24.90 points (+0.77%). The price of GOLD is $1,973.30 per troy oz., +10.50 (+0.53%) while the price of SILVER is $24.63 per troy ounce, +0.414 (+1.71%). The price of PLATINUM is $919.70 per troy oz, +0.80 (+0.09) while the price of COPPER is $2.86 per pound, -0.0085 (-0.30%). The price of Light Sweet Crude Oil is $40.43 per barrel, +0.16 (+0.40%). Currently, one dollar U.S. = 6.97 yuan. Meanwhile, the U.S. unemployment rate has dropped from 13.3-percent in June to 11.1-percent in July.
- 2020 Friday D: Rasmussen polling has President Donald J. Trump’s approval rate for job performance at 50-percent. Meanwhile, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, age 87, left the hospital today following a revisal of a bile duct stint. God bless you, madam, please get well soon. Finally, speculation alights on Sen. Kamala Harris, D-CA, as the potential VP pick of Joe Biden. In order for Ms. Harris to get her senatorial gig, she had an affair with former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown so if she gets the VP nod, with whom did she trade (allegedly) trade favors to get the number two spot on the ballot?
BEVERLY CARRICK ORIGINAL ARTWORK OF THE DAY:
This artwork is #0176 a 16” x 12” original oil painting by Beverly Carrick, which, she entitled, “A Victorian Beauty.” It is among her more beautiful works and is available for sale. You can see much more of her work at her Website, found at beverlycarrick.com, or at the blog’s Facebook page. At her Website, you will see not only more original oil paintings but also lithographs, giclees, prints, miniatures, photographs, and even her award-winning instructional video entitled, “Painting the Southwest with Beverly Carrick.” Beverly has been painting for more than 60 years and known around the world for both the beauty and timelessness of her artworks. Hanging in private and public galleries and followed by many fans encircling the globe—her works instill awe because of her artistic brilliance and personal beauty. We urge you to go to her Website NOW and view her work. It is possible that you will find something you like and will want to buy it for yourself, a friend, a loved one, or a neighbor! You will not be disappointed so please: do yourself a favor and go there IMMEDIATELY! Thank you, the American Institute of Culinary Politics-Elemental News of the Day!
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ALBUM OF THE DAY AT THE AICPENDBLOG.COM:
Roger Hodgson released his third solo album, a live effort, “Rites of Passage,” on August 08, 1997. The album featured 12 tracks culled from throughout his Supertramp and solo career and is a true joy to hear. Joining the musician on this stirring album are Andrew Hodgson (drums), Mikhail Graham (guitars), Rich Stanmyre (bass), John Helliwell (saxophone), Jeff Daniel (keyboards). And one or two others. Following the release of the artist’s second album, “Hai-Hai,” he was set to go out on tour but week before he and his band were to leave, he suffered a fall that damaged both wrists. While we never understand why a musician won’t bring in another guitarist as long as he can sing, it is good that he finally did make it onto the road as this album demonstrates what a capable and talented artist he is. Please, seek it out and add it to your growing collection- you will be glad you did.
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[i] We plan on promoting the music of the Move, Electric Light Orchestra, Wizzard, Roy Wood, and Jeff Lynne after we wrap up Supertramp. Stay with us.
[ii] We definitely look forward to doing the music of R.E.M. at some point in the next five years.
[iii] Let’s give him Puerto Rico.
[iv] We shared the music of the Rolling Stones (and the group’s individual members) beginning Tuesday, 22-March-2016 through Sunday, 28-August-2016. This included the members solo projects.
[v] Hillary was raising money for a long, long time. Too bad she wasn’t a better candidate and too bad Barack Hussein Obama didn’t do a better job of helping her.
[vi] Both of President Donald J. Trump’s two court picks Neil Gorsuch (#113) and Brett Kavanaugh (#114) have voted against the president who nominated them more often than they have not- just like Associate Justice Kennedy! What is it about Republican picks?
[vii] Regarding the Russians and election interference, what the f**k else is new? They have been doing this sort of crap since Josef Stalin was running the country.
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