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TODAY IN HISTORY—MAY 20, 2020:
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Associate Justice of the Supreme Court John Marshall Harlan II; U.S. Secretary of State Frederick Theodore Frelinghuysen; U.S. Senator Mike Crapo; .38 Special featuring Ken Lyons, the Atlanta Rhythm Section featuring Robert Nix, the Bee Gees featuring Robin Gibb, (Sonny and) Cher, the Doors featuring Ray Manzarek, Joe Cocker, and T-Rex featuring Steve Currie:
- 526: An earthquake at Antioch, Syria, reportedly kills 250,000 people.
- 1293: An earthquake hits Kamakura, Japan, killing at least 30,000 people.
- 1498: Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama arrives at Calicut, India, after sailing around the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. This singular event would throw the caravan trail from the Orient to the Middle East into decline for centuries. It would also open up much of the world to European colonization.
- 1506: In Spain, Christopher Columbus dies in poverty on this date, which is amazing as the man discovered the New World and voyaged to it at least six separate times.
- 1520: Hernando Cortez and his conquistadors defeated Spanish troops sent by the governor in Cuba for going ‘off script’ in his invasion of the Aztec Empire. The survivors then joined Cortez in his triumphal return to Mexico City.
- 1521: Ignatius of Loyola was wounded by a cannonball while defending Pamplona against the French; during his convalescence he turned to religion, becoming a leader of the Counter-Reformation and the founder of the Jesuits.
- 1609: In London, publisher Thomas Thorpe—perhaps illicitly—publishes William Shakespeare’s Sonnets.
- 1639: Dorchester, Massachusetts, forms the first school entirely paid with local taxes.
- 1774: Due to the increasingly anti-British sentiments in the American Colonies, the British Parliament passes the Coercive Acts designed to cow the colonists.
- 1830: H. D. Hyde invented the fountain pen on this date.
- 1861: The state of Kentucky proclaims its neutrality during the Civil War while North Carolina becomes the 11th and last state to secede from the Union. Meanwhile, the capital of the Confederacy moved from Montgomery, Ala., to Richmond, Va.
- 1862: President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act, which he intended would encourage settlements west of the Mississippi River by making federal land available for farming.
- 1864: During the Civil War, the Battle of Spotsylvania ends with total casualties numbering more than 10,920 killed or wounded.
- 1873: Levi Straus manufactures blue jeans with copper rivets with the selling price set at $13.50 per dozen.
- 1875: The International Bureau of Weights and Measures undergoes establishment.
- 1882: Germany, Austro-Hungary, and France unite in the Triple Alliance.
- 1885: In Newark, N.J., the former 29thS. Secretary of State Frederick Theodore Frelinghuysen died. Beginning political life as a Whig, he became a Republican and served under President Chester A. Arthur / from 12-19-1881 to 03-06-1885.
- 1892: France leaves the above-mentioned Triple Alliance, but Italy joins making it the new Triple Alliance.
- 1899: Future 89th Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) John Marshall Harlan II, Republican, appointed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to fill Robert H. Jackson’s seat, is born in Chicago, Illinois, on this date. He served from 03-17-1955 to 09-23-1971. Meanwhile, taxi driver Jacob German of New York City became the first driver to undergo arrest for speeding. The posted speed limit was 8 miles per hour when he was driving along at the whopping speed of 12 MPH in his electric vehicle. It is interesting to note that the police officer who pulled him over on Manhattan’s Lexington Avenue was riding a bicycle.
- 1902: The United States ended a three-year military presence in Cuba as the people established the Republic of Cuba under its first elected president, Tomas Estrada Palma—the United States should have made it a state.
- 1916: Norman Rockwell’s first cover on The Saturday Evening Post
- 1926: The U.S. Congress passes the Air Commerce Act, which calls for the regulation and licensing of all pilots and the registering of all aircraft.
- 1927: Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York, aboard the Spirit of St. Louis on his historic solo flight to France. Meanwhile, through the Treaty of Jedda, Saudi Arabia gains its independence from Great Britain.
- 1932: Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. However, because of weather and equipment problems, Earhart set down in Northern Ireland instead of her intended destination of France.
- 1939: The first regular air-passenger service across the Atlantic Ocean began with the take-off of the Yankee Clipper from Port Washington, N.Y. Meanwhile, the first telecast over telephone wires emanated from Madison Square Garden to the NBC-TV studios in Manhattan; the event was a bicycle race.
- 1940: During the Blitzkrieg across France, German General Heinz Guderian’s armored units reach the English Channel, trapping the British Expeditionary Force as well as French and Belgium troops.
- 1941: During World War II, German troops invade the Mediterranean Sea island of Crete to strangle British forces in North Africa.
- 1942: During World War II, the Office of Civilian Defense was established.
- 1944: Joe Cocker[i], famed vocalist, was born in Sheffield, England, on this date. Meanwhile, in the United States, the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) dissolves. It would return in several decades as the NEW Democratic Party.
- 1946: Future star with Sonny and Cher[ii] as well as a solo superstar, Cher, is born in El Centro, California, on this date.
- 1947: In Great Britain, the future bassist for the British Glam-Rock band, T-Rex, is born. He would perform with this band and with others until he was killed in Portugal in an automobile accident in April 1981.
- 1948: During their War of Independence, the Israeli Air Force appears for the first time, helping to win a victory over the struggling Syrian army.
- 1951: In Idaho Falls, Idaho, future U.S. Senator Mike Crapo, a Republican, is born. He would represent his home state and entered the U.S. Senate on 01-03-1999.
- 1954: Chiang Kai-shek becomes the president of Nationalist China.
- 1959: Nearly 5,000 Japanese Americans had their U.S. citizenship restored after renouncing it during World War II.
- 1961: A white mob attacked a busload of Freedom Riders in Montgomery, Alabama, prompting the federal government to send in U.S. marshals to restore order.
- 1969: U.S. and South Vietnamese forces captured Ap Bia Mountain, referred to as Hamburger Hill by the Americans following one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War.
- 1970: New York hosted a pro-Vietnam War march with 100,000 people. Meanwhile, when two subway trains collide in Queens, N.Y., 2 people die and another 70 suffer all manner of injuries.
- 1972: As their new constitution undergoes ratification, the people of the Republic of Cameroon, Africa, proclaim it as a new nation.
- 1978: Mavis Hutchinson, at age 53, became the first woman to run across America. It took her 69 days to run the 3,000 miles.
- 1983: In their WBA heavyweight title boxing match, Michael Dokes and Michael Weaver fight to a draw. Meanwhile, in their WBC heavyweight boxing match, Larry Holmes beats Tim Witherspoon via a split decision in a 12-round bout which improves the champ’s record to 43-0.
- 1985: In their heavyweight title fight, Larry Holmes beats Carl Williams in a 15 round unanimous decision, improving his record to 48-0, retaining the IBF belt. Elsewhere, the FBI arrested U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer John Walker, who had begun spying for the Soviet Union in 1968.
- 1990: The Hubble Space Telescope sent back its first photographs to scientists on Earth.
- 1991: The Soviet government approves a law allowing its citizens to travel abroad. Meanwhile, the NBA announces Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls as its MVP.
- 1993: An estimated 93 million people tuned in for the final episode of “Cheers” on NBC.
- 1997: In Nashville, Tennessee, heavyweight boxer Greg Page improves his record to 43-12 with a 1st Round KO over Armando Turrubiartes.
- 2010 Wednesday: Scientists announced that they had created a functional synthetic genome.
- 2011 Tuesday: In a meeting with President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informs Obama that his nation will not fully withdraw to its pre-1967 borders as the American president had requested him to do.
- 2012 Sunday: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells his cabinet that hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants from Africa threaten the identity of the Jewish state. Elsewhere, famed member of the British group, the Bee Gees[iii]— Robin Gibb (vocals, guitars, keyboards, harmonica 1958-1969 / 1970-2003 / 2009-2012)—lost his battle with colorectal cancer on this date. God bless him. Meanwhile, Ken Lyons, bassist with the Southern rock band, 38 Special[iv] (1974-1977), died on this date. Finally, longtime drummer with another Southern rock band, the Atlanta Rhythm Section[v]–Robert Nix (drums/percussion/backing vocals 1971-1979)—died on this date.
- 2013 Monday: Ray Manzarek, keyboardist of the rock group, the Doors[vi], dies in Germany from cancer. Meanwhile, in Stockholm, Sweden, thousands of illegal immigrants launch a massive riot in which, the scumbags set 100 automobiles ablaze during the melee. Meanwhile, Yahoo purchases Tumblr for $1.1 billion. Wow. Finally, jihadists running amok across Iraq kill 133 people and wound at least another 283. Ah, the so-called “Religion of Peace!”
- 2014 Tuesday: General Motors recalls another 2.4 million vehicles to head off potential other unspecified defects; in 2014, the company recalled 13 million vehicles for one defect or another.
- 2015 Wednesday: According to Brainy History, archaeologists report on the findings in Kenya of stone tools over a half-million years older than known species of human ancestors, raising questions regarding human evolution and use of tools. Elsewhere, after 33 years of hosting the “Late Show with David Letterman,” the hosts signs off for the last time. He goes into retirement.
- 2017: Embarking on his first foreign trip as commander-in-chief, President Donald J. Trump arrives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Saudis were so excited by his visit that members of the royal family danced the sword dance with the 45th Awesome! They didn’t do this dance with Barack Hussein Obama and he was one of theirs!
- 2018: In the socialist hellhole of Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro wins re-election in a questionable election marked by boycotts, protests, and massive accusations of vote-rigging. The guy must be a Democrat.
- 2019: Google supposedly ends its support for communist China’s Huawei Android phone system as tensions between the United States and the counterfeit socialist nation deteriorate.
- 2020 Wednesday: Beijing is sniveling and whining that everyone is calling the Chinese Virus “the Chinese Virus,” but it is the Chinese Virus as it came to us from the hinterlands of Wuhan, China, and it continues killing people around the planet as we speak and allowing totalitarian leaders to increase their grip on their populations. Here are the stats for the globe today: 4,968,689 number of confirmed cases, 326,515 number of confirmed deaths, and 1,885,535 number of confirmed recoveries. In the United States, we have (thanks to communist China) 1,581,903 confirmed cases, 93,806 confirmed deaths, and 301,341 confirmed recoveries. In the three states in which, the AICPENDBLOG.COM- the old American Institute of Culinary Politics-The Elemental News of the Day, formerly at Google Blogger (scumbags), California, Hawaii, and Washington state, here are the stats, the Golden State first: 81,795 confirmed cases, 3,334 confirmed deaths, and NO MENTION of confirmed recoveries. Next, here are Hawaii’s stats: 643 confirmed cases, 17 confirmed deaths, and 578 confirmed recoveries. Finally, here are Washington state’s stats: 18,923 confirmed cases, 1,037 confirmed deaths, and NO MENTION of confirmed recoveries. Meanwhile, liberal Blue State governors continue freeing criminals from prisons and jails, supposedly out of fear of COVID-19, but in truth, seeking to punish their enemies. Is a second Civil War coming? It sure looks that way, thanks to communist China.
BEVERLY CARRICK ORIGINAL ARTWORK OF THE DAY:
This artwork is #0105 a 30” x 40” original oil painting by Beverly Carrick, which, she entitled, “Joe’s Valley.” 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!
Beverly Carrick: The World’s Greatest Artist (1927-2012)
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[i] We definitely look forward to presenting the music of Joe Cocker, the famed British ex-bricklayer who blew the minds of the world at the 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Festival. Please stay tuned for further developments.
[ii] Don’t know when- or if- we will ever promote the music of Sonny and Cher or of Cher, herself. I guess we shall see.
[iii] We hope to promote the music of the Bee Gees within the next 3-4 years.
[iv] We are not sure when we will promote the music of .38-Special but will do so when we do a big shindig for Southern rock bands. Please stay tuned for further developments.
[v] The Atlanta Rhythm Section is another awesome American band, one we sure as heck hope to promote when and if we return to doing music again.
[vi] We promoted the music of the Doors, the famed Los Angeles, California, hard rocking psychedelic band beginning on Saturday, 18-February-2012 through 02-April-2012. We hope you will seek this legendary band out and consider adding it to your ever-growing collection.
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