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Are you not thinking of William Jennings Bryan as satirized in that scurrilous Hollywond jazz, Inherit the Wind? Spencer Tracy, great actor that he was, made Darrow a far more likable man than he truly was (in fact Darrow was real fuzzy when it came to intellect); while Frederick March made mush of Bryan, who in actuality was a very effective public speaker. No record that I know of actually provides a transcript of the Chesterton/Darrow encounter in the New York of 1931 and this site pretty much summarizes all that is known of the encounter:
 
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Originally posted by drgonzaga drgonzaga wrote:

ROTFLMAO!
 
Carch wrote:
 
This also leads to the strange case of California where they outlaw gay marriage but at the same time allow a thriving porn industry where thousand of young girls are risking their physical and mental health just to satisfy greedy porn mongers and their customers.
 
Who'd have thunk it?Shocked Our Carch is a prude! And in Sweden no less...Xaviera Hollander would have been shocked by such a comment, specially if uttered by someone from the land that gave us I am Curious Yellow! Besides, the home of the porn industry is in Europe as any jaunt through the Internet would underscore. Even addicts of gay porn know that bit of info...but then just view it as a product of European gay marriagesEvil Smile.
 


Actually, the porn industry in Sweden, or in Europe as a whole, is just a drip in the ocean compared with the California one. The California porn industry of today is one of the biggest producers and distributors of porn in the world.

By the way, even a country like Brazil produces more porn than Sweden.


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Originally posted by lirelou lirelou wrote:

Carch, I don't take my history from Dee Brown, in that he is a polemicist. But, there are recognized historians who treat Wounded Knee as something that should not have happened. But then, there are also apologists for the Branch Davidians. But from experience, I can tell you that 31 dead on the "oppressors" side is hardly evidence of a "massacre".


Well, there are several other sources to wounded knee too, and most of them seem to agree concerning the overall chain of events. Something that should be a disarmament escalated into a clash that degenarated into a massacre. The women and children in the camp were not combatants and several men that were disarmed were also shot. And some of the US losses were shot by their own in the chaos. So a massacre is still an apropriate label on the event.
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Another important event on Dec 31st was the completion of the takeover by Putin on the Russian state. Regardless on your views on the guy his takeover was genius. From a simple clerk in St. Petersburg the guy rose through the ranks to become the National security advisor and then the PM. On this day in 1999, wrongfully considered the last in the mellenium, he took the presidency from Yeltsin, won Gronzny a month later and demonstrating a knowledge of the Russian psyche like non other (playing on national pride) won the elections in a landslide.
 
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Alas, poor Carch, he loves it so therefore the eagerness to locate it far fron Viking shores:
 
Actually, the porn industry in Sweden, or in Europe as a whole, is just a drip in the ocean compared with the California one. The California porn industry of today is one of the biggest producers and distributors of porn in the world.

By the way, even a country like Brazil produces more porn than Sweden.

Not that I am about to lubricate the pending engorgement waved above, these few facts should counteract the impact of Viagra as propounded above:

How Big Is Porn?

Interestingly, just a brief review of the Internet would illustrate that a vast majority of the sites and their operators have European origins--just the mangled English yields a clue--and no matter what image a Las Vegas convention might propound the inescapable fact behind the glitz is the incontrovertible fact that the meat served is drawn from European sewers. If the moderators will permit, here is but one channel:

 
PS: In a way, American "entrepeneurs" are serving as little more than "agents" for an European export...


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Originally posted by drgonzaga drgonzaga wrote:

Alas, poor Carch, he loves it so therefore the eagerness to locate it far fron Viking shores:
 
Actually, the porn industry in Sweden, or in Europe as a whole, is just a drip in the ocean compared with the California one. The California porn industry of today is one of the biggest producers and distributors of porn in the world.

By the way, even a country like Brazil produces more porn than Sweden.

Not that I am about to lubricate the pending engorgement waved above, these few facts should counteract the impact of Viagra as propounded above:

How Big Is Porn?

Interestingly, just a brief review of the Internet would illustrate that a vast majority of the sites and their operators have European origins--just the mangled English yields a clue--and no matter what image a Las Vegas convention might propound the inescapable fact behind the glitz is the incontrovertible fact that the meat serves is drawn from European sewers. If the moderators will permit, here is but one channel:

 
PS: In a way, American "entrepeneurs" are serving as little more than "agents" for an European export...


The links you added do not show so much. The fact is that US porn is a much bigger industry today than porn from any European country and the bulk of US porn comes from California. Now and then of course the California industry experiences its up and downs because of concurrence from many home made pornsites on internet and because of HIV scares:

About Porn revenues worldwide:
http://internet-filter-review.toptenreviews.com/internet-pornography-statistics.html#anchor1

About HIV scare in California porn inustry:
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20227133.500-hiv-dogs-californias-porn-industry.html


In 2004 Brazil had the second largest porn industry after US. According to some other sources it has a lower place but of course much higher than for example Sweden.

Quote Brazil's adult film industry produces a much lower $100 million yearly, industry players estimate. But the business is thought to be the second largest in the world after the United States and is growing rapidly.


About Brazil porn industry and the problem of HIV
http://yaleglobal.yale.edu/content/hiv-case-airs-secrets-porn-industry


In Sweden porn are getting more and more disliked. A survey among people between 18 and 21 showed that more than half of them want to ban porn completely.

http://sydsvenskan.se/sverige/article177745/Varannan-ung-valjare-vill-forbjuda-porr.html





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Start a separate thread: "Save Europe from Porn", Carch, but here we dwell on Time not slime.
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A New Year begins but if one looks at the past in terms of contemporary problems...oh, oh:
 
1808: Sierra Leone declared a British Colony.
 
1827: The Dutch Trade Company NHM gets the Opium Monopoly on Java...and so it begins! There is no talk of a "war against drugs"...
 
1833: The United Kingdom demands sovereignty over the Falkland Islands. The warships HMS Clio and HMS Tyne expell the inhabitants. Years later (149 to be exact) the place still leads to fisticuffs and now it's all about oil and fish!
 
1846: Yucatan declares independence from Mexico.
 
1848: The British occupy the Mosquito Coast--hey what about the Monroe Doctrine?
 
1858: The Canadians adopt a decimal monetary system, its dollars and cents not pounds and shillings.
 
1863: Abraham Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation. Of course it only applied to those territories then in a state of rebellion against his government. Boy are we still good at making empty political proclamations.
 
1867: Porfirio Diaz begins the siege of Mexico City.
 
1871: The Belgians abandon the Salt Tax...fat chance of that today what with the EU!
 
1877: Victoria R proclaimed Empress of India...from now on she's Victoria Regina et Imperatrix.
 
If it all sounds familiar, why not take a look at some of the illustrious (or notorious depending upon your view on past) births on the first day of the year.
 
1431: Rodrigo Borgia (Pope Alexander VI, 1492-1503).
 
1449: Lorenzo de Medici, the Magnificent Usurer
 
1481: Huldrych Zwingli
 
All of them New Year's Babies (technically anyway) and born to make trouble by the dawning of the 16th century.
 
But then all pales into insignificance since on this day back in AD 404, all the fun went out of spectators sports for a very long, long time: The last gladiatorial competition took place in Rome...
 
 


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Are they, es_bih? Post-hangover Day is usually a good sign that somebody's got to pay!
 
AD 69: The Roman legions on the Rhine acclaim Vitellius emperor and march on Rome, where Vitellius disposes of Otho, who had disposed of Galba, by undertaking a purge of military commanders (June of 69) including Flavius Sabinus, the brother of one Flavius Vespasianus. Well it all came to an end when the legions on the Danube marched into Rome in this famous Year of the Four Emperors. By the way, Happy MMDCCLXIII anno urbis conditiae and in anno II of the Third consulship of Divi Augusti Silvio. Viva il Popolo della Liberta!
 
1492: Granada succumbs to the forces of Isabel I de Castilla, she begins the immediate redecoration of the Alhambra Palace!
 
1570: Ivan IV Grozny marches out of the gates of the Kremlin with his Streltsy on the road to Novgorod. It was an ill omen for the town already beset by Livonians and the plague! Could the "Massacre" of Novgorod be far behind?
 
1602: The liberation of Ireland (those ungrateful wretches) postponed: Alonso de Campo surrenders his Spanish forces nine days after the Battle of Kinsale and are allowed "safe passage" back to Spain. Five years later, the "Flight of the Earls" would take place.
 
1757: British forces "occupy" Calcutta. Today is the birthday of the Raj.
 
1811: Timothy Pickering censured by his colleagues in the US Senate for revealing the personal correspondence of President James Madison. Now that one's a hoot since today no sitting president would write nothing but banalities to any US Senator! By the way, Pickering was not reappointed to the Senate and instead went the "popular" way and got himself elected to the US House of Represenatives in 1813. Of the Founding Fathers, Pickering is among the most controversialist of this controversialist bunch. The Seneca Indians owe their continuance as a tribe as a result of his intervention and protection, but boy did he loathe Adams, Jefferson and Madison, enough that he was the leading light in throwing their own words back at them specially when it came to the Essex Junto and the Hartford Convention: Nullification and Secession anyone?
 
1818: A new method of torture for future students of English is introduced: Lord Byron completes Canto IV of Childe Harold's Pilgrimage.
 
1843: Speaking of the torturous, Richard Wagner premieres Der Fliegende Hollander at Dresden.
 
1871: Amadeo de Saboya (Amadeo I) begins his brief reign as King of Spain by swearing to uphold the Constitution...well what with Carlists, republicans, a Cuban rebellion, Bourbon partisans and all that it should come as no surprise that on 11 February 1873, Amadeo gave back the crown and proclaimed "the Spanish are ungovernable", at which time he returned to Italy to pursue his favorite pastime as Duke of Aosta, philandering! Ah, if only a certain contemporary shoemaker would emulate his lead. By the way he contracted his second marriage with his own niece, Maria Leticia Bonaparte!
 
1879: Darn blasted new naval technology: the battleship HMS Thunder explodes at Ismid. The Turks are amused, Disraeli was not.
 
1882: Birthday of the Standard Oil Trust...the bubbly is making the rounds today at Exxon-Mobil.
 
1893: First commemorative US postage stamp to feature a woman issued: Guess what, it was Isabel I of Castille on the $4 Colombian Exposition series. At $4 a pop only the really wealthy ever got to see her face, although admittedly she appears prominently on other values in the series. The prols were not given the privilege of feminine pulchritude for their mail until November 1902, when Martha Washington appears on the eight cent value in the "Presidential Series" of that year.
 
 
 
1903: Teddy Roosevelt shuts down the Indianola Post Office for the town's refusal to accept his support of "postmaster" Minnie Cox, who was not only a woman but a Black one at that! The travails of Miss Cox are a micricosm of US racial history since in fact she had been postmistress of Indianola since her appointment by President Benjamin Harrison back in 1891! Perhaps AE members would benefit by reading the below:
 
 
It would not "blow over" until the Democrats came to power under Woodrow Wilson and gave the nod to segregationist politics!
 
1905: Banzai! The Japanese seize Port Arthur and begin their journey towards disaster!
 
1919: Uprising in Ireland! The Anglo-Irish War of 1919-1921 begins.
 
1920: The Palmer Raids inaugurated, some 10,000 people arrested...we'll have none of "dem foreign pinkos"...deportation becomes a by-word in immigration politics. Woodrow Wilson again, or in this instance was it Edith?
 
1923: The Rosewood Florida massacre perpetrated by the KKK.
 
1935: The Bruno Hauptmann Trial opens.
 
1965: The Canadians decide it is time for Elizabeth II to look her age on its coins!
 
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The beaver however remains ageless!
 
 
And to show how much society has degenerated with the passage of time:
 
1981: Sylvester Clarke knocks out a spectator with a brick...West Indies vs Pakistan. Brings new meaning to the term: "It's Cricket!"
 
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Yes. Truly a sad day for the Spanish south.


Speaking of post hangover days. Been up all morning. Been sleeping all day yesterday, and a few episodes of Season 1 of the Sopranos in between.
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Given that most of us, apparently, are not experiencing the joys of global warming on this 3 January, let's warm ourselves up with a little heat from the past:
 
1431: Joan of Arc is turned over to Pierre Cauchon, bishop of Beauvais, a rather unsavory cleric who was more an English agent and less any sort of churchman. He was more or less skulking at Rouen under the protection of his patrons since his own parishioners would have probably strung him up.
 
1521: PP Leo X takes bell, book, and candle in hand! One Martin Luther, monk, is formally excommunicated by the bull Decet Romanum pontificet. Well sort off, since Leo X reserved to himself the possibility of acquitting the aforesaid monk. You think this is old news? Well not to Wiki, which constantly makes reference to the possibility the excommunication might be "lifted"...after all PP Benedict XVI is a GermanThumbs Down. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Decet_Romanum_Pontificem
Somehow, I don't think so....
 
1825: For all you fuzzies out there, today Robert Owens--the incurable Welsh idealist--forks out cold cash to purchase 30,000 acres of land in Indiana for the establishment of his utopia, New Harmony. He took no note that he gave the sum of $150,000 to the pietist community of Harmonites already there and eager to get back to Pennsylvania! By 1829 all came to an end, after all New Harmony not only banned money and other commodities but also prohibited private property!
 
1868: The Meiji Restoration, the emperor abandons Kyoto for Edo, soon to be known as Tokyo.
 
1871: The poisoning of humanity begins--oleomargarine receives a patent. No matter what the merchants of madness claim, it still does not taste like butter!
 
1896: Wilhelm II congratulates Paul Kruger for the Jamestown Raid. It's the beginning of the end for German diplomacy.
 
1909: Johnny Mercer is born in Savannah, Georgia. Johnny who? Well think Lennon-McCartney but much, much bigger! In fact, he did what no Beatle could ever accomplish, he consolidated a musical empire, Capitol Records! If you ever hum Moon River, you'd know. However his impact on American music and its artists was monumental: http://www.johnnymercer.com/johnny_mercer.htm
 
1925: Mussolini dissolves the Italian Parliament...well actually King Victor Emanuel III did but Italian politics being what it was (and still is), the socialists had already boycotted the institution after the murder of Matteotti in the summer of 1924.
 
1961: The US breaks diplomatic relations with Cuba. Hmm, let's see that was 49 years ago! Fidel is still around but almost everyone else involved is deader than a door nail...Ahmadinejad take heartEvil Smile
 
1962: This is just a side note since the Internet is full of references to the excommunication of Fidel Castro through papal decree by PP John XXIII on this date. Nothing of the sort was ever issued by this pope.
 
1977: Apple Computers becomes a corporation!
 
 
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Nothing really significant ever happens on 6 January after all it is Twelfth Night (if you are Muslim it is Sha'ban). Oh you can mutter about the completion of the first round-the-world flight by the Pan American Airways "Pacific Clipper", but hey that was an accident caused by the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Besides, PAA is no longer around and it is certainly not conducting flights to the moon as entertained by Stanley Kubrick. And the sports minded might mutter something about the first "Boxing Match" in 1681, if you think it sport for the Duke of Albemarle to "sick" his butler on his butcher. On today, most people are in too much of a festive mood to do much, after all even Henry VIII married number 4 on this day, Anne of Cleves, and then had a totally different reaction when he sobered up the next day!
 
There's something about cold weather bringing out the "pacific" nature in people.


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Originally posted by drgonzaga drgonzaga wrote:

And the sports minded might mutter something about the first "Boxing Match" in 1681, if you think it sport for the Duke of Albemarle to "sick" his butler on his butcher.


Maybe one can talk about the first  boxing match in a fairly modern western setting (but even that can be questioned) but is was absolutely no novelty. The ancient greeks, for example, had boxing matches for hundreds of years at Olympia and other places.
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Sure, Carch, and you can wax poetic about the first Olympic Games, but any resemblance between those and what takes place today is pure artifice. Besides missing the satirical, you are obviously inure to what is meant by the term pedant! First, though, understand the implication of terms enclosed in quotation marks when it comes to "style".
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Just wanted to get out the info that boxing is truly an ancient sport.
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So are public executions...should we recreate them as the "spectator" sport they usually were?
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If it is still january 8 at your place then this is the day when the King was born, Elvis Aaron Presley, in January 8 1935. If he still had lived he would be 75 years by now.
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Originally posted by Carcharodon Carcharodon wrote:

If it is still january 8 at your place then this is the day when the King was born, Elvis Aaron Presley, in January 8 1935. If he still had lived he would be 75 years by now.
 
I'm alive and he's dead and he was no "king" to any red-blooded male teenager in the mid '50s. He was "girlie" music and I still recall how every single one of us stood up clapping and cheering when he "got his" in Love Me Tender. The town: New Orleans; the place: The Loew's State; the time: October 4, 1956. Not only did all of us recognize the ripping-off of the music--Aura Lee was a hallowed tune to any Southerner--but all of us listened to the real music happenings and our record label was Imperial! We listened and danced not to Elvis but to Fats, Chuck, Lloyd and a host of others ranging from Little Richard to Carl Perkins..."King", not likely--he was the just the first merchandised version of vanilla music!
 
PS: Ricky Nelson was the second! Then came the flood...


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Well, it is now the 10th of January and what with all the squawking by certains avians over culture let's look for cultural moments that celebrate the day:
 
AD 69: Servius Sulpicius Galba adopts Marcus Piso Licinianus...pay no attention to Suetonius when he wrote: "In sexual matters he was more inclined to males and then none but the hard-bodied..."
 
867: Lin Chi I-hsuan, Budhist sage and to the Japanese, Zen master and all around good guy--he loved to knock the senses out of his students--died on this date. Who among all of us whose patience is tried would not love to put into practice this Zen master's maxim:

"Many students come to see me from all over the place. Many of them are not free from their entanglement with objective things. I treat them right on the spot. If their trouble is due to grasping hands, I strike there. If their trouble is a loose mouth, I strike them there. If their trouble is hidden behind their eyes, it is there I strike. So far I have not found anyone who can set himself free. This is because they have all been caught up in the useless ways of the old masters. As for me, I do not have one only method which I give to everyone, but I relieve whatever the trouble is and set men free."

Such wisdom...aah if only the Pinguin were in reach.
 
976: Basileos John I Tzimiskes dies after a successful campaign against the Abassids and is succeeded by Basil II, co-emperor since 960--but then John I was not emperor until 969 and with the plethora of Arabs, Bulgars and Slavs joined to imperial intrigues after the death of Constantine VII, family loyalties were not exactly a cultural trait at Constantinople. 
 
1430: L'Ordre de la Toison d'Or inaugurated by Philip III le Bon of Burgundy to celebrate his marriage to Isabel of Portugal. Having been the first and only person to ever decline "the garter" (in 1422) one can now understand the true snob value of the Order of the Golden Fleece. By the way, no heretics need apply.
 
1502: Hendrik Niclaes, wingnut extraordinaire and father of so much foolishness in vogue today from the concept of Homo Novus to Love Family (Familia Caritatis), and Children of God that current advocates of the loosey goosey should rush out an buy his An Introduction to the Holy Understanding of the Glass of Righteousness (1570?).
 
1514: The Complutensian Polyglot sponsored by Cardinal Francisco Ximenez de Cisneros, appears  in print  with the completion of the New Testament. However, such was not too pleasing to a certain Desiderius Erasmus who rushed to complete his own version of the Greek New Testament (now known as the Textus Receptus) and establish a publishing monopoly. Not very edifying but sadly true in what may be considered the first "copyright" fight in history. The Textus Receptus  is not a very reliable compendium, in contrast the monumental Polyglot Bible is magisterial in both concept and execution.
 
1649: William Laud, martyr! Not satisfied with regicide those crazed roundheads take it out on a 71 year-old.
 
1775: Pugachev a.k.a. Tsar Peter III is exhibited for imperial delectation in Moscow; he will be publicly decapitated, drawn, quartered and otherwise made mulch on 21 January. Ah those Russians they are so devoted to cultural continuity.
 
1776: Thomas Paine publishes the pamphlet Common Sense. Thankfully, few of us have to put up with its scatter-brain logic and can escape from any further reading by simply citing the opening paragraph of the first pamphlet in the American Crisis: "These are the times that try men's souls..." (at which point the guffawing must begin given that if you know anything about Paine you know he was hardly the "spirtual type"). Nevertheless, the scurrilous broadside found a reading public so that by 14 february it underwent a third printing. Check it out for yourselves, it's on-line:
 
Now this rings out nicely:

O ye that love mankind! Ye that dare oppose, not only the tyranny, but the tyrant, stand forth! Every spot of the old world is overrun with oppression. Freedom hath been hunted round the globe. Asia, and Africa, have long expelled her. — Europe regards her like a stranger, and England hath given her warning to depart. O! receive the fugitive, and prepare in time an asylum for mankind.

I doubt that paen will be found on the walls of the Department of Homeland Security.
 
1839: The first shipment of Indian Tea reaches Great Britain. Say what? you say. Yes folks, whether you like it or not the commercial production of tea in India did not commence until the first half of the 19th century. In essence Assam is more or less transformed into a huge tea plantation after the Yandaboo Treaty of 1826, as the Assam Tea Company establishes its dominance in 1839-1840.
 
1840: All hail the mighty Penny Post! Not even e-mail can match that rate! Think about it.
 
1901: Spindletop! There's oil in Texas...the saga begins.
 
1949: The 45 RPM record debuts...civilization faces its doom! Soon every teenager has his little portable record player...young minds begin inevitable decay. merchandizers are overjoyed...can planned obsolescence be far behind.


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Haven't been posting at this thread for a while (that's what a good vacation will do to you) so here goes nothing.

49 BC   Julius Caesar leads his army across the Rubicon River, plunging Rome into civil war.

1813 1st pineapples planted in Hawaii (or 1/21). Didn't know that especially that it was from brought by the Spanish. Came from South America originally.

1879 Zulu war against British colonial rule in South Africa begins

1969
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1973 Trial of Watergate burglars begins in Wash DC
1976 US female Figure Skating championship won by Dorothy Hamill
1990 Bobby Knight becomes basketball's Big 10 winningest coach (229)





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Originally posted by drgonzaga drgonzaga wrote:

Originally posted by Carcharodon Carcharodon wrote:

If it is still january 8 at your place then this is the day when the King was born, Elvis Aaron Presley, in January 8 1935. If he still had lived he would be 75 years by now.
 
I'm alive and he's dead and he was no "king" to any red-blooded male teenager in the mid '50s. He was "girlie" music and I still recall how every single one of us stood up clapping and cheering when he "got his" in Love Me Tender.
My wife, a fair amount younger than me, would like to point out that it wasn't quite like that for equally red-blooded female teenagers, of whom she was one (and a fan who saw him on his first visit to Atlanta when no-one had ever heard of him).
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January 12

1723 Handel's opera "Ottone" premieres, London
1773 1st US public museum established (Charlestown SC)
1809 British take Cayenne (French Guiana) from French (until 1814)
1816 France decrees Bonaparte family excluded from the country forever
1867 Leo Tolstoy's "Smert Ioonna Groznogo," premieres in St Petersburg
1896 1st X-ray photo in US (Dr Henry Smith, Davidson NC)
1903 Harry Houdini performs at Rembrandt theater, Amsterdam
1948 1st Supermarket in UK opens
1958 NCAA adds 2 point conversion to football scoring
1966 "Batman" with Adam West & Burt Ward premieres on ABC TV
1969 Superbowl III: NY Jets beat Balt Colts, 16-7 in Miami Superbowl MVP: Joe Namath, NY Jets, QB

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January 13

First Mickey Mouse comic strip released in 1930. He first was mischievous till he became tamed for the masses. Saved Disney from Universal budget cuts as well.


1559
Elizabeth I crowned queen of England in Westminster Abbey
1794 Congress changes US flag to 15 stars & 15 stripes
1874 US troops land in Honolulu to protect the king
1888 National Geographic Society founded (Washington, DC)
1898 Emile Zola publishes his open letter (J'accuse) in defense of Dreyfus
1915 W Churchill presents plan for assault on Dardanelles
1942 Henry Ford patents a method of constructing plastic auto bodies
1986 NCCA institutes eligibility requirements based on college exams
1990 1st elected US black governor inaugurated (Douglas Wilder-Virginia)
1994 Tonya Harding's bodyguard, Shawn Eric Eckardt & Derrick Brian Smith arrested & charged with conspiracy in attack of skater Nancy Kerrigan

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Originally posted by Seko Seko wrote:

January 13

First Mickey Mouse comic strip released in 1930. He first was mischievous till he became tamed for the masses. Saved Disney from Universal budget cuts as well.
 
1874           US troops land in Honolulu to protect the king
Hah! What country's flag is on the Hawaii State flag even now?
Quote ps -  This thread could benefit from the continued witticism and general fund of knowledge of one known Diego Rivero otherwise perfunctory malaise may set in.


Agreed.


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As Saint Teresa was fond of noting, Seko: Be careful what you pray for...You might receive it!
 
Mickey did not hit the "big time" until January 10, 1932 when he made the Sunday "color" comics under the artistic direction of Manuel Gonzales, who drew the strip until 1962. The "black-and-white" version of 1930-1932 bore too strong a resemblance to Steamboat "Willie" (1928).
 
By the way...as Mae West always underscored flattery will get you somewhere.
 
But then why should we recall 14 January?
 
1236: Henry III marries Eleanor Berenguer (aka Eleanore de Provence) and thus lays the foundation for The Hundred Years War. Their children: Edward I [who later married Elenora de Castilla]; Margaret [who married Alexander III of Scotland]; Beatrice [who later married John II of Brittany] and Edmund Crouchback, 1st Duke of Lancaster.
 
1526: The Treaty of Madrid. After a disastrous debacle at Pavia, Francis I of France signs away all French claims to Burgundy, Flanders, and Italy. He would later run to the pope claiming it was all done under duress!
 
1641: The Dutch East India Company conquers the Portuguese entrepot of Malacca [a fortified trading post since 1511] and kill some 7,000 defenders, mostly Malays. Thus begins the not so felicitous stay of the Dutch in Indonesia.
 
1659: The Battle of the Lines at Elvas. D. Luis de Haro suffers a disastrous defeat while besieging Elvas. The battle essentially sealed the success of the Braganza claim to the Portuguese throne, which in a way was the direct result of Dutch pressures on Portugal's overseas territories as with the loss of Malacca in 1641.
 
1690: Probably one of the most pernicious of musical instruments, the clarinet, makes its debut where else but at Nuremberg. Drat those Germans.
 
1699: The colony of Massachusetts (or is it Massachewsit?) publicly regrets its "persecution" of witches. of course such regret does not apply to adulterers, gossips, or Quakers.
 
1724: Philip V abdicates the Spanish throne in favor of his son Luis I, who then does the unthinkable and proceeds to die of smallpox! Poor Philip has to forego his love of rustic retreats and castrati operas and return to the throne in August of 1724.
 
1794: The first successful C-section in Obstetrics...performed at Edom, Virginia...of course, one has to discount the reported manner of birth by a certain Gaius Julius.
 
1799: Eli Whitney received the 1st government contract. No, not for gins nor steamboats but for good old muskets! War is in the air!
 
1814: The Treaty of Kiel...the Danes give the Swedes Norway! The Norwegians were not overjoyed by the prospect but it takes them nearly a century to make the point.
 
1878: The US Supreme Court rules segregation in public transportation (railways) unconstitutional. However since everyone knows the perfidy of lawyers...later Justices would say oops and overturn the precedent with Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896. The only nay came from, ironically enough, a Southerner: Justice John Marshall Harlan of Kentucky...who proclaimed the Constituion recognized no color line!
 
1900: Puccini premieres Tosca...opera as a popular phenomenon is rescued!
 
1914: Henry Ford introduces the moving assembly line for automobles. The Model T begins its reign.
 
1925: The Germans strike back: the atonal Opera Wozzeck premieres in Berlin. Could this be the real reason for the rise of Hitler? After just one listen anything screeched afterwards sounds good!
 
1935: The first Iraqi oil pipeline to the Mediterranean goes into operation...now you know why we are still talking about the place...and why the EU and not the US should have bopped Saddam in the years 1990-2003.
 
1939: Imperialist Norway claims Antarctica...well Queen Maud Land anyway! Could this be the real reason for Hitler's invasion a year later?
 
1956: Little Richard croons Tutti Frutti...take that Elvis!
 
1960: Military intelligence shows it oxymoronic trait: The Army promotes Elvis to the rank of sergeant! Hell, he hadn't even been enlisted long enough to PFC! Luckily there were no nuclear weapons around!
 
1967: Civilization comes to an end: Sonny and Cher release "The Beat Goes On"...
 
Anything after this date becomes anti-climactic. After all it was also on this date in 1984 that Madonna sang "Holiday" at of all places, Dick Clark's American Bandstand!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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Of all places, except for Puccini, Dick Clark was old enough to host Little Richard, Sonny and Cher and Madonna. I think he even had Led Zeppelin on his show. How did kids dance to classic rock in the first place? I tried and it ain't pretty. 
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It wasn't and Mr. Clark moved to producing other forms of entertainment including The People's Choice and other forms of awards shows or silly little pieces such as Bloopers...which brings me to the happenings of 16 January...
 
1219: Massive flooding ravages the Netherlands, thousands die.
 
1493: Columbus reaches Spain, a bit miffed with the Pinzon brothers after a 224 day journey into the Atlantic but with his "Indios" as proof he'd reached Asia. He now expected to be rewarded with the title Admiral of the Ocean Sea and Viceroy of the Indies...Dick Clark was not there to record this blooper.
 
1531: The second sitting of the Reformation Parliament at which Thomas Cromwell seized his moment and became Royal Councillor for Parliamentary Business as the "annulment business" had gotten nowhere. If anyone could make Cardinal Woolsey look a good man it was Cromwell.
 
1547: Ivan Grozny adopts the titular of Tsar.
 
1906: The Conference of Algeciras convenes. For what reason one can only speculate since earlier in 1905 while on a visit to Tangier, Kaiser Wilhelm II had prattled on about Germany's interests in Morocco and disturbed everybody from Hyde park to the Prado! The Americans were not unhappy since the Kaiser asked Theodore Roosevelt to intervene and sponsor a "settlement of the Morocco Question". Teddy was glad to oblige but the Kaiser got more than he bargained. Everybody agreed to respect the "independence" of Morocco; trade was to be on the basis of the "Open Door"; but the French and Spanish were given "supervisory" power over the Moroccan police. And we all know what that meant!
 
1919: Prohibition enacted...no more booze as Nebraska becomes the 36th state to ratify the 18th Amendment. Why a state with all that corn would ban whiskey escapes all logic!
 
1920: Georgia declares independence...no not the one with Atlanta.
 
1925: Leon Trotsky is dismissed as head of the Military Council.
 
1936: One of the strangest political coalitions emerges in Spain, Unidad Popular, as socialists, communists, and anarchists take over the Spanish Republic. Francisco Franco is sent to the canary Islands as military governor. Not a good move...and no do not confuse this UP with a similar political body forged by Allende in 1969 even though they too had a general by the name of Pinochet.
 
1939: Superman makes his debut over Metropolis...could Lex Luthor be far behind.
 
1953: Egyptian General Naguib acting as Premier disbands all political parties and will soon elect himself "president", for some months anyway (June 1953-November 1954), before his esteemed colleague General Gamal Abdal Nasser gives him the boot plus 18 years of house arrest. At least King Farouk got to enjoy the Riviera.
 
1961: Horrors, shock! A Soviet Spy ring is discovered in the UK! It was a Captain Louis moment for MI-6...
 
1970: Muammar al-Qadafi becomes "premier" of Lybia, then president of the Council of Ministers and finally later he decides  just President was a better title (1977) but Nasser was his real hero with a little dash of Mao since Muammar had his own "little green book". Born in a tent he still carries his own personal encampent equipment wherever he travels. It's been 41 years since he overthrew King Idris--who was on Italian holiday at the time--and government under the Third Universal Theory has proved more entertaining that East Enders but about as tiring. Some believe that Hugo Chavez models his style of governance upon Muammar's theories!
 
1976: The Donny & Marie Show premieres on ABC...could Jimmy Carter be far behind. What, you do not know who Donny and Marie are? Find some clips of Dancing With the Stars in the Internet Vault that is youtube!
 
1979: Mohammed Reza Shah flees Tehran for Cairo...Iran begins its long career as a a "rogue state". 
 
1980: Paul McCartney nabbed in Tokyo as a pothead...the long arm of Yoko?
 
1982: Her Majesty's Government establishes diplomatic relations with the Vatican. After all, PP John Paul II was to visit the UK in May of that year! Not everyone was happy as this little fragment on the Internet lives on... http://www.reformation.org/pope_welcomes_queen_elizabeth.html
 
1984: Popped again! Paul and Linda McCartney arrested in Barbados for cannabis...see they were just not the "right sort" of people and could not get an invite to Mustique.
 
1991: Operation Desert Storm set in motion...my how time flies.
 
1995: Universal-Paramount Network begins operations...USA channel is its ghost.
 
 


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If we should recall the 17th of January, it should be for the death of Theodosius I the Great in AD 395, the last emperor of an unified Roman Empire. With his death, begins the long drift-apart between East and West in both intellectual and social terms as well as the animosities the separation generated. Anything else associated with this date is inconsequential because in a way, that rift has yet to heal.
 
By the way, this date is also commemorated by some "Date sites" as the obit for one Thomas Crapper in 1910 as well as the date he "invented" the flush toilet in 1861! Both suppositions are wrong, although Thomas Crapper did receive three patents refining the "commode" originally patented by Alexander Cummings in 1775 with his S-strap. Nevertheless, the "water closet" has a much longer history given the fact that the writer and Elizabethan sycophant, Sir John Harrington developed one for his estate and actually installed one for his godmother Queen Elizabeth I at Richmond Palace in 1595--and then got into hot water with the old girl by writing the pamphlet Metamorphosis of Ajax! But as historians with a grasp of archaeology, we all should know that indoor flushing toilets have a long and venerable history almost as old as urbanization and human crowding. The Harappa Civilization of the Indus Valley had a complex system as early as 2000 BC and so too the Minoans and the Egyptians and no respectable Roman insula found occupants without them! Just call it a lost art destroyed by the barbarians that "established" Modern Europe who somehow had a distaste for urban crowding!


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...and the last great attempt at unification came under Justinian I. Yet the animosity between Eastern and Western Romans lived on.
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