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Rider
01-11-2008, 12:13
TODAY IN ROTTEN HISTORY we live in a slightly mad world
Nov 1 1530
Holland's dikes fail, drowning 400,000.
Nov 1 1755
An earthquake and resultant fire in Lisbon kills 50,000. The jail was damaged, and escaped prisoners were looting, setting fires, and committing mayhem. Gallows had to be erected around the city to restore order.
Nov 1 1896
Tits appear for the first time in National Geographic, starting a trend of providing masturbation (http://www.rotten.com/library/sex/masturbation/) material to youth for decades. The tits are attached to a Zulu woman.
Nov 1 1939
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A rabbit that was born of artificial insemination is shown to the world. History does not record why anyone felt that rabbits needed any help in the procreation department.
Nov 1 1948
A Chinese merchant ship with as many as 6,000 people aboard explodes and sinks off southern Manchuria, killing all aboard.
Nov 1 1950
Attempt by Puerto Rican nationalists to assassinate (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/assassination/) President Truman at Blair House fails, leaving one of them dead with a bullet in the head.
Nov 1 1951
US Soldiers are exposed to an atomic (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/atomic-bomb/) explosion for the first time in training exercises, at Desert Rock, Nevada. Participation was not voluntary and served both to train and indoctrinate.
Nov 1 1990
A New York City civil jury awards Sandra Miller $100 for battery after an incident in which boxer Mike Tyson (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/sports/mike-tyson/) grabbed her breasts, insulted and propositioned her. The jury found Tyson's behavior "not outrageous". Mike certainly has a way with women.
Nov 1 1994
A group of South Korean cannibals (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/cannibalism/) known as the Chijon Family are sentenced to death for murdering and eating five people. The group was founded in 1993 by ex-convict Kim Ki Hwan and several other prisoners, in solidarity against the wealthy. Eat the rich.

Rider
02-11-2008, 13:01
TODAY IN ROTTEN HISTORY we live in a slightly mad world
Nov 2 1974
The Time Go-Go Club in Seoul, South Korea burns, killing 78. Six of the victims jumped six floors to their deaths. After the fire started, club officials barred the doors, suspecting a ruse by customers to avoid paying.
Nov 2 1984
Velma Barfield, convicted of killing her mother, her boyfriend and two others with rat poison in their food was put to death by lethal injection in Raleigh, N.C. Barfield was the first female executed in the US since 1962.
Nov 2 1988
The Internet Worm is released by Cornell grad student Robert Morris (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/hackers/robert-morris/). His ingenious program was meant to explore the Internet harmlessly, but due to a bug, it crashed some 6,000 computers. Spaf parlays the incident into a career.
Nov 2 1991
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Jermaine Jackson's single "Word to the Badd!" is leaked to radio station KPWR in Los Angeles. The song attacks his brother Michael (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/michael-jackson/), with lyrics that include the lines
Reconstructed
Been abducted
Don't know who you are...
Once you were made
You changed your shade
Was your color wrong?
Could not turn back
It's a known fact
You were too far gone
While upsetting to Michael, it may have been a relief to him that the lyrics do not mention homosexuality or pedophilia at all. Nov 2 1995
The image of Jesus Christ appears (http://www.rotten.com/library/religion/marian-apparitions/) to many people in a photo taken by the Hubble space telescope, depicting a gigantic gas plume 7000 light years from Earth. Some CNN viewers pointed out the image resembles Gene Shalit more than the Lord Saviour.

Rider
03-11-2008, 18:27
TODAY IN ROTTEN HISTORY we live in a slightly mad world
Nov 3 1755
The colony of Massachusetts offers a 20 pound bounty for scalps of indian boys or girls under the age of 12. Warrior scalps fetch a slightly higher price, 30 pounds.
Nov 3 1913
Income tax law signed.
Nov 3 1957
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Laika the dog becomes the first living creature in space. She asphyxiated when oxygen in the Soviet Sputnik 2 ran out. However, some western researchers speculate that Laika roasted when the satellite's heat shields were detached.
Nov 3 1979
Diff'rent Strokes premieres on NBC. The cast's child actors have gone on to bigger and better things: Todd Bridges (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/child-stars/todd-bridges/) (arrests: drug possession, 1983; attempted murder, 1989; knife stabbing in self defense, no arrest, 1993; assault with a deadly weapon, 1997); Dana Plato (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/child-stars/dana-plato/) (armed robbery, 1992, then a porno centerfold; dead of a drug overdose (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/drugs/overdose-deaths/) in 1999); Gary Coleman (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/child-stars/gary-coleman/) (a short, pudgy gun nut who plays Nintendo games; 2003 gubernatorial candidate).

Rider
07-11-2008, 16:24
TODAY IN ROTTEN HISTORY we live in a slightly mad world
Nov 7 1783
A man convicted of forgery is the last public hanging at London's Tyburn site, ending a gallows tradition begun in 1196.
Nov 7 1872
The cargo ship Mary Celeste sails from New York, never reaching Genoa. Four weeks later it is found completely abandoned, whereabouts of the ten man crew unknown. The ship's cargo was alcohol, so you decide.
Nov 7 1918
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A ship from New Zealand brings the 1918 influenza epidemic (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/flu-pandemic/) to Western Samoa, killing 7542 -- about twenty percent of the population by the end of the year. Perhaps 20,000,000 people are killed from the epidemic globally, including half a million Americans.
Nov 7 1965
The Pillsbury Doughboy makes its first appearance. It (we refer to the creature as "it"; marketing may call it a Doughboy but there is no evidence of genitals) has had a long and uneventful career, but the puffy pastry is now in serious trouble as he recently shit a croissant (http://www.rotten.com/today/nov/croissant.html) in front of god and everybody.
Nov 7 1983
A bomb explodes inside the US Capitol building. The structure was damaged but there were no deaths or injuries.
Nov 7 1991
Magic Johnson announces that he is an AIDS victim. Perhaps the basketball player's condition has something to do with his sleeping promiscuously with thousands of women.

Rider
16-11-2008, 17:51
TODAY IN ROTTEN HISTORY we live in a slightly mad world
Nov 16 1906
Opera star Enrico Caruso is charged with an indecent act committed in the monkey house of New York's Central Park Zoo. He pinched the bottom of a woman described as "pretty and plump", causing outrage amongst New York high society. Caruso claimed a monkey pinched the lady's bottom.
Nov 16 1957
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Serial killer Ed Gein (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/ed-gein/) kills his final victim, Bernice Worden, a storeclerk in her 50's. Her decapitated body is later found outdoors hanging from a block and tackle, gutted. Some parts were unaccounted for.
Nov 16 1981
Actor William Holden dies after a fall, hitting his head on a table. He is too fucking drunk to telephone for assistance; instead he bleeds to death while dabbing his serious wound with kleenex.
Nov 16 1989
A death squad composed of El Salvadoran army troops slaughters six Jesuit priests and two others at Jose Simeon Canas University.

Rider
30-11-2008, 17:54
TODAY IN ROTTEN HISTORY we live in a slightly mad world
Nov 30 1731
100,000 dead when a massive quake strikes Peking, China.
Nov 30 1900
Celebrated Irish author/sodomite (http://www.rotten.com/library/sex/homosexuality/) Oscar Wilde (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/authors/oscar-wilde/), dies in Paris of meningitis. Wilde had been charged three times with indecency, specifically "the seduction and corruption of young men." Evidence admitted against him included testimony about fecal stains on his sheets.
Nov 30 1929
Dick Clark, the American Bandstander, born. We heard a rumor about extensive facial plasticizing treatments in the early 1970's. While this rumor remains unverified we must note that the man no longer ages and may not even be human.
Nov 30 1954
At 1 pm, an 8.5 pound stone meteorite falls from the sky and strikes Elizabeth Hulitt Hodge from Sylacauga, Alabama. The housewife was seriously bruised but survived, although the meteorite destroyed her radio.
Nov 30 1985
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Frankenchrist released by the Dead Kennedys. More controversial than the album itself was the packaging: The Shriners filed suit regarding the cover (pictured were some of the ridiculous little cars they drive); and a poster by H.R. Giger (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/artists/h-r-giger/) included in the album sparked an obscenity trial in Los Angeles (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/los-angeles/).
Nov 30 1991
In Costa Mesa, California, battered wife Omeima Nelson kills her abusive husband and then proceeds to cook (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/cannibalism/) him. "I did his ribs just like in a restaurant. It's so sweet, it's so tender and delicious. I like mine tender."

Rider
06-12-2008, 17:36
TODAY IN ROTTEN HISTORY we live in a slightly mad world
Dec 6 1793
Guillotining (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/execution/guillotine/) of Mme. du Barry, mistress of Louis XV. "She screamed, she begged mercy of the horrible crowd that stood around the scaffold, she aroused them to such a point that the executioner grew anxious and hastened to complete his task."
Dec 6 1917
At 9:05 AM, the munitions ship Mont Blanc explodes in Halifax harbor after being struck by another ship. It is the largest explosion before the atomic age. The ship was carrying 200 tons of TNT, 61 tons of gun cotton, 35 tons of Benzyl, and 2,300 tons of picric acid; the explosion destroys 325 acres of the city, leaving 1,900 people dead and injuring over 9,000.
Dec 6 1969
A concert by the Rolling Stones (http://www.rotten.com/library/culture/rolling-stones/) at Altamont ends in the death of a fan at the hands of the Hells Angels (http://www.rotten.com/library/culture/hells-angels/), who were hired for security.
Dec 6 1980
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Televangelist Jim Bakker (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/televangelists/jim-bakker/) of the PTL ministry has a 15 minute quickie in a motel room with Jessica Hahn. The minister uses the line "When you help the shepherd, you're helping the sheep". Baaaa. PTL later pays Hahn hush money, but seven years later the incident becomes public and Bakker resigns in disgrace.
Dec 6 1987
Three teenagers in Missouri beat a friend to death and blame the incident on heavy metal inspired satanism. The jury didn't buy their story, instead finding a pattern of drug use among the youths and evidence of animal torture during childhood by their ringleader.
Dec 6 1989
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Marc Lepine (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/spree-killers/marc-lepine/) kills 14 women at Ecole Polytechnic, University of Montreal, and injures 15 others. It is the worst mass murder in Canadian history. On him is a suicide letter explaining his actions as being specific revenge against 19 "feminists who have ruined my life... I have decided to put an end to those viragos."

Rider
09-12-2008, 18:22
TODAY IN ROTTEN HISTORY we live in a slightly mad world
Dec 9 1783
Executions begin at Newgate Prison, London (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/london/), replacing the previous gallows at Tyburn.
Dec 9 1942
Birthday of Dick Butkus!
Dec 9 1967
Jim Morrison (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/jim-morrison/), vocalist for the Doors, arrested for immoral exhibition at one of his concerts. The arrest was due to him upsetting police -- he was maced, then made the error of badmouthing police onstage -- not for exposing his weenie.
Dec 9 1971
Indian air force bombs an orphanage in Pakistan, killing 300 children. Way to go!
Dec 9 1994
Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders dismissed after suggesting discussion of masturbation (http://www.rotten.com/library/sex/masturbation/) in school classes on sexuality. This gives rise to the euphemistic term "firing the surgeon general."
Dec 9 1997
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Actor Christian Slater (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/actors/christian-slater/) sentenced to 90 days in jail for battery and being under the influence of a controlled substance. He was arrested August 11 after a cocaine and heroin binge ending with him assaulting an officer. Slater's credits include made-for-TV movie "Living Proof: The Hank Williams Jr. Story".
Dec 9 1999
President Bill Clinton (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/bill-clinton/) signs legislation outlawing "crush videos," which generally involve women stomping frogs, mice, or other small animals with high heels. This fetish is definitely a niche market.

Rider
21-12-2008, 09:54
TODAY IN ROTTEN HISTORY we live in a slightly mad world
Dec 21 1937
Jane Fonda (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/actors/jane-fonda/)'s birthday. Jane, an anti-war activist, also holds the title "Miss Army Recruiting" of 1965.
Dec 21 1945
World War II (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/war/wwii/) General George Patton dies in a car accident at Heidelberg, Germany.
Dec 21 1970
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President Nixon (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/richard-m-nixon/) meets with prescription drug addict Elvis Presley (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/elvis/) at the White House to discuss The King's becoming a special drug enforcement agent. He presents Nixon with a pistol, and receives a special DEA badge in return.
Dec 21 1971
Former Nazi Kurt Waldheim chosen to serve as United Nations Secretary General, the fourth to serve in that position (but the first Nazi). He paves the way for a New World Order.
Dec 21 1975
Terrorist Carlos the Jackal (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/terrorists/carlos-the-jackal/) takes hostage the 11 oil ministers at an OPEC meeting in Vienna. The ministers are released after a ransom is paid, and Carlos escapes. The Jackal is not captured until he enters a Sudanese hospital in 1994 for a testicle operation.
Dec 21 1978
John Wayne Gacy (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/john-wayne-gacy/) arrested in Des Plaines, IL after remains of some of the 33 men and boys he had killed are discovered on his land.
Dec 21 1988
Pan Am flight 103 detonates over Lockerbie Scotland, by means of a remote control radio bomb. All 259 aboard are killed as well as 11 on the ground struck by falling detritus. The PFLP faction of the PLO was responsible, assisted by Libyan sponsorship.
Dec 21 1991
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Charles Barkley (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/sports/charles-barkley/) arrested on charges of battery and disorderly conduct, Milwaukee. He had punched a heckler, but was acquitted.
Dec 21 2012
The Mayan "long count" calendar is based on great cycles of 5125 years, the current cycle ending on this day in 2012. Endings of cycles are punctuated by cataclysmic singularities on a deluge scale, so be prepared. This is the end of time!

Rider
28-01-2009, 18:41
Today in History 28 January
1902 - The Carnegie Institution is founded in Washington, D.C. with a $10 million gift from Andrew Carnegie.
1909 - United States troops leave Cuba with the exception of Guantanamo Bay Naval Base after being there since the Spanish-American War.
1915 - An act of the U.S. Congress creates the United States Coast Guard.
1916 - Louis D. Brandeis becomes the first Jew appointed to the United States Supreme Court.
1917 - Municipally owned streetcars take to the streets of San Francisco, California.
1918 - Finnish Civil War: Rebels seized control of the capital, Helsinki, and members of the Senate of Finland go underground.
1921 - A symbolic Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is installed beneath the Arc de Triomphe in Paris to honor the unknown dead of World War I.
1922 - Knickerbocker Storm, Washington D.C.'s biggest snowfall, causes the city's greatest loss of life when the roof of the Knickerbocker Theater collapses.
1932 - Japanese forces attack Shanghai.
1933 - The name Pakistan is coined by Choudhary Rehmat Ali Khan and is accepted by the Indian Muslims who then thereby adopted it further for the Pakistan Movement seeking independence.
1934 - The first ski tow in the United States begins operation in Vermont.
1935 - Iceland becomes the first Western country to legalize therapeutic abortion.
1938 - The World Land Speed Record on a public road is broken by driver Rudolf Caracciola in the Mercedes-Benz W195 at a speed of 432.7 kilometres per hour (268.9 mph).
1941 - French-Thai War: Final air battle of the conflict. Japanese-mediated armistice goes into effect later in the day.
1945 - World War II: Supplies begin to reach the Republic of China over the newly reopened Burma Road.
1958 - The Lego company patented their design of Lego bricks, still compatible with bricks produced today.

1980 - USCGC Blackthorn (WLB-391) collides with the tanker Capricorn while leaving Tampa Florida and capsizes killing 23 Coast Guard crewmembers.
1981 - Ronald Reagan lifts remaining domestic petroleum price and allocation controls in the United States helping to end the 1979 energy crisis and begin the 1980s oil glut.
1982 - US Army general James L. Dozier is rescued by Italian anti-terrorism forces from captivity under the Red Brigades.
1985 - Supergroup USA for Africa (United Support of Artists for Africa) records the hit single We Are the World, to help raise funds for Ethiopian famine relief.
1986 - Space Shuttle program: STS-51-L mission (Space Shuttle Challenger disaster) - Space Shuttle Challenger breaks apart after liftoff killing all seven astronauts on board.
2002 - TAME Flight 120, a Boeing 727-100 crashes in the Andes mountains in southern Colombia killing 92.

Rider
08-02-2009, 13:04
TODAY IN ROTTEN HISTORY we live in a slightly mad world
Dec 23 1888
After an argument with fellow painter Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/artists/vincent-van-gogh/) takes a razor and removes a portion of his left ear. Their quarrel regarded the prostitutes in Arles who seemed to prefer Gauguin over Van Gogh; the painter delivered his ear to one Rachel, who preferred Van Gogh. She fainted.
Dec 23 1948
Japanese Premier Tojo and 6 others hanged by the War Crimes (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/war-crimes/) Commission at Sugamo Prison, Tokyo, for the crime of starting an aggressive war.
Dec 23 1968
The first US incident of motion sickness in orbit. Was it Borman, Lovell, or Anders?
Dec 23 1972
Magnitude 6.25 Earthquake destroys central Managua Nicaragua, 10,000 die.
Dec 23 1975
Leftist members of November 17 faction murder Athens CIA (http://www.rotten.com/library/conspiracy/cia/) station chief Richard Welch.
Dec 23 1985
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In a school playground, James Vance presses a shotgun to his chin and pulls the trigger. He and cohort Raymond Belknap had forged a suicide pact while listening to Stained Class by Judas Priest. But where Belknap succeeded, Vance fails. The dumbshit survives, destroying his face. He later uses his disfigurement to his advantage, terrorizing small children on his bicycle. Both kids' parents file suit against the band, but a judge ultimately rejects their subliminal message theory. Vance dies from painkillers on Thanksgiving three years later.
Dec 23 1994
Actor/dumbass Christian Slater (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/actors/christian-slater/) arrested while trying to board a plane with a semiautomatic firearm. Community service, boy.
Dec 23 1995
Bodies of 16 members of the Solar Temple cult who had commited suicide are found on a plateau in the French Alps. Their bodies are charred and arranged in a star formation. Causes of death included stabbing, asphyxiation, gunshot, and poisoning. In 1994, 53 other members had suicided in similar fashion.
Dec 23 1997
Mayor Craig Johnson of Snow Hill, MD is arrested on two counts of misconduct in office, after he allows the squad car issued to him to be photographed for a pornographic Internet website "Wetlands". One of the pictures shows Cherie Messner, wife of the Wetlands operator, apparently urinating on the squad car in question.

Rider
10-02-2009, 12:00
Today in Rotten History Feb 10 1863http://www.rotten.com/today/images/feb/rh-tom-thumb-wedding.jpg
Midgets Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren married in a ceremony promoted and orchestrated by P.T. Barnum (http://www.rotten.com/library/sideshow/barnum/), reception tickets $75 (adjusted for inflation, $1250 in today's dollars). Commodore Nutt served as best man.
Feb 10 1920
Major League Baseball bans the spitball. Pitchers who had been throwing spitballs could continue, and the practice ended completely in 1934 when the last one, Burleigh Grimes, retired.
Feb 10 1981
Eight people were killed, 198 injured, when fire broke out at the Las Vegas Hilton hotel-casino. (A busboy was later found guilty of setting the fire.)
Feb 10 1993
In a TV interview, former negro Michael Jackson (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/michael-jackson/) tells Oprah Winfrey that he suffers from a skin disorder causing it to whiten.


Yesterday in Rotten History Feb 9 1909The first federal law prohibiting the importation of opium is enacted, aimed not particularly at the ravages the drug was having on American society (none: white people weren't using opium), but at the hated Chinee.
Feb 9 1950
Senator Joseph McCarthy announces he has a list of 205 State Department employees who are Communist Party members. He did not mention that J. Edgar Hoover likes to wear garters and pumps.
Feb 9 1968
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"Planet of the Apes" opens.
Feb 9 1979
Serial killer Ted Bundy (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/ted-bundy/) abducts, rapes, and murders twelve year old Kimberly Leach of Lake City, Florida. He takes her from her junior high school, where she had been elected runner-up Valentine Queen the day before. Kimberly's remains aren't found for eight weeks. It is for this murder that Ted Bundy is sent to the Electric Chair (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/execution/electric-chair/) ten years later.
Feb 9 1989
Officials for the World Wrestling Federation testify before the New Jersey Senate that their matches are actually rigged. Say it ain't so!
Feb 9 1990
Singer Del Shannon commits suicide (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/suicide/famous/) with a .22 rifle. He is most remembered for his 1961 hit, Runaway.


Wait there's more Feb 8 1910http://www.rotten.com/today/images/jan/rh-baden-powell-th.jpg
Boy Scouts founded by Lord Robert Baden-Powell, a man who enjoyed seeing naked boys swimming just a little too much. It is odd that such a homophobic organization would be founded by a repressed homosexual.
Feb 8 1924
Gee Jong is the first man to die in the gas chamber, at Nevada State Prison in Carson City. A pound of sodium cyanide crystals was lowered into a vessel of diluted sulfuric acid, producing hydrogen cyanide gas which asphyxiated Jong. "At first there is evidence of extreme horror, pain, and strangling. The eyes pop. The skin turns purple and the victim begins to drool."
Feb 8 1960
Beer heir Adolph Coors III (who was ironically allergic to beer), killed after a failed kidnapping attempt in Colorado. By October, Joseph Corbett Jr. is arrested in Canada after an national manhunt.
Feb 8 1990
After "60 Minutes" commentator Andy Rooney expresses his view that "blacks have watered down genes because the less intelligent ones are the ones that have the most children", he is suspended for a month by CBS. Rooney claims the remarks are fabricated.
Feb 8 1994
During an argument Jack Nicholson (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/actors/jack-nicholson/) destroys the windshield of a car with a golf club, screaming "You cut me off!" Charges were dismissed on May 2 after the matter was settled privately. Nicholson did this one month before he was to host the annual Los Angeles Police-Celebrity Golf Tournament. D'oh!

Rider
15-02-2009, 08:25
Today in Rotten History Feb 14 The eve of the Roman feast of Lupercalia. Naked youths would run through Rome, anointed with the blood of sacrificed dogs and goats, waving thongs cut from the goats. If a young woman was struck by the thong, fertility was assured. Pope Gelasius I decided this was a bit too much, and co-opted the Roman holiday to be the Feast of St. Valentine in 484 A.D.
Feb 14 1779
English explorer Captain James Cook and some of his crew are slaughtered by angry Hawaiian islanders, after he tried to take a Hawaiian chief hostage over a dispute regarding a stolen boat.
Feb 14 1929
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The Capone (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/mafia/al-capone/) gang kills six members of the "Bugs" Moran gang and one other person at the S.M.C. Cartage company in Chicago (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/chicago/), in an event known as the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. Bogus police officers were used so that it appeared to be a routine police bust. Except for all the bodies.
Feb 14 1979
Walter Carlos, the musician who created "Switched on Bach" and the score of "A Clockwork Orange", reveals to the world that he has had a sex change operation and is henceforth to be referred to as Wendy.
Feb 14 1989
Ayatollah Khomeini (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/ayatollah-khomeni/) issues a takfir against Salman Rushdie (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/authors/salmon-rushdie/), for his writings in the Satanic Verses. The act propels the otherwise uninteresting book into a bestseller.


Yesterday in Rotten History Feb 13 1917Mata Hari (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/misc/mata-hari/) is arrested for spying.
Feb 13 1945
An estimated 135,000 people, mostly women and children, die in the firebombing (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/war-crimes/dresden/) of the 13th-century city of Dresden, a revenge bombing that had no real military justification.
Feb 13 1953
Transsexual Christine (formerly George) Jorgenson arrives in New York with much fanfare. She had had sex change operations performed in Denmark by Dr. Christian Hamburger, becoming the first successful surgical transgender. Upon return, she becomes a cabaret actress.
Feb 13 1959
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The first Barbie Doll is introduced by Mattel in California.
Feb 13 1985
Japan's New Amusement Business Control and Improvement Act comes into effect. The law brings an end to Japan's innovative sex businesses (i.e., glory holes, strip bars, and public bondage), while protecting the traditional brothel industry. That's an improvement?
Feb 13 1990
Male prostitute Kevin Lee Kite accuses Rev. Bruce Ritter, founder of Covenant House (a place for wayward boys) and a respected member of the Meese commission on Pornography, of paying for homosexual sex. An internal investigation by Covenant House reveals a pattern of sexual misconduct with underage boys going back 20 years, and revealed a relationship with a 15 year old boy going back 14 months. Superiors at the Franciscan Order had been aware of Ritter's behavior patterns for some years, but did nothing.


Wait there's more Feb 12 1554http://www.rotten.com/today/images/feb/rh-lady-jane-grey.jpg
The sixteen year old Lady Jane Grey, puppet Queen of England for nine days, beheaded in the Tower of London (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/prison/tower-of-london/). Questions arose as to where to bury this semi-queen, until it was decided to place her among the beheaded former wives of Henry VIII (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/royalty/britain/henry-viii/).
Feb 12 1789
Ethan Allen dies in a drunken sleigh accident while crossing the frozen Lake Champlain, reminiscing with friends and rye. Much of the circumstance remains a mystery.
Feb 12 1967
Police in London (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/london/) arrest Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, and Marianne Faithfull after they discover amphetamine pills, cannabis resin and Marianne scandalously naked but for a fur rug. The two Rolling Stones received jail sentences which were successfully appealed.
Feb 12 1976
Actor Sal Mineo killed in the carport of his West Hollywood home. There were rumors of a gay crime of passion but in 1979 it turned out to be a routine mugger who stabbed him for his money.

Rider
16-02-2009, 20:32
Today in Rotten History Feb 16 1923Lord Carnarvon opens King Tut's tomb, revealing one of the most well-preserved treasures from the ancient world. While it has been frequently reported that a curse killed 13 of the 20 people present at the opening of the tomb, there was no curse and no unusual death patterns occurred.
Feb 16 1959
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Failed baseball player Fidel Castro (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/dictators/fidel-castro/) is sworn in as President For Life of Cuba (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/countries/cuba/). During his first year of rule 500 are put to the firing squad, an RBI record any dictator would be proud of.
Feb 16 1978
The first computer bulletin board system goes live on an S-100 motherboard and CP/M, and a Hayes 300 baud modem. Ward Christensen and Randy Seuss's Computerized Bulletin Board System still kinda runs to this day, but the Internet has taken the place that BBS's used to have. And this is why you have no social life, loser.
Feb 16 1988
Richard Farley, a man obsessed with the lovely and petite Laura Black, entered his former workplace in Sunnyvale, California, and killed (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/spree-killers/) 7 employees as he made his way towards Laura's office. A hearing was scheduled regarding her restraining order against him for the following day. Farley fails in his attempt to kill her, leaving Laura critically wounded.

Rider
18-02-2009, 19:17
Feb 18 1933Yoko Ono (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/yoko-ono/) born.
Feb 18 1965
Dre Day: Rapper and hip hop producer Dr. Dre (AKA André Romel Young) born in Los Angeles, California.
Feb 18 1967
J. Robert Oppenheimer dies.
Feb 18 1991
Killer/Cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/jeffrey-dahmer/) strangles a 19-year-old man, marking his tenth (of 17) victims. Jeffrey dismembers the body and keeps the skull in his Milwaukee, Wisconsin apartment.
Feb 18 2001
During the Daytona 500, NASCAR phenom Dale Earnhardt (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/sports/dale-earnhardt/) crashes into the wall and dies instantly. His widow later files a lawsuit to keep his autopsy photos sealed, and Florida subsequently passes a law to prevent them from ever being released.


Yesterday in Rotten History Feb 17 1600Italian philosopher Giordano Bruno burned at the stake at Campo di Fiore in Rome, likely because ecclesiastical authorities were alarmed at his rambling and somewhat insane ideas, coupled with rejection of accepted authority. Exactly what the charges against him were are lost to history, but likely involve theological heresies rather than astronomical.
Feb 17 1974
Forty-nine people trampled to death at a soccer stampede in Cairo, after crowds tear down entry barriers to the Zamalek vs Dukla game.
Feb 17 1989
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The cinematic masterpiece "Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure" starring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter opened in theaters. Pictured above, Bill and Ted's Excellent Breakfast Cereal.
Feb 17 1993
An overcrowded ferry carrying up to 1,500 people sank off Haiti. Only 285 people were known to have survived.
Feb 17 1994
The decomposing corpse of Zviad Gamsakhurdia, first president of the Republic of Georgia, is exhumed from a temporary grave in Djikhaskari. His wife refuses an autopsy, but western journalists note a bullet wound in the side of Zviad's head. Officially listed as suicide, the wife also claims he was murdered. Another government minister oddly states the death was by cancer with the head shot administered post-mortem.

Rider
23-02-2009, 15:37
Today in Rotten History Feb 23 303Roman Emperor Diocletian issues an edict to suppress Christianity, "to tear down the churches to the foundations and to destroy the Sacred Scriptures by fire". Further edicts require that church officials engage in animal sacrifice to appease traditional Roman gods.
Feb 23 1885
The British hangman at Exeter Gaol tries three times to hang John Lee of Devonshire, for the murder of Emma Keyse. The trap refused to open. His sentence was commuted to life, and he was eventually released.
Feb 23 1915
Nevada enacts a law reducing the "quickie divorce" residency requirements down to six months, a figure further reduced in 1931 to six weeks.
Feb 23 1942
The first Japanese attack on the U.S. mainland occurs when an I-17 submarine fires 13 shells at an oil refinery near Goleta, Southern California. $500 damage was inflicted. It was not clear why this target was chosen until much later, when it was found that the commander of this particular submarine had visited the site in the 1930's and stumbled into a field of prickly pear cactus. Captain Nishino never forgave the ridicule he received from his American hosts that day.
Feb 23 1981
Right wing members of the Civil Guard storm the Spanish Parliament with machine guns, taking every important elected official in the country hostage. The coup collapsed 18 hours later.
Feb 23 1996
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The "Freeway Killer" William G Bonin (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/william-g-bonin/) executed at San Quentin. For his last meal he chose two pepperoni and sausage pizzas, three coffee ice creams, and fifteen cans of Coca Cola totaling a rather unhealthy 6391 calories.


Yesterday in Rotten History Feb 22 1987http://www.rotten.com/today/images/feb/rh-warhol.jpg
Andy Warhol (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/artists/andy-warhol/) dies of complications after gallbladder surgery, though the details are hazy. The official cause was listed as cardiac arrhythmia, but speculation includes his fear of hospitals as well as possible Cefoxitin allergy. Warhol's death brings him a bonus 15 minutes of fame.
Feb 22 1993
The United States Supreme Court rejects a move by singer Chuck Berry to move his case to Federal court. Various women sued Berry alleging he videotaped them going potty in his St. Louis restaurant.
Feb 22 1994
CIA (http://www.rotten.com/library/conspiracy/cia/) agent Aldrich Ames charged with conspiracy to commit espionage. His betrayal, starting in 1985, resulted in the executions of a good number of important undercover agents within the Soviet Union. The CIA knew without doubt there was a mole in its ranks. And though by 1989 Ames had acquired unexplainable wealth from his spying and did very little to conceal the spying, he somehow managed to evade being caught for five more years.
Feb 22 1997
The first cloning of an advanced mammal, a sheep known as Dolly, is announced in the news media. Dolly was cloned from a mammary cell, her name being taken from the top-heavy Dolly Parton, star of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. [Editor's note: You can never have too many sheep.]
Feb 22 2001
Vice-President Dick Cheney meets with Ken Lay and other officials from Enron at the White House as part of his energy task force.


Wait there's more Feb 21 1803Edward Despard and six co-conspirators were hanged, drawn, and quartered at Horsemonger Lane Gaol for plotting to assassinate England's King George III and to destroy the Bank of England. He is the last person to suffer this punishment.
Feb 21 1885
America's greatest phallic symbol, the Washington Monument, is dedicated by President Chester A. Arthur. The shaft towers over 555 feet into the air, and sports an aluminum foreskin.
Feb 21 1916
Start of the Battle of Verdun, which in nine months yielded 975,000 casualties and almost no change in the front line. It is the bloodiest battle in history, and often the one remarked as having the "highest density of dead per square yard."
Feb 21 1931
The first attempted hijacking of an airplane occurs when revolutionary soldiers in Peru seize a Ford Tri-motor and demand pilots drop propaganda leaflets over the capital, Lima.
Feb 21 1965
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Malcolm X (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/malcolm-x/) assassinated in a Manhattan ballroom, probably by fellow black muslims.
Feb 21 1972
Nixon (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/richard-m-nixon/) visits Red China, fulfilling the Vulcan proverb.
Feb 21 1988
Television evangelist Jimmy Swaggart (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/televangelists/jimmy-swaggart/) of the Assemblies of God, with tears streaming down his face, confesses sinning with a prostitute in a Louisiana hotel room. A second scandal with yet another prostitute emerges in 1991, further killing his evangelical career.

Rider
26-02-2009, 17:47
Feb 26 1815Napoleon Bonaparte (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/historical/napoleon/) slips past guards and escapes from his exile on the island of Elba, returning to France meeting very little resistance. One Hundred Days of rule follow, culminating in his defeat at Waterloo.
Feb 26 1918
Grandstands at the Hong Kong Jockey Club collapse and burn, killing 604 spectators. It is the worst disaster in sports history.
Feb 26 1974
A U.S. Senate report reveals Ford Motor's involvement in Nazi Germany's war efforts, for which CEO Henry Ford (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/business/henry-ford/) received the Grand Cross of the German Eagle from Adolf Hitler (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/nazi/adolf-hitler/) himself. After the war, the car company was paid nearly $1M reparation by the U.S. government to compensate for one of its plants that was bombed within the Reich (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/nazi/).
Feb 26 1985
A federal grand jury brings a fifteen count racketeering indictment upon members of "The Commission", a body consisting of all of the major Mafia (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/mafia/) families in New York City. The indictments were largely made possible by a bug planted in the dashboard of Tony "Ducks" Corallo's black Jaguar.
Feb 26 1991
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Iraqi forces fleeing Kuwait (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/war/gulf-war/) on the "Highway of Death" are caught in a turkey shoot of falling explosives and aerial strafing. It is impossible to say how many people in this column of over 1000 vehicles were killed, but in all as many as 450,000 Iraqis were buried in Kuwait after the war.
Feb 26 1993
A bomb explodes on level B2 of the World Trade Center, creating a five story crater and leaving six dead and over 1,042 injured. According to the New York Times, the FBI knew in advance this was going to happen.


Yesterday in Rotten History Feb 25 1922http://www.rotten.com/today/images/feb/rh-henri-landru-th.jpg
Henri Landru (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/criminals/henri-landru/), the notorious French serial killer known as "Bluebeard", guillotined for murdering ten women, and one boy. His motive was purely financial; by placing classified ads Landru lured selected women into his clutches, married them, and disposed of their bodies without a trace. While denying guilt to the end, a drawing given to his attorney had written on the reverse, "I did it. I burned their bodies in my kitchen oven".
Feb 25 1932
Austrian Adolf Hitler (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/nazi/adolf-hitler/) granted German citizenship, to meet a "minor" technical requirement in order to run for president.
Feb 25 1983
Playwright Tennessee Williams found dead in his New York hotel room after he choked on a bottle cap during the night.
Feb 25 1986
Egyptian Military Police enter four luxury hotels near the Pyramids, setting fires and looting. Hotel guests were terrorized. The police were upset over tours of duty that were being extended.
Feb 25 1994
Baruch Goldstein fires on Palestinians at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, slaughtering 29 of them. Goldstein, born and raised in Brooklyn New York, was a follower of Rabbi Meir Kahane and had been plotting acts of violence for two years.
Feb 25 1996
Dr. Haing S. Ngor, the Cambodian who won the 1984 Best Supporting Actor Oscar for The Killing Fields, shot during a robbery attempt in the carport of his Los Angeles apartment.


Wait there's more Feb 24 1868http://www.rotten.com/today/images/feb/rh-andrew-johnson-th.jpg
President Andrew Johnson impeached for High Crimes and Misdemeanors, which is fancy talk for removing Secretary of War Stanton. This remains an honor not bestowed again until the blowjob years of the Clinton Administration (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/bill-clinton/).
Feb 24 1921
Abe Vigoda's birthday. Not dead yet!
Feb 24 1988
Jerry Falwell (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/televangelists/jerry-falwell/) loses his appeal to the Supreme Court, regarding an outrageous parody (http://www.dailyrotten.com/today/feb/falwell.html) published by Hustler (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/pornographers/larry-flynt/) magazine. Falwell was shown as an incestuous drunk. As long as the material is not presented as factual, public figures may be sniped upon.
Feb 24 1990
Bisexual businessman Malcolm Forbes dead.
Feb 24 1992
In a very special episode of Geraldo, daytime talk show host Geraldo Rivera (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/journalists/geraldo-rivera/) has fat cells removed from from his ass and injected into his forehead.
Feb 24 1998
A man "on a mission from God" hijacks a Turkish Airlines jet with 68 on board, claiming to have a bomb in his teddy bear, and attempts to divert it to Iran. Passengers put an end to his plans.

Rider
01-03-2009, 12:49
Today in Rotten History Mar 1 1815Jesse Sharpless is convicted in Pennsylvania of exhibiting a "certain lewd, wicked, scandalous, infamous and obscene painting, representing a man in an obscene, impudent and indecent posture with a woman" in his own house. It is the first obscenity trial in the United States.
Mar 1 1932
A man climbs a makeshift ladder to the 2nd floor of Charles Lindbergh's (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/misc/lindbergh/) New Jersey home and snatches his twenty-month-old son, Charles Jr. Whoever took the baby left behind a poorly-written ransom note demanding $50,000 in small bills.
Mar 1 1954
Four Puerto Rican nationalists open fire on House of Representatives from visitors' gallery, wounding five representatives. All four captured by security guards.
Mar 1 1954
The first hydrogen bomb is detonated at Bikini. Even though the bomb was hundreds of times more powerful than the atomic bomb exploded there in 1946, no islanders were evacuated this time. Almost 300 people suffered radiation exposure.
Mar 1 1969
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While performing with the Doors, Jim Morrison (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/jim-morrison/) asks the audience "Do you wanna see my cock?" then exposes himself briefly on a Miami stage. For thus showing his peepee Morrison received a sentence of six months hard labor.
Mar 1 1971
The radical group Weather Underground explodes a bomb in a restroom of the U.S. Capitol building, causing significant damage. The bomb exploded after an intensive search of the building yielded no results. Nobody is ever convicted of the attack.
Mar 1 1978
The body of Charlie Chaplin is stolen for ransom by Galtcho Ganav (Bulgaria) and Romnan Wardas (Poland) from a cemetery in Corsier, Switzerland. The actor's corpse is recovered two months later.
Mar 1 1999
Eight tourists at the Buhoma Homestead (including two Intel executives), in Uganda to visit wild mountain gorillas, are kidnapped and hacked to death with machetes by Rwantan Hutus.


Yesterday in Rotten History Feb 28 1574Two impenitent heretics are burned at the stake in Mexico at a spectacular auto-da-fe comparable to those in Spain. The two are the first victims of the Inquisition in the New World, dying for their heretical crimes of... Lutheranism.
Feb 28 1968
Singer and early 60's heartthrob Frankie Lymon is found dead from a heroin overdose (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/drugs/overdose-deaths/) next to his syringe, in his grandmother's New York City apartment.
Feb 28 1986
Prime Minister of Sweden (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/countries/sweden/) Olof Palme assassinated as he left a movie theater in Stockholm. It is unknown who the assailant was, though some suspect a South African (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/countries/south-africa/) death squad.
Feb 28 1993
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Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Tobacco (http://www.rotten.com/library/conspiracy/batf/) use armed force attempting to serve Branch Davidian leader David Koresh (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/cult/david-koresh/) with a search warrant (one with no actual evidence of any illegal activity whatsoever), in what the BATF viewed as a publicity stunt to improve their image. While the agents carefully coordinated the raid with eleven different media outlets, something apparently tipped off Koresh and things do not go well: six Davidians and four ATF agents were killed. The warrant instead could have been served peacefully, while Koresh did his daily morning jog.
Feb 28 1995
Members of the group "Patriot's Council" in Minnesota are convicted under the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, for manufacturing quantities of the ricin toxin. The substance is nearly indetectible when used as a poison, but is difficult to administer.

Rider
03-03-2009, 21:22
Today in Rotten History Mar 3 1863The National Conscription Act is signed, forcing all men between 20 and 45 years of age into the draft lotteries. Except for rich bastards, who could buy their way out for $300, or hire another man to serve in his place. The inevitable result is the week-long New York Draft Riots.
Mar 3 1931
An English beer drinking song becomes the National Anthem of the United States.
Mar 3 1934
John Dillinger (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/criminals/john-dillinger/) escapes from an escape-proof jail in Crown Point Indiana, using a wooden pistol he carved himself. It's his second escape.
Mar 3 1967
The Berkeley Barb reports that banana peels can make you high. Apparently lots of people can be fooled into thinking that the resulting "bananadine" extract is a hallucinogenic Mellow Yellow.
Mar 3 1991
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Los Angles Police officers are filmed beating black motorist Rodney King (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/misc/rodney-king/) with nightsticks. Television news stations repeatedly air the film nationwide. Four whites are charged with the beating on March 15, and when they are found not guilty, Los Angeles erupts in riot.
Mar 3 2006
British glam rocker Gary Glitter is sentenced to three years in a Vietnamese prison for molesting two girls, 10 and 11. His sentence also includes mandatory deportation and payment of 5m Vietnamese dong (about $315.00) to the girls' families. 61-year-old Glitter denies all wrongdoing and claims to be the victim of a tabloid newspaper conspiracy.


Yesterday in Rotten History Mar 2 1939Howard Carter dies of King Tut's curse.
Mar 2 1944
A train of mixed military/civilian passengers stalls inside a tunnel outside Salerno, Italy, asphyxiating 426 from fumes.
Mar 2 1968
Syd Barrett (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/syd-barrett/) leaves Pink Floyd, after melting his mind with various extremely dangerous drugs. He spends the following years mumbling about pork chops and refrigerators.
Mar 2 1982
Science fiction author Philip K Dick (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/authors/philip-k-dick/) dies of a stroke in Santa Ana, California. Since 1974 the author had been possessed by a superalien who arrived in his head via a beam of pink light.
Mar 2 1997
1st Monkey successfully cloned

Rider
06-03-2009, 19:26
Today in Rotten History Mar 6 1836Alamo seized by Santa Ana, 3,000 versus 147 not being a fair fight. The holdouts suffered unnecessary deaths, disobeying direct orders by remaining, and losing their arms and cannon to the Mexicans.
Mar 6 1918
The US naval vessel "Cyclops" vanishes in the Bermuda Triangle (http://www.rotten.com/library/occult/bermuda-triangle/).
Mar 6 1978
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Larry Flynt (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/pornographers/larry-flynt/), publisher of the fine magazine Hustler, is shot and paralyzed.
Mar 6 1983
Cheryl Araujo is gang raped atop a pool table at a tavern in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Other men in the establishment applauded the spectacle. Four men are convicted of the crime in a trial that attracts nationwide attention.


Yesterday in Rotten History Mar 5 1770The Boston Massacre leaves five colonists dead when British soldiers open fire.
Mar 5 1930
Danish artist Einar Wegener undergoes a sex change operation in Berlin, making him a soprano. He assumes the identity of Lili Elbe, and has ovaries implanted. However it is speculated that Wegener was actually a hermaphrodite, and the credit for first sex change usually is given to Christine Jorgenson.
Mar 5 1953
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Josef Stalin (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/dictators/josef-stalin/), born Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili, dies of a brain hemorrhage at age 73.
Mar 5 1959
Twenty-one Negro Boys are killed in a fire at the Arkansas Negro Boys Industrial Reformatory, Little Rock AR.
Mar 5 1982
John Belushi (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/comic/john-belushi/) found dead at the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood from a cocaine and heroin overdose. A sketchy woman, Cathy Smith, is later charged with administering the fatal injections.
Mar 5 1989
Michael Anderson Godwin, previously on death row for murder but with sentence commuted to life imprisonment, dies in a toilet-related accident at the Central Correctional Institution in South Carolina. Godwin, sitting on a stainless steel toilet, bit into headphone wires that were connected to his television. He was immediately electrocuted. [Moral: use a porcelain toilet.]
Mar 5 1998
David Asimov, the unemployed son of science fiction author Isaac Asimov, arrested in Santa Rosa, California for felony possession of child pornography. Over 4,000 videos and other items were seized from his residence. Police were alarmed at the quantity he had accumulated, but do not believe he was distributing the material.


Wait there's more Mar 4 1861The "Stars and Bars" (http://www.dailyrotten.com/mar/confederate.html) is formally adopted as the flag of the Confederate States of America.
Mar 4 1966
John Lennon claims that The Beatles (http://www.rotten.com/library/culture/beatles/) are "more popular than Jesus", and that "Christianity will... vanish and shrink".
Mar 4 1991
The U.S. Army destroys an Iraqi bunker holding 7 tons of sarin nerve gas. It is later determined that 24,000 troops in the 82nd Airborne may have been adversely affected by this toxin release.
Mar 4 1994
Obese comedian John Candy dies.

Rider
10-03-2009, 17:24
Today in Rotten History Mar 10 1948Czech foreign minister Jan Masaryk thrown from a window at his apartment in Prague under mysterious circumstances. His death was ruled "suicide" and later by the communists, to have "fallen accidentally while sitting in a yoga position on a window sill to combat insomnia". But most likely he was suffocated first, judging from the fact that he had lost control of his bowels.
Mar 10 1974
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Second Lt. Hiroo Onoda of the Imperial Japanese Army surrenders to Philippine authorities. He believed World War II (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/war/wwii/) was still underway and continued a 30 year guerrilla battle with other islanders. His final capitulation came when his senior officer, Maj. Taniguchi, ordered his surrender. Upon return to the Japanese homeland, Onoda was treated as a hero, but had difficulty coping with his "postwar" life.
Mar 10 1977
Roman Polanski (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/artists/roman-polanski/) gives a thirteen-year old girl Quaaludes and has sex with her during a photo shoot at Jack Nicholson (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/actors/jack-nicholson/)'s home. He later flees the country to avoid statutory rape charges.
Mar 10 1987
Jeffrey Dahmer (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/jeffrey-dahmer/) is convicted of lewd and lascivious behavior for urinating in front of several children. He was sentenced to one year's probation for the incident. Jeffrey would go on to kill eighteen young men in Milwaukee.
Mar 10 1988
Highly insipid rock vocalist Andy Gibb dies of heart trouble at age 30. He put a lot of drugs into his body, primarily cocaine.
Mar 10 1994
Tupac Shakur gets a 15-day jail sentence for assaulting director Allen Hughes.
Mar 10 1997
The Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe, is stabbed in both eyes during an altercation with another inmate at Broadmoor Hospital. Peter is serving a sentence for killing 13 women.


Yesterday in Rotten History Mar 9 1170In Essex, a UFO is spotted over St. Ostwyth, manifesting itself as a "wonderfully large dragon ... borne up from the Earth through the air". The craft kindled the air and destroyed a house.
Mar 9 1556
David Rizzio, the secretary to Mary, Queen of Scots, stabbed 56 times by a gaggle of Scottish nobles. Her husband Henry Lord Darnley had orchestrated the murder with Mary witnessing, hoping to precipitate a miscarriage.
Mar 9 1967
Josef Stalin (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/dictators/josef-stalin/)'s daughter, Svetlana Alliluyeva, walks into the U.S. Embassy at New Delhi and asks to defect.
Mar 9 1989
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Photographer/homosexual Robert Mapplethorpe dead from AIDS. His bullwhip will be missed.
Mar 9 1995
Jon Schmitz (straight) kills Scott Amedure (gay) three days after an appearance on the trashy Jenny Jones TV talk show, where Amedure admitted having a crush on Schmitz. Allegedly the two men had an affair that evening after the show, but the backlash from their rural community was going to be so severe that Schmitz panicked to defend his manlihood, filling his admirer with buckshot. Amedure's famly later sued the Jenny Jones show for $50M.
Mar 9 1997
Notorious B.I.G. (Christopher Wallace) killed in a drive-by outside the Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles. The murder has never been officially solved, though an ongoing feud with Death Row Records may have had something to do with it.


Wait there's more Mar 8 1968http://www.rotten.com/today/images/mar/rh-glomar.jpg
A Soviet submarine sinks in the Pacific Ocean, killing all 97 crew members aboard. Later in the year a U.S. submarine secretly retrieves an encryption machine, codebooks, and nuclear warheads from the Soviet vessel. A further bold attempt is made in 1974 to bring up the entire submarine using the CIA (http://www.rotten.com/library/conspiracy/cia/) ship Glomar Explorer (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/espionage/glomar-explorer/), built by Howard Hughes (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/business/howard-hughes/). That mission supposedly fails, and is made public by the Los Angeles Times to the great embarrassment of the Agency.
Mar 8 1973
Paul McCartney (http://www.rotten.com/library/culture/beatles/) is fined 100 UKP for growing marijuana at his farm on the Mull of Kintyre.
Mar 8 1997
Chad Lamansky and Daniel Myers, a pair of teenagers in Davis County, Iowa, slip into an animal shelter at night and beat 16 cats to death with a baseball bat. A jury later determined that the cats had a value less than $30 each, ruling out the possibility of a felony conviction.
Mar 8 1998
In Ladson, South Carolina, Daniel Rudolph -- brother of Olympic Games bombing and abortion clinic bombing suspect Eric Rudolph (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/terrorists/eric-rudolph/) (a fugitive) -- videotapes himself severing his own hand with a power saw in order to "send a message to the FBI and the media". Mmmm, inbreeding?
Mar 8 1999
Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?
Mar 8 2000
Porn superstar Lolo Ferrari dies at age 30 in the French Riviera. Lolo is a French pioneer of plastic macromammary surgery, having achieved a bustline of 71 inches, a well known porn star and cocksucker. She is a resident of Cannes, her recent venture into music (with single "Air Bag Generator") created somewhat of a nonsensation.

Rider
11-03-2009, 10:16
Today in Rotten History Mar 11 1669After a series of premonitional earthquakes near Mount Etna, the largest volcano in Europe spectacularly erupts, destroying the Sicilian town of Nicolosi and killing 20,000 people.
Mar 11 1938
Germany (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/countries/germany/) enters Austria in the "Anschluss", to annex it as part of Grossdeutchland.
Mar 11 1958
A B-47 bomber drops a nuclear bomb in the town of Mars Bluff in South Carolina. While it did not detonate a nuclear explosion, conventional explosives within the bomb left a 75 foot crater, destroying one house and damaging five others.
Mar 11 1970
Actress Suzanne Somers arrested (and strip searched!) for writing bad checks. She was not prosecuted.
Mar 11 1990
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Vice President Dan Quayle (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/usa/dan-quayle/) sends a Secret Service agent proxy into a Chilean tourist shop to purchase a wooden male, anatomically correct "peekaboo" statuette.
Mar 11 1998
The town of Cicero, IL agrees to donate $10,000 towards the printing of KKK (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/racism/kkk/) literature to be mailed to its residents, in return for the Klan not holding a scheduled rally.

Rider
14-03-2009, 18:14
Mar 14 1883Karl Marx dies of bronchitis in London (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/london/).
Mar 14 1932
George Eastman, the founder of Kodak Corporation, kills himself after a long illness. His suicide note states "To my friends: My work is done. Why wait?"
Mar 14 1945
"I am going to jump into my grave laughing because the knowledge that I have the deaths of millions of people on my conscience is a source of extraordinary satisfaction to me." Adolf Eichmann (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/nazi/adolf-eichmann/).
Mar 14 1967
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Nine German executives of the manufacturer of thalidomide, Grunethal, are charged with breaking their country's drug laws. Thalidomide, a sedative, caused over 12,000 babies in late 1950's Europe to be born with flippers instead of limbs.
Mar 14 1968
Nerve gas leaks from the U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, near Skull Valley Utah. The gas killed 1600 sheep on the Goshute indian reservation and made hundreds more sick. Dugway is a test center for chemical and biological agents.
Mar 14 1997
A tank illegally stored at the federal government's Hanford nuclear facility in Washington state explodes, causing the release of 30,000 gallons of plutonium into the environment. The government tried to cover up the incident, going so far as having the Department of Energy deny the release of any contamination.


Yesterday in Rotten History Mar 13 1881http://www.rotten.com/today/images/mar/rh-alexander-ii.jpg
An anarchist from the radical group People's Will throws a bomb which disrupts Czar Alexander II's motorcade. After he thanks God for his deliverance, the anarchist yells "It is too early to thank God" and throws a second bomb, causing injuries from which Alexander bleeds to death.
Mar 13 1923
Twenty-two persons killed in a poison rice episode, China. Five cooks are blamed.
Mar 13 1964
At 3:15am, bar manager Catherine "Kitty" Genovese is raped and stabbed to death outside her apartment building in Queens, NY. None of her 38 neighbors who witness the 32-minute ordeal even bothers to call the cops. Later in court, several testify hearing her scream: "Oh my God! He stabbed me! Please help me! I'm dying!"
Mar 13 1996
Salim and Ruksana Patel find the arabic word for Allah spelled in the seeds of an aubergine (a Persian eggplant variant) which they intended for a casserole at their home in Bolton, England. Their local mullah declares it a miracle.
Mar 13 1997
Hassan Abdullah's wife accidentally severs her husband's penis while she was "dreaming about strangling him". Luckily for Abdullah doctors in Malaysia were able to successfully reattach his endangered manhood, but not so lucky is the fact that he sleeps with a woman who keeps a knife in bed and dreams about strangling her husband.
Mar 13 2001
One-eyed, mom-hating serial killer/drifter Henry Lee Lucas dies. Lucas was a serial murderer known for making bogus confessions which prompted police across the country to try and clear hundreds of unsolved cases by dumping them on Henry. He later recanted, saying that his goal was to make the police look stupid. Physical evidence only linked Henry to two of the murders.


Wait there's more Mar 12 1888The massive and unexpected Blizzard of 1888 strikes the East coast of the United States, paralyzing New York and many other cities and leaving at least 400 dead. Snowdrifts fifty feet high were reported, and New York received over 40 inches of snow.
Mar 12 1928
The two-year-old St. Francis Dam north of Los Angeles (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/los-angeles/) fails catastrophically just before midnight, unleashing 52 million tons of water on the city of Santa Paula. 437 people are killed by the torrent, including 19 families with no survivors whatsoever.
Mar 12 1945
Anne Frank dies at Auschwitz.
Mar 12 1964
Malcolm X (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/malcolm-x/) withdraws from the Nation of Islam after he finds out that Elijah Mohammad has been porking his secretaries.
Mar 12 1980
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A Chicago (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/chicago/) jury finds John Wayne Gacy (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/john-wayne-gacy/) guilty of the murders of 33 men and boys. The next day, he is sentenced to death; after years on death row, Gacy is finally executed in May 10, 1994.
Mar 12 1993
A series of bomb explosions rock western India. The first kills 50 at the Bombay Stock Exchange, and many other explosions target theaters, offices, and shopping areas. It is suspected that the acts were intended to destabilize India's government.
Mar 12 2000
Pope John Paul II asks God's forgiveness for the many wrongs committed by the Roman Catholic Church. The pardon he requested divided into seven categories of Church sin, including sins against the Jews, against native peoples of the world, the crimes of the Inquisition, and general crimes against humanity. This pardon was requested only for past sins, and apparently does not apply to the Church's many ongoing sins.
Mar 12 2007
Two weeks after the incident, it is revealed that Israel's Ambassador to El Salvador Tzuriel Rafael had been recalled after police discovered him in his backyard, drunk and naked save for bondage gear and a ball gag.

Rider
19-03-2009, 17:19
Today in Rotten History Mar 19 1935Rioting breaks out in Harlem after rumors that a shoplifter was beaten or killed by police in the basement of Kress's department store, neither of which was actually true. But still an estimated 10,000 rioters cause $2M damage to whitey's businesses.
Mar 19 1945
Adolf Hitler (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/nazi/adolf-hitler/) orders all military and industrial facilities within the Third Reich (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/nazi/) destroyed. Albert Speer does everything he can to stop this from happening, in direct defiance of Hitler.
Mar 19 1957
Elvis Presley (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/elvis/) tours and then immediately agrees to purchase the 14 acre Graceland estate from Ruth Moore for $100,000. It is now his cemetery.
Mar 19 1982
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The guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/ozzy-osbourne/), Randy Rhoads, dies during the Diary of a Madman tour after the plane he is flying in buzzes the band's tour bus and clips the wing of the plane, crashing into a nearby farmhouse.
Mar 19 1987
Televangelist Jim Bakker (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/televangelists/jim-bakker/) resigns his PTL ministry after it is revealed he nailed former church secretary Jessica Hahn.
Mar 19 1990
Andrew Wood, lead singer of influential but now mostly forgotten Seattle band "Mother Love Bone" dies of a smack overdose.


Yesterday in Rotten History Mar 18 1314http://www.rotten.com/today/images/mar/rh-de-molay.jpg
Jacques de Molay, Grand Master of the Knights Templar (http://www.rotten.com/library/conspiracy/knights-templar/), is burned at the stake during the final purge of the Templars in France. Among the things de Molay admitted to the Inquisitor panel (though possibly coerced) were the obligation of Templars to deny Christ when they joined, and a sacrament that involved spitting on a crucifix.
Mar 18 1965
The Rolling Stones (http://www.rotten.com/library/culture/rolling-stones/) are fined 5 UKP for urinating on a Stratford garage wall at the ABC, Romford.
Mar 18 1970
Country Joe McDonald (of Country Joe and the Fish) is convicted on obscenity charges after he asks for an F, a U, a C, and one other letter at a concert in Massachusetts.
Mar 18 1980
A significant percentage of the Soviet space program's scientists are killed when a Vostok rocket explodes on the launch pad. Fifty people die at the Plesetsk Space Center.


Wait there's more Mar 17 965Pope Leo VIII (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/popes/leo-viii/) dies of a stroke during sexual intercourse. Perhaps the best way for a man to die, but not a very appropriate choice for the Bishop of Rome.
Mar 17 1942
John Wayne Gacy (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/john-wayne-gacy/), part time clown, serial killer, and sodomizer of dozens of boys, is born in Chicago (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/chicago/). His father was convinced Gacy was a "sissy", but friends and family didn't really suspect anything untoward was afoot until his 1968 arrest for coercing a teenage boy employee into committing multiple homosexual (http://www.rotten.com/library/sex/homosexuality/) acts.
Mar 17 1948
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The Hells Angels (http://www.rotten.com/library/culture/hells-angels/) Motorcycle Club is founded in San Bernardino, California by veterans of World War II who were former members of the Pissed Off Bastards. Hell's Angels has 100 chapters globally, with more than 1600 members.
Mar 17 1966
A U.S. midget submarine located a missing hydrogen bomb which had fallen from an American bomber into the Mediterranean off Spain.
Mar 17 1999
Six members of the International Olympic Committee are expelled for corruption, all from poor third world countries. They received bribes from Salt Lake City totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars, a practice that had been going on for years. It should also be noted that the IOC Vice President at the time was named "Dick Pound".


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Rider
10-04-2009, 09:05
Today in Rotten History Apr 9 1241Mongols collect nine bags of ears after a battle with Henry, Duke of Poland, at Liegnitz. A feigned retreat separated the 500 Teutonic Knights from their infantry, and the Mongols slaughtered the entire infantry. Apparently you can fit 25,000 ears into nine bags.
Apr 9 1940
Nazi Germany (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/nazi/) invades Denmark and Norway. Norwegian national socialist Vidkun Quisling seizes the opportunity to declare himself the new prime minister of Norway, but the Germans replace him only five days later.
Apr 9 1948
Jewish terror groups Irgun and Lehi massacre Arab villagers of Deir Yassin located on Jerusalem-Tel Aviv road. News of massacre creates panic among other Palestinians, who flee former mandatory Palestine at onset of first Arab-Israeli war.
Apr 9 1992
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Former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/dictators/manuel-noriega/) convicted of drug trafficking, money laundering, and racketeering by a federal court in Miami (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/miami/).


Yesterday in Rotten History Apr 8 1916Auto racer Bob Burman crashes and burns during a race in Corona, California. He dies and takes his mechanic Eric Scroeder and a track policeman with him. Burman was in the lead during most of the race but his Peugot broke a wheel sending his car crashing through a crowd barrier and into a pole and badly injuring 5 spectators.
Apr 8 1988
Rev. Jimmy Swaggart (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/televangelists/jimmy-swaggart/) resigns from his ministry when it is revealed that he has been consorting with a prostitute, Debra Murphree. She says he was a frequent client but only liked to watch her undress. Only a few months earlier, Swaggart had been giving Rev. Jim Bakker shit about Jessica Hahn.
Apr 8 1991
Retired horse jockey Willie Shoemaker loses control of his Ford Bronco; the resulting crash renders him paralyzed from the neck down. Shoemaker is later arrested for drunk driving, but no charges are ever filed.
Apr 8 1992
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat suffers only minor injuries after his airplane crashes into the Libyan desert. However, three others on board the craft are killed.
Apr 8 1994
Kurt Cobain (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/kurt-cobain/)'s body is found 3 days after committing suicide with a shotgun.


Wait there's more Apr 7 1948Twenty Buddhist monks in Shanghai are immolated as their monastery burns.
Apr 7 1970
The X-rated movie Midnight Cowboy wins the Oscar for Best Picture.
Apr 7 1989
Soviet nuclear submarine Komsomolets sinks in the Norwegian sea, with two nuclear reactors and two nuclear torpedoes aboard. 41 crew members die, and the submarine remains one mile below the surface of the ocean, with its nuclear weapons intact.
Apr 7 1994
Courtney Love (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/courtney-love/) arrested on drug charges in Beverly Hills. What a surprise!
Apr 7 1998
Wendy O. Williams, former porn star and singer for the Plasmatics, kills herself (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/suicide/famous/) with a gun near her Connecticut home.
Apr 7 1998
Pop singer George Michael (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/george-michael/) is arrested by an undercover police officer after wanking (http://www.rotten.com/library/sex/masturbation/) in front him in a public toilet. One of our rotten.com staffers has checked out the restroom (at Will Rogers Memorial Park in Beverly Hills) and reports that it continues to be "cruisy (http://www.rotten.com/library/sex/homosexuality/cruisy-restrooms/)."
Apr 7 1999
A bomb goes off in the "Valley of the Fallen" church, which is carved into a mountainside north of Madrid. The church houses the mortal remains of dictator Francisco Franco (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/dictators/francisco-franco/). The terrorist group GRAPO claims responsibility, and while there were no injuries, the damage was extensive.
Apr 7 2155
First Contact between humans and the prominently-coiffured Centauri Alliance. (Babylon 5 timeline)

Rider
12-04-2009, 11:41
Apr 12 1945Franklin D. Roosevelt (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/franklin-d-roosevelt/), the only president ever elected to four terms of office, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, GA. The following day, Vice President Harry S. Truman assumes the post and is told for the first time about the Manhattan Project.
Apr 12 1960
Eric Peugeot, 4-year-old son of the auto manufacturer, is kidnapped in Paris. The child is later freed after a $300,000 ransom is paid. Ultimately, the perpetrators are caught and sent to prison.
Apr 12 1961
Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Alexeyevich Gargarin is the first man in space, aboard Vostok I.
Apr 12 1988
U.S. patent 4,736,866 is granted to Harvard University for a genetically-modified mouse, engineered to be particularly susceptible to carcinogens. The cancer-prone "Harvard Oncomouse" is the world's first patented creature, and perhaps also the most screwed.
Apr 12 1989
1960s counterculture icon Abbie Hoffman kills himself (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/suicide/famous/) by overdosing on barbiturates.
Apr 12 1992
EuroDisney opens to the public, attracting a meager 50,000 visitors. Expectations had been about ten times as many. This underwhelming response by the European public will continue for more than a year. Finally, after 18 months of retooling, the resort is ultimately rechristened Disneyland Paris (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/disneyland/).
Apr 12 1994
The US Tax Court rules that Indiana exotic dancer Chesty Love can claim a $2,088 tax credit for depreciation on her 56FF breast implants. The judge found that Love's surgical augmentation did in fact increase her income, also that she was unable to derive any personal benefit from them, as the oversized mammaries "contorted her body into a grotesque appearance."
Apr 12 1995
To celebrate David Letterman (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/comic/david-letterman/)'s 49th birthday, actress Drew Barrymore climbs atop the Late Night desk and flashes her bosomy protuberances at the man.
Apr 12 1995
The Hong Kong Eastern Express reports that China sanctions the consumption of aborted human fetuses as a "health benefit." One practitioner willing to admit a taste for this is Dr. Zou Qin of the Luo Hu Clinic, who boasts having consumed more than 100 meals of human veal -- stew and soup, mostly.

Rider
18-04-2009, 12:07
Today in Rotten History Apr 18 1906A devastating earthquake strikes San Francisco (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/san-francisco/) at 5:13 a.m., followed by a major aftershock three hours later. More than 3,000 people are killed from either collapsing structures or any of the 59 separate fires which burn over the next three days. In the downtown area, the U.S. Army is forced to dynamite whole city blocks in order to contain the flames, due to the lack of water pressure.
Apr 18 1955
Nobel Prize recipient Albert Einstein dies in his hospital bed from a ruptured aortic aneurysm. Seven hours later, his brain is plunked into a jar of formalin and taken away by the pathologist. It will remain missing for 23 years.
Apr 18 1983
62 people are killed and more than 100 injured in a suicide bombing against the U.S. Embassy in Beirut. The attacker used a van packed with one ton of high explosives. Included among the dead is the CIA (http://www.rotten.com/library/conspiracy/cia/)'s entire Middle East bureau. The group Islamic Jihad claims responsibility, although the intelligence community believes it was actually the work of Hezbollah (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/terrorist-organizations/hezbollah/).
Apr 18 1988
American auto worker John Demjanjuk is convicted of crimes against humanity by an Israeli court. They determined that he was Treblinka's notorious "Ivan the Terrible." The court sentences him to hang one week later, but the conviction is later overturned when it appears to have been a case of mistaken identity. In 2002, a U.S. federal court later strips Demjanjuk of his citizenship after it rules that he did in fact work as a Nazi prison guard, although at Sobibor, Majdanek, and Flossenburg.


Yesterday in Rotten History Apr 17 1792The Guillotine (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/execution/guillotine/) is tested at Bicetre Hospital in Paris, decapitating a sheep and a number of human cadavers.
Apr 17 1961
In an effort to overthrow Fidel Castro (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/dictators/fidel-castro/), 1,500 Cuban exiles make a series of amphibious landings at the Bay of Pigs. After it becomes painfully obvious in just a matter of hours that the forces were trained, equipped, and armed by the United States, President John F. Kennedy (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/jfk/) withholds necessary air cover. In three days of fighting, Cuba captures 1,197 of the rebels and kills approximately 200.
Apr 17 1965
The FBI Laboratory in Washington reports their inability to make out the vocals on the hit single "Louie Louie." Thus, the Bureau is unable to determine whether the record constitutes obscene matter.
Apr 17 1969
A Los Angeles jury convicts Sirhan Sirhan (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/assassins/sirhan-sirhan/) of assassinating Senator Robert F. Kennedy (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/usa/robert-f-kennedy/). Sirhan receives a death sentence, but it is later reduced to life in prison.
Apr 17 1974
Vinnie Taylor of Sha Na Na dies of a smack overdose (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/drugs/overdose-deaths/).
Apr 17 1984
London (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/london/) police officer Yvonne Fletcher is shot dead and ten bystanders are wounded when a gunman in the Libyan Embassy opens fire on a crowd of protestors gathered outside. One week later, the British government cuts off all diplomatic relations and the Libyans are deported. The Libyan Government finally "accepts general responsibility for the behaviour of its diplomats inside its London Embassy at the time of the shooting" in July 1999, and pays an undisclosed sum to Fletcher's family.
Apr 17 1997
After a newspaper publishes photographs of Belgian paratroopers committing human rights violations during a 1993 UN peacekeeping mission in Somalia, Belgium's Defense Minister Jean-Pol Poncelet announces that the elite fighting unit may be disbanded. The photos depict one soldier urinating on a Somali corpse, and two men swinging a child over a campfire by the wrists and ankles.


Wait there's more Apr 16 1943Chemist Albert Hofmann (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/mad-science/albert-hofmann/) inadvertently experiences the world's first acid trip when a tiny quantity of lysergic acid diethylamide accidently seeps through the skin of his finger. After leaving work early, he went home and settled into "a not unpleasant intoxicated condition." Then he had solid two hours of visual hallucinations: "I perceived an uninterrupted stream of fantastic pictures, extraordinary shapes with intense, kaleidoscopic play of colors." It will be another three days before Hofmann gets up the courage to swallow 250 micrograms and ride his bicycle home.
Apr 16 1947
552 people are killed in Texas City, TX when 2,300 tons of ammonium nitrate fertilizer aboard the S.S. Grandcamp suddenly explodes. The blast generates a 2,000-foot mushroom cloud and is heard 160 miles away, leading some witnesses to believe that they had just been hit by a Russian A-bomb (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/atomic-bomb/). 3,000 people suffer injuries and perhaps 200 more are unaccounted for. One-third of Texas City is decimated, twenty blocks of the waterfront are obliterated, and windows more than ten miles away are shattered.
Apr 16 1953
President Eisenhower addresses the nation concerning the relative priorities of "guns" versus "butter." In a fair fight, we'd have to bet on the guns.
Apr 16 1966
Alongside FBI officials, New York district attorney G. Gordon Liddy (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/misc/g-gordon-liddy/) arrests Timothy Leary (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/mad-science/timothy-leary/) for possession of marijuana after raiding his Millbrook estate. The Supreme Court later rules this bust unconstitutional.
Apr 16 1995
Marlon Brando (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/actors/marlon-brando/)'s daughter Cheyenne hangs herself in Tahiti.
Apr 16 2007
At around 7 AM, Virginia Tech senior Cho Seung-Hui shoots dead two students in a neighboring dorm. Two hours later, he chains shut the doors of the engineering building and goes on a forty-minute killing spree (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/spree-killers/), murdering 30 students and teachers and wounding several others before committing suicide (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/suicide/famous/). He had spent the interval fedexing a press kit to NBC News.

Rider
26-04-2009, 08:54
Today in Rotten History Apr 25 1599Oliver Cromwell -- who will later become the Lord Protector of England, Scotland, and Ireland -- is born in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.
Apr 25 1792
French highwayman Nicolas Jacques Pelletier is beheaded by the guillotine (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/execution/guillotine/), making him its first victim.
Apr 25 1974
Jim Morrison (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/jim-morrison/)'s widow Pamela dies of a heroin overdose (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/drugs/overdose-deaths/).
Apr 25 1994
Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz (King Adrock) is sentenced to 200 hours of community service for battering a TV cameraman during the memorial service for actor River Phoenix (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/actors/river-phoenix/).


Yesterday in Rotten History Apr 24 1928The Supreme Court of Canada (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/countries/canada/) declares that though women are indeed legal "persons," they are nevertheless ineligible to serve in the Canadian Senate. The Court agreed that the term "person" applies equally to humans of both genders, but the British North America Act referred specifically to "fit and qualified persons" -- necessarily excluding unfit and unqualified people (aka females).
Apr 24 1934
The present incarnation of actress Shirley MacLaine is born.
Apr 24 1967
Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov soon becomes the world's first space mission fatality after his Soyuz parachutes become entangled four miles above the Earth.
Apr 24 1980
A mission to rescue 53 American hostages from Tehran fails; 8 US soldiers are killed.
Apr 24 1993
An IRA bomb causes $1.5 billion of damage in central London when it destroys several square blocks. One person is killed and 40 injured.
Apr 24 1995
The Unabomber (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/unabomer/) strikes, killing a timber industry lobbyist. Gilbert Murray is killed in his Sacramento office, opening mail addressed to the man he replaced.
Apr 24 1997
A petri dish arrives in an 8x10 manila envelope at the Washington, D.C. offices of B'nai B'rith International. The dish, labeled "anthracks," drips a liquidy red gel which is later determined to contain a relatively harmless strain of Bacillus cereus.


Wait there's more Apr 23 33According to Christian tradition, Jesus Christ is raised from the dead, after being crucified three days prior.
Apr 23 1940
198 negroes are killed when the Rhythm Night Club burns down in Natchez, Mississippi. According to one eyewitness: "Everyone was trying to get out and crushing each other as the fire was burning them. All were crying and yelling and after a while I could smell the burning meat. I hope I never see anything like it again." The fire is blamed on the decorative but highly-combustible Spanish moss.
Apr 23 1951
Lenny Bruce (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/comic/lenny-bruce/) is arrested in Miami Beach (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/miami/), Florida for fraudulently soliciting funds for a leper colony while dressed as a priest.
Apr 23 1969
Sirhan Sirhan (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/assassins/sirhan-sirhan/) sentenced to death for assassinating Robert Kennedy.
Apr 23 1975
Peter Ham of Badfinger suicides (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/suicide/famous/) at age 27, by hanging himself. Another bandmate, Tom Evans, suicides later in 1983.
Apr 23 1983
The West German magazine Stern announces a major historical find: the discovery of 60 volumes of personal diaries (http://www.rotten.com/library/hoaxes/hitler-diaries/) purported to have been handwritten by Adolf Hitler (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/nazi/adolf-hitler/).
Apr 23 1985
The Coca-Cola Bottling Company announces that it has irrevocably changed the formula for its flagship beverage, unveiling "New Coke." The company stands firm on its decision until public pressure finally forces them to reintroduce the original drink, exactly 79 days later.

Rider
02-05-2009, 17:37
Today in Rotten History May 2 1863At the Battle of Chancellorsville, Confederate general Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson is accidentally shot three times by his own men. Jackson's left arm is amputated, and he dies eight days later from complications.
May 2 1946
Six prisoners attempt to escape the federal prison on Alcatraz (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/prison/alcatraz/) island. They take over their cellblock but fail to gain access to the outside. One guard held hostage is executed by prisoners, and another dies in the attempt to retake the cellblock. The Battle of Alcatraz ends only after the deaths of three prisoners, and two others are subsequently executed at San Quentin (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/prison/san-quentin/).
May 2 1957
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Senator Joseph McCarthy dies of hepatitis, brought about by unabated alcoholism. Two and a half years prior he had been censured by the Senate for his "inexcusable" and "reprehensible" conduct during his highly-publicized Communist witch-hunt. McCarthy eventually discovered that it was far more effective to have private industry oppress its workforce, rather than the government oppress its citizenry.
May 2 1957
Mob figure Frank Costello is shot in the head by Vincent "the Chin" Gigante. Instead of killing him, the bullet circumnavigates between his skin and cranium, exiting through the original wound. Costello retires from the Mafia (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/mafia/) soon after.
May 2 1972
World famous drag queen and longtime G-man J. Edgar Hoover (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/usa/j-edgar-hoover/) dies in his sleep at the age of 77.
May 2 1997
At 4:45 a.m., L.A. County Sheriff's deputies pull over a car in West Hollywood driven by comedian/actor Eddie Murphy. In the passenger seat is one Atisone Seiuli, a 20-year-old pre-op transsexual prostitute. Murphy informs the officers that he was just trying to be a "good samaritan" and give his she-male acquaintance a ride home. Seiuli is taken into custody for an outstanding prostitution warrant, but the officers allow Murphy to leave without any further ado.


Yesterday in Rotten History May 1 1776Adam Weishaupt founds the Bavarian Illuminati (http://www.rotten.com/library/conspiracy/illuminati/), the secret society which controls your mind as part of its plot to overthrow organized religion and control the global economy. If you don't believe it, ask yourself what novus ordo seclorum is doing on your dollar bill.
May 1 1863
The Confederate Congress decrees that captured Negro soldiers from the Union Army are to be summarily put to death, on the grounds that they have already "incited servile insurrection."
May 1 1889
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The first of May is designated "International Workers Day," in commemoration of Chicago (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/chicago/)'s Haymarket riots of 1886. The new holiday is actually an appropriation of the banned Beltane (Day of Fire), or May Day, traditionally celebrated by encircling a phallic maypole with delectable fertile virgins (http://www.rotten.com/library/sex/virginity/).
May 1 1942
The 215th and final hanging occurs at California's San Quentin (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/prison/san-quentin/) maximum security prison. Subsequent executions utilize the facility's gas chamber, and ultimately, inmate's choice of that or lethal injection.
May 1 1945
Joseph Göbbels (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/nazi/joseph-goebbels/) and his wife Magda tell their six children they are about to receive inoculation shots, but the injections actually contain poison. The parents then exit the Fuhrerbunker (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/nazi/fuhrerbunker/), where an SS man shoots them both in the back of the head.
May 1 1960
The Soviet Union (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/countries/soviet-union/) fires a SAM-2 surface-to-air missile at the U-2 spy plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers. The aircraft crashes inside Russian territory, near Sverdlosk. For whatever reason, Powers opts not to swallow his suicide pill and is taken into custody.
May 1 1993
During a May Day rally, Sri Lankan president Ranasinghe Premadasa and his retinue of bodyguards are blown to bits by a Tamil Tiger suicide bomber.
May 1 1997
Sportscaster Frank Gifford is caught on video having sex with TWA flight attendant Suzen Johnson at the New York Regency Hotel. On the tape, Johnson is heard moaning: "Oh, God that's so good. Oh my, you're so big. I knew you would be -- I just knew you would be." A tabloid paid Johnson $75,000 to fornicate with Gifford, and she later goes on to pose nude in Playboy for a six-figure check.
May 1 2003
Commander in Chief George W. Bush rides shotgun aboard a Navy S-3B Viking jet, before landing on the USS Abraham Lincoln, marking the first time a president has boarded an aircraft carrier by plane. Underneath a large "Mission Accomplished" banner, he announces that major combat operations in Iraq have ended.

Rider
09-05-2009, 11:02
Today in Rotten History May 9 1950L. Ron Hubbard (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/cult/l-ron-hubbard/) publishes the first edition of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. This follows on the heels of a feature article in the pulp sci-fi magazine Astounding Science Fiction. A book review in the The New Republic describes the work as "a bold and immodest mixture of complete nonsense and perfectly reasonable common sense, taken from long-acknowledged findings and disguised and distorted by a crazy, newly invented terminology." The subsequent movement goes on to become one of the scariest, most powerful pseudo-religious cults in modern history.
May 9 1978
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The body of former Italian premier Aldo Moro is discovered in the back seat of a Renault. He had been kidnapped 54 days prior by the Red Brigades, who demanded the release of their incarcerated comrades. When Italian authorities refused to give in, Moro's captors killed him. Above is a photo of the hostage holding a newspaper announcing his own death.
May 9 1979
Northwestern University graduate student John Harris opens a cigar box left sitting on a table in the Technological Institute. The resulting blast only manages to inflict minor lacerations and burns. It is later determined to be the second explosive device fabricated by the Unabomber (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/unabomer/).
May 9 1980
35 people are killed in Tampa, Florida when the Liberian cargo ship Summit Venture smashes into a supporting pier of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Seven vehicles, including a Greyhound bus, topple into the water 150 feet below.
May 9 1983
The infallible Pope John Paul II retracts the Catholic Church's condemnation of astronomer Galileo Galilei, issued in 1633 by the infallible Pope Urban VIII. The Church had convicted the scientist of heresy, sentenced him to house arrest, and forced him to recant central scientific truths. In the end, this error only took 350 years to correct.
May 9 1995
The CDC in Atlanta identifies a new strain of filovirus in blood samples taken from 14 disease victims in Kikwit, Zaire. Designated "Ebola," this new pathogen proves to be so tremendously virulent that the government of Zaire is forced to place the entire city of Kinshasa under quarantine in order to contain the outbreak.


Yesterday in Rotten History May 8 1842Following a birthday celebration for King Louis Philippe, 59 Parisians returning home by train are trapped in their railcars and incinerated when their train collides with another. In these early days of rail travel, coaches were locked and no means of escape was available.
May 8 1902
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Mt. Peleé erupts on the West Indies island of Martinique. A wall of superheated ash and rock cascades down the slopes, slamming directly into the community of Saint Pierre. The shockwave and intense heat even manage to destroy twenty ships in the harbor. Only two of the town's 28,000 residents survive the cataclysm.
May 8 1988
Science fiction author Robert A Heinlein dies of emphysema, leaving behind a legacy of subversive novels -- many of which meditate on unconventional sexual mores.
May 8 1991
In a room at Little Rock's Excelsior Hotel, Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/bill-clinton/) exposes his penis to state employee Paula Jones and propositions her to perform fellatio. In her civil deposition, Jones will later claim to have witnessed certain "distinguishing characteristics" of the governor's genitalia, the precise nature of which soon becomes the subject of much speculation. For her trouble, Jones eventually receives an out-of-court settlement for $850,000 and a nude pictorial in Penthouse magazine.
May 8 1998
Former Senator and onetime Presidential candidate Bob Dole tells television interviewer Larry King (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/radio/larry-king/) that he participated in the Viagra impotence drug trials, and thoroughly enjoyed himself in the process. Dole's name soon becomes synonymous with erectile dysfunction.
May 8 1999
Actress Dana Plato (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/child-stars/dana-plato/), who played Kimberly Drummond on Diff'rent Strokes, dies in Oklahoma of an overdose (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/drugs/overdose-deaths/) of Valium and Loritab. Just the previous day, Plato had appeared on the Howard Stern (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/radio/howard-stern/) syndicated radio program claiming to be clean and sober.


Wait there's more May 7 1915The ocean liner Lusitania is torpedoed by German submarine U-20 off the coast of Ireland. The ship goes under in just 18 minutes. In their panic, the crew only manages to launch 6 of the 48 lifeboats. As a result 1,201 are killed. Contrary to published reports of the time, the passenger ship was smuggling 3,863 boxes of ammunition and 323 bundles of guncotton into Britain.
May 7 1945
German admiral Carl Doenitz unconditionally surrenders to Allied forces at Reims, France, thus ending the war (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/war/wwii/) in Europe.
May 7 1959
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Small-time boxing promoter Don King (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/sports/don-king/) is arrested in Cleveland on suspicion of drug dealing. His criminal record includes a 1955 arrest for arson, a 1954 arrest for murder, and others.
May 7 2001
Ronnie Biggs, England's escaped "Great Train Robber," returns to face the music after 35 years as a fugitive. After serving just fifteen months of a 30-year sentence, Biggs escaped from prison and fled to Brazil, where he avoided extradition by fathering the baby of a 19-year-old stripper. Partially paralyzed by a couple of strokes, Biggs returns to England for one last pint of beer before he dies. Instead he is taken into custody at Heathrow airport and promptly sent to Belmarsh prison to serve out the remainder of his sentence.

Rider
16-05-2009, 09:27
Today in Rotten History May 16 1984Intergender wrestling champion and conceptual comic Andy Kaufman (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/comic/andy-kaufman/) pretends to die of lung cancer. In order to make it really convincing, Andy underwent months of radiation therapy and six weeks of psychic surgery in the Philippines. And he never made any more public appearances.
May 16 1986
In the most notorious retcon in the history of television, Pam Ewing wakes up to find her husband Bobby in the shower -- no small feat, considering he's been dead for a whole season. In order to revivify Bobby's character, the Dallas (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/dallas/) writers resorted to dismissing the entire preceding year as nothing more than Pam's protracted dream.
May 16 1990
Sammy Davis, Jr. (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/sammy-davis-jr/) dies of throat cancer in Beverly Hills. After the legendary Rat pack singer/entertainer is buried with $70,000 in jewelry, the family discovers that Mr. Bojangles was broke and left millions of dollars in unpaid back taxes. His widow then orders the body exhumed so they can repo the jewelry.
May 16 1990
Attached to a ventilator and swimming in antibiotics, Muppet creator Jim Henson dies of a severe case of pneumonia in a New York hospital. In keeping with his express wishes, no one is permitted to wear black at Henson's funeral service, which features 5,000 fans waving painted butterflies and a live band playing "When the Saints Go Marching In."
May 16 1995
After receiving an anonymous tip that a runaway teen was hiding there, police in Coral Gables, Florida search Jennifer Capriati's motel room and uncover 20 grams of marijuana. The 18-year-old professional tennis player winds up diverted to a drug treatment program, avoiding a court trial.


Yesterday in Rotten History May 15 1960The Soviet Union (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/countries/soviet-union/) launches Sputnik IV, a three-ton spacecraft containing a "dummy cosmonaut." The mission goes fine until they attempt to retrofire. A bug in the guidance system had pointed the capsule in the wrong direction, so instead of dropping into the atmosphere the satellite moves into a higher orbit.
May 15 1972
Hoping to gain everlasting infamy, Arthur Bremer pumps five bullets into Democratic presidential candidate George Wallace during a campaign stop in Laurel, Maryland. In his haste, the gunman forgets to yell his carefully-chosen catchphrase, "Penny for your thoughts!" And when Wallace survives the assassination attempt, albeit confined to a wheelchair, Bremer's name is soon forgotten.
May 15 1974
Three Arab gunmen disguised as Israeli soldiers seize control of the schoolhouse at Ma'alot. Taken hostage are more than 100 teenaged students and their teachers. The captors, members of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, demand the release of 26 political prisoners. Israeli commandos storm the school only 15 minutes before the deadline; 18 children are killed in the firefight.
May 15 1985
Graduate student John Hauser loses most of his right hand in a UC Berkeley computer room when he opens an innocent-looking box attached to a looseleaf binder. It is the second device left in this building from the Unabomber (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/unabomer/). In fact, the engineering professor who applies the tourniquet to Hauser's arm was the victim in the previous attack, three years prior.
May 15 1991
Alan Cooper stands trial in England for "committing a lewd, obscene, and disgusting act (http://www.rotten.com/library/sex/bestiality/) on the 12-foot dolphin called Freddie as they frolicked for 20 minutes off the harbor mouth at Amble, Northumberland." Cooper responds by claiming that his accuser was a sworn enemy and had trained dolphins for a movie to jump out of the water and tear off a woman's bikini bra. He is eventually acquitted of masturbating (http://www.rotten.com/library/sex/masturbation/) the cetacean.
May 15 1997
Federal prosecutors in the Unabomber (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/unabomer/) trial file the necessary paperwork requesting the death penalty for Ted Kaczynski.


Wait there's more May 14 964Pope John XII (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/popes/john-xii/) dies of injuries inflicted eight days prior by a jealous husband who caught him in flagrante delicto with his wife. The 26-year-old pontiff had received a blow to the temple, causing immediate paralysis. Critics had accused John of converting the Lateran Palace into a whorehouse.
May 14 1610
Fanatical monk François Ravaillac jumps aboard the coach of King Henry IV and stabs him twice through the open window. Then the French monarch bleeds to death before medical help can reach him.
May 14 1976
Keith Relf, former vocalist of the Yardbirds, is electrocuted in his London (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/london/) home while either tuning or playing a guitar belonging to either him or his son, in either the basement or the bathtub. Details are sort of sketchy, resulting from the family's reticence to describe the death scene.
May 14 1998
Mobbed-up international recording star and Academy Award winner Frank Sinatra (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/frank-sinatra/) dies of a heart attack shortly after the airing of the final Seinfeld episode. The Chairman of the Board of Show Business had an oddly appropriate personal motto: "You gotta love livin' baby, 'cause dyin's a pain in the ass."
May 14 2001
The Supreme Court rules that a federal law classifying marijuana as illegal has no exception for ill patients. The 8-0 decision is a major defeat for suffers of terminal diseases and groovy potheads alike.

Rider
20-05-2009, 17:44
oday in Rotten History May 20 1960Music DJ Alan Freed, originator of the term "Rock and Roll," is indicted in New York in the Payola scandal. Freed had accepted $30,650 from five record companies to play their records, although to be fair "pay for play" was the accepted practice up to that point.
May 20 1971
The bassist and lead singer for the band Chicago undergoes five hours of emergency surgery after getting jumped at a Cubs-Dodgers baseball game. Peter Cetera winds up losing four teeth because some guys decided that his hair was too long.
May 20 1987
Conservative British MP Harvey Proctor pleads guilty to committing acts of gross indecency against minors -- paying rent boys to spank them in his London (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/london/) flat.
May 20 1989
Attempting to clear Tiananmen Square of student activists and quell 100 million others protesting throughout the country, China (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/countries/china/) declares martial law in Beijing. Two weeks later, after they continue to loiter in the Square, thousands of students are massacred by government troops.
May 20 1999
The dissolving body parts of eight people are discovered inside six plastic barrels sitting in an abandoned bank vault in Snowtown, Australia.


Yesterday in Rotten History May 19 1536In the first public execution of an English queen, Anne Boleyn is beheaded. In her speech, Boleyn has nothing but good things to say about her husband, Henry VIII (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/royalty/britain/henry-viii/): "I pray God save the king and send him long to reign over you, for a gentler nor a more merciful prince was there never: and to me he was ever a good, a gentle and sovereign lord."
May 19 1890
Nguyen Tat Thanh is born in central Vietnam. After World War I (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/war/wwi/) he devotes his life to the Communist cause, adopting a series of pseudonyms along the way. Finally he settles on "The Enlightener," that being the English translation of Ho Chi Minh (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/dictators/ho-chi-minh/).
May 19 1928
Saloth Sar, one of the world's most successful mass murderers, is born in French Indochina. He later adopts the name Pol Pot (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/dictators/pol-pot/) in 1976, a year after the Khmer Rouge seizes control of Cambodia.
May 19 1987
Chet Fleming files for a patent on his method for keeping a severed head alive. The mechanism includes blood filtering, pumping equipment, and nutrient supply. Ultimately, US Patent 4,666,425 is granted.
May 19 1992
17-year-old Amy Fisher shoots Mary Jo Buttafuoco in the face. Amy had been having an affair with Mary Jo's 38-year-old husband Joey. Fisher winds up spending seven years in prison, and Mary Jo winds up with a plate in her head.
May 19 1993
Four servicemen are killed on an inspection flight when their Blackhawk helicopter crashes in the woods near Quantico, Virginia. Maj. William Barcley, SSgt. Brian Haney, Capt. Scott Reynolds, and Marine Sgt. Timothy Sabel had flown President Bill Clinton (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/bill-clinton/) to the USS Theodore Roosevelt during his visit to the aircraft carrier two months prior. Hence, the men qualify as former "Clinton bodyguards" and their untimely deaths should be interpreted as evidence that they were killed simply because they knew too much.
May 19 1994
Jackie O., one the many women John F. Kennedy (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/jfk/) had sex with, dies of lymphatic cancer in her 15-room Manhattan apartment. In accordance with her 36-page will, most of her personal possessions are to be publicly auctioned by Sotheby's two years later. At which, one bidder observes that people are paying "100 times the value for objects that are amazingly mediocre." In fact, the average price for individual pieces of costume jewelry is $18,750.


Wait there's more May 18 1843"I prophesy in the name of the Lord God of Israel, unless the United States redress the wrongs committed upon the Saints in the state of Missouri and punish the crimes committed by her officers that in a few years the government will be utterly overthrown and wasted, and there will not be so much as a potsherd left." -- Joseph Smith (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/joseph-smith/), prophet of God and founder of the Mormon church
May 18 1904
In Paris, 12 nations ratify the International Agreement for the Suppression of the White Slave Trade. Another 48 countries and territories follow suit over the next six years. Conspicuously absent from the list of signatories is the United States of America.
May 18 1936
Tokyo (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/tokyo/) gangster Kichizo Ishida is accidentally strangled by his mistress during a session of rough sex. Ishida had been a "gasper," someone who enjoys the sexual effects of asphyxiation (http://www.rotten.com/library/sex/autoerotic-asphyxiation/). The woman, Sada Abe, indulged him by wrapping her pink kimono belt around his neck. After her lover's death, Abe cuts off (http://www.rotten.com/library/sex/castration/) Ishida's penis and scrotum with a meat cleaver and carries them around until she is finally arrested, three days later.
May 18 1980
The body of Ian Curtis, lead singer of dirge band Joy Division, is discovered hanging in the kitchen by his wife. Curtis killed himself (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/suicide/famous/) on the eve of Joy Division's U.S. tour. His surviving bandmates go on to form New Order.
May 18 1980
After a 5.1 magnitude earthquake in Washington state, 57 people are killed in an avalanche of volcanic mud in the eruption of Mount St. Helens (http://www.dailyrotten.com/may/st-helens.html). The volcano spews out 200 million cubic yards of of pumice, ash, and debris which covers 24 square miles of the valley below.

Rider
24-05-2009, 09:58
Today in Rotten History May 24 1610Buggery (http://www.rotten.com/library/sex/anal-sex/) is criminalized for the first time in North America, when the Virginia colony declares that "[n]o man shal commit the horrible, and detestable sinnes of Sodomie (http://www.rotten.com/library/sex/sodomy/) upon pain of death."
May 24 1856
A small gang led by abolitionist John Brown murders five pro-slavery homesteaders in Franklin County, Kansas, hacking them to pieces with swords. The event comes to be known as the Pottawatomie Massacre.
May 24 1920
Senile French President Paul Deschanel falls off a train bound for Montbrison, and is later discovered wandering along the track in his pajamas.
May 24 1964
All hell breaks loose in the closing minutes of a match between Peru and Argentina, after a referee disallows a goal. 318 people are killed and 500 injured in Lima, Peru, making it the worst soccer riot in history.


Yesterday in Rotten History May 23 1498Religious fundamentalist Girolamo Savonarola is executed in Florence, Italy for his many heresies. The Catholic Church had already excommunicated the Dominican friar the year before, but Savonarola continued to preach for radical reforms. Among other things, he held "bonfires of the vanities" for his parishioners' worldly possessions, because they competed with the word of God for attention. Brother Savonarola is hanged along with two accomplices and their bodies burned.
May 23 1618
In what is later called the "Defenestration of Prague," three men representing the soon-to-be Emperor Ferdinand II are thrown from a window in the Hradshin Palace by Protestant noblemen. Luckily for the imperial emissaries, they land on a large pile of trash and survive. But when the Catholic Ferdinand assumes the throne the following year, all hell breaks loose in Europe, starting with Bohemia. Thus begins the horrific religious conflict that comes to be known as the Thirty Years War. It is generally agreed that the war set back the continent a full century.
May 23 1701
Captain William Kidd is hanged (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/execution/hanging/) in London (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/london/). Afrer the first attempt fails when the rope snaps, Kidd is brought right back to the gallows and the process repeated. After death, the body is slathered in tar, chained up, and suspended over the Thames where it remains for years as an example to others considering a life of piracy.
May 23 1934
A group of FBI (http://www.rotten.com/library/conspiracy/fbi/) agents and police officers from two states ambush Bonnie and Clyde (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/criminals/bonnie-and-clyde/) on a highway near Gibsland, Louisiana. The men open fire as the bank robbers drive past the concealed posse, unloading hundreds of rounds into the car.
May 23 1960
Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion reveals that Mossad agents have captured fugitive war criminal Adolf Eichmann (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/nazi/adolf-eichmann/) and smuggled him out of Argentina. Ben-Gurion announces: "Eichmann is already in this country under arrest and will shortly be brought to trial."
May 23 1984
Candy heiress Helen Brach is declared legally dead, seven years after disappearing mysteriously in February 1977.
May 23 2006
Scientists led by Dr. Anthony Atala (Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest University) announce they can grow artificial, fully-functional bunny penises in a lab.


Wait there's more May 22 337Emperor Constantine dies. Although quite dead, his embalmed corpse continues to act as head of state, receving state dignitaries and daily reports from ministers as if nothing had changed. Constantine's macabre leadership continues through winter.
May 22 1851
Hail the size of pumpkins falls on Bangalore, India.
May 22 1949
Former Secretary of Defense James Forrestal falls out of a 16th floor window at Bethesda Naval Hospital with a bathrobe cord knotted tightly around his neck. The death is ruled a suicide, and Forrestal is buried in Arlington Cemetery.
May 22 1954
400 people attend the Bar Mitzvah for Bob Dylan (Robert Allen Zimmerman) in Hibbing, Minnesota. He later converts to Christianity in 1979.
May 22 1957
A B-36 bomber accidentally drops a 10 megaton hydrogen bomb (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/atomic-bomb/) over an uninhabited area near Albuquerque, New Mexico. The conventional charges detonate on impact, leaving a radioactive crater 12 feet deep and 25 feet wide.
May 22 1967
322 Belgians are killed when fire sweeps through the second-largest department store in Brussels. Many of the victims leaped to their deaths, although most who landed on parked cars survive. The store, L'Innovation, had been having a sale on American goods.
May 22 1968
The nuclear submarine U.S.S. Scorpion sinks to the bottom with all 99 aboard perishing, after it is reassigned to a spy mission and begins to head towards the Canary Islands. Navy Warrant Officer John Walker (a mole) had certainly reported enough to the KGB to allow them to read the Scorpion's encrypted transmissions. For reasons yet unknown, Navy officials of the U.S. and Soviet Union agree not to discuss the circumstances of this incident or the sinking of a Soviet sub the same year.
May 22 1981
Peter Sutcliffe is convicted of murdering 13 women in the Yorkshire Ripper trial. In the words of the presiding judge: "It is difficult to find words that are adequate in my judgment to describe the brutality and gravity of these offences and I say at once I am not going to pause to seek those words. I am prepared to let the catalogue of crimes speak for itself."

Rider
05-06-2009, 18:35
Today in Rotten History Jun 5 1956Elvis Presley (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/elvis/) appears on Milton Berle TV show. His undulating hip movements during the song "Hound Dog" cause quite a controversy.
Jun 5 1968
Seconds after Senator Robert F. Kennedy is shot dead (http://www.rotten.com/library/conspiracy/kennedy/) by Sirhan Sirhan (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/assassins/sirhan-sirhan/) in a Los Angeles hotel, witnesses wrestle the Palestinian to the ground and grab his smoking .22-caliber revolver. Sirhan later claims to have been acting unconsciously, possibly the result of hypnotic brainwashing.
Jun 5 1975
During the Wish You Were Here recording sessions, Syd Barrett (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/syd-barrett/) just happens to wander into Abbey Road studio while Pink Floyd (http://www.rotten.com/library/culture/pink-floyd/) are mixing "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," a song written about Barrett. At first, none of Syd's former bandmates recognizes the fat, bald lunatic who is compulsively brushing his teeth.
Jun 5 1986
A 52-year old man in Auburn, Washington dies after taking an Excedrin capsule laced (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/product-tampering/) with cyanide. This is the first of two Excedrin deaths.
Jun 5 1998
Reuters and ABC News both erroneously report the death of Bob Hope, after Arizona congressman Bob Stump announces the comedian's demise on the floor of the U.S. Congress. This is to the great surprise of Bob Hope himself, who was eating breakfast at the time.


Yesterday in Rotten History Jun 4 1939After already having been turned away by Cuba, the SS St. Louis is also denied permission to land in Florida. So it is forced to return to Europe with its cargo of 963 Jewish refugees, most of whom will later die in Nazi (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/nazi/) concentration camps.
Jun 4 1967
The Emmy for best comedy TV series is won by The Monkees. Good heavens.
Jun 4 1989
Chinese troops, firing a few warning shots, manage to push tens of thousands of student protesters out of Tiananmen Square without killing any of them. This changes once they're out of the Square, however. In the end, hundreds of unarmed citizens on the streets of Beijing are massacred by the army. Later, several leaders of the pro-democracy demonstration are publicly executed (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/execution/).
Jun 4 1989
645 rail passengers are killed in a natural gas explosion near Ufa, Russia. Their two trains are torn apart as they pass each other, throwing sparks near a leaky pipeline.
Jun 4 2000
Detroit rapper Eminem (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/eminem/) pistol-whips John Guerrera for kissing Kim Mathers, the object of his affections and/or rage. He is charged with disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct. Eminem tells a different story on his album The Eminem Show: "you're full of shit too Guerrera / that was a fist that hit you"


Wait there's more Jun 3 1791The French Assembly passes a resolution bringing decapitation to the common criminal: "Every person condemned to the death penalty shall have his head severed (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/execution/guillotine/)."
Jun 3 1943
Three days after a sailor had been badly injured in a brawl with a group of Hispanics, a mob of 60 servicemen leaves the Los Angeles (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/los-angeles/) Naval Reserve Armory and bludgeons anybody wearing a zoot suit. The first two victims are a couple of boys, aged 12 and 13, who were just sitting in the Carmen Theater watching a movie. Thus begins a week-long race riot (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/racism/race-riots/).
Jun 3 1968
Valerie Solanas, author of the SCUM Manifesto, arrives at the art studio of Andy Warhol (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/artists/andy-warhol/) and shoots him three times in the torso. Warhol barely survives the attempt on his life. Solanas is later jailed and institutionalized.
Jun 3 1989
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/ayatollah-khomeni/) dies after 11 days in a hospital, recovering from surgery to stop internal hemorrhaging.
Jun 3 1991
Students throw eggs at South Korean Prime Minister Chung Won Shik. Nobody is injured in the incident at Hankuk University in Seoul.
Jun 3 1998
15-year-old teen idol Brad Renfro is arrested in Knoxville, Tennessee and charged with possession of marijuana (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/drugs/marijuana/) and cocaine.
Jun 3 1998
The world's first fatal high-speed rail accident occurs when a train near Eschede, Germany derails and 101 people are killed.

Rider
12-06-2009, 10:29
Today in Rotten History Jun 12 1963Civil rights lawyer Medgar Evers is shot dead in the driveway of his home in Philadelphia, Mississippi. The assassin, a Klansman (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/racism/kkk/) named Byron De La Beckwith, dodges prison when two all-white juries return hung verdicts, but is finally convicted of the crime in 1994.
Jun 12 1978
David Berkowitz (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/david-berkowitz/) is sentenced to 365 consecutive years in prison without the possibility of parole. Berkowitz killed six New Yorkers between 1976 and 1977, known collectively as the Son of Sam murders.
Jun 12 1991
After 500 years of silence, Mount Pinatubo erupts, making an estimated 100,000 homeless and killing 300. Two U.S. military bases, Clark Air Force Base and Subic Bay Naval Base, are abandoned. The blast is ten times larger than the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980.
Jun 12 1994
Nicole Brown Simpson and her male friend Ronald Goldman are savagely murdered in front of Simpson's condominium complex in Brentwood, California. The most plausible suspect turns out to be Nicole's estranged husband O.J. (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/sports/o-j-simpson/), who is arrested for the crime a month later.


Yesterday in Rotten History Jun 11 1881A phantom vessel appears in the sky to the passengers and crew of the ship Bacchante, including Price Albert Victor and Prince George, both sons of the Prince of Wales.
Jun 11 1936
Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan the Barbarian, suicides by blowing his brains out.
Jun 11 1955
An Austin-Healy and Mercedes-Benz collide at the Le Mans Grand Prix. The Mercedes drove into a dirt retaining wall, disintegrated, and the hood, chassis, and various auto parts sliced through the spectator crowd. Eighty-three were killed, and 100 others were missing various "parts".
Jun 11 1962
Frank Morris and the brothers John and Clarence Anglin escape from Alcatraz (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/prison/alcatraz/).
Jun 11 1963
Protesting the lack of religious freedom in South Vietnam, Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc burns himself with gasoline in a busy Saigon intersection.
Jun 11 1963
Governor Wallace stands in the schoolhouse door, blocking admission of blacks to the University of Alabama.
Jun 11 1964
Just after 9am, deranged World War II (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/war/wwii/) veteran Walter Seifert barges into a busy Cologne, Germany elementary school with a homemade flamethrower. He then proceeds to burn 8 children to death and seriously injure 21 others. In the process, he also stabs 2 teachers to death with a lance. Before police are finally able to apprehend him with a gunshot to the leg, Seifert swallows insecticide and proceeds to die in the hospital the next day.
Jun 11 1979
John Wayne dead of lung cancer.
Jun 11 1993
Actor Ray Sharkey dead from AIDS. Ray was a cocaine/heroin addict who appeared as mobster Sonny Steelgrave on the TV show Wiseguy.
Jun 11 1999
I ' M D E A D J I M
DeForest Kelley, "Bones" from the original Star Trek television series, dead of a "lingering illness".


Wait there's more Jun 10 1692Bridget Bishop is hanged at Gallows Hill near Salem, Massachusetts after having been convicted of "certaine Detestable Arts called Witchcraft & Sorceries." Bishop is just the first casualty of what will come to be known as the Salem Witch Trials (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/witch-trials/salem/).
Jun 10 1942
The town of Lidice (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/nazi/lidice/) (Loditz) is liquidated by the Nazis (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/nazi/) as penalty for the assassination of Adolf Hitler (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/nazi/adolf-hitler/)'s favorite general, Reinhard Heydrich (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/nazi/reinhard-heydrich/). Every adult male is killed, the women sent to the camps, and the town bulldozed.
Jun 10 1973
The 17-year-old grandson of J. Paul Getty is abducted in Rome. When the kidnappers demand a $17 million ransom, the billionaire refuses. "I have 14 other grandchildren, and if I pay one penny now, then I will have 14 kidnapped grandchildren." After the grandson's severed ear arrives in the mail, Getty finally coughs up the money.
Jun 10 1980
Percy Wood, president of United Airlines, receives a parcel at his home in Lake Forest, Illinois. Inside is a copy of the book Ice Brothers by Sloan Wilson. When he opens the book, it suddenly explodes, throwing shrapnel into Wood's hands, face, and thigh. The book turns out to be a present from the Unabomber (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/unabomer/).
Jun 10 1999
Outside on the front lawn of his Miami (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/miami/) home, Russell Cameron is covered with trash and doused with gasoline. Then his lunatic nephew, Thomas Pellechio, sets the pile on fire and runs away. When police arrive, they discover a 12.5 inch Oriental sword in Cameron's rectum, rammed in all the way up to the hilt.

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16-06-2009, 20:02
Today in Rotten History Jun 16 1750 BCKing Hammurabi dies in Babylon, and is succeeded by his son Samsu-iluna.
Jun 16 1948
In the first skyjacking of a commercial plane, three armed men storm the cockpit of the Miss Macao, a passenger seaplane operated by Cathay Pacific airline. When the pilot refuses to turn over the controls, he is shot dead and the plane crashes into the ocean. The only survivor among the 27 people on board is the leader of the terrorists.
Jun 16 1958
Imre Nagy, once prime minister of Hungary for all of ten days, is executed by the Soviet Union for attempting to withdraw his country from the Warsaw Pact.
Jun 16 1959
While entertaining friends at his home, George Reeves, who played the title character in the original Superman TV series, goes upstairs to his bedroom and commits suicide (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/suicide/famous/) with a 9mm German Luger.
Jun 16 1960
Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho opens in New York.
Jun 16 1976
15,000 schoolchildren take to the streets of Soweto to protest South Africa (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/countries/south-africa/)'s adoption of bilingual instruction in the Afrikaans language. The nonviolent march ends abruptly when police and soldiers open fire on the crowd, killing 600 and igniting days of rioting (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/racism/race-riots/) throughout the region.
Jun 16 1999
The founder of the United Kingdom's Monster Raving Loony Party, one Screaming Lord Sutch (real name David Edward Sutch, 3rd Earl of Harrow), is found hanged (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/suicide/famous/) at his late mother's residence. Sutch was the longest lasting party leader in the UK at the time of his death, ruled a suicide. One of the Loony Party planks was to ask rhetorically, "Why is there only one Monopolies Commission?"


Yesterday in Rotten History Jun 15 1409Petros Philargos is elected Pope Alexander V by the Council of Pisa. This poses a certain amount of difficulty, as there already is a Pope in Rome, Gregory XII, and another in Avignon, Benedict XII. Ultimately, none of the three is willing to step down, leading the Chuch into a double schism.
Jun 15 1667
Jean-Baptiste Denis performs the world's first blood transfusion on a human subject. He gives a feverish and drowsy man about 12 ounces of lamb's blood, after which the patient "rapidly recovered from his lethargy, grew fatter and was an object of surprise and astonishment to all who knew him." Nevertheless, it will be another century before human-to-human transfusions are attempted.
Jun 15 1955
The Eisenhower administration stages the first annual OPAL exercise. In the "Operation Alert" drill, air raid sirens blare across America to assess our preparations for a nuclear attack (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/atomic-bomb/). Duck and cover, people.
Jun 15 1969
Hee Haw debuts on CBS television as a summer replacement for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. The country bumpkin musical comedy show quickly becomes an institution, airing weekly until its demise in December 1997.
Jun 15 1992
The Supreme Court rules in US v. Alvarez-Machain that it is permissible for America to abduct suspects in foreign countries and smuggle them into the United States for trial, without extradition approval from those other countries. Of course, the U.S. recognizes no reciprocal right for the reverse to happen on our soil.
Jun 15 1993
The Washington Times reports that at least 1,416 Boy Scout leaders have been expelled for molestation since 1973. Of course, those were only the ones who actually got caught.
Jun 15 1999
Nicholas Vitalich is arrested outside a supermarket in San Diego, California for slapping his girlfriend upside the head with a large tuna. Vitalich is booked for assault with a deadly weapon, namely the fish.


Wait there's more Jun 14 1648Midwife Margaret Jones is hanged in Boston for witchcraft (http://www.rotten.com/library/occult/witchcraft/). It is the first such execution (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/execution/) for the Massachusetts colony, but not the first in the colonies.
Jun 14 1954
At the Lincoln (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/abraham-lincoln/) Memorial, President Dwight Eisenhower signs a law inserting the words "under God" into the Pledge of Allegiance. Eisenhower declares: "From this day forward, the millions of our schoolchildren will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and rural schoolhouse, the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty." Precisely which Almighty is left to the listener's imagination.
Jun 14 1961
1980s pop music star Boy George is born in Kent, England. As he later comes to describe his childhood, "I had five brothers and I was brought up drinking the same water and being fed the same doctrine as my brothers, but somehow I turned out to be a fabulous homosexual (http://www.rotten.com/library/sex/homosexuality/)."
Jun 14 1962
Albert DeSalvo (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/albert-desalvo/) murders Anna Slesersby by strangling her with the belt from her robe. She is only the first victim of "The Boston Strangler."
Jun 14 1966
The Vatican announces the abolition of its Index librorum prohibitum (Index of Prohibited Books), originally instituted in 1557 by Pope Paul IV.
Jun 14 1976
The Gong Show debuts on NBC. People with dubious talents perform their acts before a celebrity panel of judges, who are free to eject the performer at any time by banging a large gong. The best non-gonged performer each night wins $516.32.
Jun 14 1989
Zsa Zsa Gabor (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/actors/zsa-zsa-gabor/) is arrested for slapping a Beverly Hills police officer and driving with an expired license. Afterwards Zsa Zsa complains to the press that the handling she received from the BHPD "was like Nazi Germany (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/nazi/)." Ultimately, Gabor is convicted and sentenced to 72 hours in jail.
Jun 14 1993
During a week-long Product Tampering (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/product-tampering/) scare, Pepsi-Cola suspends its advertising campaign after nationwide reports of customers discovering syringes in unopened cans of Diet Pepsi. In response, television host David Letterman (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/comic/david-letterman/) suggests ten new slogans, including "200cc's of great taste" and "Every can inspected by Ray Charles" (the company's blind celebrity spokesman).
Jun 14 2006
New York's masked menace Spider-Man reveals his identity to the world during a press conference (in Civil War issue 2) to comply with the Superhero Registration Act.

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29-06-2009, 07:57
Today in Rotten History Jun 28 1905Dr. Beaurieux picks up the freshly-severed head of Henri Languille just after it drops into the guillotine (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/execution/guillotine/) basket and shouts the man's name three times. According to the doctor's report: "Languille's eyes very definitely fixed themselves on mine and the pupils focused themselves. ... I was dealing with undeniably living eyes which were looking at me."
Jun 28 1914
During a parade in Sarajevo, Nedjelko Cabrinovic tosses a grenade into the automobile carrying Archduke Franz Ferdinand and wife Sofia. But Ferdinand knocks the bomb away with his arm and his driver speeds away from the would-be assassin. A short while later, during the return drive, Gavrilo Princip pulls out an automatic pistol and kills both Ferdinand and his pregnant wife. Five weeks later, the continent of Europe erupts into World War I (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/war/wwi/).
Jun 28 1969
The three-day Stonewall Riots, triggered by the police raid of a New York City gay bar, begin the gay rights movement.
Jun 28 1997
Mike Tyson (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/sports/mike-tyson/) is disqualified from a championship boxing bout after biting off a large portion of Evander Holyfield's ear. Tyson is later banned from boxing and fined $3 million for the incident. Tastes like chicken.


Yesterday in Rotten History Jun 27 1844Mormon leader Joseph Smith (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/joseph-smith/), along with his brother Hyrum, are shot and killed by a mob while in jail at Carthage, Illinois. According to church legend, after Smith is shot a man raises a knife to decapitate him, but is thwarted by a thunderbolt from heaven.
Jun 27 1988
Hillel Slovak, original guitarist from sock-friendly rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers dies of a smack overdose (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/drugs/overdose-deaths/) in Hollywood.
Jun 27 1995
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The LAPD arrests streetwalker Divine Brown (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/misc/divine-brown/) on Hawthorn Ave. where she is discovered giving British movie star Hugh Grant (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/actors/hugh-grant/) a blowjob in his white BMW. To be fair, they also arrest Grant for procuring said blowjob.
Jun 27 2001
Police arrest comedian Paula Poundstone in Malibu, California on charges of lewd conduct with a minor. Poundstone's pending criminal trial remains front page news for the next three months, until it is overshadowed by the World Trade Center (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/wtc/) attacks in September. Soon thereafter, she pleads guilty to a lesser charge, and the details of her indictment are never disclosed to the public.


Wait there's more Jun 26 1945The United Nations Charter is signed at San Francisco (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/san-francisco/)'s War Memorial Opera House, paving the way for the New World Order. Aim for the blue helmets, everyone!
Jun 26 1961
John F. Kennedy (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/jfk/) tells the German nation and pastry lovers everywhere "Ich bin ein Berliner"; whether or not he is, in fact, a jelly donut remains a matter of speculation to this day.
Jun 26 1968
http://www.rotten.com/today/images/jun/rh-saint-peter.jpg
Pope Paul VI declares that the bones of Apostle and first Pope, Saint Peter, were found underneath St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The bones are now housed in plexiglass containers near where they were found, but some of them are clearly those of domesticated animals.
Jun 26 1990
Irish Republican Army bombs the Carlton Club, an exclusive conservative gentleman's cabal in London (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/london/). (It is a well known fact that Margaret Thatcher was denoted an "honorary man" in order to become a member. It is not clear what surgical modifications, if any, were necessary.)
Jun 26 1992
G O N A V Y
Secretary of the Navy H. Lawrence Garrett resigns over the handling of the Tailhook Scandal, in which 26 women were sexually abused. Some of the women, including 14 Navy officers, had been forced to run through a "gauntlet" where they were groped by Navy personnel.

Rider
05-07-2009, 20:00
Today in Rotten History Jul 5 1946Louis Reard's latest swimsuit creation, the two-piece Bikini, goes on sale in Paris.
Jul 5 1948
The body of 29-year-old actress Carole Landis is discovered in her home in Brentwood Heights, California. Landis, whose film career had recently stalled, overdosed on Seconal and left behind a suicide (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/suicide/famous/) note addressed to her mother.
Jul 5 1963
The Catholic Church finally sanctions cremation (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/cremation/) as an acceptable means of remains disposal. (Code of Canon Law, Can. 1176)
Jul 5 1984
In deciding United States v. Leon, the Supreme Court permits "good faith" exceptions the exclusionary rule. Illegal evidence is now admissible if obtained by the police in "good faith." Justice William Brennan writes, "The Court's victory over the Fourth Amendment is complete."


Yesterday in Rotten History Jul 4 1054A supernova suddenly appears in the constellation Taurus. It is so bright that for the first 23 days it is visible during the day. Then it gradually fades away, finally disappearing after a year or so. Today the remnants of this star are the Crab Nebula.
Jul 4 1826
A comatose Thomas Jefferson dies on the fiftieth anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, only a few hours before John Adams also expires.
Jul 4 1961
In the North Atlantic, a leaky pipe drains all of the coolant from the starboard reactor aboard the Soviet (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/countries/soviet-union/) submarine K-19. 22 sailors are killed in the resulting nuclear accident.
Jul 4 1976
After receiving an especially bloody beating at the hands of her husband Ike, Tina Turner sneaks out of the Dallas hotel they're staying at while he is asleep. She walks away from their 16-year relationship with only 36 cents in her pocket.
Jul 4 1984
For the first time, Nancy Reagan utters the immortal words: "Just say no."
Jul 4 1987
A court in Lyon, France convicts Klaus Barbie (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/nazi/klaus-barbie/), the Butcher of Lyon, for the deportation of Jews, torture of resistance fighters, and crimes against humanity during World War II (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/war/wwii/). Barbie spends the rest of his life in prison.


Wait there's more Jul 3 1905Russian troops kill 6,000 in Odessa to break a general strike.
Jul 3 1963
Two former secretaries of the Nation of Islam file paternity suits against the head of their church, the honorable Elijah Muhammad. They claimed the prophet had fathered their four children. The allegations eventually cause Malcolm X (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/malcolm-x/) to quit the NOI.
Jul 3 1971
Jim Morrison (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/jim-morrison/) is found dead of an apparent heart attack (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/drugs/overdose-deaths/) in his Paris (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/paris/) apartment bathtub. That's what he wants us to think, anyway.
Jul 3 1987
Vladimir Nikolayev is sentenced to death for killing and eating (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/cannibalism/) two people in Novocheboksary, Chuvashia. When police arrested Nikolayev the previous year, they found human meat roasting on the stove, more in the oven, and body parts stashed on his balcony packed in snow.
Jul 3 1988
Mistaking it for a F-14 fighter plane, the American warship USS Vincennes shoots down Iran Air flight 655, killing all 290 people aboard. Despite his country's having recklessly downed a passenger airliner while operating inside Iran's territorial waters, Vice President George Bush (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/george-hw-bush/) declares a month later: "I will never apologize for the United States of America, ever. I don't care what the facts are."
Jul 3 1989
Television actor Jim Backus, known to millions as Thurston Howell III from Gilligan's Island, dies in Los Angeles of Parkinson's disease.

Rider
14-07-2009, 19:48
Today in Rotten History Jul 14 1789A mob of 20,000 people storms Bastille (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/prison/bastille/) Prison in Paris (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/paris/), killing its personnel and freeing all seven prisoners incarcerated therein: four forgers, an accomplice to murder, a nobleman jailed for incest, and an insane Irishman. The warden is decapitated and his head carried around on a pike. So begins the French Revolution.
Jul 14 1881
In the Sumner, New Mexico home of his friend Pete Maxwell, notorious outlaw Billy the Kid (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/criminals/billy-the-kid/) steps into a darkened bedroom and is shot dead by sheriff Pat Garrett. Billy's last words are "¿Quién es?" (Who is it?)
Jul 14 1902
One day after workmen noticed a large crack in the structure, the Belltower of St. Mark's collapses into a hill of white dust. Ten years later, the city of Venice erects an exact duplicate of the tower on the same spot.
Jul 14 1960
After a religious statue topples onto a shelf of votive candles in a Guatemalan insane asylum, the resulting blaze sweeps through the facility, killing 225 inmates and seriously injuring another 300. 50 lunatics manage to escape during the commotion, and only two are ever recaptured.
Jul 14 1966
Richard Speck (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/spree-killers/richard-speck/) slaughters eight student nurses from South Chicago (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/chicago/) Community Hospital.
Jul 14 1969
El Salvador's defeat of the Honduras soccer team in Mexico City inflamed passions between the two countries to such an extent that the countries began warring with each other on this date. 2,000 people died during four days of hostilities known as the "Futbol War".
Jul 14 1997
Catherine Sheehan, a Beverly Hills whore (http://www.rotten.com/library/sex/prostitution/), files suit against Jack Nicholson, alleging that the actor did not cough up the $1000 he owed her for sexual acts she performed with him the night of October 12, 1996. The complaint alleged assault, battery, and emotional distress; punitive damages were requested.
Jul 14 1997
Actor/nudist Brad Pitt receives his wish for a court order requiring Playgirl magazine to remove the "Brad Pitt Nude" issue from the newsstands. Here's one of the offending photos, showing Pitt prancing about (http://www.dailyrotten.com/jul/pitt.html) like a fucking fairy.
Jul 14 2006
Rapper Eminem (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/eminem/) remarries Kim Mathers, the subject of many of his rap songs, and 82 days later files for his second divorce from her. Eminem's best man, Proof, is later shot to death in a Detroit club.


Yesterday in Rotten History Jul 13 1793French revolutionary writer Jean-Paul Marat is stabbed to death in his bathtub by Charlotte Corday, as she gives him a list of names to be guillotined (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/execution/guillotine/). The assassination inspired the famous painting by Jacques Louis David; Corday was executed four days after slaying Marat.
Jul 13 1917
The first appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary (http://www.rotten.com/library/religion/marian-apparitions/) to three young shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. A later apparition that year was witnessed by 70,000 people in some manner of mass hallucination. The B.V.M. entrusted the children with three prophecies of the coming apocalypse (http://www.rotten.com/library/religion/apocalypse/), the third of which the Vatican retains in a locked wooden box (http://www.rotten.com/library/religion/secret-archives-vatican/), refusing to reveal it until after 1960. (They don't get around to it until 2000.)
Jul 13 1946
Cheech Marin's birthday. He's actually (gasp) Iranian, and his name is Richard.
Jul 13 1985
President Ronald Reagan (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/ronald-reagan/) has a polyp removed from his colon.
Jul 13 1994
Tonya Harding (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/sports/tonya-harding/)'s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, is sentenced in Portland, Oregon, to two years in prison for his role in the attack on Nancy Kerrigan. He serves six months.


Wait there's more Jul 12 1843Mormon numero uno Joseph Smith (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/joseph-smith/) discloses a divine revelation instructing his followers to take multiple wives (http://www.rotten.com/library/sex/marriage/celebrity-marriage/), in what the LDS Church calls "plural marriage" but everyone else calls polygamy (http://www.rotten.com/library/sex/polyamory/). The Mormons are ultimately forced to disclaim the practice in September 1890.
Jul 12 1979
Bonanno boss Carmine Galante (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/mafia/carmine-galante/), the "cigar problem", is whacked at Joe and Mary's Restaurant in Brooklyn. Galante dies with a cigar still in his mouth. Almost everyone in the New York mob (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/mafia/) feared the ruthless crime boss, so the killing was sanctioned by the consensus of Paul Castellano (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/mafia/paul-castellano/), Joe Bonanno, and Santo Trafficante.
Jul 12 1979
It is "Disco Demolition Night" at Chicago (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/chicago/)'s Comiskey Park, where baseball tickets cost only $.98 if the purchaser brings along a disco record for the bonfire. During the second game of the doubleheader, thousands of vinyl LPs fly onto the field, generating enough chaos that the White Sox are forced to forfeit.
Jul 12 1996
Combative TV talk show host Morton Downey Jr., a former board member of the National Smokers Alliance who unfailingly smoked on the air, undergoes lung cancer surgery at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. Shortly thereafter, Downey begins a nationwide anti-smoking crusade.
Jul 12 1997
Having secured his homemade bungee cord to the Lake Accotink Park train trestle in Springfield, Virginia, fast-food worker Eric A. Barcia leaps into the 70 foot drop. A couple of seconds later, he hits the pavement full-force and dies on the spot. During assembly, Barcia had carefully measured the equipment and made certain it was somewhat shorter than 70 feet, yet he neglected to consider the elasticity of his creation

Rider
26-07-2009, 07:03
Today in Rotten History Jul 25 1485In Toledo, Spain, over 400 dead bodies are charged with heresy and burned in effigy, in a great public spectacle. What a wonderful thing, this Spanish Inquisition (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/inquisition/).
Jul 25 1917
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Margaretha Geertruida Zelle, also known as Mata Hari (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/misc/mata-hari/), is found guilty of spying and is sentenced to death. There is no actual evidence that she is a spy.
Jul 25 1985
Rock Hudson acknowledges he has AIDS.
Jul 25 1990
At a baseball game, actress Rosanne Arnold warbles the Star Spangled Banner, grabs her crotch, and endears herself to an entire nation.
Jul 25 1999
Woodstock '99 festival ends in looting and rioting, leaving 12 trailers burned, towers toppled, and several women raped during the course of the show. About 500 state troopers were needed to quell the mass uprising of peace and love, apparently triggered by overpriced vendors and commercialization.
Jul 25 2000
A right tire explosion on the Concorde causes the plane to crash after takeoff from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/paris/), leaving 113 dead. It is the first crash in Concorde's history, and the only supersonic commercial flight to ever crash.


Yesterday in Rotten History Jul 24 1704After a three-day siege, a force of 1,800 English (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/countries/britain/) and Dutch troops seizes Gibraltar from Spain (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/countries/spain/). In 1713, the Treaty of Utrecht officially deeds it to Great Britain, who never gives it back.
Jul 24 1915
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Almost 800 Western Electric employees and their family members perish when the chartered steamer Eastland rolls over in Chicago (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/chicago/) harbor. History blames the top-heaviness of the ship, exacerbated (ironically) by the recent addition of lifeboats.
Jul 24 1980
Comedic actor Peter Sellers dies of a heart attack in the Dorchester Hotel, London (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/london/).
Jul 24 1993
After a game in Los Angeles, New York Mets outfielder Vince Coleman tosses an M-100 firecracker at a crowd of baseball fans in Dodger Stadium's parking lot. The firework injures three children waiting for autographs, including two-year-old Amanda Santos. Coleman spends 200 hours performing community service and the rest of the year not playing professional baseball.
Jul 24 1998
Russell E. Weston Jr., who believed Navy Seals were hiding in his cornfield, kills two cops and wounds a civilian with a .38 at the U.S. Capitol building. It is later revealed that Weston is a schizophrenic who stopped taking his medication. Two days prior to the Capitol shooting, at his grandmother's insistence, Weston shot and killed his family's 25 cats because they had fleas.
Jul 24 1999
Former Guns N' Roses guitarist "Slash" is arrested in West Hollywood for allegedly beating his girlfriend at the Le Parc Hotel five days prior.
Jul 24 2002
By a vote of 420 to 1, James Traficant (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/usa/james-traficant/) is expelled from the House of Representatives for a variety of abuses, chiefly: bribery, tax evasion, and racketeering. Traficant himself could not vote on the matter; the sole vote against expulsion came from embattled Congressman Gary Condit. Primarily he will be remembered for his magnificent toupee. At least we think it's a toupee.


Wait there's more Jul 23 1944The Red Cross is finally allowed to tour the Theresienstadt ghetto, only nine months after their initial request. The Nazis (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/nazi/) spent the time constructing fake stores, cafes, schools, and flower gardens. Ultimately, the ICRC finds conditions in the camp only moderately acceptable. Following the inspection, the Nazis produce a propaganda film in the "model Jewish settlement." Then they ship most of the cast off to Auschwitz.
Jul 23 1967
After 73 negroes are arrested at a nightclub in Detroit, a race riot (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/racism/race-riots/) breaks out and continues for seven days. 43 people are killed, more than 2,000 injured, and at least 1,400 acts of arson. On a positive note, store looting is perpetrated by both blacks and whites.
Jul 23 1972
Organizational meetings are held at the Rockefeller estate for the Trilateral Commission (http://www.rotten.com/library/conspiracy/trilateral-commission/), a group of powerbrokers representing the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Rockefeller, Jimmy Carter (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/jimmy-carter/), Walter Mondale, and Zbigniew Brzezinski attend. If you ever wonder who THEY are, it's them.
Jul 23 1982
Vic Morrow is killed filming a stunt sequence for Twilight Zone: The Movie near Valencia, California. Morrow and two child actors are chopped into bits by the main rotor when a helicopter positioned dangerously close to the talent suddenly crashes.
Jul 23 1984
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Vanessa Williams, the first black Miss America, relinquishes her crown after Penthouse magazine announced its plans to publish lesbian-themed photos of her in its September issue. Prior to entering the Miss America contest Williams had certified having committed no embarrassing acts of "moral turpitude."
Jul 23 1996
Happy Birthday, Rotten.com!
Jul 23 1996
Harry Morgan, Col. Potter on TV's M*A*S*H, is arraigned on charges of spousal abuse. LAPD officers responding to a 911 call at the couple's Brentwood, California home had discovered his wife Barbara bruised and bleeding from her face.
Jul 23 1997
Andrew Cunanan (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/andrew-cunanan/), the homosexual serial killer whose five victims included fashion designer Gianni Versace, is found dead on the houseboat he was squatting in. Self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Rider
01-08-2009, 08:42
Today in Rotten History Jul 31 1941Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/nazi/hermann-goering/) issues an order directing Reinhard Heydrich (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/nazi/reinhard-heydrich/) to carry out the final solution (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/war-crimes/holocaust/) to the "Jewish question."
Jul 31 1945
Wearing a stolen army uniform, prisoner John Giles attempts to escape from Alcatraz (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/prison/alcatraz/) island by boarding an outbound cargo boat. But instead of San Francisco, the vessel heads for Angel Island, where Giles is promptly captured.
Jul 31 1966
Beatles (http://www.rotten.com/library/culture/beatles/) records are burned in Birmingham, Alabama -- only because John Lennon innocently declared that the band happens to be "more popular than Jesus."
Jul 31 1969
The San Francisco Chronicle, the Examiner, and the Vallejo Times-Herald receive nearly identical letters from the Zodiac Killer (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/unsolved-crimes/zodiac-killer/). Specific details are given about recent murder scenes, along with the demand that a "cipher" be printed on on the front page of the papers (or else Zodiac will go on a "ram-Page").
Jul 31 1998
Diminutive actor Gary Coleman (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/child-stars/gary-coleman/), former child star of the ABC television sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, is arrested in Hawthorne, California for allegedly battering an autograph seeker in a uniform shop. Coleman, then a security guard at Fox Hills Mall, was shopping for a bulletproof vest.
Jul 31 1999
Police arrest James Donald Ray for fucking two sheep to death at El Capitan High School in Lakeside, California. A previous sexual attack against one of the sheep prompted the police stakeout, which nabs the 38-year-old in flagrante delicto cum ewe.


Yesterday in Rotten History Jul 30 1419Hussites marching on the Prague Town Hall defenestrate (throw from windows to splatter down below) the Catholic city government, replacing them with a system of four Captains.
Jul 30 1916
German agents set fire to the U.S. Army munitions depot on Black Tom Island in New York Harbor. At 2:08 AM the depot explodes, throwing shrapnel more than a mile, breaking thousands of Manhattan windows, and causing structural damage to the Statue of Liberty.
Jul 30 1938
In his Dearborn, Michigan office Henry Ford (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/business/henry-ford/) proudly accepts a Nazi medal on his 75th birthday. The Grand Cross of the Order of the German Eagle is the highest award the Reich can bestow on foreigners. The medal arrives with a note of personal greetings from Adolf Hitler (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/nazi/adolf-hitler/). A rabid anti-semite, Ford paid for copies of the racist hoax Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion (http://www.rotten.com/library/hoaxes/zion-protocols/) to be deposited in major U.S. libraries.
Jul 30 1975
Jimmy Hoffa (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/mafia/jimmy-hoffa/) probably dead. God we miss him.
Jul 30 1987
During the annual hajj, Saudi police open fire on a mob of pilgrims protesting America in Mecca. 402 Muslims, including 275 Iranians, are shot and killed during their "Renunciation of Infidels" rally. Iran boycotts the hajj for the next three years.


Wait there's more Jul 29 1921The Council on Foreign Relations (http://www.rotten.com/library/conspiracy/cfr/) is incorporated in New York City by a group of bankers and other influentials, including John D Rockefeller. The CFR remains a vital component of the New World Order, and is surpassed in importance only by the Trilateral Commission (http://www.rotten.com/library/conspiracy/trilateral-commission/). Now that you have this information, you know too much.
Jul 29 1921
Adolf Hitler (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/nazi/adolf-hitler/) is selected as leader of the National Socialist Party.
Jul 29 1941
The Grigglestone Colliery explodes, leaving 20 dead.
Jul 29 1968
Pope Paul VI issues encyclical Humanae Vitae, prohibiting all unnatural forms of birth control. He thereby answers the age-old question, "Does the Pope spurt (http://www.rotten.com/library/sex/semen/) in a condom?"
Jul 29 1974
Mama Cass Elliot, a very large part of The Mamas and the Papas, dies in London (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/london/). Although initial reports ascribe the cause of death to choking on a ham sandwich, in actuality it was a heart attack (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/maladies/heart-failure/).

Rider
04-08-2009, 17:37
Today in Rotten History Aug 4 1892Someone takes an axe and kills Lizzie Borden (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/criminals/lizzie-borden/)'s millionaire parents. Andrew receives 10 whacks, and Abby 14. Lizzie is later tried for the murders, but acquitted.
Aug 4 1964
Vietcong torpedo boats launch an unprovoked attack against the U.S.S. Maddox, while the destroyer is patrolling the Gulf of Tonkin. Except that it's only a hoax. Regardless, the Congress responds by passing the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, authorizing President Johnson "to take all necessary measures to repel any armed attack against the forces of the United States and to prevent further aggression." Which is how we wound up napalming those babies (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/war/vietnam/).
Aug 4 1993
Japan finally acknowledges that it forced 200,000 Korean and Chinese "comfort women" to fuck members of its armed forces between 1932 and 1945. Japan apologizes for the "immeasurable pain and incurable psychological wounds" it inflicted by forcing these women to be state whores (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/war-crimes/), but makes no offer to pay reparations.
Aug 4 1994
Howard Stern (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/radio/howard-stern/) withdraws his candidacy for governor of New York, ostensibly to avoid complying with the financial disclosure laws.


Yesterday in Rotten History Aug 3 1950The U.S. Army knowingly kills (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/war-crimes/) hundreds of civilian refugees when Maj. General Hobart R. Gay gives the order to demolish the bridge, including refugees, over the Naktong River at Waegwan, Korea.
Aug 3 1963
Almost a year after the world barely averted World War III during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Hotline between the Pentagon and the Kremlin goes live. The system consists of two teletype machines, with a full-time communications link routed through London (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/london/), Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Helsinki. Not to be confused with the Batphone.
Aug 3 1966
Comedian and social critic Lenny Bruce (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/comic/lenny-bruce/) dies of a morphine overdose (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/drugs/overdose-deaths/) in his Hollywood Hills home, two years after his original obituary was published in The Realist. At the time of his death, Bruce was being maliciously harassed by police and districts attorney in various states for his groundbreaking standup performances, causing great difficulty in finding venues at which to perform.
Aug 3 1996
An angry God makes "Macarena" by Los Del Rio #1 on the pop charts. The accompanying dancing disease afflicts millions before final eradication.


Wait there's more Aug 2 1876Drinking at a saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory, Jack McCall notices Wild Bill Hickok playing poker at a corner table. Then he calmly walks over to the table and blows a wide hole in the back of Hickok's head with a .45 revolver. The professional gambler and onetime lawman was holding a pair of Aces and a pair of eights, now known as the "Dead Man's Hand."
Aug 2 1923
President Warren G. Harding dies suddenly at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/san-francisco/). His wife Florence forbids an autopsy, and the President's body is embalmed shortly after death. It is speculated by many that the cause of death, initially reported as "a stroke of apoplexy," was in fact poison administered by the First Lady.
Aug 2 1990
After Kuwait refuses to waive Iraq's war debts, 100,000 Iraqi soldiers stream across the border and seize control of Kuwait City. Their troops outnumbered 5-to-1, the Kuwaitis mount no resistance whatsoever. In so doing, Saddam Hussein (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/dictators/saddam-hussein/) precipitates the first Gulf War (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/war/gulf-war/).

Rider
23-08-2009, 08:36
Today in Rotten History Aug 22 1485Richard III slain at Bodsworth.
Aug 22 1776
George Washington asks the Continental Congress for permission to burn New York City, to stop the city from being used to quarter troops arriving via the British fleet. It is declined, but his soldiers set 1/4th of the town ablaze on September 21.
Aug 22 1911
Mona Lisa stolen.
Aug 22 1989
Huey Newton (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/criminals/huey-newton/) murdered.
Aug 22 1992
FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi fires a rifle shot that kills unarmed Vicki Weaver, at the Ruby Ridge (http://www.rotten.com/library/conspiracy/ruby-ridge-incident/) standoff. Horiuchi claimed he was trying to shoot another man in the back. The FBI also killed Weaver's fourteen year old son Sam, and the son's dog.
Aug 22 1995
David Gahan, lead singer of rock group Depeche Mode, was hospitalized after trying to commit suicide (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/suicide/famous/) by slashing his wrist. Gahan was found in his Hollywood home with a two-inch slit in his wrist.
Aug 22 2001
A star circus performer known as Smiley the Clown was convicted of molesting and sodomizing his teenage assistant. Smiley AKA Christopher Bayer was convicted of third-degree sodomy, sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a young clown. The boy's father became suspicious that Bayer might clowning around with his son and subsequently installed a hidden camera which captured the clown in the act.


Yesterday in Rotten History Aug 21 1614Erzsebet Bathory (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/historical/elizabeth-bathory/), ruler of Transylvania, dies at 54. She had sought immortality by killing young virgins (http://www.rotten.com/library/sex/virginity/) and bathing in their blood. It didn't work.
Aug 21 1985
Just seconds after stepping off the plane, opposition candidate Benigno Aquino (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/misc/benigno-aquino/) is gunned down by assassins at Manila Int'l Airport, on orders of Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/dictators/ferdinand-marcos/).
Aug 21 1986
1,700 people are killed in Cameroon when Lake Nyos emits a huge cloud of fast-moving fog, quickly enveloping the villages of Nyos, Kam, Cha, and Subum. The lethal mist, consisting mainly of carbon dioxide and water vapor, displaces the oxygen in the low-lying zones, killing thousands of cattle and even more birds and wild animals. One eyewitness later describes the landscape as being "littered with human remains and animal carcasses."
Aug 21 1996
Superfreak Rick James (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/rick-james/) (prisoner J29237) is released from Folsom Prison (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/prison/folsom/) after serving a two year sentence for drugs and assault. He had planned to marry his fiance, Tanja Anne Hijazi, upon release but she had been nicked for shoplifting a pair of boots two days earlier. They do make a cute couple.

Rider
30-08-2009, 08:09
Today in Rotten History Aug 29 1904David Hyrum Smith, son of Mormon founder Joseph Smith (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/joseph-smith/), dies in an insane asylum after 27 years of lunacy. His father in 1844 had predicted that his unborn son would be named David and that he would be "President and King of Israel". At least he got the name right.
Aug 29 1966
The Beatles (http://www.rotten.com/library/culture/beatles/) hold their final concert at Candlestick Park.
Aug 29 1993
Brazilian police, upset over the killing of four of their own, roam the streets of Rio de Janiero and slaughter 21 street people at random. This incident comes several weeks after police had killed five boys in a similar fashion.
Aug 29 1994
The Orange County Register breaks the story that China has been harvesting organs from executed prisoners prior to their executions. What's more, executions are scheduled according to organ transplant priorities.
Aug 29 1996
Dick Morris, the top political adviser to President Bill Clinton (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/bill-clinton/) and also a married man, resigns abruptly after the Star reveals his long-term relationship with a Washington prostitute. Morris had divulged secret White House information to Sherry Rowlands, even allowing the hooker to secretly listen in on some of his telephone conversations with the President.
Aug 29 1996
California becomes the first state in the nation to require the surgical or chemical castration of persons who have committed two or more sexual assaults on minors.
Aug 29 2005
Category 3 storm Hurricane Katrina attacks the Gulf coast with 145-mph winds. Cities in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi are declared disaster areas. Parts of New Orleans are submerged, some residents are left to scramble to their rooftops awaiting rescue. News organizations report widespread panic and looting, crowds abandoned on elevated freeways, and rumors of rape in the Superdome.


Yesterday in Rotten History Aug 28 1968U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala John Gordon Mein is shot to death after guerrillas force his car off the road in Guatemala City. It is the first assassination of a U.S. Ambassador in the line of duty.
Aug 28 1988
Three Italian fighter jets from the precision flight team Frecce Tricolori collide while attempting their "Pierced Heart" stunt during an air show at Ramstein Air Base in West Germany. The wreckage of one plane tumbles into the crowd and explodes, killing 40 spectators and seriously injuring hundreds more. The death toll reaches 69 two months later.
Aug 28 1995
Calvin Klein withdraws an ad campaign after drawing wide criticism for mimicking the look and feel of child pornography. Although all the underwear models were legal adults, they appeared to be adolescents photographed in a sleazy motel room.
Aug 28 2005
Death Row Records founder Suge Knight is shot in the leg during an early morning party in Miami Beach, Florida.


Wait there's more Aug 27 1883After three massive explosions over the previous 16 hours, the volcanic island of Krakatoa (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/nature/natural-disasters/krakatoa/) suffers a final, inconceivably destructive blast. The noise is heard 3,000 miles away in Madagascar. Two-thirds of the island's land mass collapses into the ocean, and the resulting 175-foot tsunami wipes away 163 coastal towns and villages along the Sunda Straight, killing 36,417 inhabitants.
Aug 27 1928
The Kellogg-Briand Pact outlaws war forever.
Aug 27 1967
While The Beatles (http://www.rotten.com/library/culture/beatles/) are away in Bangor, Brian Epstein (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/misc/brian-epstein/) is found dead in his home. Officially, the cause of death was accidental overdose (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/drugs/overdose-deaths/) of sleeping pills, but many believe it was suicide (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/suicide/famous/). He was becoming increasingly depressed over his lack of involvement with the Beatles and also his personal turmoil caused by trying to keep his homosexuality a secret.
Aug 27 1968
TV newsman Dan Rather (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/journalists/dan-rather/) gets beaten up in front of cameras on the floor of the Democratic National Convention in Chicago (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/chicago/). The reporter is trying to interview a delegate being dragged off the floor when the bruisers suddenly turn on the Rather. "He lifted me right off the floor and put me away. I was down, the breath knocked out of me, as the whole group blew on by me... In the CBS control room, they had switched the camera onto me just as I was slugged."
Aug 27 1979
The IRA assassinates Louis Earl Mountbatten by placing a bomb on his yacht off the coast of Ireland. Mountbatten was the Queen's cousin, a war hero, and one of the most respected people in England.
Aug 27 1987
Jello Biafra's obscenity trial ends in Los Angeles (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/los-angeles/), with the jury deadlocked 7-5 in favor of acquittal. Prosecutors had hoped to throw the Dead Kennedys singer in jail for including an H.R. Giger (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/artists/h-r-giger/) poster in the packaging of his band's latest album, Frankenchrist.
Aug 27 1990
Blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan is killed when his Bell 206B helicopter crashes into a man-made ski hill near Elkhorn, Wisconsin.

Rider
09-09-2009, 21:14
Today in Rotten History Sep 9 1087William the Conqueror dies of internal injuries, sustained six weeks prior in a horse riding accident at Mantes-la-Jolie. When the corpulent king was later laid to rest in the foundations of a church, William's "swollen bowels burst, and an intolerable stench assailed the nostrils of the by-standers and the whole crowd."
Sep 9 1942
On orders of Heinrich Himmler (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/nazi/heinrich-himmler/), Auschwitz prisoners are forced to exhume and burn 107,000 decaying corpses from the camp's mass graves. They are cremated in gigantic, open-pit bonfires.
Sep 9 1956
Elvis Presley (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/elvis/) makes his first-ever appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, performing four songs for guest host Charles Laughton. Ed himself had vowed never to have Presley on his show, but Sullivan is at home, recuperating from a severe head injury.
Sep 9 1971
1,300 inmates riot inside the Attica (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/prison/attica/) Correctional Facility in western New York state, commandeering the prison and taking 40 guards hostage. The national guard stages an assault five days later, killing 42 people in the process (10 of them being captives).
Sep 9 1999
A bomb planted by Chechen terrorists explodes in a Moscow apartment building on Guryanov Street, killing more than 90 people. It is part of a series of apartment bombings in Russia (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/countries/russia/) leaving more than 400 dead.
Sep 9 2003
Edward Teller, the "Father of the Hydrogen Bomb" and purported model for Dr. Strangelove, dies at the age of 95 at his home on the Stanford University campus. His role in the destruction of colleague J. Robert Oppenheimer's career during the McCarthy era resulted in his own ostracism by many of his peers.


Yesterday in Rotten History Sep 8 1888The "terribly mutilated" body of prostitute Annie Chapman is found in the backyard of 29 Hanbury Street, Spitalfields. It is the second known victim attributed to Jack the Ripper (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/unsolved-crimes/jack-the-ripper/).
Sep 8 1935
Dr. Carl Austin Weiss confronts Senator Huey Long in a narrow corridor of the State House in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Weiss draws a .32 caliber pistol and fires one slug into Long's abdomen. The Senator's bodyguards immediately make Swiss cheese out of Weiss, riddling him with 61 bullets. Long is rushed to the hospital, where he dies two days later.
Sep 8 1966
Star Trek debuts on NBC, with the airing of an episode titled "The Man Trap." The science fiction show proceeds to suffer in the ratings against established sitcoms Bewitched and My Three Sons.
Sep 8 1974
President Gerald Ford (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/gerald-ford/) pardons Richard M. Nixon (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/richard-m-nixon/), out of respect for Nixon's family. "Theirs is an American tragedy in which we all have played a part. It could go on and on and on, or someone must write the end to it. I have concluded that only I can do that, and if I can, I must."
Sep 8 1974
In Idaho, daredevil Evel Knievel (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/daredevils/evel-knievel/) climbs into his X-2 Skycycle (really just a rocket on wheels) and hits the ignition. The vehicle manages to clear the quarter-mile-wide Snake River Canyon, but then the parachute deploys prematurely and prevailing winds push him back into the chasm. Total ripoff.
Sep 8 1993
The refrigerated remains of President Ferdinand Marcos (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/dictators/ferdinand-marcos/), whose corpse spent several years exiled in Hawaii, returns to the Philippines for its final resting place. Luckily, Imelda (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/misc/imelda-marcos/) had preserved her husband, so they are finally able to put him on display just like Lenin (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/dictators/lenin/), Stalin (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/dictators/josef-stalin/), and Pol Pot (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/dictators/pol-pot/) -- under glass in a mausoleum of his very own.

Rider
18-09-2009, 17:39
Today in Rotten History Sep 18 1931The "Mukden Incident" occurs when Imperial Japanese troops occupying northern Manchuria blow up a portion of the railway near Mukden (now Shenyang), blame the destruction on Chinese saboteurs, and commence the annexation of Manchuria.
Sep 18 1932
24-year-old starlet Peg Entwhistle dives (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/suicide/famous/) head first from the letter "H" of the HOLLYWOODLAND sign in Los Angeles. She is the first person to commit suicide at the landmark.
Sep 18 1946
Harry S. Truman signs the National Security Act of 1947 thus establishing the CIA (http://www.rotten.com/library/conspiracy/cia/).
Sep 18 1970
A sleeping Jimi Hendrix dies in London from of a barbiturate overdose when chunks of vomited tuna sandwich wind up in his lungs, causing him to choke.
Sep 18 1978
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The four KISS members release their solo albums. Rock on!
Sep 18 1979
NBC television premieres The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo, a spin-off of BJ and the Bear. Claude Akins stars as Elroy P. Lobo, the slightly corrupt sheriff of Orly County, who faces his first misadventure in "The Day That Shark Ate Lobo."
Sep 18 1981
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France abolishes capital punishment, relegating its noble guillotine (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/execution/guillotine/) to a museum. The machine had not seen active duty for four years.
Sep 18 1992
Two weeks after being outed in the New York weekly QW, attorney John Schlafly admits in an interview with the San Francisco Examiner that he is homosexual (http://www.rotten.com/library/sex/homosexuality/). This causes a certain amount of consternation for his mother, archconservative gay rights opponent Phyllis Schlafly.
Sep 18 1994
Vitas Gerulaitis is killed in his sleep in the guest cottage of a friend's Long Island estate. The professional tennis player dies from carbon monoxide poisoning, caused by a faulty propane swimming-pool heater.


Yesterday in Rotten History Sep 17 1859San Francisco (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/san-francisco/) resident Joshua A. Norton (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/royalty/america/emperor-norton/) proclaims himself Emperor of these United States, a title he retains until his death in 1880. The successor to Emperor Norton I has yet to be anointed.
Sep 17 1908
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Thomas E. Selfridge becomes the world's first airplane fatality when the craft he's co-piloting with Orville Wright crashes near Fort Meyer, Virginia. An untested propeller ripped apart the plane's structure, causing it to nosedive from an altitude of 75 feet.
Sep 17 1939
The Soviet Union (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/countries/soviet-union/) invades Poland, to fulfill its end of the secret protocols contained in the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact. They partition the country along pre-decided lines.
Sep 17 1965
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CBS television premieres Hogan's Heroes, the first and perhaps only sitcom based in a German prisoner-of-war camp. The show is proof once and for all that Nazis (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/nazi/) are hilarious.
Sep 17 1980
Deposed Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza is assassinated (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/assassination/) in Asuncion, Paraguay when his limousine is stopped by a six-man hit squad, armed with machine guns and a bazooka. As it happens, Somoza's father, Anastasio Sr., was himself assassinated in 1956.

Rider
23-09-2009, 17:56
Today in Rotten History Sep 23 1939Sigmund Freud (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/mad-science/sigmund-freud/) commits suicide (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/suicide/famous/) with the help of his personal physician, Max Schur. The good doctor obligingly administered 21mg of morphine -- a lethal dose.
Sep 23 1950
Congress passes the McCarran Act, also known as The Internal Security Act of 1950, overriding Harry Truman's veto. The act provides for severe restrictions on civil liberties, suspension of free speech, and placing of undesirable Americans in concentration camps. The act has never been repealed.
Sep 23 1952
Responding to accusations that he diverted $18,000 in contributions into his pocket, Senator Richard M. Nixon (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/richard-m-nixon/) rescues his candidacy for Vice President by insisting that he had never accepted any money. Although Nixon does admit he accepted a cocker spaniel named Checkers for his daughter Tricia. The televised monologue rescues his political career.
Sep 23 1969
An article in the Northern Illinois University student newspaper The Northern Star propagates the rumor that "Paul is dead (http://www.rotten.com/library/culture/beatles/)." But if you play "I'm so Tired" from the White Album, you hear the question "Is Paul McCartney Dead?" And "Revolution #9" implores, "Turn me on dead man." Well, sort of.


Yesterday in Rotten History Sep 22 1327The deposed King Edward II of England is murdered with a red-hot poker shoved up his rectum -- a gruesome punishment reserved strictly for homosexuals. Edward's wife Isabella had the King's lover, Hugh le Despenser Younger, executed the previous year.
Sep 22 1975
In front of the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/san-francisco/), Sara Jane Moore pulls out a Smith and Wesson .38 revolver and points it at Gerald Ford (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/gerald-ford/). Before she can assassinate (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/assassination/) the President, a bystander named Oliver "Bill" Sipple grabs Moore's arm. Sipple, a closeted gay man, is later outed by the press. The spotlight on his personal life causes him to complain: "My sexual orientation has nothing to do with saving the President's life."
Sep 22 1979
A two-to-three kiloton nuclear bomb (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/atomic-bomb/) explodes in the waters off remote Bouvet Island, near Antarctica. No government ever claims responsibility for the secret test.
Sep 22 1980
In a stunning blow to America's feminine hygiene, consumer products manufacturer Procter & Gamble initiates the largest tampon recall in history, pulling Rely Tampons from store shelves. The action results from the ongoing Toxic Shock Syndrome controversy.


Wait there's more Sep 21 1597The Dean of Guild, William Dun, receives a bonus of 47 pounds, 3 shillings, and 4 pence for "the great number of witches burnt this year."
Sep 21 1915
With a winning bid of £6,600, Mr. Cecil Chubb purchases Stonehenge and 30 acres of land at auction. He donates the monument to the British state three years later.
Sep 21 1947
Horror author Stephen King born in Portland, Maine.
Sep 21 1983
Ronald Reagan (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/ronald-reagan/)'s Secretary of the Interior, James Watt, describes his staff's racial diversity to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: "We have every mixture you can have. I have a black, a woman, two Jews and a cripple. And we have talent." Watt is forced to resign 18 days later over these comments.
Sep 21 1989
The Saudi government beheads 16 Kuwaiti terrorists in public after convicting them of a deadly bombing at the Great Mosque in Mecca two months earlier. The perpetrators claimed they had been trained by Iran, but Iran denied any involvement.

Rider
25-09-2009, 17:49
Today in Rotten History Sep 25 1980http://www.rotten.com/today/images/sep/rh-cary-grant.gif
On the NBC talk show Tomorrow, SNL (http://www.rotten.com/library/culture/snl/) alumnus Chevy Chase calls actor Cary Grant a "homo." Grant sues, but rumors of his homosexuality follow him for years. The one thing known for certain: Grant is the first person to use the word "gay" in its modern context on film: In Bringing Up Baby, while in a pink fluffy silk rope he exclaimed "I've just gone gay all of a sudden!" Look at the portrait -- judge for yourself.
Sep 25 1980
After spending the whole day drinking, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham dies (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/drugs/overdose-deaths/) from alcohol poisoning. His corpse is discovered having choked on its own vomit.
Sep 25 1988
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President Carter's brother Billy dies of pancreatic cancer. The "First Brother" distinguished himself by whoring out to the Libyan government, and marketing "Billy Beer" -- considered one of the most abominable pilsner-style lagers ever to hit the American market.
Sep 25 1991
Doogie Howser loses his virginity on ABC television.
Sep 25 1997
In exchange for dropping the forcible sodomy (http://www.rotten.com/library/sex/sodomy/) charge against him, former NBC sportscaster Marv Albert (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/sports/marv-albert/) pleads guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery. Albert's rape trial brought to light embarrassing allegations that he wears women's underwear, and asked women to procure men for group sex. The sheep issue was never raised. His defense accepted the plea bargain after the judge ruled he would admit information that Albert was involved in a sex fight resulting in the loss of his magnificent toupee.


Yesterday in Rotten History Sep 24 1988http://www.rotten.com/today/images/sep/rh-james-brown-mugshot.jpg
High on PCP and brandishing a shotgun, James Brown (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/james-brown/) interrupts an insurance seminar next door to his business office in Augusta, Georgia and accuses the attendees of using his private restroom. The resulting 90-minute interstate pursuit ends only after police shoot out his truck tires. The Godfather of Soul ends up serving two years in prison.


Wait there's more Sep 23 1939Sigmund Freud (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/mad-science/sigmund-freud/) commits suicide (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/suicide/famous/) with the help of his personal physician, Max Schur. The good doctor obligingly administered 21mg of morphine -- a lethal dose.
Sep 23 1950
Congress passes the McCarran Act, also known as The Internal Security Act of 1950, overriding Harry Truman's veto. The act provides for severe restrictions on civil liberties, suspension of free speech, and placing of undesirable Americans in concentration camps. The act has never been repealed.
Sep 23 1952
Responding to accusations that he diverted $18,000 in contributions into his pocket, Senator Richard M. Nixon (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/richard-m-nixon/) rescues his candidacy for Vice President by insisting that he had never accepted any money. Although Nixon does admit he accepted a cocker spaniel named Checkers for his daughter Tricia. The televised monologue rescues his political career.
Sep 23 1969
An article in the Northern Illinois University student newspaper The Northern Star propagates the rumor that "Paul is dead (http://www.rotten.com/library/culture/beatles/)." But if you play "I'm so Tired" from the White Album, you hear the question "Is Paul McCartney Dead?" And "Revolution #9" implores, "Turn me on dead man." Well, sort of.

Rider
09-10-2009, 18:06
Today in Rotten History Oct 9 1919The Cincinnati Reds win the World Series, but only because key Chicago (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/chicago/) White Sox ballplayers agreed to throw the series for $100,000 in bribes.
Oct 9 1951
RKO Pictures asks Marilyn Monroe (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/actors/marilyn-monroe/) to wear panties while working.
Oct 9 1967
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After being debriefed by CIA (http://www.rotten.com/library/conspiracy/cia/) field agent Felix Rodriguez, Che Guevara (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/misc/che-guevara/) is executed in a schoolhouse in La Higuera, Bolivia. Guevara had been captured by the Bolivian 2nd Ranger Battalion, which was specifically trained by U.S. Army Special Forces to catch him.
Oct 9 1987
24 boats equipped with Lowrance X-16 sonar units detect a "large object" at a depth of 606 feet beneath Loch Ness.
Oct 9 1989
Three aliens and their UFO visit Voronezh, USSR, according to the TASS news agency.
Oct 9 1989
The Hebrew edition of Penthouse magazine is released. Kosher pornography!
Oct 9 1995
A 12-car Amtrak train derails near Hyder, Arizona. Letters claiming responsibility are found, signed by the "Sons of the Gestapo."


Yesterday in Rotten History Oct 8 1871http://www.rotten.com/today/images/oct/rh-oleary-cow.jpg
Catherine O'Leary's cow starts the Chicago (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/chicago/) Fire, killing 250 and destroying 17,000 buildings. Bad cow.
Oct 8 1950
Two United States F-80 fighters strafe the Soviet airfield at Sukhaya Rechka, in the vicinity of Vladivostok. The attack, due to a navigational error, prompts no response from the Soviet Union and the U.S. offers to pay compensation.
Oct 8 1957
Jerry Lee Lewis (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/jerry-lee-lewis/) records "Great Balls of Fire". It is uncertain exactly to what he was referring.
Oct 8 1966
Lysergic Acid (LSD) is enrolled on the list of controlled substances.
Oct 8 1981
A package from the Unabomber (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/unabomer/) detonates at the University of Utah; there are no injuries.
Oct 8 1993
Ted Danson appears in blackface at a Friars Club roast. His offensive comments amuse Whoopi Goldberg but the incident becomes a great embarrassment.

Rider
14-10-2009, 15:52
Today in Rotten History Oct 14 1943An estimated 200 inmates of Sobibor escape the Polish extermination camp after killing 11 SS guards in an uprising. 52 of the fugitives manage to survive. The Nazis (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/nazi/) close the facility shortly thereafter. The events are later portrayed in a 1987 made-for-TV movie.
Oct 14 1944
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Field Marshall Erwin Rommel suicides (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/suicide/famous/). He was implicated in an anti-Hitler (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/nazi/adolf-hitler/) plot, and given the choice of suicide or humiliating trial and execution. Hitler always liked him.
Oct 14 1959
Actor and Nazi (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/nazi/) sympathizer Errol Flynn (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/actors/errol-flynn/), dubbed "the most despicable human being yet born", dies of a heart attack in Vancouver's west end. Flynn slept with both Truman Capote and Howard Hughes (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/business/howard-hughes/). Eww.
Oct 14 1972
Joe Cocker and members of his backup band are arrested on (surprise) drug charges in Australia.
Oct 14 1977
During an anti-gay rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Anita Bryant gets hit in the face mid-prayer with a banana cream pie. Bryant finishes with custard dripping from her face: "Father, I want to ask that you forgive him and that we love him, and that we're praying for him to be delivered from his deviant lifestyle."
Oct 14 1977
Crooning child abuser Bing Crosby (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/bing-crosby/) dies on a golf course in Madrid, Spain. Since his death, two of his sons have committed suicide with a shotgun blast to the head (Lindsay in 1989, Dennis in 1991).
Oct 14 1982
President Ronald Reagan (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/ronald-reagan/), like Nixon (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/richard-m-nixon/) before him, declares war on drugs. This time, for sure!
Oct 14 1985
Respected Roman Catholic priest Gilbert Gauthe Jr. of Vermilion Parish, Louisiana, pleads guilty to molesting 11 boys and is sentenced to 20 years. The Catholic Church had been aware of his pederastic avocation since 1973, but pretended not to. In the end, the church coughs up $5.5M in out-of-court settlements.


Yesterday in Rotten History Oct 13 54Roman Emperor Claudius I consumes a favorite mushroom dish prepared by his fourth wife, Agrippina. What he does not know is that the meal is laced with the toxin of the Amanita phalloides mushroom. Feeling ill the next morning, Claudius summons his personal physician. Unfortunately, the doctor happens to be a co-conspirator in the scheme, administering a colocynth enema which kills Claudius instantly.
Oct 13 1972
Due to poor visibility, a Uruguayan Air Force plane carrying the Montevideo Old Christians Rugby Club crashes high in the Chilean Andes. Of the 45 people aboard the flight, only 27 survive the crash, and just 16 make it to their rescue 72 days later. Their secret? Cannibalism (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/cannibalism/). According to one survivor, "the slight browning of the flesh gave it an immeasurably better flavor, softer than beef but with much the same taste."
Oct 13 1988
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A report published in the journal Nature declares the Turin shroud (http://www.rotten.com/library/religion/relics/shroud-of-turin/) to be a 13th century fake. Although carbon-14 testing places the shroud's fabrication somewhere between 1260 and 1390 AD, true believers spend much of the next several years attempting to explain away the radiocarbon test results.
Oct 13 1997
Nike, Inc. fines one of its shoe factories in Vietnam $5,000 after it becomes known that plant management ordered workers to create 51 rubber penises (http://www.rotten.com/library/sex/dildos/). Although the schlongs were produced strictly as gag gifts for a company official's birthday, Nike sees no humor in the matter.

Rider
25-10-2009, 08:58
Today in Rotten History Oct 25 1854During the Crimean War's Battle of Balaclava, Lord Ragland orders the British cavalry corps on a suicide mission to capture artillery guns protected by 19,000 Russian troops. Hundreds are needlessly killed in what is later known as the Charge of the Light Brigade.
Oct 25 1913
Birthday of Klaus Barbie (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/nazi/klaus-barbie/), infamous Nazi (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/nazi/) War Criminal. After World War II (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/war/wwii/), US Intelligence helped the "Butcher of Lyons" enter Bolivia, where he lived openly for many years in the capital, La Paz. Barbie was finally deported to France in 1987.
Oct 25 1938
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The Archbishop of Dubuque, the Most Reverend Francis J.L. Beckman, denounces the newfangled Swing music -- the latest craze -- as nothing more than "a degenerated musical system... turned loose to gnaw away the moral fiber of young people." Its cannibalistic rhythms are said to lead one down the "primrose path to Hell."
Oct 25 1957
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In chair number four of the barber shop at the Park Sheraton hotel in Manhattan, Mafia (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/mafia/) don Albert Anastasia (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/mafia/albert-anastasia/) is shot five times by the Gallo Brothers, under orders from Carlo Gambino (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/mafia/carlo-gambino/).
Oct 25 1983
In order to maintain an uninterrupted supply of nutmeg to satisfy global demand, the United States of America invades the Caribbean island of Grenada. The invasion is rationalized as a rescue mission for American medical school rejects stuck in a sleazy offshore diploma mill.
Oct 25 1991
On the way back from a Huey Lewis concert, rock promoter Bill Graham is killed when his helicopter hits high-voltage power lines in Vallejo, California.


Yesterday in Rotten History Oct 24 1947In a very un-American fashion, Walt Disney (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/business/walt-disney/) testifies to the House Unamerican Activities (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/huac/) Committee, naming Disney employees he believes to be Communists, ranting about how Communists were infiltrating the unions he has to deal with, and how "Commie groups began smear campaigns against [him]."
Oct 24 1955
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A nude, very dead body is found in the Mexico apartment of Will Rogers' daughter Mary. The corpse of Manolo Just, a probable bisexual of approximately 30 years, had the name "Mary Rogers" tattooed on his arm. The death is suspicious, but never conclusively attributed to homicide.
Oct 24 1960
At the Soviet Union (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/countries/soviet-union/)'s Baykonur space facility, an R-16 ballistic missile explodes on the launch pad, incinerating 165 people. Included among the dead is Field Marshall Mitrofan Nedelin, whose death is covered up as having occurred in a plane crash.
Oct 24 1989
Televangelist Jim Bakker (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/televangelists/jim-bakker/) receives 45 years and a $500,000 fine for defrauding investors of $3.7M. Bakker had already been dismissed from his PTL ministry, so the criminal penalties probably just added insult to injury.
Oct 24 1991
Gene Roddenberry (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/artists/gene-roddenberry/), creator of the Star Trek (http://www.rotten.com/library/culture/star-trek/) science fiction franchise, dies in a Santa Monica, California hospital after a heart attack.
Oct 24 2002
The Washington Sniper attacks come to an end when John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo are arrested. The pair chose victims at random, then shot at them with a sniper rifle. In three weeks, they killed ten people and critically injured three others before a suspicious trucker noticed the pair napping at a rest stop.

Rider
01-11-2009, 19:45
<table width="100%" border="0" cellpadding="4" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr align="center" bgcolor="#999999"><td nowrap="nowrap"> Today in Rotten History</td> </tr> <tr> <td> <center> Nov 1 1530Holland's dikes fail, drowning 400,000.
Nov 1 1755
An earthquake and resultant fire in Lisbon kills 50,000. The jail was damaged, and escaped prisoners were looting, setting fires, and committing mayhem. Gallows had to be erected around the city to restore order.
Nov 1 1896
Tits appear for the first time in National Geographic, starting a trend of providing masturbation (http://www.rotten.com/library/sex/masturbation/) material to youth for decades. The tits are attached to a Zulu woman.
Nov 1 1939
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A rabbit that was born of artificial insemination is shown to the world. History does not record why anyone felt that rabbits needed any help in the procreation department.
Nov 1 1948
A Chinese merchant ship with as many as 6,000 people aboard explodes and sinks off southern Manchuria, killing all aboard.
Nov 1 1950
Attempt by Puerto Rican nationalists to assassinate (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/assassination/) President Truman at Blair House fails, leaving one of them dead with a bullet in the head.
Nov 1 1951
US Soldiers are exposed to an atomic (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/atomic-bomb/) explosion for the first time in training exercises, at Desert Rock, Nevada. Participation was not voluntary and served both to train and indoctrinate.
Nov 1 1990
A New York City civil jury awards Sandra Miller $100 for battery after an incident in which boxer Mike Tyson (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/sports/mike-tyson/) grabbed her breasts, insulted and propositioned her. The jury found Tyson's behavior "not outrageous". Mike certainly has a way with women.
Nov 1 1994
A group of South Korean cannibals (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/cannibalism/) known as the Chijon Family are sentenced to death for murdering and eating five people. The group was founded in 1993 by ex-convict Kim Ki Hwan and several other prisoners, in solidarity against the wealthy. Eat the rich.

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<!------------- YESTERDAY ---------------------------> <table width="100%" border="0" cellpadding="4" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr align="center" bgcolor="#999999"> <td nowrap="nowrap"> Yesterday in Rotten History</td> </tr> <tr> <td> <center> Oct 31 All Hallows Eve. What once served as a spooky New Years Eve tradition for the ancient Celts (which they called Samhain) was ultimately appropriated by Pope Gregory IV in 840 AD to serve as the daylong vigil preceding the Feast of All Saints. Even so, the Christians preserved the pagan festival's spooky trappings anyway. Cunning bastards.
Oct 31 1926
Houdini (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/magicians/houdini/) dies in room 401 of Grace Hospital in Detroit. The escape artist was killed by diffuse peritonitis, after having undergone an emergency appendectomy. Contrary to popular belief, the fatal appendicitis could not have been caused by a punch to the stomach.
Oct 31 1966
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The Acid Test Graduation! Ken Kesey hosts, among others. "The question is no longer CAN you pass the Acid Test, but DID you pass the Acid Test."
Oct 31 1993
Actor River Phoenix (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/actors/river-phoenix/) dies of a drug overdose (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/drugs/overdose-deaths/) on the sidewalk in front of the Viper Room in West Hollywood.
Oct 31 1996
"Socially responsible" juice maker Odwalla voluntarily recalls its unpasteurized apple juice drinks after a west coast E. coli scare that killed sixteen-month-old Anna Gimmestad and caused 66 others to fall ill. The FDA describes the symptoms as a diarrheal illness with bloody stools that could lead to kidney failure.
Oct 31 1997
A Halloween "Hell House" opens in Vacaville, California for the benefit of local youths. Tableaus inside the house include a gay man dead from AIDS, a teenaged "Grunge" suicide resplendent with empty beer bottles, and a bloody mock abortion (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/abortion/). The exhibits are operated by the Bible thumpers at Harvest Church.
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Rider
11-11-2009, 18:06
Today in Rotten History Nov 11 It's poppy day. All we can say is, groovy man.
Nov 11 1215
The Fourth Lateran Council meets. They adopt the doctrine of transubstantiation, meaning that bread and wine are transformed into the body and blood of Christ (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/jesus-christ/). This means all Catholics are essentially cannibals (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/cannibalism/) on a feeding schedule, but who are we to judge a theology?
Nov 11 1634
Under the urging of Anglican Bishop John Atherton, the Irish House of Commons passes "An Act for the Punishment for the Vice of Buggery (http://www.rotten.com/library/sex/anal-sex/)." Seven years later, the good Bishop Atherton is himself the second man hanged under the Act.
Nov 11 1969
A drunken Jim Morrison (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/jim-morrison/), Door, is arrested by the FBI (http://www.rotten.com/library/conspiracy/fbi/) after he repeatedly prods a stewardess.
Nov 11 1978
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A renovated Hollywood Sign is unveiled. The original sign was built in 1923, and said "Hollywoodland". Its 45 foot high letters have served as the jumping point for several suicides (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/suicide/famous/), including the first: starlet Peg Entwhistle (letter "H", 1932).
Nov 11 1988
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Seven bodies are discovered under the ground of a Sacramento California boardinghouse owned by Dorothea Puente (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/dorothea-puente/). The batty landlord had killed nine elderlies and was receiving their social security money.
Nov 11 1997
19-year-old girl Marianne Biancuzzo is charged in Tucson for drowning her newborn baby in a toilet and hiding the remains in a coffee can under her family's bathroom sink. The baby's carcass was discovered by her 15-year-old brother. What size coffee can you ask? 3 pounds. The brand name has not been released by police.


Yesterday in Rotten History Nov 10 4004 BCAdam and Eve are driven from Paradise.
Nov 10 1928
Emperor Hirohito (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/dictators/hirohito/) enthroned at Kyoto.
Nov 10 1938
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Kristallnacht, Night of Broken Glass, in Germany (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/nazi/). Members of the SA, SS, and Hitler Youth round up some 30,000 jews. Jewish homes and shops are targeted for vandalism, 177 synagogues are destroyed by fire and 91 jews are killed.
Nov 10 1940
Walt Disney (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/business/walt-disney/) begins serving as a secret informer for the Los Angeles (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/los-angeles/) office of the FBI (http://www.rotten.com/library/conspiracy/fbi/), to report back information on Hollywood subversives. He was made a "Full Special Agent in Charge Contact" in 1954. We should note that Disney was atheist and thus subversive in his own little way.
Nov 10 1972
Two men hijack Southern Airways Flight 49 out of Birmingham, and hopscotch it variously in the U.S., Canada, and Cuba (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/countries/cuba/) while demanding $7M. At one point they circle Oak Ridge National Laboratory and threaten to crash the plane into that top secret nuclear installation. After two days, and exhausting most of the aircraft's supply of mini liquor bottles, the plane lands for good in Havana where the hijackers are jailed by Fidel Castro (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/dictators/fidel-castro/). Said one of the two hijackers later, "I wanted to fly over the Statue of Liberty and urinate (http://www.rotten.com/library/medicine/bodily-functions/pissing/) on it."
Nov 10 1997
Seymore Hersh's book "The Dark Side of Camelot" published, includes allegations that explicit photos were taken of John F. Kennedy (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/jfk/) with various sex partners and brought by a Secret Service agent to a Washington gallery for framing. The gallery owner, Sidney Mickelson, stated that the participants included a naked Kennedy and assorted lady friends wearing masks. [photo of an FOIA memo (http://www.dailyrotten.com/today/nov/jfk-nude.html)]

Rider
25-11-2009, 18:46
Today in Rotten History



Nov 25 1867Patent granted to Alfred Nobel for dynamite.




Nov 25 1957
Mexican painter Diego Rivera dies of heart failure. Earlier as a student,
Rivera claimed to have purchased cadavers and experimented with Cannibalism (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/cannibalism/).
Human dining preferences included breasts and brains. Also in his
autobiography he wrote that he had cancer of the penis, doctors recommending
amputation. Both stories are considered somewhat suspect.



Nov 25 1970
Japanese
playwright and novelist Yukio Mishima commits seppuku (self
disembowelment) after an aborted coup attempt in Japan. He had authored
over 100 works and was deemed by Life magazine the "Japanese
Hemmingway"; certainly he is one of the best writers Japan has ever
produced. But Mishima believed that "true manhood" required you to face
your own death (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/suicide/famous/) willingly.


Nov 25 1987
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Secretarial bimbo Fawn Hall, Oliver North (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/usa/oliver-north/)'s assistant, removes documents from
sealed National Security Council offices inside the White House by hiding
them inside her skirt. Go girl!



Nov 25 1997
The Weekly World News reports that the Japanese have a fetishistic
attraction to US Attorney General Janet Reno (http://www.dailyrotten.com/today/nov/butch.html),
whom many Americans believe is actually a man. If these reports are true,
at the very least we should impose trade sanctions.























Yesterday in Rotten History



Nov 24 1326The gay lover of King Edward II, Hugh le Despenser the Younger, is hanged
after his penis and testicles are burned in front of him -- "because he was a
heretic and a sodomite (http://www.rotten.com/library/sex/homosexuality/), even, it was said, with the King."



Nov 24 1740
William Duell, murderer, hanged at Tyburn in London (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/london/). He is not killed
immediately, though this is not noticed by the executioner. Deull later
awakes on the dissection table.



Nov 24 1963
Jack Ruby (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/assassins/jack-ruby/) shoots Lee Harvey Oswald (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/assassins/lee-harvey-oswald/).
What really happened? (http://www.dailyrotten.com/today/nov/oswald-funky.html)



Nov 24 1971
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D.B. Cooper (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/unsolved-crimes/d-b-cooper/) hijacks a Northwest Orient 727 and parachutes into the freezing
rain over Washington state from the rear stairway of the plane with
$200,000 in cash. Rotting currency from the ransom is eventually located,
but his rotting body isn't.



Nov 24 1983
Jimmy "the Beard" Ferrozzo is crushed to death after hours in San Francisco (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/san-francisco/)'s
Condor Club. Ferrozzo, the club's assistant manager, was fucking one of
the strippers on top of a baby grand piano when one of the pair
inadvertently flipped the switch to the motorized winch that lowered
the instrument from the ceiling. Only when his legs are trapped between
the piano and the ceiling that Ferrozzo manages to shut off the hoist,
but he dies of a heart attack. The exotic dancer remains trapped
underneath his body until firefighters arrive to free her, several
hours later.

Nov 24 1991
Freddie Mercury dead from AIDS (http://www.rotten.com/library/medicine/epidemics/aids/).


Nov 24 2003
After his BMW struck a Toyota Camry, country singer (Broken link for Glenn Campbell) (http://www.dailyrotten.com/)
is arrested with an impressive blood alcohol level of .20 on charges of
"extreme" drunk driving, hit and run, and assaulting a police officer,
in Phoenix AZ. He is freed on $2000 bond. While in custody, Campbell
hummed his hit Rhinestone Cowboy repeatedly.



















Wait there's more



Nov 23 1910English murderer Hawley Crippen hanged, after he was caught aboard the
SS Montrose attempting to escape to Britain. It was the first use of radio
for the apprehension of a criminal.



Nov 23 1963
The first episode of Doctor Who (http://www.rotten.com/library/culture/doctor-who/) premiers on the BBC. What makes the
show so special? This (http://www.dailyrotten.com/today/nov/whopants.html).




Nov 23 1976
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Jerry Lee Lewis (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/jerry-lee-lewis/) arrested in front of Graceland (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/elvis/) in Memphis for public
drunkenness, and carrying a chrome plated .38 derringer revolver.


Nov 23 1980
Over 2500 people are killed when a 6.8 earthquake rocks the Campania and
Basilicata regions of Italy.



Nov 23 1997
After a minor traffic incident, three Mexican police officers remove
taxi driver Jesus Gallegos from his car and beat him. In front of bystanders.
Gallegos charred body is found the next day. The three have been charged
with homicid

Rider
28-11-2009, 17:45
Today in Rotten History Nov 28 1942A fire at the sleazy Cocoanut Grove nightclub, Boston, kills 491 people. Flammable artificial palm trees aided the spread of the fire. The numerous dead were crushed, burnt, and asphyxiated, all within minutes.
Nov 28 1953
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Frank Olson, government scientist, jumps to his death from the Statler Hotel in New York City. In 1975 it is revealed that Olson had been administered LSD by Dr. Sidney Gottlieb in a CIA (http://www.rotten.com/library/conspiracy/cia/) experiment.
Nov 28 1981
A drunk Natalie Wood topples off her yacht near Catalina Island and drowns. Her husband Robert Wagner, and melodramatic friend Christopher Walken, were onboard and unaware of her predicament, apparently having some sort of argument in the cabin.
Nov 28 1994
Homosexual cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/jeffrey-dahmer/) beaten to death with a broomstick by inmate Christopher Scarver while cleaning the prison bathroom. Dahmer's brain was to be preserved in formaldehyde at the request of Mom, but a court ordered its destruction in late 1995.


Yesterday in Rotten History Nov 27 1934http://www.rotten.com/today/images/nov/rh-babyface-th.jpg
Bank robber Lester Gillis, known as Baby Face Nelson (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/criminals/baby-face-nelson/), killed in a tommygun shootout by FBI agents in Fox River Grove, IL. While Nelson was able to kill the two lawmen involved, his naked body was found the next day containing 17 bullets.
Nov 27 1969
Court appointed attorney Ronald Hughes, handling the Charles Manson (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/charles-manson/) case, disappears on a camping trip to Sespe Hot Springs in Southern California, accompanied by two Manson followers. His decomposed body is identified by dental x-rays five months later.
Nov 27 1975
Members of the Provisional IRA kill Ross McWhirter, founder of the Guinness Book of World Records, in London (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/london/).
Nov 27 1978
Former policeman Dan White (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/assassins/dan-white/) kills San Francisco (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/san-francisco/) mayor George Moscone & homosexual supervisor Harvey Milk. White later uses the "twinkie defense" to get a short sentence, but suicides (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/suicide/famous/) after release.


Wait there's more Nov 26 1865http://www.rotten.com/today/images/nov/rh-alice-liddel-th.jpg
Lewis Carroll (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/authors/lewis-carroll/) sends the manuscript for the psychedelic novel "Alice in Wonderland" to his 12 year old special friend Alice Liddell. (Incidentally Carroll, born Charles Dodgson, had a thing for very young girls, frequently photographing them nude.)
Nov 26 1973
The Boston Strangler, Albert DeSalvo (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/albert-desalvo/), stabbed to death in prison by a fellow inmate in Massachusetts. DeSalvo had killed 13 women.
Nov 26 1975
Manson (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/charles-manson/) family member Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/assassins/lynette-fromme/) found guilty of attempting to assassinate President Ford (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/gerald-ford/). It is unclear why anyone would want to assassinate (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/assassination/) such an uninteresting president.
Nov 26 1976
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Sex Pistols (http://www.rotten.com/library/culture/sex-pistols/) single Anarchy in the UK released. The song later appeared on Never Mind the Bollocks. Sadly, it has yet to be equalled.
Nov 26 2008
Mumbai is rocked by a series of terror attacks, coordinated by Pakistani militants who were high on cocaine and LSD. 173 people die in the attacks

Rider
07-12-2009, 13:02
Today in Rotten History Dec 7 1941http://www.rotten.com/today/images/dec/rh-oahu-bombed.jpg
A Day That Will Live In Infamy.
Dec 7 1982
Texas murderer Charlie Brooks in becomes the first person executed in the United States by that newfangled lethal injection (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/execution/lethal-injection/).
Dec 7 1982
Armenian earthquake kills 100,000.
Dec 7 1987
David Burke, a recently fired airline employee, stalks his ex-boss onboard a Pacific Southwest Airline jet. He shoots the man in mid-flight and causes the plane to crash, killing all 43 people on board.
Dec 7 1993
Colin Ferguson (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/spree-killers/colin-ferguson/) opens fire on the Long Island Railroad, killing 6 and injuring 17 others. His attorney William Kunstler tried to use a "black rage" defense, but Ferguson fired him and represented himself. What resulted was a bizarre proceeding of Ferguson claiming innocence and that he was a "patsy" of the government. The trial ended with six consecutive life sentences.
Dec 7 1995
Disgruntled postal employee John Pitney arrives at his Denver workplace in a dress and is placed on administrative leave. Pitney returns later that day in the same dress but sporting a strap-on dildo (http://www.rotten.com/library/sex/dildos/) and gorilla mask. He is arrested. God bless America and God bless the US Postal Service.


Yesterday in Rotten History Dec 6 1793Guillotining (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/execution/guillotine/) of Mme. du Barry, mistress of Louis XV. "She screamed, she begged mercy of the horrible crowd that stood around the scaffold, she aroused them to such a point that the executioner grew anxious and hastened to complete his task."
Dec 6 1917
At 9:05 AM, the munitions ship Mont Blanc explodes in Halifax harbor after being struck by another ship. It is the largest explosion before the atomic age. The ship was carrying 200 tons of TNT, 61 tons of gun cotton, 35 tons of Benzyl, and 2,300 tons of picric acid; the explosion destroys 325 acres of the city, leaving 1,900 people dead and injuring over 9,000.
Dec 6 1969
A concert by the Rolling Stones (http://www.rotten.com/library/culture/rolling-stones/) at Altamont ends in the death of a fan at the hands of the Hells Angels (http://www.rotten.com/library/culture/hells-angels/), who were hired for security.
Dec 6 1980
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Televangelist Jim Bakker (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/televangelists/jim-bakker/) of the PTL ministry has a 15 minute quickie in a motel room with Jessica Hahn. The minister uses the line "When you help the shepherd, you're helping the sheep". Baaaa. PTL later pays Hahn hush money, but seven years later the incident becomes public and Bakker resigns in disgrace.
Dec 6 1987
Three teenagers in Missouri beat a friend to death and blame the incident on heavy metal inspired satanism. The jury didn't buy their story, instead finding a pattern of drug use among the youths and evidence of animal torture during childhood by their ringleader.
Dec 6 1989
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Marc Lepine (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/spree-killers/marc-lepine/) kills 14 women at Ecole Polytechnic, University of Montreal, and injures 15 others. It is the worst mass murder in Canadian history. On him is a suicide letter explaining his actions as being specific revenge against 19 "feminists who have ruined my life... I have decided to put an end to those viragos."


Wait there's more Dec 5 1484Innocent VIII orders an Inquisition (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/inquisition/) to uncover and execute witches in Europe. Witchcraft (http://www.rotten.com/library/occult/witchcraft/) becomes a heresy, and over the next three centuries 200,000 accused witches die under most unpleasant circumstances.
Dec 5 1928
In order to protect United Fruit Company employees from striking banana workers, the government declares martial law in Santa Marta, Colombia. Over the next three weeks, Colombian troops kill between 500 and 600 strikers.
Dec 5 1933
Fourteen years of prohibition end when Utah ratifies the 21st amendment. Let the good times roll.
Dec 5 1991
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Richard Speck (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/spree-killers/richard-speck/), murderer who killed 8 nurses, dies of natural causes while incarcerated. Somehow he managed to grow breasts while in prison, which was recorded on a videotape aired five years after his death. Behind bars Speck apparently was a black man's bitch, and he didn't mind sucking a little cock now and then. "If they only knew how much fun I was having, they would turn me loose."
Dec 5 1997
South African serial killer Moses Sithole (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/moses-sithole/) sentenced to 2,410 years for the serial killing of 38 people in 1994 and 1995, as well as 40 rapes and various lesser offenses.
Dec 5 1997
Fairfield, CA resident Alan Hall is rushed to the NorthBay Medical Center in a vain attempt to reattach his amputated penis (http://www.rotten.com/library/sex/castration/). Hall informs police that the assailant, a mysterious woman named Brenda, had sliced it off at the base with an X-Acto knife following sex. Authorities ultimately determine the wound to be self-inflicted.

Rider
11-12-2009, 13:36
Today in Rotten History Dec 11 1957http://www.rotten.com/today/images/dec/rh-jerry-lee-and-myra-gail-th.jpg
Rocker Jerry Lee Lewis (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/jerry-lee-lewis/) marries his jailbait 13 year old cousin, Myra Gail Brown. Myra's parents are not told of their coupling until the story was broken by the press the following year. Lewis neglects to divorce his wife Jane Mitcham until April 1958.
Dec 11 1960
In Palm Beach, Florida, retired postmaster Richard Pavlick chooses at the last moment not to ram John F. Kennedy (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/jfk/)'s car and detonate his seven sticks of dynamite. Pavlick later explains that it was out of concern for Jackie (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/misc/jackie-o/): "I did not wish to harm her or the children... I decided to get him at the church or someplace later."
Dec 11 1985
Computer rental store owner Hugh Scrutton is killed outside his Sacramento business when he investigates a package left by the Unabomber (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/unabomer/). It's his first confirmed kill.
Dec 11 1988
62 people were killed when tons of illegal fireworks exploded in a Mexico City marketplace.
Dec 11 1991
William Kennedy Smith (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/black-sheep/william-kennedy-smith/) is acquitted of rape charges, stemming from an incident at the Kennedy Compound.


Yesterday in Rotten History Dec 10 1520The heretic Martin Luther burnt the papal bull issued by Leo X, titled "Exsurge Domine", demanding an end to his heresies. Luther had published 95 points against the practice of granting indulgences, and the Catholic Church only had 94 points in favor of them. Although technically he was the winner, Luther was subsequently excommunicated.
Dec 10 1792
"That if any do commit the detestable and abominable vice of Buggery (http://www.rotten.com/library/sex/sodomy/), with man or beast (http://www.rotten.com/library/sex/bestiality/), he or she so offending, shall be adjudged a felon, and shall suffer death, in the case of felony, without the benefit of Clergy." (Act of General Assembly of Virginia)
Dec 10 1958
Ralph Muller and Peter Kamenoff, two ex-members of the Fountain of the World religious cult, accost guru Krishna Venta at the cult's hillside compound in Box Canyon, Ventura County, California. The men accuse Venta of having fucked their wives. For whatever reason Venta, the reincarnation of Jesus Christ (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/jesus-christ/) and formerly known as Francis Pencovic, is unable to placate the men. So they detonate (http://www.rotten.com/library/religion/martyrdom/suicide-bombers/) 20 sticks of dynamite they brought, 19 of which are strictly overkill. The three men are instantly blown to pieces along with 7 other cultees. Venta's remains are only ever identified through dental records.
Dec 10 1967
Soul singer Otis Redding plus four members of the Bar-Kays are killed in an airplane crash near Madison, Wisconsin.
Dec 10 1993
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Adolf Hitler (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/nazi/adolf-hitler/) is baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (http://www.rotten.com/library/religion/mormonism/) in a ceremony performed inside their London temple. Mormons use this strange retroactive baptismal ritual to ensure ancestors or other relatives may join them in heaven.
Dec 10 1994
The Unabomber (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/unabomer/) strikes, killing Thomas J Mosser, an advertising executive in North Caldwell, New Jersey. Mosser, Executive VP of Young & Rubicam, had assisted Exxon with public relations after the Exxon Valdez spill.

Rider
20-12-2009, 09:00
<table width="100%" border="0" cellpadding="4" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr align="center" bgcolor="#999999"><td nowrap="nowrap"> Today in Rotten History</td> </tr> <tr> <td> <center> Dec 19 1941Twelve days after Pearl Harbor, Franklin D. Roosevelt (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/franklin-d-roosevelt/) under authority of Congress, created the Office of Censorship. The bureau had discretion over communications with foreign countries. Participation by domestic publishers was "voluntary".
Dec 19 1971
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A Clockwork Orange opens, originally given an X rating. Censors objected more to the sex scenes than the orgies of ultraviolence, which is rather odd. Director Stanley Kubrik later earns an R by removing some of the smuttier footage.
Dec 19 1991
Yankee's pitcher Steve Howe arrested for criminal possession of cocaine. It's merely one of NINE TIMES this has happened (and seven suspensions, plus one drunk driving arrest.)
Dec 19 1997
Disgruntled postal worker Anthony Deculit enters a Milwaukee post office at 12:45 A.M., shoots his supervisor in the right eye, and kills a fellow coworker. The supervisor had written Deculit up for sleeping on the job. After the shootings he rendered himself dead with the 9mm solution, a shot through the mouth.
Dec 19 1997
The pilot of a SilkAir plane deliberately flies into a mangrove swamp in Indonesia, committing suicide (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/suicide/famous/) and killing all 104 people aboard. The pilot, Captain Tsu Way Ming, was in debt and had personal problems, had taken a $3M insurance policy prior to the crash. To cover his tracks, he disconnected the flight recorder prior to downing the aircraft.

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According to our usually sketchy sources, Keith Richards, guitarist for the Rolling Stones (http://www.rotten.com/library/culture/rolling-stones/) and arguably the oldest man on earth, is 160 years old today.
Dec 18 1879
Stalin (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/dictators/josef-stalin/)'s birthday!
Dec 18 1916
Bloodiest and longest battle of World War I (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/war/wwi/) ends, with the French defeating Germans at the Battle of Verdun. There were over 1 million casualties, and the Verdun ossuary contains bones of 100,000 unidentified soldiers.
Dec 18 1940
Hitler (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/nazi/adolf-hitler/) formulates plans, issued today as Directive 21, for the invasion of Russia. The intent of Operation Barbarossa was to destroy the Red Army. Fighting on two fronts eventually caused Germany's defeat.
Dec 18 1997
The incredibly fat Chris Farley (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/comic/chris-farley/) is found dead, wearing only pajama bottoms, and surrounded by empty food containers and pornography. Farley's act often consisted of imitating other very fat celebrities, including Newt Gingrich, Mama Cass, and Tom Arnold. He joins John Candy at the big fat farm in the sky.
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Rider
23-12-2009, 20:00
Today in Rotten History Dec 23 1888After an argument with fellow painter Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh (http://www.sat-universe.com/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rotten.com%2Flibrary%2Fb io%2Fartists%2Fvincent-van-gogh%2F) takes a razor and removes a portion of his left ear. Their quarrel regarded the prostitutes in Arles who seemed to prefer Gauguin over Van Gogh; the painter delivered his ear to one Rachel, who preferred Van Gogh. She fainted.
Dec 23 1948
Japanese Premier Tojo and 6 others hanged by the War Crimes (http://www.sat-universe.com/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rotten.com%2Flibrary%2Fh istory%2Fwar-crimes%2F) Commission at Sugamo Prison, Tokyo, for the crime of starting an aggressive war. As he drops from the gallows, he screams "Banzai!"
Dec 23 1968
The first US incident of motion sickness in orbit. Was it Borman, Lovell, or Anders?
Dec 23 1972
Magnitude 6.25 Earthquake destroys central Managua Nicaragua, 10,000 die.
Dec 23 1975
Leftist members of November 17 faction murder Athens CIA (http://www.sat-universe.com/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rotten.com%2Flibrary%2Fc onspiracy%2Fcia%2F) station chief Richard Welch.
Dec 23 1985
In a school playground, James Vance presses a shotgun to his chin and pulls the trigger. He and cohort Raymond Belknap had forged a suicide pact while listening to Stained Class by Judas Priest. But where Belknap succeeded, Vance fails. The dumbshit survives, destroying his face. He later uses his disfigurement to his advantage, terrorizing small children on his bicycle. Both kids' parents file suit against the band, but a judge ultimately rejects their subliminal message theory. Vance dies from painkillers on Thanksgiving three years later.
Dec 23 1994
Actor/dumbass Christian Slater (http://www.sat-universe.com/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rotten.com%2Flibrary%2Fb io%2Fentertainers%2Factors%2Fchristian-slater%2F) arrested while trying to board a plane with a semiautomatic firearm. Community service, boy.
Dec 23 1995
Bodies of 16 members of the Solar Temple cult who had committed suicide are found on a plateau in the French Alps. Their bodies are charred and arranged in a star formation. Causes of death included stabbing, asphyxiation, gunshot, and poisoning. In 1994, 53 other members had suicided in similar fashion.
Dec 23 1997
Mayor Craig Johnson of Snow Hill, MD is arrested on two counts of misconduct in office, after he allows the squad car issued to him to be photographed for a pornographic Internet website "Wetlands". One of the pictures shows Cherie Messner, wife of the Wetlands operator, apparently urinating on the squad car in question.


Yesterday in Rotten History Dec 22 1955The corpse of Evita Peron (http://www.sat-universe.com/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rotten.com%2Flibrary%2Fb io%2Fhistorical%2Fevita-peron%2F) is stolen by anti-Peronistas.
Dec 22 1972
An earthquake destroys the city of Managua, Nicaragua, leaving 6,000 dead.
Dec 22 1984
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Bernhard Goetz shoots 4 teenage boys on the NYC subway after one of them asks him for money.
Dec 22 1996
An alien cadaver of height 5 centimeters is found at the Kibbutz Achihod, Ahyud Israel. Scientists at Israel's Technion Institute in Hafnia determine that not enough material is present to conduct "proper tests" but the alien's composition is chiefly cow manure.
Dec 22 2001
Richard Reid attempts to blow up an American Airlines transatlantic flight by igniting a plastic explosive concealed in his shoe. Other passengers beat the living daylights out of him.


Wait there's more Dec 21 1937Jane Fonda (http://www.sat-universe.com/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rotten.com%2Flibrary%2Fb io%2Fentertainers%2Factors%2Fjane-fonda%2F)'s birthday. Jane, an anti-war activist, also holds the title "Miss Army Recruiting" of 1965.
Dec 21 1945
World War II (http://www.sat-universe.com/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rotten.com%2Flibrary%2Fh istory%2Fwar%2Fwwii%2F) General George Patton dies in a car accident at Heidelberg, Germany.
Dec 21 1970
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President Nixon (http://www.sat-universe.com/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rotten.com%2Flibrary%2Fb io%2Fpresidents%2Frichard-m-nixon%2F) meets with prescription drug addict Elvis Presley (http://www.sat-universe.com/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rotten.com%2Flibrary%2Fb io%2Fentertainers%2Fmusic%2Felvis%2F) at the White House to discuss The King's becoming a special drug enforcement agent. He presents Nixon with a pistol, and receives a special DEA badge in return.
Dec 21 1971
Former Nazi Kurt Waldheim chosen to serve as United Nations Secretary General, the fourth to serve in that position (but the first Nazi). He paves the way for a New World Order.
Dec 21 1975
Terrorist Carlos the Jackal (http://www.sat-universe.com/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rotten.com%2Flibrary%2Fb io%2Fcrime%2Fterrorists%2Fcarlos-the-jackal%2F) takes hostage the 11 oil ministers at an OPEC meeting in Vienna. The ministers are released after a ransom is paid, and Carlos escapes. The Jackal is not captured until he enters a Sudanese hospital in 1994 for a testicle operation.
Dec 21 1978
John Wayne Gacy (http://www.sat-universe.com/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rotten.com%2Flibrary%2Fb io%2Fcrime%2Fserial-killers%2Fjohn-wayne-gacy%2F) arrested in Des Plaines, IL after remains of some of the 33 men and boys he had killed are discovered on his land.
Dec 21 1988
Pan Am flight 103 detonates over Lockerbie Scotland, by means of a remote control radio bomb. All 259 aboard are killed as well as 11 on the ground struck by falling detritus. The PFLP faction of the PLO was responsible, assisted by Libyan sponsorship.
Dec 21 1991
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Charles Barkley (http://www.sat-universe.com/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rotten.com%2Flibrary%2Fb io%2Fsports%2Fcharles-barkley%2F) arrested on charges of battery and disorderly conduct, Milwaukee. He had punched a heckler, but was acquitted.
Dec 21 2012
The Mayan "long count" calendar is based on great cycles of 5125 years, the current cycle ending on this day in 2012. Endings of cycles are punctuated by cataclysmic singularities on a deluge scale, so be prepared. This is the end of time!

Xtrasat
23-12-2009, 23:07
We learning something new everyday!!!

Rider
27-12-2009, 08:45
Today in Rotten History Dec 26 1893Dictator Mao Tse-tung (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/dictators/mao/) born in Hunan province.
Dec 26 1980
Richard Chase, the "Vampire of Sacramento" who drank the blood of two of his six victims, commits suicide on death row (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/prison/san-quentin/) by overdosing on hoarded medication.
Dec 26 1985
"Gorillas in the Mist" author Dian Fossey killed with machete in Africa.
Dec 26 1996
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The body of Jon Benet Ramsey is found beaten and strangled in the Boulder, Colorado home of John and Patsy Ramsey. Her skull had an 8 inch crack, and the child's mouth was covered with duct tape. In late 1997 it was leaked to the media that a Taser gun may have been involved in the killing. The family remains under an "umbrella of suspicion":


Jon Benet's body was found only after police searched the house, and John Ramsey tainted the crime scene by moving the body
The garrote used in strangulation was made from one of Patsy's paintbrushes
A rough draft of the ransom note was found on Patsy's notepad. Handwriting comparisons between the note and the mother remain inconclusive

In any event, the Ramsey's treatment of the six year old child by entering her in beauty contests dressed like a young adult nymph is perverse. Dec 26 2004
A 9.15 magnitude earthquake in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Sumatra unleashes a series of powerful tsunamis. Just under 230,000 people are either killed or missing. The Sumatra-Andaman earthquake affects a huge geographical area from Indonesia to Bangladesh to Somalia, even triggering earthquakes in Alaska.


Yesterday in Rotten History Dec 25 272First official public celebration of Dies Natalis Invicti Solis, a pagan Roman holiday that was later co-opted by Christians to celebrate the birth of their favorite Jew. Turning the holiday into "Christmas" (in 336 AD) was part of a pattern of the church stealing various pagan festivals and feast days.
Dec 25 1926
Hirohito (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/dictators/hirohito/) becomes Emperor of Japan.
Dec 25 1946
W.C. Fields dead at 67, due to the cumulative effects of his drinking and lifestyle.
Dec 25 1989
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An eager firing squad executes Romanian dictator Nikolai Ceaucescu (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/dictators/nikolai-ceaucescu/) and his wife Elena on live television. Ceaucescu had run Romania as his private communist fiefdom, garnering the animosity of nearly the entire population. The new government abolishes capital punishment shortly thereafter.
Dec 25 1995
Rat pack member Dean Martin dead at 78, a martini glass in his hand.

Xtrasat
28-12-2009, 14:46
Where do you get those news?
anyway well done because I like your post especially from history
then you realize where all those years gone!!!

Rider
31-12-2009, 11:19
Today in Rotten History Dec 31 1898Joseph Vacher, known as "Jack the Ripper of France", guillotined. He had a hideous appearance and suffered from Bell's Palsy, a partial paralysis of the face. Vacher killed and mutilated at least 14 victims, young men and women, and committed necrophilia on many of their corpses.
Dec 31 1916
Forty-five retarded girls die in a fire at the St. Ferdinand de Halifax convent asylum in Canada (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/countries/canada/).
Dec 31 1970
The Beatles (http://www.rotten.com/library/culture/beatles/) break up, as Paul McCartney files suit to dissolve their partnership.
Dec 31 1973
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Carlos the Jackal (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/terrorists/carlos-the-jackal/) tries to assassinate Teddy Zeiff, Jewish owner of a major English department store chain. His gun jams. But we all learn his name when he takes the OPEC ministers hostage two years later.
Dec 31 1980
Author and media pundit Marshall McLuhan dead at age 69.
Dec 31 1982
A coordinated series of four bombs planted by the Puerto Rican nationalist group FALN explode in Brooklyn and lower Manhattan inside of 90 minutes, injuring three police.
Dec 31 1984
The drummer from Def Leppard, Rick Allen, has his arm torn off in a car accident. He continues with the band single-handedly.
Dec 31 1985
Rock musician Ricky Nelson dies in an airplane crash in De Kalb, TX at age 45.
Dec 31 1999
Paris intends the Eiffel Tower to lay "a gigantic egg" at midnight to honor the coming millennium. What do they smoke in Paris?


Yesterday in Rotten History Dec 30 1903The worst theater fire in US history occurs at the Iroquois Theater in Chicago (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/chicago/), killing 602. Most of the exits were locked; no fire drills had ever been conducted; and no water was available for extinguishing the fire. But, a prominent sign displayed above the entrance to the edifice read: "Absolutely Fireproof".
Dec 30 1916
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Rasputin (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/historical/rasputin/), famed Russian court mystic, is beaten, castrated, and his penis flung across the room. He is subsequently shot several times and thrown into a frozen river.
Dec 30 1977
Ted Bundy (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/ted-bundy/) escapes from a jail in Aspen, Colorado by using a hacksaw. He moves to Chicago (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/chicago/), then Michigan, Atlanta, and finally Florida, where he commits a series of grotesque murders.
Dec 30 1989
Ignoring evidence to the contrary, Drug Enforcement Agency Director John Lawn orders that cannabis remain on the Schedule One narcotics list, reserved for drugs which have no known medical use.
Dec 30 1994
John C. Salvi III took things into his own hands and killed two employees at a Brookline, Mass., abortion clinic and wounded five others. John was convicted and sentenced to two consecutive life terms on March 18.
Dec 30 1996
Actor Jack Nance (appeared in the Lynch productions Twin Peaks and Eraserhead) murdered.

Rider
31-12-2009, 11:22
Where do you get those news?
anyway well done because I like your post especially from history
then you realize where all those years gone!!!

From here my friend

http://www.dailyrotten.com/

Rider
02-01-2010, 04:39
Today in Rotten History Jan 1 Annual Catholic Feast of the Circumcision, to celebrate the removal of the Holy Foreskin.
Jan 1 1943
Josef Stalin (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/dictators/josef-stalin/) appears as Time's 1942 "Man of the Year".
Jan 1 1946
Emperor Hirohito (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/dictators/hirohito/) descends from being a divine being to mere mortal man. General MacArthur insisted on it.
Jan 1 1959
Fidel Castro (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/dictators/fidel-castro/) takes control of Cuba (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/countries/cuba/) from Fulgencio Batista. "Don't worry, Castro's regime can't last."
Jan 1 1966
The Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act of 1965 goes into effect. Cigarette companies are forced to label their product like so: "Caution: Cigarette Smoking May be Hazardous to Your Health"
Jan 1 1976
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Potheads alter the "HOLLYWOOD" sign to read "HOLLYWEED". Way to go!
Jan 1 1993
During Hong Kong's new year's festivities, a stampede kills 20 and injures many more.
Jan 1 1995
Fred West, accused of committing England's "House of Horrors" killings, suicides by hanging himself in his prison cell.
Jan 1 1998
Michael Kennedy, son of Robert F. Kennedy, dies in Aspen of traumatic neck and head wounds resulting from an accident while playing "ski football".


Yesterday in Rotten History Dec 31 1898Joseph Vacher, known as "Jack the Ripper of France", guillotined. He had a hideous appearance and suffered from Bell's Palsy, a partial paralysis of the face. Vacher killed and mutilated at least 14 victims, young men and women, and committed necrophilia on many of their corpses.
Dec 31 1916
Forty-five retarded girls die in a fire at the St. Ferdinand de Halifax convent asylum in Canada (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/countries/canada/).
Dec 31 1970
The Beatles (http://www.rotten.com/library/culture/beatles/) break up, as Paul McCartney files suit to dissolve their partnership.
Dec 31 1973
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Carlos the Jackal (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/terrorists/carlos-the-jackal/) tries to assassinate Teddy Zeiff, Jewish owner of a major English department store chain. His gun jams. But we all learn his name when he takes the OPEC ministers hostage two years later.
Dec 31 1980
Author and media pundit Marshall McLuhan dead at age 69.
Dec 31 1982
A coordinated series of four bombs planted by the Puerto Rican nationalist group FALN explode in Brooklyn and lower Manhattan inside of 90 minutes, injuring three police.
Dec 31 1984
The drummer from Def Leppard, Rick Allen, has his arm torn off in a car accident. He continues with the band single-handedly.
Dec 31 1985
Rock musician Ricky Nelson dies in an airplane crash in De Kalb, TX at age 45.
Dec 31 1999
Paris intends the Eiffel Tower to lay "a gigantic egg" at midnight to honor the coming millennium. What do they smoke in Paris?

Rider
06-01-2010, 19:41
Today in Rotten History Jan 6 1969Future Governor of Georgia Jimmy Carter (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/jimmy-carter/) sees an Unidentified Flying Object in Leary, GA. Also witnessing the craft are his fellow Lions Club members. But the strangest part about this is, it was Carter and not Governor Jerry Brown.
Jan 6 1977
The Sex Pistols (http://www.rotten.com/library/culture/sex-pistols/) lose their EMI recording contract after a television host encourages them to spout obscenities on the air.
Jan 6 1982
William G Bonin (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/william-g-bonin/), the truck driving "Freeway Killer", convicted in Los Angeles. He had murdered 14 boys and young men.
Jan 6 1993
Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev dead from AIDS (http://www.rotten.com/library/medicine/epidemics/aids/).
Jan 6 1994
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Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is attacked in the knees by a man in Detroit wielding a collapsible baton. It is later determined that her inferior rival Tonya Harding and her boyfriend were responsible for the attack.
Jan 6 1998
Vandals decapitate the bronze "Little Mermaid" statue in Copenhagen harbor. It is the first decapitation of the famous Edvar Eriksen statue since 1964, and the incident has the city horrified.


Yesterday in Rotten History Jan 5 1919The Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei is founded by Anton Drexler and others at the Furstenfelder Hof tavern in Munich. So much of early Nazi history seems to center around beer halls and homosexuals (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/nazi/gay/).
Jan 5 1967
Two buses of pilgrims collide south of Manila, Philippines, killing 83 in the worst traffic accident thus far.
Jan 5 1981
The Yorkshire Ripper, murderer of 13 women, is arrested. Peter Sutcliffe concentrated mostly on hookers, but still managed to terrorize mainstream England in the late 1970's and early 1980's.
Jan 5 1995
Connie Chung broadcasts Kathleen Gingrich's opinion of Hillary Clinton (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/usa/hillary-clinton/): bitch. We suspect it's merely a case of the pot calling the kettle black, and you can include Connie Chung in that.
Jan 5 1996
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In Gaza, Israeli intelligence agents blow off the head of terrorist Yahya Ayyash, The Engineer, with a remote control cellphone bomb using plastic explosives. Ayyash purportedly ran the Hamas (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/terrorist-organizations/hamas/) military wing, and was a proficient bomb maker; 100,000 people attended his funeral.
Jan 5 1998
Congressman Sonny Bono dead from blunt force trauma to his head after a direct collision with a pine tree at Heavenly Valley Ski Area. He is survived by his lesbian daughter Chastity and three other children.


Wait there's more Jan 4 1961Schrödinger is half dead today.
Jan 4 1964
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The Boston Strangler Albert DeSalvo (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/albert-desalvo/) kills his final victim, Mary Sullivan, age 19, at her Charles Street apartment.
Jan 4 1986
Phil Lynott, founder of heavy metal band "Thin Lizzy", dies from heart failure brought on by a drug overdose (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/drugs/overdose-deaths/).
Jan 4 1997
Rumors run rampant through Israel, particularly over talk radio, that a UFO will land at Tel Aviv on the following day. The predictions are purported to have been made by spoonbender Uri Geller. Thousands flock to the beaches, but no saucers.

Rider
17-01-2010, 11:57
Today in Rotten History Jan 17 1893White people, businessmen and sugar planters helped by U.S. troops, overthrow Queen Liliʻuokalani of Hawaiʻi. The islands become the Republic of Hawaiʻi before being annexed by the U.S. in 1898.
Jan 17 1899
Al Capone (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/mafia/al-capone/)'s birthday.
Jan 17 1950
Seven men wearing Halloween masks rob the Brink's office in Boston (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/boston/) of $1.2M cash, and $1.5M securities. One of the robbers confesses to the job in 1953, eleven days before the statute of limitations was to expire.
Jan 17 1961
President Eisenhower warns us of the evils of the "military industrial complex". Did we listen carefully enough?
Jan 17 1966
An American B-52 collides with its tanker aircraft during refueling over the town of Palomares, Spain (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/countries/spain/). Seven crew members are killed in the resulting jet fuel explosion. Also, three 10-megaton hydrogen bombs (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/atomic-bomb/) crash near the town. Although none of them detonates, two rupture, scattering powdered plutonium over 558 acres of farmland. The USA hauls away 1,600 tons of soil and tomato plants and disposes of them in Aiken, South Carolina.
Jan 17 1977
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After refusing appeals and demanding his death sentence, double murderer Gary Gilmore (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/criminals/gary-gilmore/) is given a hood and shot by a Utah Firing Squad (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/execution/firing-squad/) in the first U.S. execution in ten years.
Jan 17 1994
The massive "Northridge Earthquake" strikes Los Angeles (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/los-angeles/), producing a ground pulse far greater than its 6.7 magnitude would indicate. It causes 61 deaths and damages reaching $20 billion. The quake is by far the most expensive cataclysm in U.S. history.
Jan 17 1995
One year after the Northridge quake in California, a large 7.2 quake strikes Kobe Japan, killing 5,090, leaving 1.5 million homeless, and causing damage of approximately $200 billion dollars. It is the most destructive quake in Japan since the 1923 Kanto disaster.


Yesterday in Rotten History Jan 16 1936Serial killer cannibal Albert Fish (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/albert-fish/) executed at Sing Sing. God wanted him to castrate boys, and who was he to disagree. At his electrocution, the twenty-nine needles he had inserted into his crotch meant he needed a second jolt.
Jan 16 1942
Raising money for the war, actress Carol Lombard and her mother are killed along with a score of others in a Las Vegas airplane crash.
Jan 16 1969
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Jan Palach self-immolates in Wenceslas Square, Prague, to protest the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia. His gasoline powered sacrifice starts a wave of copycat suicides, seven of which are successful.
Jan 16 1987
President Leon Cordero of Ecuador is kidnapped by followers of Gen. Frank Vargas, held in a Quito prison for a 1986 coup attempt. Vargas is free and so was the President. Lesson: crime pays.
Jan 16 1989
Three days of race riots begin in Overtown, Miami (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/miami/) when a black man fleeing on motorcycle is killed by a Hispanic police officer. 125 blocks are sealed off during the riots.
Jan 16 1991
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Operation Desert Storm (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/war/gulf-war/) commences as Baghdad is pummeled live on CNN. Targeted with smartbombs are "command and control facilities" and Saddam Hussein (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/dictators/saddam-hussein/) himself. We seem to miss both, but do manage to kill about 100,000 Iraqi soldiers in the surreal bombardments that follow.
Jan 16 1997
Bill Cosby's 27 year old son Ennis William Cosby is shot to death at Skirball Center in Sepulveda Pass, near Los Angeles CA. It was a robbery attempt while he was attempting to change a flat tire.


Wait there's more Jan 15 1919In Boston, an immense storage tank alongside a rum distillery suddenly explodes, producing a flash flood of 2.3 million gallons of sticky molasses. Whole buildings are knocked off their foundations and reduced to rubble by an eight-foot wall of liquid traveling 35 miles per hour. 21 killed and 150 injured as a result of this industrial accident.
Jan 15 1947
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The body of 22-year-old Elizabeth Short is discovered in a vacant lot, her mutilated corpse chopped in half at the waist. Her murder is known as The Black Dahlia Murder, one of the most lurid murder cases in Los Angeles (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/los-angeles/) history. The murderer was never found.
Jan 15 1951
A gaseous volcanic "Cloud of Death" descends from Mount Lamington, New Guinea, killing 5,000.
Jan 15 1974
The first episode of Happy Days airs. Potsie sets Richie up with that Mary Lou slut.
Jan 15 1983
Meyer Lansky (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/mafia/meyer-lansky/), retired Jewish organized crime genius, Godfather of the Mafia (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/mafia/), dead of a fatal nosebleed at Mount Sinai Hospital. It is not clear where Lansky's estimated $300 million fortune went.
Jan 15 1988
Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder's racist statements regarding the breeding history of slaves and black athletes costs him his job at CBS.

Rider
21-01-2010, 19:27
Today in Rotten History Jan 21 1793The King of France, Louis XVI, is guillotined at age 39. An early "urban legend" has the King months earlier suggesting a slant and bevelling of the blade, for better cutting action.
Jan 21 1924
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Lenin (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/dictators/lenin/) dead of stroke -- they keep him on ice, expertly preserved. Now after the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russian gangsters employ the use of the same scientists who taxidermied Lenin to preserve each other after they get whacked.
Jan 21 1959
Former Our Gang child star Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer (age 32) was shot to death in a knifefight in Mission Hills, Los Angeles, California.
Jan 21 1960
At Coalbrook, South Africa, a mine collapse traps 437 miners, 417 of whom die from methane poisoning.
Jan 21 1960
The U.S. sends a space monkey, "Miss Sam", nine miles high aboard a Mercury rocket. The six pound monkey is successfully returned to Earth.
Jan 21 1992
Former child star Dana Plato (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/child-stars/dana-plato/) (Diff'rent Strokes) arrested on charges of armed robbery for holding up a video store in Las Vegas (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/las-vegas/). She served 200 hours of community service as sentence.


Yesterday in Rotten History Jan 20 1936King George V of England is euthanized with injections of cocaine and morphine, after a painful cancer illness. His physician was motivated not only to ameliorate the king's suffering, but also to break the story in the morning edition of the newspapers, "rather than the less appropriate evening journals."
Jan 20 1942
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The Wannsee Conference (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/war-crimes/holocaust/wannsee-conference/) is held in Berlin, determining the Final Solution of European Jews.
Jan 20 1969
Richard M. Nixon (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/richard-m-nixon/) inaugurated at 35th president.
Jan 20 1982
Rock musician Ozzy Osbourne (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/ozzy-osbourne/) is hospitalized in Des Moines IA after he bites the head off of a dead bat. The bat was tossed on stage by a fan during a live performance.
Jan 20 1990
Alan Hale Jr, "Skipper", dead of thymus cancer.
Jan 20 1998
Nepalese police seized a shipment of 272 human skulls in Kathmandu, stashed atop a bus, apparently destined for sale to tourists as curios.


Wait there's more Jan 19 1847A group of Mexicans and Indians enters the Taos home of New Mexican Territory Governor Charles Bent, and scalps him.
Jan 19 1985
Houston daredevil Karel Soucek is dropped in a barrel from the roof of the Astrodome. Though he was aiming for a water tank on the field, his barrel strikes the edge of the tank. He suffers a fatal skull fracture.
Jan 19 1991
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Wendy O. Williams, of the Plasmatics, arrested for masturbating (http://www.rotten.com/library/sex/masturbation/) herself onstage with a sledgehammer.
Jan 19 1995
The eternally skanky Singaporan porn star Annabel Chong has sex with 80 men a total of 251 times, in a single day. She was paid $12,000 for this appearance in World's Biggest Gang Bang (http://www.rotten.com/library/sex/group-sex/gang-bang/) I.
Jan 19 1997
Todd Bridges (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/child-stars/todd-bridges/), "Willis" on Diff'rent Strokes, booked in Marina Del Rey on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. He repeatedly rammed the weapon, his car, into another vehicle after an argument in a video arcade.

Rider
24-01-2010, 09:26
Today in Rotten History Jan 24 41Roman emperor Caligula (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/royalty/romans/caligula/) is assassinated by his bodyguards.
Jan 24 1908
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The first Boy Scout troop is organized in England by its founder, Robert Baden-Powell (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/historical/robert-baden-powell/). He enjoyed watching the boys swim naked, and as a hobby he collected photographs of them.
Jan 24 1978
The nuclear-powered Soviet (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/countries/soviet-union/) Cosmos 954 satellite plunges through Earth's atmosphere and disintegrates, scattering radioactive debris over parts of Canada's (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/countries/canada/) Northwest Territories. Much of the satellite lands in the Great Slave Lake; only about 1% of the radioactive material is recovered.
Jan 24 1986
Crackpot and founder of the fraudulent Scientology movement, L. Ron Hubbard (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/cult/l-ron-hubbard/) dies. His bad science fiction writing has grown alarmly prolific in the years since his death.
Jan 24 1989
Ted Bundy (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/ted-bundy/) put to death in the Electric Chair (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/execution/electric-chair/) for the murder of Kimberly Leach, after ten years trying to appeal. Here is a post-mortem picture (http://www.dailyrotten.com/today/jan/bundy-burns.html) of the burns on Bundy's head.


Yesterday in Rotten History Jan 23 1556The most devastating earthquake in history kills 830,000 people in Shanxi province, China. Many were killed when their clay caves, carved from cliffs, collapsed.
Jan 23 1812
A huge 7.8 magnitude earthquake shakes New Madrid, Missouri.
Jan 23 1968
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North Koreans seize the CIA (http://www.rotten.com/library/conspiracy/cia/) intelligence ship U.S.S. Pueblo (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/espionage/uss-pueblo/) while it is in their waters and hold its crew hostage. After a humiliating series of trials, the crew is released.
Jan 23 1972
An unscrupulous New Delhi bootlegger sells wood alcohol to a wedding party, killing 100 guests.
Jan 23 1978
Terry Kath of band Chicago accidentally suicides (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/suicide/famous/) in Woodland Hills. Moral: don't pretend to play Russian Roulette.
Jan 23 1989
Salvador Dali dead.
Jan 23 1996
A professional bungee jumper practicing for the Superbowl was killed during rehearsal. Laura Patterson, 43, died of massive head injuries at the New Orleans Superdome. Way to go, Laura!
Jan 23 1998
Montana hermit Ted Kaczynski admits to four Unabomber (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/unabomer/) attacks, pleading guilty in in a federal plea bargain that spares him the death penalty, but denies him the right of appeal

Rider
11-02-2010, 19:43
Today in Rotten History Feb 11 1929The Lateran Treaty is signed -- Mussolini (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/dictators/mussolini/) granted recognition to the Vatican in return for their support of his fascist dictatorship.
Feb 11 1933
Nineteen year old Japanese schoolgirl Kiyoko Matsumoto committed suicide by jumping into the thousand foot crater of a volcano on the island of Oshima. This act started a bizarre fashion in Japan and in the ensuing months three hundred children did the same thing.
Feb 11 1936
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Burt Reynolds' birthday. He's not the one who squealed like a pig in "Deliverance". But his hairpiece is much younger than he is.
Feb 11 1986
Frank Herbert, author of Dune, dead from pancreatic cancer.
Feb 11 1992
"I'd like to thank my family for loving me and taking care of me. And the rest of the world can kiss my ass." -- Last words of Johnny Frank Garrett, executed by lethal injection.
Feb 11 1993
Clinton (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/bill-clinton/) nominates the beautiful Janet Reno (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/usa/janet-reno/) to be US Attorney General.
Feb 11 2004
Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling arrested by the FBI. He is later found guilty of no less than 19 counts of conspiracy, fraud, making false statements and insider trading.
Feb 11 2006
During a quail hunting trip, Vice-President Dick Cheney (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/usa/dick-cheney/) takes aim at a small bird but instead manages to shoot his friend Harry Whittington in the face. As a result of being peppered with birdshot, Whittington has a minor heart attack but lives to apologize to his friend.


Yesterday in Rotten History Feb 10 1863http://www.rotten.com/today/images/feb/rh-tom-thumb-wedding.jpg
Midgets Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren married in a ceremony promoted and orchestrated by P.T. Barnum (http://www.rotten.com/library/sideshow/barnum/), reception tickets $75 (adjusted for inflation, $1250 in today's dollars). Commodore Nutt served as best man.
Feb 10 1920
Major League Baseball bans the spitball. Pitchers who had been throwing spitballs could continue, and the practice ended completely in 1934 when the last one, Burleigh Grimes, retired.
Feb 10 1981
Eight people were killed, 198 injured, when fire broke out at the Las Vegas Hilton hotel-casino. (A busboy was later found guilty of setting the fire.)
Feb 10 1993
In a TV interview, former negro Michael Jackson (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/michael-jackson/) tells Oprah Winfrey that he suffers from a skin disorder causing it to whiten.


Wait there's more Feb 9 1909The first federal law prohibiting the importation of opium is enacted, aimed not particularly at the ravages the drug was having on American society (none: white people weren't using opium), but at the hated Chinee.
Feb 9 1950
Senator Joseph McCarthy announces he has a list of 205 State Department employees who are Communist Party members. He did not mention that J. Edgar Hoover likes to wear garters and pumps.
Feb 9 1968
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"Planet of the Apes" opens.
Feb 9 1979
Serial killer Ted Bundy (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/ted-bundy/) abducts, rapes, and murders twelve year old Kimberly Leach of Lake City, Florida. He takes her from her junior high school, where she had been elected runner-up Valentine Queen the day before. Kimberly's remains aren't found for eight weeks. It is for this murder that Ted Bundy is sent to the Electric Chair (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/execution/electric-chair/) ten years later.
Feb 9 1989
Officials for the World Wrestling Federation testify before the New Jersey Senate that their matches are actually rigged. Say it ain't so!
Feb 9 1990
Singer Del Shannon commits suicide (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/suicide/famous/) with a .22 rifle. He is most remembered for his 1961 hit, Runaway.


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13-02-2010, 07:58
Today in Rotten History Feb 12 1554http://www.rotten.com/today/images/feb/rh-lady-jane-grey.jpg
The sixteen year old Lady Jane Grey, puppet Queen of England for nine days, beheaded in the Tower of London (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/prison/tower-of-london/). Questions arose as to where to bury this semi-queen, until it was decided to place her among the beheaded former wives of Henry VIII (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/royalty/britain/henry-viii/).
Feb 12 1789
Ethan Allen dies in a drunken sleigh accident while crossing the frozen Lake Champlain, reminiscing with friends and rye. Much of the circumstance remains a mystery.
Feb 12 1967
Police in London (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/london/) arrest Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, and Marianne Faithfull after they discover amphetamine pills, cannabis resin and Marianne scandalously naked but for a fur rug. The two Rolling Stones received jail sentences which were successfully appealed.
Feb 12 1976
Actor Sal Mineo killed in the carport of his West Hollywood home. There were rumors of a gay crime of passion but in 1979 it turned out to be a routine mugger who stabbed him for his money.

Rider
18-02-2010, 18:14
Today in Rotten History Feb 18 1933Yoko Ono (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/yoko-ono/) born.
Feb 18 1965
Dre Day: Rapper and hip hop producer Dr. Dre (AKA André Romel Young) born in Los Angeles, California.
Feb 18 1967
J. Robert Oppenheimer dies.
Feb 18 1991
Killer/Cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/jeffrey-dahmer/) strangles a 19-year-old man, marking his tenth (of 17) victims. Jeffrey dismembers the body and keeps the skull in his Milwaukee, Wisconsin apartment.
Feb 18 2001
During the Daytona 500, NASCAR phenom Dale Earnhardt (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/sports/dale-earnhardt/) crashes into the wall and dies instantly. His widow later files a lawsuit to keep his autopsy photos sealed, and Florida subsequently passes a law to prevent them from ever being released.


Yesterday in Rotten History Feb 17 1600Italian philosopher Giordano Bruno burned at the stake at Campo di Fiore in Rome, likely because ecclesiastical authorities were alarmed at his rambling and somewhat insane ideas, coupled with rejection of accepted authority. Exactly what the charges against him were are lost to history, but likely involve theological heresies rather than astronomical.
Feb 17 1974
Forty-nine people trampled to death at a soccer stampede in Cairo, after crowds tear down entry barriers to the Zamalek vs Dukla game.
Feb 17 1989
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The cinematic masterpiece "Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure" starring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter opened in theaters. Pictured above, Bill and Ted's Excellent Breakfast Cereal.
Feb 17 1993
An overcrowded ferry carrying up to 1,500 people sank off Haiti. Only 285 people were known to have survived.
Feb 17 1994
The decomposing corpse of Zviad Gamsakhurdia, first president of the Republic of Georgia, is exhumed from a temporary grave in Djikhaskari. His wife refuses an autopsy, but western journalists note a bullet wound in the side of Zviad's head. Officially listed as suicide, the wife also claims he was murdered. Another government minister oddly states the death was by cancer with the head shot administered post-mortem

Rider
28-02-2010, 18:51
Today in Rotten History Feb 28 1574Two impenitent heretics are burned at the stake in Mexico at a spectacular auto-da-fe comparable to those in Spain. The two are the first victims of the Inquisition in the New World, dying for their heretical crimes of... Lutheranism.
Feb 28 1968
Singer and early 60's heartthrob Frankie Lymon is found dead from a heroin overdose (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/drugs/overdose-deaths/) next to his syringe, in his grandmother's New York City apartment.
Feb 28 1986
Prime Minister of Sweden (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/countries/sweden/) Olof Palme assassinated as he left a movie theater in Stockholm. It is unknown who the assailant was, though some suspect a South African (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/countries/south-africa/) death squad.
Feb 28 1993
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Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Tobacco (http://www.rotten.com/library/conspiracy/batf/) use armed force attempting to serve Branch Davidian leader David Koresh (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/cult/david-koresh/) with a search warrant (one with no actual evidence of any illegal activity whatsoever), in what the BATF viewed as a publicity stunt to improve their image. While the agents carefully coordinated the raid with eleven different media outlets, something apparently tipped off Koresh and things do not go well: six Davidians and four ATF agents were killed. The warrant instead could have been served peacefully, while Koresh did his daily morning jog.
Feb 28 1995
Members of the group "Patriot's Council" in Minnesota are convicted under the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, for manufacturing quantities of the ricin toxin. The substance is nearly indetectible when used as a poison, but is difficult to administer.


Yesterday in Rotten History Feb 27 1859Congressman Dan Sickles of New York shoots and kills Philip Barton Key, the son of Francis Scott Key (who wrote the Star Spangled Banner). The younger Key was having an affair with the congressman's wife. Sickles later pleads insanity and is acquitted.
Feb 27 1937
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The Reichstag conveniently burns. A mad Dutchman who was arrested at the scene, Marinus van der Lubb, may have been partially responsible but if this is so, he is likely someone's patsy. The Nazi Party benefited greatly from the subsequent crackdown, and it's suspected that SA stormtroopers set things up for van der Lubb.
Feb 27 1977
Rolling Stone Keith Richards arrested in Toronto with his girlfriend Anita Pallenberg for possession of heroin. Found guilty at trial over one year later, he manages to get off with a suspended sentence plus benefit concerts for the blind.
Feb 27 1982
Freelance photographer Wayne B. Williams found guilty of two counts of murder, though he is suspected of killing 22 other Atlanta area black boys. Williams was caught dumping a suspicious load from atop a bridge in the middle of the night.
Feb 27 1991
Mitchell brother (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/pornographers/mitchell-brothers/) Jim shoots and kills Mitchell brother Artie for reasons that aren't exactly clear. The brothers had built up a San Francisco (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/san-francisco/) porn empire centered around the O'Farrell Theater, and were responsible for one of the best-selling porno films of all time: Behind the Green Door, starring Marilyn Chambers (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/actors/marilyn-chambers/) and John Holmes (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/actors/john-holmes/).
Feb 27 1992
Trying to get the lid off her McDonald's (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/corporate/mcdonalds/) coffee to add cream and sugar, 79-year-old Stella Liebeck accidentally splashes the 180-degree liquid on herself, causing third-degree burns to the thighs, genitals, and buttocks. After skin graft surgery and weeks of recuperation, Liebeck asks McDonald's to turn down the temperature of their coffee and pay $20,000 to defray her hospital bills. McDonald's tells the old lady to fuck off, as they had done for a decade of similar burn claims. Ultimately, a jury awards Liebeck $2.9 million in the resulting lawsuit, which immediately triggers a renewed call for legislative tort reform.

Rider
07-03-2010, 09:45
Today in Rotten History Mar 7 1945Gen. George Patton urinates in the Rhine after the U.S. Third Army takes the bridge at Remagen.
Mar 7 1981
Anti-government guerrillas in Colombia execute kidnapped American Bible translator Chester Allen Bitterman, whom they accused of being a CIA (http://www.rotten.com/library/conspiracy/cia/) agent.
Mar 7 1981
Eighteen year old Mel Yorba is stabbed to death at Disneyland (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/disneyland/), near the Matterhorn ride. He made the fatal mistake of grabbing at James O'Driscoll's girlfriend. O'Driscoll apparently retaliated with a sharp and pointy knife, and was found ninety minutes later hiding in Tomorrowland shrubbery. A jury trial ended in deadlock over his second degree murder charge.
Mar 7 1988
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Tubby transvestite actress Divine, who appeared in several John Waters films, dead from sleep apnea.
Mar 7 1990
The CIA (http://www.rotten.com/library/conspiracy/cia/) stages a fake satellite explosion of a KH-11 spy satellite code named Misty which was in low earth orbit. Both American and Russian sources reported Misty's destruction, but amateur astronomers have shown that this was a deception to allow it to achieve a higher, less detectable orbit.


Yesterday in Rotten History Mar 6 1836Alamo seized by Santa Ana, 3,000 versus 147 not being a fair fight. The holdouts suffered unnecessary deaths, disobeying direct orders by remaining, and losing their arms and cannon to the Mexicans.
Mar 6 1918
The US naval vessel "Cyclops" vanishes in the Bermuda Triangle (http://www.rotten.com/library/occult/bermuda-triangle/).
Mar 6 1978
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Larry Flynt (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/pornographers/larry-flynt/), publisher of the fine magazine Hustler, is shot and paralyzed.
Mar 6 1983
Cheryl Araujo is gang raped atop a pool table at a tavern in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Other men in the establishment applauded the spectacle. Four men are convicted of the crime in a trial that attracts nationwide attention.


Wait there's more Mar 5 1770The Boston Massacre leaves five colonists dead when British soldiers open fire.
Mar 5 1930
Danish artist Einar Wegener undergoes a sex change operation in Berlin, making him a soprano. He assumes the identity of Lili Elbe, and has ovaries implanted. However it is speculated that Wegener was actually a hermaphrodite, and the credit for first sex change usually is given to Christine Jorgenson.
Mar 5 1953
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Josef Stalin (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/dictators/josef-stalin/), born Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili, dies of a brain hemorrhage at age 73.
Mar 5 1959
Twenty-one Negro Boys are killed in a fire at the Arkansas Negro Boys Industrial Reformatory, Little Rock AR.
Mar 5 1982
John Belushi (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/comic/john-belushi/) found dead at the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood from a cocaine and heroin overdose. A sketchy woman, Cathy Smith, is later charged with administering the fatal injections.
Mar 5 1989
Michael Anderson Godwin, previously on death row for murder but with sentence commuted to life imprisonment, dies in a toilet-related accident at the Central Correctional Institution in South Carolina. Godwin, sitting on a stainless steel toilet, bit into headphone wires that were connected to his television. He was immediately electrocuted. [Moral: use a porcelain toilet.]
Mar 5 1998
David Asimov, the unemployed son of science fiction author Isaac Asimov, arrested in Santa Rosa, California for felony possession of child pornography. Over 4,000 videos and other items were seized from his residence. Police were alarmed at the quantity he had accumulated, but do not believe he was distributing the material.

Rider
13-03-2010, 07:44
Today in Rotten History Mar 12 1888The massive and unexpected Blizzard of 1888 strikes the East coast of the United States, paralyzing New York and many other cities and leaving at least 400 dead. Snowdrifts fifty feet high were reported, and New York received over 40 inches of snow.
Mar 12 1928
The two-year-old St. Francis Dam north of Los Angeles (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/los-angeles/) fails catastrophically just before midnight, unleashing 52 million tons of water on the city of Santa Paula. 437 people are killed by the torrent, including 19 families with no survivors whatsoever.
Mar 12 1945
Anne Frank dies at Auschwitz.
Mar 12 1964
Malcolm X (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/malcolm-x/) withdraws from the Nation of Islam after he finds out that Elijah Mohammad has been porking his secretaries.
Mar 12 1980
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A Chicago (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/chicago/) jury finds John Wayne Gacy (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/john-wayne-gacy/) guilty of the murders of 33 men and boys. The next day, he is sentenced to death; after years on death row, Gacy is finally executed in May 10, 1994.
Mar 12 1993
A series of bomb explosions rock western India. The first kills 50 at the Bombay Stock Exchange, and many other explosions target theaters, offices, and shopping areas. It is suspected that the acts were intended to destabilize India's government.
Mar 12 2000
Pope John Paul II asks God's forgiveness for the many wrongs committed by the Roman Catholic Church. The pardon he requested divided into seven categories of Church sin, including sins against the Jews, against native peoples of the world, the crimes of the Inquisition, and general crimes against humanity. This pardon was requested only for past sins, and apparently does not apply to the Church's many ongoing sins.
Mar 12 2007
Two weeks after the incident, it is revealed that Israel's Ambassador to El Salvador Tzuriel Rafael had been recalled after police discovered him in his backyard, drunk and naked save for bondage gear and a ball gag.


Yesterday in Rotten History Mar 11 1669After a series of premonitional earthquakes near Mount Etna, the largest volcano in Europe spectacularly erupts, destroying the Sicilian town of Nicolosi and killing 20,000 people.
Mar 11 1938
Germany (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/countries/germany/) enters Austria in the "Anschluss", to annex it as part of Grossdeutchland.
Mar 11 1958
A B-47 bomber drops a nuclear bomb in the town of Mars Bluff in South Carolina. While it did not detonate a nuclear explosion, conventional explosives within the bomb left a 75 foot crater, destroying one house and damaging five others.
Mar 11 1970
Actress Suzanne Somers arrested (and strip searched!) for writing bad checks. She was not prosecuted.
Mar 11 1990
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Vice President Dan Quayle (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/usa/dan-quayle/) sends a Secret Service agent proxy into a Chilean tourist shop to purchase a wooden male, anatomically correct "peekaboo" statuette.
Mar 11 1998
The town of Cicero, IL agrees to donate $10,000 towards the printing of KKK (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/racism/kkk/) literature to be mailed to its residents, in return for the Klan not holding a scheduled rally.

Rider
17-03-2010, 04:27
Today in Rotten History Mar 16 St. Urho's Day, Patron saint of Finnish vineyard workers. Attributed to him is the miracle of banishing grasshoppers from Finland which he accomplished with a few choice Finnish phrases, thereby saving the season's grape crop. But in reality a bunch of very drunk people made this up in 1956.
Mar 16 1190
More than 150 and perhaps as many as 500 Jews, secured in Clifford's Tower at York, die from suicide and massacre after they are sieged by townspeople under Richard Malebys. Malebys was a nobleman who owed money to the Jews; after their siege all records relating to moneylending were destroyed. It is the largest massacre of Jews in the history of the United Kingdom.
Mar 16 1792
At a masquerade ball, a disgruntled Captain Jacob Johan Ankarstroem shoots Swedish King Gustav III near the heart with a bullet composed of lead and carpet tacks. The king dies twelve days later, and as punishment the Captain is decapitated, drawn, and quartered.
Mar 16 1949
Erik Estrada's birthday.
Mar 16 1968
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Soldiers of Charlie Company, 11th Brigade Americal Division massacre (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/war-crimes/my-lai-massacre/) over 300 civilian men, women, and children in the village of My Lai in South Vietnam.
Mar 16 1978
Italian Red Brigades kidnap former Italian Premier Aldo Moro for release of imprisoned comrades. Moro was murdered and his body found on 9 May 1978.
Mar 16 1984
The CIA (http://www.rotten.com/library/conspiracy/cia/)'s station chief in Beirut, William Buckley, is kidnapped by the Islamic Jihad and later murdered.
Mar 16 1994
Figure skater Tonya Harding (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/sports/tonya-harding/) arrested for obstruction of prosecution during the fallout from the Nancy Kerrigan figure skate clubbing.


Yesterday in Rotten History Mar 15 Today is the International Day Against Police Brutality, first observed in 1997 after Swiss police beat two children age 11 and 12 to death.
Mar 15
Beware the Ides of March.
Mar 15 44
Julius Caesar, already warned to be wary on this the Ides of March by the astrologer Spurinna, assassinated with pointy knives by a group of Senators at the Pompey theater.
Mar 15 1812
Luddites attack Frank Vickerman's wool processing factory at Taylor Hill in West Yorkshire, resulting in general destruction and attempted arson. The rampaging Luddites were incensed because his machines replaced workers, but Vickerman was primarily targeted because of involvement in an Anti-Luddite committee.
Mar 15 1894
Jean Pauwels is killed walking into the Madeline church in Paris, when a bomb in his pocket suddenly goes off. The Belgian anarchist is later determined to have been responsible for two other explosions in February, one of which killed a pedestrian.
Mar 15 1937
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H P Lovecraft dies from cancer and Bright's disease in Rhode Island.
Mar 15 1998
White House aide Kathleen Willey claims on the trashy TV tabloid program 60 Minutes that President Bill Clinton (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/bill-clinton/) kissed her, touched her breasts and made her touch his "no-no place." Clinton of course denies this version of events.


Wait there's more Mar 14 1883Karl Marx dies of bronchitis in London (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/london/).
Mar 14 1932
George Eastman, the founder of Kodak Corporation, kills himself after a long illness. His suicide note states "To my friends: My work is done. Why wait?"
Mar 14 1945
"I am going to jump into my grave laughing because the knowledge that I have the deaths of millions of people on my conscience is a source of extraordinary satisfaction to me." Adolf Eichmann (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/nazi/adolf-eichmann/).
Mar 14 1967
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Nine German executives of the manufacturer of thalidomide, Grunethal, are charged with breaking their country's drug laws. Thalidomide, a sedative, caused over 12,000 babies in late 1950's Europe to be born with flippers instead of limbs.
Mar 14 1968
Nerve gas leaks from the U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, near Skull Valley Utah. The gas killed 1600 sheep on the Goshute indian reservation and made hundreds more sick. Dugway is a test center for chemical and biological agents.
Mar 14 1997
A tank illegally stored at the federal government's Hanford nuclear facility in Washington state explodes, causing the release of 30,000 gallons of plutonium into the environment. The government tried to cover up the incident, going so far as having the Department of Energy deny the release of any contamination.

Rider
23-03-2010, 18:14
Today in Rotten History Mar 23 1989In 1989, a 1000-foot diameter asteroid misses the Earth by only 500,000 miles. (Astronomers did not see it until it passed.)
Mar 23 1990
Gerald Bull, the man assisting Iraq (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/countries/iraq/) in the construction of a supergun, assassinated by Israeli (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/countries/israel/) agents outside his flat in Brussels, Belgium (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/countries/belgium/).
Mar 23 1997
Five dead bodies are found arranged in a cross formation at the burned Quebec home of Didier Queze. They were members of the Solar Temple cult who in 1994 to 1996 had totaled 69 suicides in Europe and North America.
Mar 23 1997
Heaven's gate (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/cult/marshall-applewhite/) suicides leave 39 dead, all wearing NIKE shoes.


Yesterday in Rotten History Mar 22 1622A band led by the Brother of Powhatan slaughters 347 settlers near Jamestown, in the first Indian massacre.
Mar 22 1923
Marcel Marceau's birthday. Fucking mimes.
Mar 22 1931
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William Shatner, the great actor, birthday.
Mar 22 1933
The first SS-run concentration camp, Dachau, receives prisoners.
Mar 22 1947
U.S. President Harry Truman signs Executive Order 9835, beginning the Great Loyalty Crusade. 2,000,000 government employees were required to take oaths and submit to loyalty investigations; of those a mere 139 were terminated in the span of three years.
Mar 22 1972
National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse recommends ending criminal penalties for possession of marijuana (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/drugs/marijuana/). No subsequent administration has heeded their recommendation.
Mar 22 1978
One of the Flying Wallendas, 73 year old Karl Wallenda, plunges to his death on a cable strung between two hotels in San Juan, PR.
Mar 22 1991
Ivana divorces The Donald.

Rider
29-03-2010, 07:12
Today in Rotten History Mar 28 0According to Des Pascha Comutus, written in 243 CE, Jesus Christ's (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/jesus-christ/) birthday was March 28. It later became the familiar December 25 after Rome changed it in 336.
Mar 28 193
The Roman ruler Pertinax is murdered by the Praetorian Guard. There being no obvious successor and no Senatorial volunteers, the Guard auctions off the emperorship. The high bidder is Senator Didius Julianus, for 300 million sesterces. After hearing of this, Roman general Septimus Severus in Dalmatia marched on Rome, beheading the new emperor upon arrival.
Mar 28 1930
Constantinople becomes Istanbul.
Mar 28 1941
Virginia Woolf commits suicide (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/suicide/suicide-notes/).
Mar 28 1947
Leftover Jap boobytrap from WWII explodes in Corregidor, killing 28.
Mar 28 1975
A fire in the maternity wing at Kucic Hospital, Rijeka, Yugoslavia, kills 25 incubating babies.
Mar 28 1979
Three Mile Island (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/nuclear-incidents/three-mile-island/) nuclear accident, Harrisburg PA.
Mar 28 1996
78 people apparently perish in a fire at the Pasar Anyar shopping center in Bogor, West Java. The estimate is lowered to 10 after it is discovered that most of the dead are store mannequins.
Mar 28 1997
Martin Lawrence slugs someone in a barroom brawl at the "Gate" nightclub in Hollywood (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/los-angeles/), apparently because he was jostled while dancing. He receives two years probation and community service.


Yesterday in Rotten History Mar 27 30Pontius Pilate condemns Jesus (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/jesus-christ/) to death.
Mar 27 1866
Patent for a urinal is granted to Andrew Rankin.
Mar 27 1945
Argentina declares war on Nazi Germany (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/nazi/). Of course, this was just a silly charade for the benefit of the world community. Argentina would be a quiet ally of Germany for the duration of the war, even welcoming many Nazi and SS leaders to emigrate there in the aftermath.
Mar 27 1964
One of the largest quakes in US history strikes southeast of Anchorage, Alaska, hitting 8.6 on the Richter scale. 118 people are killed, and a tidal wave destroys four square blocks of Anchorage. The control tower at the airport, 60 feet high, snapped. Damage in the state is estimated at $500 million.
Mar 27 1977
The worst airline disaster in history occurs when the confused pilot of a KLM Boeing 747 taking off collides with a Pan Am Boeing 747 which was on the runway. A total of 583 people die.
Mar 27 2001
Vatican officials reported three days ago on the exhumation of Pope John XXIII, which occurred quietly on January 16. The pontiff's body, dead for 37 years now, was described as having a face that "has not changed since his death

Rider
03-04-2010, 18:57
Today in Rotten History Apr 3 1882Notorious outlaw Jesse James (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/criminals/jesse-james/) is shot and killed in his own home for a $5,000 reward. The assailants are Charles and Robert Ford, both members of the James gang.
Apr 3 1924
Brilliant actor and total loon Marlon Brando (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/actors/marlon-brando/) is born.
Apr 3 1936
Bruno Hauptmann executed via Electric Chair (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/execution/electric-chair/), for the kidnap and murder of the Lindbergh (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/misc/lindbergh/) baby.
Apr 3 1996
US Commerce Secretary Ron Brown (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/usa/ron-brown/)'s plane goes down in Dubrovnik (Croatia), killing 35. Although many who view Brown's body comment that he appeared to have been shot in the head, this is never fully investigated.
Apr 3 1996
The Unabomber (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/unabomer/), Theodore Kaczynski is arrested in his Lincoln, Montana cabin. It takes the FBI months to search the tiny 8 x 10 foot dwelling.
Apr 3 1999
Bad news for Egyptian rapists! Egypt repeals a 1904 law granting rapists the right to escape punishment if they marry their victims. It seems that this was encouraging the abundant practice of rape, rather than discouraging it.


Yesterday in Rotten History Apr 2 1459http://www.rotten.com/today/images/apr/rh-vlad-impaler-banquet.jpg
Vlad the Impaler (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/historical/vlad-the-impaler/) impales thousands of merchants and burghers of the town of Brasov, in Transylvania. Some estimate as many as 30,000 impalements, but it was probably more on the order of 2,000.
Apr 2 1725
Casanova born.
Apr 2 1932
World-famous aviator Charles Lindbergh (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/misc/lindbergh/) and Dr. John F. Condon turn over $50,000 in ransom money to an unidentified man in a Bronx cemetery. Lindbergh's kidnapped infant, however, is never returned -- his corpse is discovered the following month.
Apr 2 1974
A streaker interrupts actor David Niven during his presentation at the Academy Awards. Niven's off-the-cuff remark -- "probably the only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping and showing off his shortcomings" -- was actually prepared in advance.
Apr 2 1979
A mishap in a secret Soviet biological warfare laboratory at Sverdlovsk results in the release of airborne anthrax spores, killing 66. Livestock fifty kilometers away also die.
Apr 2 1986
A bomb explodes on a TWA Rome/Athens flight, causing three adults and one infant to be sucked out of the resulting hole in the fuselage. They plunge to their deaths.
Apr 2 1992
John Gotti (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/mafia/john-gotti/) found guilty for the death of mobster Paul Castellano (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/mafia/paul-castellano/).

Rider
14-04-2010, 17:01
Today in Rotten History Apr 14 73With the 10th Roman Legion about to breach the gates of their mountaintop fortress, 960 Sicarii Jews commit mass suicide at Masada. According to Josephus, the radical cult selected ten swordsmen by lottery to perform the killing. Then they held a second lottery to choose one man to kill the remaining nine. Finally, the last one fell on his sword.
Apr 14 1865
President Abraham Lincoln (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/abraham-lincoln/) receives a cranial gunshot wound from the nation's most famous actor, John Wilkes Booth (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/assassins/john-wilkes-booth/). Lincoln dies the following day, primarily from ill-advised attempts to extract the bullet lodged in his brain.
Apr 14 1986
Hindus crossing a bridge over the sacred Ganges river at Hardwar, India to bathe during the Kumbha Mela fete somehow stampede. 46 pilgrims are trampled.
Apr 14 1989
California winery worker Ramon Salcido picks up a butcher knife and kills his wife, mother-in-law, two sisters-in-law, and two of his own daughters. Then he goes to work and kills his supervisor.


Yesterday in Rotten History Apr 13 1883Convicted cannibal Alfred Packer (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/criminals/alfred-packer/) is sentenced to death in Colorado.
Apr 13 1919
British troops fire on a crowd of Indians peacefully protesting the occupation, leaving 379 dead and 1,200 wounded.
Apr 13 1970
56 hours and 205,000 miles from planet Earth, the crew aboard Apollo 13 hears "a pretty loud bang" when oxygen tank number two spontaneously explodes. Astronaut Jack Swigert informs Mission Control in Houston: "Hey, we've got a problem here." Miraculously, the crew manages to return home in their crippled spacecraft.
Apr 13 1981
Washington Post reporter Janet Cooke wins a Pulitzer Prize for her story about Jimmy, an 8 year old heroin addict. Strangely, police could find no trace of this boy. And this was one of those investigative journalism Pulitzers, not a fiction Pulitzer, so she was forced to return the award two days later. Cooke later clerked part-time at a department store cosmetics counter in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Apr 13 1982
David Crosby of CSNY arrested while freebasing cocaine and for illegal possession of a .45 handgun. Sentence: 5 years.
Apr 13 1984
Itinerant serial killer Henry Lee Lucas (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/henry-lee-lucas/) found guilty by a Texas jury for the murder of "Orange Socks", a hitchhiker whose name is not known. Lucas and his partner Ottis Toole are thought to have killed as many as 200 people. Ironically new evidence places Lucas in Florida at the supposed time of the Orange Socks murder.
Apr 13 1990
The Soviet Union (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/countries/soviet-union/) admits to Katyn Massacre of 15,000 Polish army officers.
Apr 13 1992
Chicago's downtown business center is crippled by massive flooding, as 124 million gallons of water inundate 50 miles of underground freight tunnels and adjoining basements. City workers dump sandbags, rocks, and mattresses into the Chicago River in a vain attempt to slow the floodwaters. All told, it will take 12 days to seal the leak and drain the tunnels. The disaster causes $800 million in damage, and the IRS graciously grants one week of amnesty for Chicago-area residents to file their tax returns.
Apr 13 1994
The United Nations Human Rights Committee declares sodomy to be a basic human right. The committee determined that laws against assfucking (particularly in Tasmania) breach articles of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.


Wait there's more Apr 12 1945Franklin D. Roosevelt (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/franklin-d-roosevelt/), the only president ever elected to four terms of office, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, GA. The following day, Vice President Harry S. Truman assumes the post and is told for the first time about the Manhattan Project.
Apr 12 1960
Eric Peugeot, 4-year-old son of the auto manufacturer, is kidnapped in Paris. The child is later freed after a $300,000 ransom is paid. Ultimately, the perpetrators are caught and sent to prison.
Apr 12 1961
Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Alexeyevich Gargarin is the first man in space, aboard Vostok I.
Apr 12 1988
U.S. patent 4,736,866 is granted to Harvard University for a genetically-modified mouse, engineered to be particularly susceptible to carcinogens. The cancer-prone "Harvard Oncomouse" is the world's first patented creature, and perhaps also the most screwed.
Apr 12 1989
1960s counterculture icon Abbie Hoffman kills himself (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/suicide/famous/) by overdosing on barbiturates.
Apr 12 1992
EuroDisney opens to the public, attracting a meager 50,000 visitors. Expectations had been about ten times as many. This underwhelming response by the European public will continue for more than a year. Finally, after 18 months of retooling, the resort is ultimately rechristened Disneyland Paris (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/disneyland/).
Apr 12 1994
The US Tax Court rules that Indiana exotic dancer Chesty Love can claim a $2,088 tax credit for depreciation on her 56FF breast implants. The judge found that Love's surgical augmentation did in fact increase her income, also that she was unable to derive any personal benefit from them, as the oversized mammaries "contorted her body into a grotesque appearance."
Apr 12 1995
To celebrate David Letterman (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/comic/david-letterman/)'s 49th birthday, actress Drew Barrymore climbs atop the Late Night desk and flashes her bosomy protuberances at the man.
Apr 12 1995
The Hong Kong Eastern Express reports that China sanctions the consumption of aborted human fetuses as a "health benefit." One practitioner willing to admit a taste for this is Dr. Zou Qin of the Luo Hu Clinic, who boasts having consumed more than 100 meals of human veal -- stew and soup, mostly

Rider
20-04-2010, 15:53
Today in Rotten History Apr 20 It's 4/20. If your kid cuts school today, he just might have a chemical dependency. That's all we're gonna say.
Apr 20 1233
Pope Gregory IX places the Inquisition (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/inquisition/), in existence since 1227, under the aegis of the Dominican Order. Torture is apparently sometimes necessary to save souls, and the office continues to exist today as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Apr 20 1889
In Braunau, Austria, Klara Hitler gives birth to a bouncing baby boy named Adolf (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/nazi/adolf-hitler/).
Apr 20 1914
Attempting to put down a coal miner strike, the Colorado National Guard machine-guns its way into a tent city in Ludlow, Colorado, and sets it on fire. Twenty people are killed, among them twelve children trapped in an underground cellar. The massacre sparks ten days of open revolt, ended by the imposition of federal troops.
Apr 20 1979
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President Jimmy Carter is attacked by a Killer Swamp Rabbit, while on vacation in Plains GA. The rabbit swam menacingly towards him, and he had to repel the ferocious creature with a paddle. There were no injuries. Press Secretary Jody Powell leaked the story to the press, and the White House had a lot of explaining to do.
Apr 20 1992
Alone in his apartment watching TV, British comedic legend Benny Hill suffers a fatal heart attack. His body goes undiscovered for four days.
Apr 20 1993
Latoya Jackson's husband and manager, Jack Gordon, is arrested after allegedly beating her with a dining room chair in their New York apartment.
Apr 20 1999
After their homemade timebombs fail to detonate in the school cafeteria, the heavily-armed duo of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold (http://www.rotten.com/today/apr/colombine.jpg) decide to prowl through Columbine High School, indiscriminately gunning down classmates. A total of 15 are killed in their shooting spree. Contrary to news reports, their selection of victims is apparently random; they aren't hunting for jocks or blacks. Nor do they execute that Christian girl -- Valeen Schnurr in fact manages to crawl away and live to tell her story. They are not goths, they aren't gay, nor were they ever members of that dorky clique calling themselves the "Trenchcoat Mafia." They don't even listen to Marilyn Manson (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/marilyn-manson/). Harris and Klebold are just a couple of extremely pissed-off kids with an arsenal.


Yesterday in Rotten History Apr 19 1910Halley's comet reappears, last seen in 1835. The Earth passes safely through the comet's tail with no perceptible effect, not counting the death of Mark Twain (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/authors/mark-twain/).
Apr 19 1943
During an early-morning operation to exterminate the residents of the Warsaw Ghetto, Nazi troops experience heavy casualties and are forced to retreat before nightfall. Jewish resistance fighters, armed with rifles and Molotov cocktails, manage to kill or wound at least 200. The battle will rage on for another three weeks.
Apr 19 1989
47 crewmen aboard the battleship USS Iowa are killed when a gun turret explodes during a training exercise in the Atlantic. Navy investigators later rule out all accidental causes, and conclude that someone manning the gun, "most probably" one Clayton Hartwig, had sabotaged its operation as a suicide attempt. The Navy ignored the fact that the propellant bags were 44 years old and proven to be chemically unstable.
Apr 19 1993
More than 80 Branch Davidians (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/cult/david-koresh/) burn to death in Waco, Texas as the FBI stages a disastrous final assault on their compound. This brings a sudden end to the 51-day siege.
Apr 19 1995
Timothy McVeigh (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/terrorists/timothy-mcveigh/) kills 168 Oklahomans when his truck bomb detonates in front of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building.
Apr 19 1995
Singer Bobby Brown is arrested at Disneyworld (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/walt-disney-world/) for beating a man and tearing off his ear. Neil Kelly, the man with the reattached ear, later sues Brown for $6.6 million but eventually settles out of court for an undisclosed sum.


Wait there's more Apr 18 1906A devastating earthquake strikes San Francisco (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/san-francisco/) at 5:13 a.m., followed by a major aftershock three hours later. More than 3,000 people are killed from either collapsing structures or any of the 59 separate fires which burn over the next three days. In the downtown area, the U.S. Army is forced to dynamite whole city blocks in order to contain the flames, due to the lack of water pressure.
Apr 18 1955
Nobel Prize recipient Albert Einstein dies in his hospital bed from a ruptured aortic aneurysm. Seven hours later, his brain is plunked into a jar of formalin and taken away by the pathologist. It will remain missing for 23 years.
Apr 18 1983
62 people are killed and more than 100 injured in a suicide bombing against the U.S. Embassy in Beirut. The attacker used a van packed with one ton of high explosives. Included among the dead is the CIA (http://www.rotten.com/library/conspiracy/cia/)'s entire Middle East bureau. The group Islamic Jihad claims responsibility, although the intelligence community believes it was actually the work of Hezbollah (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/terrorist-organizations/hezbollah/).
Apr 18 1988
American auto worker John Demjanjuk is convicted of crimes against humanity by an Israeli court. They determined that he was Treblinka's notorious "Ivan the Terrible." The court sentences him to hang one week later, but the conviction is later overturned when it appears to have been a case of mistaken identity. In 2002, a U.S. federal court later strips Demjanjuk of his citizenship after it rules that he did in fact work as a Nazi prison guard, although at Sobibor, Majdanek, and Flossenburg.

Rider
30-04-2010, 06:59
Today in Rotten History Apr 29 1901Train robber and one of the last of the Old West outlaws, Thomas "Black Jack" Ketchum (http://www.anonym.to/?http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/criminals/black-jack-ketchum/) is unsuccessfully hanged in Clayton, New Mexico. The executioner's poor choice of rope and Ketchum's recent increase in weight combine to produce a gruesome decapitation in the gallows.
Apr 29 1945
With Allied forces closing in on Berlin, Adolf Hitler (http://www.anonym.to/?http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/nazi/adolf-hitler/) marries Eva Braun in their fortified bunker. They kill themselves the following day.
Apr 29 1945
The American 7th Army liberates the Dachau death camp outside of Munich.
Apr 29 1981
Marilyn Barnett publicly alleged that she had a lesbian relationship for seven years with Billie Jean King, one of America's best-known female athletes and winner of many national and international tennis championships.
Apr 29 1992
Rioting erupts in Los Angeles after Rodney King (http://www.anonym.to/?http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/misc/rodney-king/)'s assailants are acquitted by a jury. The looting and destruction begins in South Central L.A. and quickly radiates outward. By the time things are under control, 51 are dead and the city has sustained $1.5 billion in property damage. Civil disorder manages to spread to other North American cities, through the influence of live TV coverage.
Apr 29 1996
Search and rescue teams begin dragging Maryland's muddy Wicomico River after former CIA (http://www.anonym.to/?http://www.rotten.com/library/conspiracy/cia/) director William Colby (http://www.anonym.to/?http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/usa/william-colby/) is reported missing. They soon discover his partially-submerged canoe underneath a boat dock, but his body isn't located until it rises to the surface a week later.


Yesterday in Rotten History Apr 28 585An unforeseen total eclipse of the sun interrupts a battle between Lydia and Media, bringing a sudden end to their six-year war.
Apr 28 1789
In the middle of the South Pacific, the crew of the HMS Bounty mutinies, setting Captain William Bligh and 18 other crewmen adrift in an open boat.
Apr 28 1881
Billy the Kid escapes from a New Mexico jail, killing jailer Bob Ollinger and a fellow prisoner in the process. Billy will survive for another three months before Pat Garrett finally kills him.
Apr 28 1942
The ongoing global conflict is given the name "World War II (http://www.anonym.to/?http://www.rotten.com/library/history/war/wwii/)" after a Gallup Poll is taken.
Apr 28 1945
Italian dictator Benito Mussolini (http://www.anonym.to/?http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/dictators/mussolini/) and his mistress Clara Petacci are captured by partisan fighters and executed (http://www.anonym.to/?http://www.rotten.com/today/apr/mussolini-dead.html).
Apr 28 1996
After finishing his lunch at the Broad Arrow Cafe in Port Arthur, Tasmania, 28-year-old Martin Bryant pulls out an AR15 rifle and kills 12 tourists. Then he drives to a nearby bed & breakfast and slays 23 others. Bryant surrenders himself to police the next morning, after catching himself on fire in the act of burning down the B&B.
Apr 28 2006
Conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh surrenders to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. He is placed under arrest (booked, photographed) then released. The charge is a single count of doctor shopping to obtain painkillers. Rush can have his case dismissed if he stays clean for 19 months, gives up the right to own a gun, forks over $30,000 to the state and continues to undergo treatment that includes random drug testing.

Rider
06-05-2010, 19:30
Today in Rotten History May 6 1527Mercenaries sack the city of Rome, an event considered by many to mark the end of the Renaissance.
May 6 1626
Manhattan purchased by Dutch governor Peter Minuet for the equivalent of $24 in goods, which compounded at 6% annually is approximately $78 billion. But some scholars feel the actual value of the goods transferred to be in excess of $500, which translates to $1.6 trillion for the island when compounded.
May 6 1853
Ignoring signals, a train travels through an open drawbridge and into the Norwalk river in Connecticut, killing 46 passengers. The engineer and crew jumped clear, not warning the others of their fate.
May 6 1862
Henry David Thoreau, author of Walden and the essay Civil Disobedience, dead at age 44. His last words (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/last-words/) were "Moose... Indian".
May 6 1937
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Zeppelin Hindenberg explodes at Lakehurst NJ, leaving 36 dead and others seriously burned. Official cause of the explosion is listed as "St. Elmo's Fire," although it probably also involved the flammable silver paint the Germans used to coat the thing.
May 6 1983
West German authorities announce that the recently discovered "Hitler Diaries (http://www.rotten.com/library/hoaxes/hitler-diaries/)" are counterfeits, made from paper not available until at least 1955. Parties unknown managed to swindle the German magazine Stern out of an undisclosed sum, and esteemed historian Hugh Trevor-Roper was so convinced of their authenticity that he proclaimed "I'm staking my reputation on it."
May 6 1987
Disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/televangelists/jim-bakker/) is formally defrocked by the Assemblies of God.
May 6 1993
Disgruntled postal worker Mark Richard Hilburn (recently fired) enters the Dana Point, CA post office and shoots two former coworkers, killing one.
May 6 1993
Disgruntled 27-year veteran Lawrence Jasion enters the garage area of the Dearborn, Michigan post office and whips out a .38 revolver. He proceeds to kill mechanic Gary Montes and wound two other coworkers. Before anyone can react, Jasion then blows his brains out. The Dearborn office was infamous for its authoritarian policies.
May 6 2002
Dutch right-wing politician Pim Fortuyn is shot six times in the head as he leaves a recording studio in Hilversum, near Amsterdam. His party platform was based on repeal of the discrimination clause of the constitution, an odd position considering that Fortuyn was homosexual. It is not clear what assassin Volkert van der Graaf's motive was, speculations ranging from Fortuyn's public statements regarding fur farming (van der Graaf is a founder of that country's Animal Liberation Front) to his sympathies towards Dutch Muslims.


Yesterday in Rotten History May 5 2349 BCNoah's Ark lands on Mount Ararat, according to calculations by James Ussher, Archbishop of the Church of Ireland.
May 5 840
A son of Charlemagne, Emperor Louis of Bavaria, dies of fright during a total eclipse of the sun. His sons quarrel, causing the division of his Empire into France, Germany, and Italy.
May 5 1821
Napoleon (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/historical/napoleon/) dies on the island of St. Helena, some suspect from arsenic poisoning. More likely, he died from stomach cancer as did his father.
May 5 1925
High school teacher John T. Scopes is arrested for teaching evolution by authorities in Dayton, Tennessee, as part of a publicity stunt to make the town famous. Since Scopes admitted teaching the theory, he was found guilty, and the law remained on the books in the backward state until 1967.
May 5 1945
Elsie Mitchell and five children she is watching are killed by a Japanese balloon bomb which drifted over the Pacific into Oregon. They are the only people killed in action on the US mainland during World War II (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/war/wwii/).
May 5 1955
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An internal CIA (http://www.rotten.com/library/conspiracy/cia/) memo emphasizes the need for a drug that creates a state of "pure euphoria" and no letdown. From this springs Operation Midnight Climax, in which CIA brothels were set up in San Francisco (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/san-francisco/), and their customers surreptitiously dosed with LSD by prostitutes. Operative George Hunter White observed reactions behind a two way mirror, purely in the interest of science.
May 5 1961
Alan B. Shepard is the first American in space, with a fifteen minute suborbital flight. He was forced to piss himself in his suit prior to launch, as it lacked an evacuation system.
May 5 1982
Secretary Janet Smith in the computer science department at Vanderbilt University is injured when she opens a package from the Unabomber (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/unabomer/).
May 5 1993
Dude! After getting pulled over for erratic driving, Keanu Reeves (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/actors/keanu-reeves/) is arrested for drunk driving in Los Angeles.
May 5 2000
"On May 5 of the year 2000, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be aligned with the earth for the first time in 6,000 years. On that day the ice buildup at the South Pole will upset the earth's axis, sending trillions of tons of ice in the water sweeping over the surface of our planet."
-- 5/5/2000: Ice -- the Ultimate Disaster by Richard W Noone

Rider
15-05-2010, 19:21
Today in Rotten History May 15 1960The Soviet Union (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/countries/soviet-union/) launches Sputnik IV, a three-ton spacecraft containing a "dummy cosmonaut." The mission goes fine until they attempt to retrofire. A bug in the guidance system had pointed the capsule in the wrong direction, so instead of dropping into the atmosphere the satellite moves into a higher orbit.
May 15 1972
Hoping to gain everlasting infamy, Arthur Bremer pumps five bullets into Democratic presidential candidate George Wallace during a campaign stop in Laurel, Maryland. In his haste, the gunman forgets to yell his carefully-chosen catchphrase, "Penny for your thoughts!" And when Wallace survives the assassination attempt, albeit confined to a wheelchair, Bremer's name is soon forgotten.
May 15 1974
Three Arab gunmen disguised as Israeli soldiers seize control of the schoolhouse at Ma'alot. Taken hostage are more than 100 teenaged students and their teachers. The captors, members of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, demand the release of 26 political prisoners. Israeli commandos storm the school only 15 minutes before the deadline; 18 children are killed in the firefight.
May 15 1985
Graduate student John Hauser loses most of his right hand in a UC Berkeley computer room when he opens an innocent-looking box attached to a looseleaf binder. It is the second device left in this building from the Unabomber (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/unabomer/). In fact, the engineering professor who applies the tourniquet to Hauser's arm was the victim in the previous attack, three years prior.
May 15 1991
Alan Cooper stands trial in England for "committing a lewd, obscene, and disgusting act (http://www.rotten.com/library/sex/bestiality/) on the 12-foot dolphin called Freddie as they frolicked for 20 minutes off the harbor mouth at Amble, Northumberland." Cooper responds by claiming that his accuser was a sworn enemy and had trained dolphins for a movie to jump out of the water and tear off a woman's bikini bra. He is eventually acquitted of masturbating (http://www.rotten.com/library/sex/masturbation/) the cetacean.
May 15 1997
Federal prosecutors in the Unabomber (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/unabomer/) trial file the necessary paperwork requesting the death penalty for Ted Kaczynski.


Yesterday in Rotten History May 14 964Pope John XII (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/popes/john-xii/) dies of injuries inflicted eight days prior by a jealous husband who caught him in flagrante delicto with his wife. The 26-year-old pontiff had received a blow to the temple, causing immediate paralysis. Critics had accused John of converting the Lateran Palace into a whorehouse.
May 14 1610
Fanatical monk François Ravaillac jumps aboard the coach of King Henry IV and stabs him twice through the open window. Then the French monarch bleeds to death before medical help can reach him.
May 14 1976
Keith Relf, former vocalist of the Yardbirds, is electrocuted in his London (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/london/) home while either tuning or playing a guitar belonging to either him or his son, in either the basement or the bathtub. Details are sort of sketchy, resulting from the family's reticence to describe the death scene.
May 14 1998
Mobbed-up international recording star and Academy Award winner Frank Sinatra (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/frank-sinatra/) dies of a heart attack shortly after the airing of the final Seinfeld episode. The Chairman of the Board of Show Business had an oddly appropriate personal motto: "You gotta love livin' baby, 'cause dyin's a pain in the ass."
May 14 2001
The Supreme Court rules that a federal law classifying marijuana as illegal has no exception for ill patients. The 8-0 decision is a major defeat for suffers of terminal diseases and groovy potheads alike.


Wait there's more May 13 1913The latest brainchild of Russian aircraft design genius Igor Sikorsky embarks on its maiden flight. The Grand, easily the world's most luxurious passenger plane, includes such innovations as upholstered seats, a balcony, and even a lavatory.
May 13 1917
Three small children in Fatima, Portugal receive the first of six visitations from the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God. Over the next five months she lays some pretty heavy shit on the kids, including a three-part secret: a vision of Hell, a prophecy of war with godless Russia, and a third secret which remains classified until Y2K.
May 13 1972
Faulty electrical wiring ignites a fire underneath the Playtown Cabaret in Osaka, Japan. Blocked exits and nonfunctional elevators cause 118 fatalities, with many victims leaping to their death.
May 13 1981
A delusional Turk guns down Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square. Mehmet Ali Agca (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/assassins/mehmet-ali-agca/) believes that the Vatican is an abomination before God and must be destroyed. 19 years later, the Church will disclose that the assassination attempt was foretold in 1917, as part of the third secret of Fatima.
May 13 1985
After attempting to serve arrest warrants at 6221 Osage Avenue, police in West Philadelphia are sucked into a 90-minute gunfight with members of the MOVE organization. Later, police drop a bomb on the house from a helicopter. The bomb misses its target and ignites a fire which consumes the entire city block. 61 houses are destroyed in the conflagration, killing 11 MOVE members -- including five children -- and leaving hundreds of neighbors homeless.

Rider
21-05-2010, 19:33
Today in Rotten History May 21 1871Government troops invade the Paris Commune (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/paris-commune/) and engage its residents in street fighting. By the close of "Bloody Week" some 20,000 communards have been massascred and 38,000 arrested.
May 21 1944
A mortar round explodes while being loaded onto ammunition ship LST-353 at Pearl Harbor. The resulting fire destroys six ships, kills 163 servicemen, and injures another 396.
May 21 1952
Mr. T (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/actors/mr-t/) is born in the ghetto.
May 21 1956
The Cherokee test of Operation Redwing commences over Bikini Atoll, consisting of a 3.8 megaton nuclear bomb dropped from a B-52 bomber. The bomb is successfully detonated at an altitude of 4,350 feet, but the flight crew missed their assigned target by four miles. Although it is a complete failure from a scientific standpoint, it demonstrates America's ability to deliver hydrogen bombs over long distances.
May 21 1972
A deranged Australian geologist takes a hammer to Michelangelo's Pieta, shouting "I am Jesus Christ -- risen from the dead!" Laszlo Toth is never charged with any crime, instead receiving a free trip to an Italian insane asylum. Toth's name is later adopted by comedian and SNL (http://www.rotten.com/library/culture/snl/) regular Don Novello (Father Guido Sarducci) for a long series of pranks by mail.
May 21 1979
A judge gives Dan White (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/assassins/dan-white/) only seven years for the premeditated murders of Harvey Milk and Mayor Moscone, prompting thousands to march on San Francisco (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/san-francisco/)'s City Hall. In what will come to be known as the White Night Riots, the demonstration takes a violent turn, resulting in significant property damage and the torching of twelve SFPD cruisers. Police respond with brutal beatdowns at gay bars in the Castro district.
May 21 1991
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At an outdoor political rally, former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and 16 bystanders are blown to bits by a pregnant woman bearing a basket of flowers. The suicide bomber is believed to have been a member of a Hindu terrorist group called the Tamil Tigers. (The assassin, Dhanu, is pictured above center.)
May 21 1996
At least 500 -- possibly as many as 1,000 -- people are killed when the Bukoba ferry suddenly capsizes on Lake Victoria. The manifest lists 443 people on board, but this doesn't count the hundreds of third-class passengers.
May 21 1997
Mattel introduces Barbie's new friend, Becky The School Photographer, a "differently-abled" doll in a bright purple wheelchair.


Yesterday in Rotten History May 20 1960Music DJ Alan Freed, originator of the term "Rock and Roll," is indicted in New York in the Payola scandal. Freed had accepted $30,650 from five record companies to play their records, although to be fair "pay for play" was the accepted practice up to that point.
May 20 1971
The bassist and lead singer for the band Chicago undergoes five hours of emergency surgery after getting jumped at a Cubs-Dodgers baseball game. Peter Cetera winds up losing four teeth because some guys decided that his hair was too long.
May 20 1987
Conservative British MP Harvey Proctor pleads guilty to committing acts of gross indecency against minors -- paying rent boys to spank them in his London (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/london/) flat.
May 20 1989
Attempting to clear Tiananmen Square of student activists and quell 100 million others protesting throughout the country, China (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/countries/china/) declares martial law in Beijing. Two weeks later, after they continue to loiter in the Square, thousands of students are massacred by government troops.
May 20 1999
The dissolving body parts of eight people are discovered inside six plastic barrels sitting in an abandoned bank vault in Snowtown, Australia.

Rider
27-05-2010, 21:32
Today in Rotten History May 27 1923Henry Kissinger (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/usa/henry-kissinger/) is born in Fuerth, Germany. 50 years later, Dr. Kissinger receives the Nobel Peace Prize for quitting the Vietnam War (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/war/vietnam/). No kidding.
May 27 1942
A couple of Czech assassins ambush the car carrying Reinhard Heydrich (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/nazi/reinhard-heydrich/) and toss a grenade into the front seat. The man who headed the Wannsee Conference is mortally wounded in the attack, and dies of septicemia a week later. The Nazis retaliate by obliterating the Catholic village of Lidice, Czechoslovakia and its inhabitants.
May 27 1977
After the pressing plant initially refuses to duplicate the record and the printer refuses to make the covers, Virgin finally releases "God Save the Queen" by the Sex Pistols (http://www.rotten.com/library/culture/sex-pistols/) in time for the monarch's Jubilee celebration.
May 27 1991
Cannibal (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/cannibalism/) killer Jeffrey Dahmer (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/jeffrey-dahmer/) manages to convince Milwaukee police that the dazed naked boy found staggering on the sidewalk and bleeding from the ass is his drunken lover, instead of a 14-year-old boy struggling to fight the effects of date-rape drugs. The MPD officers chalk it up to a "homosexual lovers spat" and escort them both back to Dahmer's apartment. After the cops leave, Jeffrey strangles the boy, rapes his corpse, and eats some flesh from the carcass of his twelfth victim.
May 27 1993
Five are killed and 37 wounded when a Fiat Fiorino explodes outside the Uffizi museum in Florence, Italy. The car bomb (a combination of PETN, T4, and TNT) also manages to obliterate three priceless artworks and substantially damage thirty more. The bombing appears to have been the work of the Sicilian Mafia.
May 27 1995
During the third jump of an equestrian event in Charlottesville, Virginia, actor Christopher Reeve is thrown headfirst over his horse. Reeve breaks his neck in two places, instantly rendering him a quadriplegic, unable to move or breathe without assistance.


Yesterday in Rotten History May 26 1232Gregory IX issues the bull Declinante jam mundi, bringing the Papal Inquisition (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/inquisition/) to Spain.
May 26 1647
Alse Young, a widow, is hanged for witchcraft (http://www.rotten.com/library/occult/witchcraft/) in Hartford, Connecticut. Her daughter Alice is accused of the same offense 30 years later, in Massachusetts.
May 26 1868
In England's last public execution, Michael Barrett is hanged at Newgate. All subsequent hangings are held behind prison walls. Presiding over the event is executioner William Calcraft, who frequently supplements his income by selling the clothes and noose worn by the condemned.
May 26 1960
America's UN Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge charges the Soviets with having bugged the Moscow embassy. He shows off a large wooden carving of the United States seal which had been hollowed out to conceal a sophisticated resonant cavity transmitter. Less than 30 years later a newly-rebuilt Moscow embassy is determined to be "structurally riddled with eavesdropping devices."
May 26 1978
A safety officer at Northwestern University opens a suspicious package which had been delivered to a professor. The object explodes in Terry Marker's hands, making him the first victim of the Unabomber (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/unabomer/).
May 26 1980
By orders of military dictator Chun Doo Hwan, and with the blessing of the Carter administration, the South Korean government massacres 2,000 pro-democracy protesters in Kwangju city.
May 26 1994
"Price Is Right" host Bob Barker admits to having had an 18-month sexual relationship with former co-host Dian Parkinson. The onetime Playboy model was suing the game show's host and its production company for sexual harassment. Barker denies that the sex had been anything but consensual, claiming that "she volunteered the hanky-panky." Parkinson later drops the suit.
May 26 1994
Dogged by rumors of pedophilia, Michael Jackson (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/michael-jackson/) weds Lisa Marie Presley in the Dominican Republic. The couple keeps their marriage secret for six weeks, then files for divorce 18 months after that.

Rider
03-06-2010, 18:25
Today in Rotten History Jun 3 1791The French Assembly passes a resolution bringing decapitation to the common criminal: "Every person condemned to the death penalty shall have his head severed (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/execution/guillotine/)."
Jun 3 1943
Three days after a sailor had been badly injured in a brawl with a group of Hispanics, a mob of 60 servicemen leaves the Los Angeles (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/los-angeles/) Naval Reserve Armory and bludgeons anybody wearing a zoot suit. The first two victims are a couple of boys, aged 12 and 13, who were just sitting in the Carmen Theater watching a movie. Thus begins a week-long race riot (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/racism/race-riots/).
Jun 3 1968
Valerie Solanas, author of the SCUM Manifesto, arrives at the art studio of Andy Warhol (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/artists/andy-warhol/) and shoots him three times in the torso. Warhol barely survives the attempt on his life. Solanas is later jailed and institutionalized.
Jun 3 1989
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/ayatollah-khomeni/) dies after 11 days in a hospital, recovering from surgery to stop internal hemorrhaging.
Jun 3 1991
Students throw eggs at South Korean Prime Minister Chung Won Shik. Nobody is injured in the incident at Hankuk University in Seoul.
Jun 3 1998
15-year-old teen idol Brad Renfro is arrested in Knoxville, Tennessee and charged with possession of marijuana (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/drugs/marijuana/) and cocaine.
Jun 3 1998
The world's first fatal high-speed rail accident occurs when a train near Eschede, Germany derails and 101 people are killed.


Yesterday in Rotten History Jun 2 1740Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/pornographers/marquis-de-sade/) is born at Condé palace in Paris.
Jun 2 1793
Jean-Paul Marat recites names of 29 people to the French Assembly, virtually all of whom will be guillotined (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/execution/guillotine/). Over the next year 17,000 will be executed in the Reign of Terror.
Jun 2 1996
Ray Combs, host of television's Family Feud, hangs himself (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/suicide/famous/) with his bedsheets at Glendale Adventist Hospital. Combs was on a 72 hour suicide watch.
Jun 2 1999
Pope John Paul II blesses the Vatican's new underground parking garage. A miracle of modern technology!
Jun 2 2003
Thousands of defeated Iraqi troops marched on U.S. occupation headquarters in Baghdad, demanding to be paid. It is perhaps the first time in history a defeated army has demanded payroll from the victors.
Jun 2 2006
Right-wing nutjob Ann Coulter hires a White House-connected law firm to defend herself against charges of knowing voting in the wrong precinct (a felony).

Rider
06-06-2010, 19:25
Today in Rotten History Jun 6 1752A devastating fire destroys a third of Moscow, including 18,000 homes. Two other large-scale fires already struck the city in the previous 13 days.
Jun 6 1882
A cyclone in the Arabian Sea pushes huge waves into Bombay harbor, drowning 100,000 inhabitants.
Jun 6 1968
Senator Robert F. Kennedy (http://www.rotten.com/library/conspiracy/kennedy/) dies at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/los-angeles/). The Democratic lawmaker had been campaigning for his party's Presidential nomination when he was shot three times by Sirhan Bishara Sirhan (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/assassins/sirhan-sirhan/).
Jun 6 1976
American expatriate J. Paul Getty, named the richest man in the world in 1957, dies in London (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/london/) at age 83. According to the oil baron, "If you can count your money, you don't have a billion dollars."
Jun 6 1981
An Indian passenger train traveling between Mansi and Saharsa jumps the tracks at a bridge crossing, submerging 11 compartments beneath the Bagmati river. Although the government places the official death toll at 268 plus another 300 missing, the actual figure is more like 1,000 killed.
Jun 6 1984
Indira Gandhi dispatches the Indian Armed Forces to attack the Golden Temple in Amritsar, in an effort to flush out terrorists hiding inside Sikhism's most holy shrine. The government asserts that 576 combatants were killed and 335 wounded in the operation, although independent observers claim that this figure omits thousands of unarmed Sikh civilians who were killed in the crossfire.
Jun 6 1985
Authorities in Embu, Brazil exhume the grave of one Wolfgang Gerhard in order to determine its true identity. The remains are later proven to be those of Dr. Josef Mengele (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/nazi/mengele/), Auschwitz's notorious "Angel of Death." Mengele is thought to have drowned while swimming in the ocean in February 1979.
Jun 6 1989
During the Tehran funeral of the Ayatollah Khomeini (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/ayatollah-khomeni/), frenzied mourners accidentally tip his corpse out of its coffin and onto the ground. Three million horrified followers bear witness to the desecration.
Jun 6 1990
US district court judge Jose Gonzalez rules that the rap album As Nasty As They Wanna Be by 2 Live Crew violates Florida's obscenity law. Gonzalez declares that the predominant subject matter of the record is "directed to the 'dirty' thoughts and the loins, not to the intellect and the mind."
Jun 6 1991
For robbing a Las Vegas video store five weeks earlier, a judge gives former Diff'rent Strokes child star Dana Plato (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/child-stars/dana-plato/) a six-year suspended sentence. Plato's haul from the caper was $164, which she obtained by brandishing a pellet gun at the clerk.
Jun 6 1997
During her senior prom, New Jersey teenager Melissa Drexler gives birth to a healthy baby in a bathroom stall. She then strangles the child with a plastic bag and severs the umbilicus with the sharp edge on the tampon dispenser. After stashing the corpse in the trash, Drexler returns to prom and proceeds to eat a salad, request a Metallica song, and dance.
Jun 6 1999
In the largest jailbreak in Brazilian history, 345 prisoners run out of the main gate of Putim maximum security prison, without even the slightest response from the warden or guards. This makes the 10th escape for the 3-year-old detention center. Authorities will kill two of the fugitives and accidentally jail five innocent bystanders in the ensuing manhunt.


Yesterday in Rotten History Jun 5 1956Elvis Presley (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/elvis/) appears on Milton Berle TV show. His undulating hip movements during the song "Hound Dog" cause quite a controversy.
Jun 5 1968
Seconds after Senator Robert F. Kennedy is shot dead (http://www.rotten.com/library/conspiracy/kennedy/) by Sirhan Sirhan (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/assassins/sirhan-sirhan/) in a Los Angeles hotel, witnesses wrestle the Palestinian to the ground and grab his smoking .22-caliber revolver. Sirhan later claims to have been acting unconsciously, possibly the result of hypnotic brainwashing.
Jun 5 1975
During the Wish You Were Here recording sessions, Syd Barrett (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/syd-barrett/) just happens to wander into Abbey Road studio while Pink Floyd (http://www.rotten.com/library/culture/pink-floyd/) are mixing "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," a song written about Barrett. At first, none of Syd's former bandmates recognizes the fat, bald lunatic who is compulsively brushing his teeth.
Jun 5 1986
A 52-year old man in Auburn, Washington dies after taking an Excedrin capsule laced (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/product-tampering/) with cyanide. This is the first of two Excedrin deaths.
Jun 5 1998
Reuters and ABC News both erroneously report the death of Bob Hope, after Arizona congressman Bob Stump announces the comedian's demise on the floor of the U.S. Congress. This is to the great surprise of Bob Hope himself, who was eating breakfast at the time.

Rider
11-06-2010, 19:29
Today in Rotten History Jun 11 1881A phantom vessel appears in the sky to the passengers and crew of the ship Bacchante, including Price Albert Victor and Prince George, both sons of the Prince of Wales.
Jun 11 1936
Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan the Barbarian, suicides by blowing his brains out.
Jun 11 1955
An Austin-Healy and Mercedes-Benz collide at the Le Mans Grand Prix. The Mercedes drove into a dirt retaining wall, disintegrated, and the hood, chassis, and various auto parts sliced through the spectator crowd. Eighty-three were killed, and 100 others were missing various "parts".
Jun 11 1962
Frank Morris and the brothers John and Clarence Anglin escape from Alcatraz (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/prison/alcatraz/).
Jun 11 1963
Protesting the lack of religious freedom in South Vietnam, Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc burns himself with gasoline in a busy Saigon intersection.
Jun 11 1963
Governor Wallace stands in the schoolhouse door, blocking admission of blacks to the University of Alabama.
Jun 11 1964
Just after 9am, deranged World War II (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/war/wwii/) veteran Walter Seifert barges into a busy Cologne, Germany elementary school with a homemade flamethrower. He then proceeds to burn 8 children to death and seriously injure 21 others. In the process, he also stabs 2 teachers to death with a lance. Before police are finally able to apprehend him with a gunshot to the leg, Seifert swallows insecticide and proceeds to die in the hospital the next day.
Jun 11 1979
John Wayne dead of lung cancer.
Jun 11 1993
Actor Ray Sharkey dead from AIDS. Ray was a cocaine/heroin addict who appeared as mobster Sonny Steelgrave on the TV show Wiseguy.
Jun 11 1999
I ' M D E A D J I M
DeForest Kelley, "Bones" from the original Star Trek television series, dead of a "lingering illness".


Yesterday in Rotten History Jun 10 1692Bridget Bishop is hanged at Gallows Hill near Salem, Massachusetts after having been convicted of "certaine Detestable Arts called Witchcraft & Sorceries." Bishop is just the first casualty of what will come to be known as the Salem Witch Trials (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/witch-trials/salem/).
Jun 10 1942
The town of Lidice (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/nazi/lidice/) (Loditz) is liquidated by the Nazis (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/nazi/) as penalty for the assassination of Adolf Hitler (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/nazi/adolf-hitler/)'s favorite general, Reinhard Heydrich (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/nazi/reinhard-heydrich/). Every adult male is killed, the women sent to the camps, and the town bulldozed.
Jun 10 1973
The 17-year-old grandson of J. Paul Getty is abducted in Rome. When the kidnappers demand a $17 million ransom, the billionaire refuses. "I have 14 other grandchildren, and if I pay one penny now, then I will have 14 kidnapped grandchildren." After the grandson's severed ear arrives in the mail, Getty finally coughs up the money.
Jun 10 1980
Percy Wood, president of United Airlines, receives a parcel at his home in Lake Forest, Illinois. Inside is a copy of the book Ice Brothers by Sloan Wilson. When he opens the book, it suddenly explodes, throwing shrapnel into Wood's hands, face, and thigh. The book turns out to be a present from the Unabomber (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/unabomer/).
Jun 10 1999
Outside on the front lawn of his Miami (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/miami/) home, Russell Cameron is covered with trash and doused with gasoline. Then his lunatic nephew, Thomas Pellechio, sets the pile on fire and runs away. When police arrive, they discover a 12.5 inch Oriental sword in Cameron's rectum, rammed in all the way up to the hilt.


Wait there's more Jun 9 68Rather than suffer a Senate-imposed death by flogging, Nero (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/royalty/romans/nero/) implores his secretary Epaphroditus to slit his throat. The freedman complies, giving the condemned emperor a quick death, just as centurions arrive at the villa to haul him away.
Jun 9 1930
Jake Lingle, a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, is shot dead gangland-style at the Illinois Central train station underpass, during rush hour. Dozens of people witness the murder, and the Leo Vincent Brothers are caught four months later after an intensive manhunt. Lingle was allegedly killed over a $100,000 gambling debt owed to Al Capone (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/mafia/al-capone/).
Jun 9 1980
In the midst of a cocaine binge, comedian Richard Pryor (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/comic/richard-pryor/) attempts suicide (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/suicide/famous/) by dousing himself with rum and setting it ablaze. The self-immolation attempt goes haywire when the flaming man leaps from his apartment window and runs down the street, screaming in agony. Pryor barely survives the incident, and only after six weeks of intensive care and three skin graft surgeries.
Jun 9 1999
Honduran officials warn that, due to years of inadequate maintenance and obstructions caused by hurricane Mitch, the clogged sewers in Tegucigalpa pose an imminent threat to human life. They announce that the water treatment system includes tanks clogged with fecal matter that could disastrously explode at any moment.

Rider
19-06-2010, 19:12
Today in Rotten History Jun 19 1312Piers Gaveston, the disturbingly open homosexual lover of King Edward II of England, is beheaded after he attempted to return to Edward's side. For a time Gaveston was ward of the underage boy before the death of his father Edward I, to the great dismay of many important lords. After succession to king, Edward appointed Gaveston as Earl of Cornwall for no other reason than being the king's personal cornhole.
Jun 19 1867
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Emperor Maximilian of Mexico is executed by firing squad. Although he bribed the seven riflemen to not shoot him in the head, one did anyway.
Jun 19 1934
The Federal Communications Commission, perhaps the most wicked body of do-gooders ever to exist in the United States, is created with the passage of the Communications Act of 1934. The FCC's ostensible purpose is to censor interesting broadcasts, silence dissenting political opinion and shelter Americans from dirty words and boobies.
Jun 19 1953
Atomic spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/historical/rosenbergs/) are electrocuted at Sing-Sing Prison (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/prison/sing-sing/), becoming the first civilians ever executed for espionage in American history. Five jolts of electricity were required to kill Ethel. Her husband Julius was on the Soviet payroll, according to recently released archives. It is not clear whether Ethel had any involvement or how much Julius actually assisted the Soviet atomic bomb (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/atomic-bomb/) effort.
Jun 19 1964
San Francisco (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/san-francisco/)'s Condor Club becomes the first topless bar in the United States when dancer Carol Doda steps onstage in a bottom-only swimsuit designed by Rudi Gernreich. Other San Francisco clubs follow suit just days later.
Jun 19 1982
Roberto Calvi (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/business/roberto-calvi/), chairman of Banco Ambrosiano, is found hanging from Blackfriar's Bridge in London (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/london/). His death is initially ruled a suicide, though it is quite obviously murder; that assessment is later overturned. Calvi may have been killed because of his involvement in the laundering of drug money through the Vatican Bank.
Jun 19 1999
While taking a walk, horror author Stephen King is struck by a van piloted by a distracted Bryan Smith. King's extensive injuries (broken leg, broken hip, lacerated scalp and collapsed lung) remanded him to a hospital bed for three weeks. Smith would later die in his sleep on Stephen King's birthday.


Yesterday in Rotten History Jun 18 1815Napoleon (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/historical/napoleon/) is defeated in the Battle of Waterloo, partly because of an inability to properly survey the battlefield (due to a case of inflamed hemorrhoids).
Jun 18 1900
The Empress Dowager of China orders all foreigners killed. Among those meeting this fate are the foreign diplomats, their families, as well as hundreds of Christian missionaries and their Chinese converts.
Jun 18 1959
Based on his erratic behavior, the Governor of Louisiana, Earl K. Long, is committed to a state mental hospital. Long responds by arranging for the hospital's director to be fired, and the new director proclaims him perfectly sane. (It is no secret that the man was completely nuts.)
Jun 18 1967
Famed guitarist Jimi Hendrix burns his guitar on stage at the Monterey Pop Festival.
Jun 18 1984
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Jewish talk show host Alan Berg is gunned down in the driveway of his Denver home by members of The Order, a neo-Nazi group partially inspired by the novel The Turner Diaries (http://www.rotten.com/library/culture/turner-diaries/).
Jun 18 1996
Ted Kaczynski is indicted on ten criminal counts. He is suspected of being the Unabomber (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/unabomer/), who perpetrated 16 bomb attacks on people involved in technology.

Rider
19-06-2010, 19:16
A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.

Charlotte Bronte (poet and author)

satesco
19-06-2010, 20:06
Ask yourself NOT what you can get from SAT,UNIVERSE
BUT
what you can give to the SAT,UNIVERSE community

Well said,Maximus!I want this quote to become the emblem of this Forum!
Actually it's a paraphrase after John F.Kennedy,when he sworn in as the 35th President of the United States of America at noon on January 20th, 1961:
"Ask not what your country can do for you but ask what you can do for your country."
Thanks :thum:

Rider
26-06-2010, 19:03
Today in Rotten History Jun 26 1945The United Nations Charter is signed at San Francisco (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/san-francisco/)'s War Memorial Opera House, paving the way for the New World Order. Aim for the blue helmets, everyone!
Jun 26 1961
John F. Kennedy (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/jfk/) tells the German nation and pastry lovers everywhere "Ich bin ein Berliner"; whether or not he is, in fact, a jelly donut remains a matter of speculation to this day.
Jun 26 1968
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Pope Paul VI declares that the bones of Apostle and first Pope, Saint Peter, were found underneath St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The bones are now housed in plexiglass containers near where they were found, but some of them are clearly those of domesticated animals.
Jun 26 1990
Irish Republican Army bombs the Carlton Club, an exclusive conservative gentleman's cabal in London (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/london/). (It is a well known fact that Margaret Thatcher was denoted an "honorary man" in order to become a member. It is not clear what surgical modifications, if any, were necessary.)
Jun 26 1992
G O N A V Y
Secretary of the Navy H. Lawrence Garrett resigns over the handling of the Tailhook Scandal, in which 26 women were sexually abused. Some of the women, including 14 Navy officers, had been forced to run through a "gauntlet" where they were groped by Navy personnel.


Yesterday in Rotten History Jun 25 1876http://www.rotten.com/today/images/jun/rh-custer.jpg
During the Battle of Little Big Horn, General George Armstrong Custer (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/historical/george-armstrong-custer/) witnesses a large group of Indians fleeing their village, and decides to press his advantage. The cavalry officer shouts, "We've caught them napping, boys!" Then he splits his force of 210 men into three groups, in order to slaughter as many of the retreating noncombatants as possible. Which is right about the time Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse sweep in and kill the white men. Two days later, Custer's body is found amidst a cluster of 42 other corpses, the general entirely naked except for one boot, one sock, and an arrow stuck in his penis.
Jun 25 1910
The Mann Act, sometimes known as the White Slave Traffic Act of 1910, makes it a federal crime to convey or assist in transporting women across state lines for prostitution, debauchery, or "any other immoral purpose." Men convicted of this heinous (if vague) statute face up to five years and a $5,000 fine for each count. Penalties are doubled if the female is underage, but men and boys are apparently not covered. This is, by far, the biggest party pooper in legislative history. Unless you're into guys.
Jun 25 1949
Jimmy Walker's dy-no-mite birthday.
Jun 25 2009
Controversial pop singer Michael Jackson suffers a heart attack at a rented mansion in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, completely upstaging Farrah Fawcett who had died earlier in the day. Dead within the same week are Ed McMahon, Mollie Sugden, Karl Malden, and infomercial pitchman Billy Mays.


Wait there's more Jun 24 1374In a sudden outbreak of Dancing Mania (aka "St. John's Dance"), people in the streets of Aix-la-Chapelle experience terrible hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapse from exhaustion. Many of the sufferers are afflicted with frothing at the mouth, diabolical screaming, and sexual frenzy. The phenomenon lasts well into the month of July. Nowadays, ergot madness is suspected as being the ultimate cause of the disorder.
Jun 24 1947
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Businessman pilot Kenneth Arnold encounters a formation of nine flying saucers near Mt. Ranier, Washington, exhibiting unusual movements and velocities of 1,700 mph. No explanation is found for this first report of flying saucers in the recent era, but it does earn Mr. Arnold legions of skeptics and an eventual IRS tax audit.
Jun 24 1948
East Germany blockades the city of West Berlin.
Jun 24 1957
The U.S. Supreme Court rules that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment, though a dissenting opinion included with the ruling notes the issue of prior restraint renders this a terrible decision.
Jun 24 1993
Yale computer science professor Dr. David Gelernter opens a padded envelope in his office when it suddenly explodes. Gelernter loses the sight in one eye, the hearing in one ear, and part of his right hand. In this condition he manages to walk down five flights of stairs and over to the university hospital a block away. It is the handiwork of the Unabomber (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/unabomer/).
Jun 24 2004
Rapper DMX is arrested at New York's JFK Airport after he and a partner were trying to steal a car. While attempting to flee, DMX plows his SUV into a security gate while claiming to be an undercover federal agent. He later pleads guilty, blames Valium and receives jail time.


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Today in Rotten History Jul 7 1348The Black Death makes its first appearance in England.
Jul 7 1665
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Jul 7 1970
46 people are shot dead in the downtown area during a five-day race riot (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/racism/race-riots/) in Asbury Park, New Jersey.


Yesterday in Rotten History Jul 6 1415Jan Hus is burned at the stake for various heresies by the Council of Constance. Among other things, Hus had incited the citizens of Prague to protest against antipope John XXIII and his policy of granting indulgences.
Jul 6 1535
Sir Thomas More, an English politician, is sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered. King Henry VIII takes pity on him and changes the sentence to beheading. Said head is hung on display from London Bridge before being rescued by his daughter a month later.
Jul 6 1944
Fire breaks out at a matinee performance of the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus burning 168 people to death, and injuring an additional 250. The main tent had been waterproofed with wax thinned by gasoline. Said one of the Flying Wallendas, "I can never look down at a crowd again without smelling the flames and the burning flesh."
Jul 6 1945
The Joint Chiefs of Staff approve Operation OVERCAST, intended to "exploit ... chosen rare minds whose continuing intellectual productivity we wish to use." The directive authorizes the immigration of up to 350 German and Austrian specialists, primarily experts in rocketry. Operation OVERCAST is later renamed Project PAPERCLIP.
Jul 6 1988
The Piper Alpha oil platform catches fire, explodes killing 167 men. The workers were faced with the choice of choking on smoke, being burned to death or leaping 150 feet into 57-degree water.


Wait there's more Jul 5 1946Louis Reard's latest swimsuit creation, the two-piece Bikini, goes on sale in Paris.
Jul 5 1948
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7-Jul-2010 · Sobbing Lindsay Lohan (http://www.nndb.com/people/909/000044777/) is sentenced to 90 days (http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20399836,00.html) in jail for violating probation (http://www.nndb.com/crime/430/000050280/) ... Officials disqualify (http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/07/06/traficant%E2%80%99s-comeback-bid-halted/?fbid=ddwUM0H4a0L) the campaign of ex-con ex-Congressman (http://www.nndb.com/gov/295/000052139/) James Traficant (http://www.nndb.com/people/208/000024136/) (D-Ohio) ... George Michael (http://www.nndb.com/people/922/000025847/) is arrested (http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=11094823) after car crash ... Warning to clean-up workers in BP (http://www.nndb.com/company/026/000051870/)'s Gulf of Mexico disaster: Almost every clean-up worker from the 1989 Exxon (http://www.nndb.com/company/141/000048994/) Valdez disaster is now dead (http://www.businessinsider.com/warning-to-gulf-cleanup-workers-almost-every-crew-member-from-the-1989-exxon-valdez-disaster-is-now-dead-2010-6) ... US Transportation Security Administration (http://www.nndb.com/gov/663/000141240/) blocks (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31727_162-20009642-10391695.html) access to websites that contain a "controversial opinion" ... Prince (http://www.nndb.com/people/836/000023767/) hates iTunes, says "the internet is completely over (http://www.popeater.com/2010/07/06/prince-internet-is-over/)" ... Dow Jones (http://www.nndb.com/company/828/000060648/) and other indicators suggest we're teetering (http://www.cnbc.com/id/38092759) on the brink of a world-wide depression of 1932 (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/ambroseevans_pritchard/7871421/With-the-US-trapped-in-depression-this-really-is-starting-to-feel-like-1932.html) proportions ... Boeing (http://www.nndb.com/company/254/000044122/) calls BS (http://consumerist.com/2010/07/bp-spill-now-spoiling-all-gulf-states-as-tar-balls-hit-texas.html) on Ryanair (http://www.nndb.com/company/143/000123771/)'s standing room seats ... The women of The Daily Show (http://www.nndb.com/tv/714/000044582/) speak out (http://www.thedailyshow.com/message) about unbearable sexism and that "sexist prick" Jon Stewart (http://www.nndb.com/people/222/000022156/) ... Phil Angelides (http://www.nndb.com/people/387/000116039/), chair of the economic meltdown investigation, says Goldman Sachs (http://www.nndb.com/company/076/000057902/) "built (http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2010/07/goldman_built_the_bomb.html) the bomb" that blew up the economy ... The New York Times (http://www.nndb.com/media/640/000044508/) reports again (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/02/world/europe/02pope.html) (nag, nag, nag) that in the 1980s, future Pope Benedict XVI (http://www.nndb.com/people/365/000091092/) was part of the Roman Catholic Church (http://www.nndb.com/lists/758/000094476/)'s "culture of non-responsibility, denial, legalistic foot-dragging and outright obstruction” about pedophile priests ... Men at Work (http://www.nndb.com/music/612/000039495/) lose 5% of their "Land Down Under" royalties over flute solo (http://www.popeater.com/2010/07/06/men-at-work-down-under-kookaburra-royalties/) ... Liberty University (http://www.nndb.com/edu/634/000112298/) fires the Dean of its Seminary, for lying (http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/egrun-caner-out-head-liberty-baptist-theological-seminary) on his resumé ... Frank Zappa (http://www.nndb.com/people/737/000024665/)'s widow loses counter-productive trademark (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/07/06/zappa_trademark_ruling/) suit in Germany ...
6-Jul-2010 · Body of dead chess (http://www.nndb.com/lists/904/000087643/) wacko Bobby Fischer (http://www.nndb.com/people/455/000024383/) is exhumed (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jul/05/bobby-fischer-body-exhumed-paternity) to determine whether he fathered Filipino (http://www.nndb.com/ancestry/879/000054717/) girl ... Amare Stoudemire (http://www.nndb.com/people/650/000134248/) jumps (http://www.kold.com/Global/story.asp?S=12757517) to New York Knicks (http://www.nndb.com/sports/706/000085451/) ... Pennsylvania (http://www.nndb.com/geo/821/000062635/) law banning blasphemy (http://www.nndb.com/crime/217/000097923/) is overturned (http://scienceblogs.com/dispatches/2010/07/pa_blasphemy_law_overturned.php) ... Goldman Sachs (http://www.nndb.com/company/076/000057902/) pioneered "food derivatives" — speculation on food prices — that caused mass starvation (http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/johann-hari/johann-hari-how-goldman-gambled-on-starvation-2016088.html) in the world's poorest countries ... Pregnant Alicia Keys (http://www.nndb.com/people/147/000026069/) falls (http://www.eurweb.com/?p=34094) on her butt ... Oil is found in the food (http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/07/01/96909/oil-found-in-gulf-crabs-raising.html) chain, as Gulf catastrophe continues and BP (http://www.nndb.com/company/026/000051870/) looks for big-bucks investor (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100705/bs_nm/us_bp_new_investors) ... American Civil Liberties Union (http://www.nndb.com/org/448/000041325/) sues Wal-Mart (http://www.nndb.com/company/158/000049011/) for firing employee who legally used medical marijuana (http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/06/29/medical.marijuana.walmart.lawsuit/index.html?hpt=drsputnik.com) ... Finland (http://www.nndb.com/geo/449/000080209/) makes broadband a legal right (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/10461048.stm) for every citizen ... Jelly made from Lady Diana (http://www.nndb.com/people/688/000026610/)'s hair (http://www.nydailynews.com/money/2010/07/05/2010-07-05_hair_hair_its_the_royal_jelly.html) sells on eBay (http://www.nndb.com/company/702/000042576/) ... Google (http://www.nndb.com/company/069/000043937/) fixes (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/10506150.stm) YouTube (http://www.nndb.com/media/764/000171251/) flaw exploited by hackers ... Rolling Stone (http://www.nndb.com/media/016/000048869/) hires Ozzy Osbourne (http://www.nndb.com/people/928/000024856/) as new health (http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/17386/151404) columnist ... Howard Kurtz (http://www.nndb.com/people/295/000109965/) whines (http://gawker.com/5579453/howard-kurtz-whines-about-perceived-criticism-of-his-boring-tv-show) about perceived criticism of his boring TV show ... Budget airline Ryanair (http://www.nndb.com/company/143/000123771/) finds a way to make air travel even more awful (http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/3879467/Plan-for-vertical-seats-on-airlines) — vertical seating ... Disneyland (http://www.nndb.com/company/119/000120756/)'s neighbors grow weary (http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jul/03/local/la-me-anaheim-fireworks-20100704) of nightly fireworks ...
5-Jul-2010 · Dave Chappelle (http://www.nndb.com/people/673/000022607/) forces pilot to land (http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2010/07/04/2010-07-04_dave_chappelle_forces_pilot_to_land_private_jet_after_bei ng_deemed_a_safety_risk.html) private jet after being deemed a "safety risk" ... Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust (that's the name of their group) picket (http://www.jillstanek.com/pro-life-activists-vs-jimmy-ki.html) Jimmy Kimmel (http://www.nndb.com/people/107/000026029/)'s house because his TV show's camera crew damaged a protester's bracelet ... Samantha Fox (http://www.nndb.com/people/784/000025709/) gets the treatment (http://www.realbollywood.com/news/2010/07/samantha-fox-treated-rabies.html) for rabies (http://www.nndb.com/event/946/000123577/) ... New modeling of BP (http://www.nndb.com/company/026/000051870/)'s Gulf of Mexico catastrophe shows Florida Keys, Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas are probably going to get oiled (http://www.theawl.com/2010/07/new-gulf-oil-spill-models-released-panic-now-miami) ... Countrywide (http://www.nndb.com/company/807/000059630/) is sued (http://consumerist.com/2010/07/countrywide-sued-for-discriminating-against-black-and-latino-mortgage-buyers.html) for discriminating against Black and Latino mortgage buyers ... Fox's Glenn Beck (http://www.nndb.com/people/809/000049662/) presents: Beck University (http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/attytood/We_areGlenn_Beck_Introducing_Glenn_Beck_U_seriously.html) ...

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Rider
09-07-2010, 19:46
Today in Rotten History Jul 9 1952Musical genius and all-around renaissance man John Tesh is born in Garden City, New York.
Jul 9 1980
Seven faithful are trampled in a stampede during a papal visit to Brazil by Pope John Paul II (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/popes/john-paul-ii/). Way to go!
Jul 9 1982
Michael Fagan, dressed in jeans and a dirty t-shirt, and bleeding from a fresh cut on his hand, walks into the private bedroom of Queen Elizabeth II while she is asleep and her personal guard out walking her dogs. Fagan had scaled the wall surrounding Buckingham Palace and gained entry without triggering any alarms. The two carry on a 12-minute conversation, while the intruder holds a jagged broken ashtray, before somebody finally apprehends him.
Jul 9 1986
After spending one year and half a million dollars, the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography releases their two-volume, 1960-page final report. In contrast to the 1970 Presidential Commission on Pornography, the report finds that porn causes violent sex crimes and other antisocial activities. Afterwards, one impartial commission member admits: "I, for one, have no hesitation in condemning nearly every specimen of pornography that we have examined in the course of our deliberations as tasteless, offensive, lewd and indecent. According to my values, these materials are themselves immoral, and to the extent that they encourage immoral behavior they exert a corrupting influence on the family and the moral fabric of society."
Jul 9 1995
Disgruntled postal worker William Clark kills his supervisor, in the City of Industry, California.
Jul 9 1997
Mike Tyson (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/sports/mike-tyson/) banned from boxing for one year, and fined $3M for biting Evander Holyfield's ear off in a mysterious cajun ritual.
Jul 9 1997
Attempting to spring him from the Arizona state prison at Florence, Rebecca Thornton meets her husband Floyd at the perimeter fence with a rifle. There the escape plan goes haywire, and Rebecca shoots her death-row husband after he instructs her: "Shoot me! I'm sorry things went wrong. Shoot me! Shoot me!" Then they are both gunned down by the guards.


Yesterday in Rotten History Jul 8 1932Tod Browning's groundbreaking horror movie Freaks, featuring genuine carnival sideshow (http://www.rotten.com/library/sideshow/) performers, premieres at the Rialto theater in New York. The film opens to critical outrage, and is later banned by the British government for 30 years.
Jul 8 1976
Former President Richard M. Nixon (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/richard-m-nixon/) is disbarred by the New York Bar Association. Nixon attempted to resign voluntarily, as he had from the California and U.S. Supreme Court bars, but New York refused to accept his resignation unless he acknowledged that he had obstructed justice during the Watergate (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/political-scandal/watergate/) coverup.
Jul 8 1987
Kitty Dukakis, wife of Democratic presidential candidate Governor Michael Dukakis, reveals that she was formerly addicted to amphetamines. Kitty waits until after the November election to acknowledge her raging alcoholism, however.
Jul 8 1997
Michael Kennedy, son of Robert F. Kennedy (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/usa/robert-f-kennedy/), publicly apologizes to his children's babysitter, with whom he had a five year relationship starting when she was age 14. The local district attorney declines to press charges, but Kennedy winds up dead in an apparent skiing accident five months later.

Rider
20-07-2010, 17:09
Today in Rotten History Jul 20 1923While driving his 1919 Dodge, retired revolutionary Pancho Villa is ambushed and assassinated. But even with 16 gunshot wounds he still manages to kill one of his attackers. Curiously, Villa's head is stolen from his grave three years later and never recovered. Despite persistent rumors, Yale's secret society Skull and Bones (http://www.rotten.com/library/conspiracy/skull-and-bones/) denies they possess the artifact.
Jul 20 1944
In an attempt on Hitler (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/nazi/adolf-hitler/)'s life, a timebomb explodes in the situation room of the Wolf's Lair, killing four Nazi (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/nazi/) officers but only wounding the Fuhrer. After his close call, Hitler becomes even more paranoid. A massive purge is to follow, resulting in the execution of thousands of officers.
Jul 20 1951
In Jerusalem at the al-Aqsa Mosque, King Abdullah of Jordan is shot three times in the head and chest by Mustapha Shukri Usho, a Palestinian opposed to peace with Israel. Abdullah dies on the spot.
Jul 20 1969
On live television, the world watches as Neil Armstrong steps foot on the Moon. That is, unless it was faked (http://www.rotten.com/library/conspiracy/nasa/fake-moon-landing/).
Jul 20 1973
In Hong Kong, martial artist Bruce Lee drops into a coma and dies of cerebral edema. He had been experiencing brain problems beginning in May, which included sporadic loss of consciousness. Lee's death transpires shortly before the release of Enter the Dragon, his most successful film.
Jul 20 1994
O.J. Simpson (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/sports/o-j-simpson/) offers a $500,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the Real Killers. To this day progress remains elusive, although Simpson's golf score has improved somewhat.
Jul 20 2005
The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) changes the rating of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas from mature to adults only forcing a recall. The game had been distributed with a hidden sex game made unlockable by a clever hacker's modification titled Hot Coffee. The recall cost Rockstar Games millions of dollars although the incident generated lots of free publicity.


Yesterday in Rotten History Jul 19 1692Five Salem witches (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/witch-trials/salem/) are hanged for the crime of witchcraft (http://www.rotten.com/library/occult/witchcraft/), based primarily on the accusations of little girls who were bewitched. Eventually, the village executes a total of 20 witches.
Jul 19 1937
The Nazis (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/nazi/) open "Entartete Kunst," the Degenerate Art show, in Munich. The traveling exhibition offers up Expressionism for ridicule, carefully arranged by (offensive) subject. The German youth are not admitted, lest they become tainted.
Jul 19 1952
During a series of UFO sightings in Washington, D.C. occurring over July 13-29, unidentified objects are picked up on D.C.'s National Airport radar system. Sightings in the region are so extensive the Air Force is prompted to hold a press conference. Conveniently, these are all "radar mirages" resulting from "temperature inversions."
Jul 19 1957
Michael Landon stars in his first film, I Was a Teenage Werewolf. He must have been so proud.
Jul 19 1966
Frank Sinatra (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/frank-sinatra/) marries Mia Farrow in Las Vegas (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/las-vegas/). Ava Gardner's famous comment on the union: "Hah! I always knew Frank would end up in bed with a little boy!"
Jul 19 1991
Heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/sports/mike-tyson/) rapes Desiree Washington, one of the Miss Black America contestants, after a pageant rehearsal. The illicit nookie lands Tyson in prison for three years.
Jul 19 1993
President Clinton (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/bill-clinton/) unveils the universally-unpopular "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" rule. One person summarizes the policy: "the military now permits gays (http://www.rotten.com/library/sex/homosexuality/) to remain in the military, provided they don't act like fairies."

Rider
31-07-2010, 09:41
Today in Rotten History Jul 31 1941Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/nazi/hermann-goering/) issues an order directing Reinhard Heydrich (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/nazi/reinhard-heydrich/) to carry out the final solution (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/war-crimes/holocaust/) to the "Jewish question."
Jul 31 1945
Wearing a stolen army uniform, prisoner John Giles attempts to escape from Alcatraz (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/prison/alcatraz/) island by boarding an outbound cargo boat. But instead of San Francisco, the vessel heads for Angel Island, where Giles is promptly captured.
Jul 31 1966
Beatles (http://www.rotten.com/library/culture/beatles/) records are burned in Birmingham, Alabama -- only because John Lennon innocently declared that the band happens to be "more popular than Jesus."
Jul 31 1969
The San Francisco Chronicle, the Examiner, and the Vallejo Times-Herald receive nearly identical letters from the Zodiac Killer (http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/unsolved-crimes/zodiac-killer/). Specific details are given about recent murder scenes, along with the demand that a "cipher" be printed on on the front page of the papers (or else Zodiac will go on a "ram-Page").
Jul 31 1998
Diminutive actor Gary Coleman (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/child-stars/gary-coleman/), former child star of the ABC television sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, is arrested in Hawthorne, California for allegedly battering an autograph seeker in a uniform shop. Coleman, then a security guard at Fox Hills Mall, was shopping for a bulletproof vest.
Jul 31 1999
Police arrest James Donald Ray for fucking two sheep to death at El Capitan High School in Lakeside, California. A previous sexual attack against one of the sheep prompted the police stakeout, which nabs the 38-year-old in flagrante delicto cum ewe.


Yesterday in Rotten History Jul 30 1419Hussites marching on the Prague Town Hall defenestrate (throw from windows to splatter down below) the Catholic city government, replacing them with a system of four Captains.
Jul 30 1916
German agents set fire to the U.S. Army munitions depot on Black Tom Island in New York Harbor. At 2:08 AM the depot explodes, throwing shrapnel more than a mile, breaking thousands of Manhattan windows, and causing structural damage to the Statue of Liberty.
Jul 30 1938
In his Dearborn, Michigan office Henry Ford (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/business/henry-ford/) proudly accepts a Nazi medal on his 75th birthday. The Grand Cross of the Order of the German Eagle is the highest award the Reich can bestow on foreigners. The medal arrives with a note of personal greetings from Adolf Hitler (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/nazi/adolf-hitler/). A rabid anti-semite, Ford paid for copies of the racist hoax Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion (http://www.rotten.com/library/hoaxes/zion-protocols/) to be deposited in major U.S. libraries.
Jul 30 1975
Jimmy Hoffa (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/mafia/jimmy-hoffa/) probably dead. God we miss him.
Jul 30 1987
During the annual hajj, Saudi police open fire on a mob of pilgrims protesting America in Mecca. 402 Muslims, including 275 Iranians, are shot and killed during their "Renunciation of Infidels" rally. Iran boycotts the hajj for the next three years.


Wait there's more Jul 29 1921The Council on Foreign Relations (http://www.rotten.com/library/conspiracy/cfr/) is incorporated in New York City by a group of bankers and other influentials, including John D Rockefeller. The CFR remains a vital component of the New World Order, and is surpassed in importance only by the Trilateral Commission (http://www.rotten.com/library/conspiracy/trilateral-commission/). Now that you have this information, you know too much.
Jul 29 1921
Adolf Hitler (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/nazi/adolf-hitler/) is selected as leader of the National Socialist Party.
Jul 29 1941
The Grigglestone Colliery explodes, leaving 20 dead.
Jul 29 1968
Pope Paul VI issues encyclical Humanae Vitae, prohibiting all unnatural forms of birth control. He thereby answers the age-old question, "Does the Pope spurt (http://www.rotten.com/library/sex/semen/) in a condom?"
Jul 29 1974
Mama Cass Elliot, a very large part of The Mamas and the Papas, dies in London (http://www.rotten.com/library/travel/cities/london/). Although initial reports ascribe the cause of death to choking on a ham sandwich, in actuality it was a heart attack (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/maladies/heart-failure/).


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31-Jul-2010 · Inspired by sex tape (http://www.nndb.com/event/269/000126888/) star Kim Kardashian (http://www.nndb.com/people/137/000159657/), Laurence Fishburne (http://www.nndb.com/people/836/000025761/)'s 19-year-old daughter signs (http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2010/07/30/2010-07-30_laurence_fishburnes_19yearold_daughter_montana_to_star_in _porn_film.html) pornstar (http://www.nndb.com/lists/237/000069030/) contract ... Former US Vice President (http://www.nndb.com/gov/537/000042411/) Al Gore (http://www.nndb.com/people/499/000023430/) is cleared of sexual abuse (http://www.nndb.com/crime/782/000111449/) after purported victim flunks (http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20406773,00.html) polygraph (http://www.nndb.com/event/993/000159516/) ... Novelist Anne Rice (http://www.nndb.com/people/509/000022443/) ditches (http://content.usatoday.com/communities/Religion/post/2010/07/anne-rice-catholic-/1) Christianity for Christ (http://www.nndb.com/people/774/000027693/) ... BP (http://www.nndb.com/company/026/000051870/) claims $10B tax credit (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/bp-to-take-10-billion-tax-credit-from-spill-2010-07-27) for Gulf of Mexico catastrophe ... Congressman (http://www.nndb.com/gov/281/000052125/) Michael McMahon (http://www.nndb.com/people/631/000180091/) (D-New York) seems curiously concerned (http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2010/07/staten_island_congressman_thin.html) about campaign contributions from Jews (http://www.nndb.com/lists/875/000071662/) ... Winston Churchill (http://www.nndb.com/people/418/000025343/)'s false teeth sell for $23,000 (http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/07/29/churchill.teeth.archive/index.html) ... Motion Picture Association of America (http://www.nndb.com/org/816/000041693/) dumps (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i87635330f49d1b313ec7046702e23e03) former Senator (http://www.nndb.com/gov/252/000052096/) Bob Kerrey (http://www.nndb.com/people/229/000043100/) (D-Nebraska), and looks for a different well-connected insider to be its key DC lobbyist ... Group headed by Ronald N. Tutor (http://www.nndb.com/people/922/000172406/) will pay over $660M (http://content.usatoday.com/communities/technologylive/post/2010/07/as-indy-films-struggle-disney-sells-miramax-to-a-business-consortium/1) to buy Miramax (http://www.nndb.com/company/483/000171967/) from Disney (http://www.nndb.com/company/688/000042562/) ... Jersey Shore (http://www.nndb.com/tv/472/000214827/) lead bimbo Nicole Polizzi (http://www.nndb.com/people/478/000214833/), aka "Snooki", is arrested (http://blogs.ajc.com/the-buzz/2010/07/30/snooki-arrested-in-new-jersey/?cxntlid=thbz_hm) for disorderly conduct (http://www.nndb.com/crime/001/000045863/) ...
30-Jul-2010 · Evangelists Benny Hinn (http://www.nndb.com/people/605/000022539/) and Paula White (http://www.nndb.com/people/090/000162601/) say they're just friends (http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2010/July/Evangelists-Hinn-White-Deny-Affair-Allegations/), not at all boinking ... Poll from Pew Research Center (http://www.nndb.com/org/361/000118007/) finds nearly six in 10 (http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ixrZW8sn1EDe82amVKRoungNdldgD9H8TRB83) Pakistanis (http://www.nndb.com/geo/365/000080125/) see the US as an enemy ... George Clooney (http://www.nndb.com/people/763/000022697/)’s girlfriend is implicated (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/7915551/George-Clooneys-girlfriend-implicated-in-sex-and-drugs-scandal.html) in sex and drugs scandal ... Obama (http://www.nndb.com/people/208/000055043/) administration wants to make it easier (https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/28/AR2010072806141.html) for feds to snoop on-line ... Ellen DeGeneres (http://www.nndb.com/people/564/000025489/) is out (http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-ellen-degeneres-american-idol,0,28082.story) at American Idol (http://www.nndb.com/tv/701/000044569/) ... Mainstream media helps BP (http://www.nndb.com/company/026/000051870/) pretend there's no oil left to be cleaned up, and the Gulf of Mexico is pristine (http://motherjones.com/rights-stuff/2010/07/mainstream-media-helps-bp-pretend-theres-no-oil) again ... If you're using Facebook (http://www.nndb.com/company/032/000124657/), you might want to tweak (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-10796584) your (lack of) privacy settings ... Conrad Murray (http://www.nndb.com/people/986/000213347/) still needs to worry, but seven other doctors who treated Michael Jackson (http://www.nndb.com/people/599/000022533/) in the years before his death will not (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-10799441) face criminal charges ... Executive from Goldman Sachs (http://www.nndb.com/company/076/000057902/) who dealt out billions in TARP rescue funds for high finance firms now recommends financial austerity (http://badattitudes.com/MT/archives/2010/07/greed_is_good_f.html) for little people ... Tennessee Lieutenant Governor (http://www.nndb.com/gov/247/000121881/) Ron Ramsey (http://www.nndb.com/people/071/000161585/), running for Governor, isn't sure (http://jonathanturley.org/2010/07/28/tennessee-lt-governor-questions-whether-muslims-are-protected-under-religious-clauses/) whether being Muslim (http://www.nndb.com/lists/283/000069076/) is included in the US Constitution's freedom of religion ...
29-Jul-2010 · Rainn Wilson (http://www.nndb.com/people/049/000101743/) and his web designer are headed (http://www.popeater.com/2010/07/27/rainn-wilson-countersues-oregon-startup-for-400-000/) for courtroom ... Cleveland Plain Dealer (http://www.nndb.com/media/011/000079771/)'s symphony critic sues (http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2010/07/reporter_testifies_in_case_aga.html) the newspaper for reassigning him as dance critic instead ... Federal judge blocks (http://azcapitoltimes.com/azpolicywonk/2010/07/28/arpaio-still-planning-illegal-immigration-sweep-july-29/) the most controversial portions of Arizona (http://www.nndb.com/geo/809/000062623/)'s anti-immigration law, but that won't (http://reason.com/blog/2010/07/28/no-court-ruling-can-stop-crazy) slow sheriff Joe Arpaio (http://www.nndb.com/people/890/000046752/) ... 87-year-old Hollywood mogul Sumner Redstone (http://www.nndb.com/people/631/000024559/) gives (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i269d10c432f5e287719502584d661509) thousands of shares of Viacom (http://www.nndb.com/company/699/000042573/) stock to unknown singer ... Prudential (http://www.nndb.com/company/010/000051854/) finds a way to profit (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-07-28/fallen-soldiers-families-denied-cash-payout-as-life-insurers-boost-profit.html) from US soldiers' wartime deaths ... Mississippi (http://www.nndb.com/geo/795/000062609/) comes to grips with Louis C. K. (http://www.nndb.com/people/883/000118529/)'s orgasm (http://current.org/radio/radio1013freshair.shtml) ... Cult leader Warren Jeffs (http://www.nndb.com/people/950/000055785/) to be retried (http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2010/07/28/cult-leader-to-be-retried-on-rape-accomplice-charges/) on rape (http://www.nndb.com/crime/308/000043179/) accomplice charges ... Hall of Famer (http://www.nndb.com/honors/351/000044219/) George Brett rather vividly describes pooping his pants ... ASCAP (http://www.nndb.com/org/363/000098069/) tells lies about its opponents, but won't deign (http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100727/23070310388.shtml) to debate with Lawrence Lessig (http://www.nndb.com/people/145/000026067/) ...

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Rider
10-08-2010, 18:19
<table width="100%" border="0" cellpadding="4" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr align="center" bgcolor="#999999"><td nowrap="nowrap"> Today in Rotten History</td> </tr> <tr> <td> <center> Aug 10 1628To assist in the war with Poland, Swedish (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/countries/sweden/) King Gustavus Adolphus builds a magnificent warship, the Vasa, with 64 bronze cannon on two tiers. But on its maiden voyage, the lower gunports are accidentally left open, and the ship immediately sinks to the bottom of Stockholm harbor. The ship remains submerged until it is raised in 1961 to become a tourist attraction.
Aug 10 1966
Last words of James French, sent to the Electric Chair (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/execution/electric-chair/) by the state of Oklahoma: "How about this for a headline for tomorrow's paper? FRENCH FRIES."
Aug 10 1969
Leno and Rosemary LaBianca are brutally murdered in their Los Feliz, California home by followers of Charles Manson (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/charles-manson/). They take some of their victims' blood and smear HEALTER SKELTER on the refrigerator door.
Aug 10 1972
Paul McCartney (http://www.rotten.com/library/culture/beatles/) and his wife Linda are arrested in Sweden (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/countries/sweden/) after postal officials intercept a parcel of hashish addressed to their band, Wings.
Aug 10 1989
Disgruntled postal worker John Merlin Taylor blows his wife's brains out with a .22 Ruger, then drives to his job at the Orange Glen post office in Escondido, California. There he kills two coworkers on the back loading dock, then wounds another inside before blowing his own brains out.
Aug 10 1996
Heated by the sun, power lines begin to sag in Oregon. Somehow this triggers a series of failures which cascades throughout the Western states. Four million people lose electrical service in Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Montana, and Texas.

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<!------------- YESTERDAY ---------------------------> <table width="100%" border="0" cellpadding="4" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr align="center" bgcolor="#999999"> <td nowrap="nowrap"> Yesterday in Rotten History</td> </tr> <tr> <td> <center> Aug 9 1945Because of the dense cloud cover over Kokura, USAF Maj. Charles Sweeney diverts his B-29 Bock's Car to the designated secondary target, 95 miles to the south. There he drops "Fat Man" -- a 22 kiloton Atomic Bomb (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/atomic-bomb/) -- over the city of Nagasaki, population 270,000. The blast kills 24,000 immediately, but another 46,000 perish from radiation-related illnesses over the next four months.
Aug 9 1960
Harvard professor Timothy Leary (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/mad-science/timothy-leary/) consumes seven Psilocybe caerulescens mushrooms in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Five hours later, the self-described atheist experiences a "fullblown conversion experience" next to a swimming pool. It is Leary's first drug trip.
Aug 9 1969
Tate Murders by Charles Manson (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/serial-killers/charles-manson/)'s followers: Frykowski - shot twice, bludgeoned 13 times, stabbed 51 times; Pregnant Sharon Tate (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/actors/sharon-tate/) stabbed in the neck, breast, back, womb.
Aug 9 1974
Finally bowing to pressure from Senator Barry Goldwater (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/usa/barry-goldwater/) and RNC chairman George Bush (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/george-hw-bush/), President Richard M. Nixon (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/richard-m-nixon/) resigns from office. His successor, Gerald Ford (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/presidents/gerald-ford/), assures the American people that their "long national nightmare is over."
Aug 9 1995
Jerry Garcia dies of a heart attack at Serenity Knolls near Novato, California. He had checked himself into the drug rehab center a few days prior, in hopes of kicking his longstanding heroin habit.
Aug 9 1997
Officers of Brooklyn's 70th precinct sodomize 30 year old Haitian immigrant Abner Louima with a toilet plunger, then insert the feces-contaminated plunger into Louima's mouth. Later, NYPD officials try feebly to dismiss the suspect's injuries as having resulted from ordinary homosexual activity, but a medical examination proves that to be inconsistent with the evidence.
Aug 9 1999
The U.S. Government closes the Mustang Ranch, a 104 room bordello near Reno, Nevada. U.S. Customs seized the house of ill repute for tax violations, which it believed to be operated by a front corporation controlled by Joe Conforte, original owner of the property when it first opened in 1955.
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Rider
16-08-2010, 21:12
Today in Rotten History Aug 16 181960 cavalrymen charge into a crowd of approximately 70,000 protesters at St. Peter's Field in Manchester, England. The soldiers begin to hack away at the people with their sabers and trample them under hoof. 11 die and 400 are wounded in the Manchester Massacre, also called the Battle of Peterloo.
Aug 16 1938
Blues musician Robert Johnson (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/robert-johnson/), who presumably sold his soul to the devil (the story somewhat being told by the movie Crossroads), is poisoned by a jealous husband in Three Forks, Mississippi.
Aug 16 1960
Emmett O. Hashfield abducts Avril Terry, an 11-year-old girl in Booneville, Indiana. He then proceeds to murder, dismember, and eat (http://www.rotten.com/library/death/cannibalism/) portions of her, before tossing the leftovers in a river.
Aug 16 1977
Elvis Presley (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/music/elvis/) dies in his home at the age of 42, while sitting on the toilet. In the bathroom, he had been reading The Scientific Search for the Face of Jesus. Presumably, Elvis' search was concluded shortly thereafter.
Aug 16 1987
Mercury, Venus, and Mars all get bunched up near the Sun in what some call the Harmonic Convergence. Thousands of nutballs clustered at sacred locations like Mount Shasta, California begin meditating their asses off for some damn reason.
Aug 16 1997
Aida Nur El-Din, a night nurse at Alexandria University's El-Mairy Hospital, confesses to Egyptian authorities that she killed at least 18 ICU patients by injecting them with drugs stolen from the pharmacy. Before she can be taken downtown, El-Din jumps out a three-story window in a failed suicide attempt.


Yesterday in Rotten History Aug 15 1057Macbeth is killed in the Battle of Lumphanan in Aberdeenshire. He had been king of Scotland for 17 years.
Aug 15 1935
Will Rogers, the most famous man in America, dies near Barrow, Alaska when his sea plane plunges into a lagoon. At the time, he and one-eyed aviator Wiley Post were surveying possible flight paths between Seattle and the Soviet Union.
Aug 15 1969
Woodstock begins on Max Yasgur's farm in upstate New York. Tickets are $18 for three days of counterculture musical acts, including Jimi Hendrix, The Who, and Sha-Na-Na.
Aug 15 1994
International terrorist Carlos the Jackal (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/crime/terrorists/carlos-the-jackal/) is jailed in France. The assassin was turned over by the Sudanese government after he checked into a Khartoum hospital for varicose vein surgery on one of his testicles.

Rider
25-08-2010, 08:30
Today in Rotten History Aug 24 79Pompeii buried by Vesuvius, apparently to punish the debauchery that made the town famous. Tens of thousands of people perished only to have plaster casts (http://www.dailyrotten.com/nov/pompeii.html) made centuries later of the hollows their bodies once occupied.
Aug 24 1572
Troops loyal to the French crown alongside Catholic civilians massacre the Protestant Huguenots of Paris, estimates range between 20,000 and 100,000 deaths. At news of this carnage of this St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, a gleeful Pope Gregory XIII ordered celebrations and a medal to be struck.
Aug 24 1812
The White House and other public buildings in the District of Columbia are torched by the British.
Aug 24 1958
Red China (http://www.rotten.com/library/history/countries/china/) commences the shelling of the islands of Quemoy and Matsu, which hold one-third of Chiang Kai Shek's troops. The United States threatens nuclear retaliation for this, but the American people do not support the stance. A very strange compromise is worked out, permitting China to shell the islands on odd dates and Chiang Kai Shek's troops to resupply the islands on even dates.
Aug 24 1981
Mark David Chapman sentenced to 20 years for killing Beatle (http://www.rotten.com/library/culture/beatles/) John Lennon.
Aug 24 2005
Howard Stern (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/radio/howard-stern/) on the FCC: "I pray to God the FCC hands down a fine against this station for my broadcast in February so that we can see them enact this ridiculous policy." The broadcast: Sex toys and porn stars. The policy: The FCC wants Infinity (CBS Radio) to immediately suspend any DJs targeted by formal complaints.


Yesterday in Rotten History Aug 23 1305Scottish patriot William Wallace ("Braveheart") hanged, disemboweled, drawn, and quartered. His head was displayed on London Bridge.
Aug 23 1926
Rudolf Valentino (http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/entertainers/actors/rudolf-valentino/) dies.
Aug 23 1939
Germany and Russia sign the Molotov-Ribbentropp non-aggression pact.
Aug 23 1951
Ninety West Point cadets are expelled for cheating, including most of the Academy's football team.
Aug 23 1968
The Youth International Party designates Pigasus as their choice of candidate for U.S. President. The boar hog is introduced at a press conference outside the Chicago Civic Center, with the slogan "They nominate a President and he eats the people. We nominate a President and the people eat him." The gathering is broken up shortly thereafter when the Chicago PD takes into custody the Yippie organizers and their pig.
Aug 23 1994
Inside an abandoned boathouse on the Scottish island of Jura, two members of the band KLF set fire to 20,000 fifty pound notes in front of witnesses. It takes two hours to burn all UKP 1,000,000.
Aug 23 1995
Dwayne R. Goettel, member of industrial music band Skinny Puppy, dies of a heroin overdose in a bathroom at his parents' Edmonton, Alberta home.
Aug 23 1995
St. Petersburg resident Ilshat Kuzikov arrested in his apartment in connection with the murders of Misha Bochkov and Edik Vassilevsky, whose severed heads were found in city streets. Discovered in his apartment were jars of pickled human remains, bags of ears, a pair of arms and legs, and a partially eaten "casserole"

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