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01 30 2015 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
ON THIS DAY in 1835 – In the first assassination attempt against a President of the United States, RICHARD LAWRENCE attempts to shoot seventh U.S. president ANDREW JACKSON; in 1969 – THE BEATLES’ last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records in London. Police intervene, threaten arrests unless Beatles stop the show; born this day in 1935 – American author and poet RICHARD BRAUTIGAN, in Tacoma, Washington.


01 28 2015 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
ON THIS DAY in 1393 — King CHARLES VI of France nearly killed when several dancers’ costumes catch fire during a masquerade ball; in 1760 – Pownal, Vermont, created by New Hampshire governor BENNING WENTWORTH as one of New Hampshire Grants; CANUPLIN, Filipino magician, comic actor, movie star.

01 28 2015 Burning Man Ball LONGER VERSION
Was the king a paranoid schizophrenic, or was his younger brother, LOUIS I, DUKE OF ORLEANS, plotting against his rule and bedding down with his wife, the comely ISABEAU OF BAVARIA? Palace intrigue, usually either about succession or a woman’s favors. Longer version of story adds touch of historic context and detail to late medieval setting.


01 26 2015 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
ON THIS DAY in 1700 – Magnitude 9 Cascadia Earthquake, described as megathrust event, involving Juan de Fuca plate from Vancouver, British Columbia, in the north to Northern California as far south as Cape Mendocino, takes place off West Coast; in 1885 – Troops loyal to Sudanese MOHAMMAD AHMAD, calls himself THE MAHDI, conquer Khartoum, Egyptian-held Sudan, killing the British Governor-General CHARLES GEORGE GORDON; in 1992 – BORIS YELTSIN announces that Russia will stop targeting United States cities with nuclear weapons; in 1998 – On American television, U.S. President BILL CLINTON denies having had ‘sexual relations’ with former White House intern MONICA LEWINSKY.


01 23 2015 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
ON THIS DAY in 971 A.D., 1,044 years distant, in China, the war elephant corps of Southern Han soundly defeated at Shao by crossbow fire from Song Dynasty troops; on this day in 1870, in northern Montana, U.S. cavalrymen kill 173 Native Americans camped along the Marias River, mostly women, children, old folks, in what becomes known as the Marias Massacre; in 1941 – CHARLES LINDBERGH testifies before the U.S. Congress and recommends that the United States negotiate a neutrality pact with Nazi Germany.


01 21 2015 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
ON THIS DAY in 1861, as American Civil War begins, JEFFERSON DAVIS resigns from the United States Senate to become president of the Confederate States of America; in 1908 – New York City passes the Sullivan Ordinance, making it illegal for women to smoke in public, only to have the measure vetoed by the mayor; in 1968 – A B-52 bomber crashes near Thule Air Base, contaminating the area after its nuclear payload ruptures. One of the four bombs remains unaccounted for after the cleanup operation is complete. PASSED ALONG THIS WAY: COLONEL TOM PARKER, 87 years old, Dutch-American talent manager, known for his long association with ELVIS PRESLEY, dies this day in 1997, in Las Vegas.


01 19 2015 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
ON THIS DAY in 1977, during the final days of his brief tenure in office, President GERALD FORD grants pardon to IVA IKUKO TOGURI D’AQUINO, alias ‘Orphan Ann,’ better known as ‘Tokyo Rose’. PASSED ALONG THIS WAY – No. 65, later called ‘HAM,’ Cameroonian-American chimpanzee, the first hominid in space, dies on this day 1983 at 26 at North Carolina Zoological Park in Asheboro, North Carolina.


01 16 2015 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
PASSED ALONG THIS WAY, ARIZONA DONNIE ‘MA’ BARKER, American criminal, mother of four career criminals, who shoot, rob, kill and drive their cars into and through the hearts of the country’s newspaper-reading public, dies this day in 1935 in a hail of FBI gunfire at the age of 61; on this day in 1909, SIR ERNEST HENRY SHACKLETON’s second expedition finds magnetic South Pole. On third expedition, Imperial Trans-Antarctic, after his ship Endurance crushed and sunk by pack ice, Shackleton and his crew survive 1,000-mile open boat navigation in stormy seas to safety.


01 14 2015 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
ON THIS DAY in 1911, ROALD AMUNDSEN’s South Pole expedition makes landfall on the eastern edge of the Ross Ice Shelf on exploratory quest, race with ROBERT FALCON SCOTT to be first European to reach South Pole; born this day in 1861, MEHMED VI, last sultan of Ottoman Empire, Sultan of the Ottomans, Commander of the Faithful and Successor of the Prophet of the Universe, rules 1918 to 1922, dies in exile Sanremo, Italy, 1926; born this day 1875, ALBERT SCHWEITZER, Alsatian physician, healer, missionary, theologian, philosopher, builder and player of pipe organs, musician, Nobel Prize laureate; on this day in 1973, ELVIS PRESLEY’s concert ‘Aloha from Hawaii’ — broadcast live via satellite — sets record as the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer in television history.


01 12 2015 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
ON THIS DAY in 1962, OPERATION CHOPPER, the first American combat mission in the Vietnam War, takes place, 82 Workhorse helicopters transport 1,000 South Vietnamese troops to combat zone 10 miles west of Saigon, rout North Vietnamese National Liberation Front personnel; there’s more woman trouble for CRAZY HORSE when the half-blood captive NELLIE LARRABEE, called Chi Chi, comes to his tipi to live with the Oglala warrior chief and his wife, BLACK SHAWL; on this day in 1967, DR. JAMES BEDFORD becomes the first human specimen to be cryogenically preserved for distant future resusitation.


01 09 2015 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
ON THIS DAY in 1297, the Genovese Guelph, FRANCOIS GRIMALDI, disguised as a monk, leads his men to capture the fortress protecting the 500-foot-high Rock of Monaco, establishing his family as rulers of Monaco; in 1877, CRAZY HORSE and his Oglala warriors fight the last battle of the Great Sioux War against United States Cavalry at Wolf Mountain, Montana Territory; in 1964, President LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON declares ‘War on Poverty’ in United States, signs Economic Opportunity Act.


01 07 2015 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
ON THIS DAY in 1800, MILLARD FILLMORE, 13th U.S. president born in a log cabin in New York state, rises to take place among Top 5 most obscure American presidents; on this day in 1891, ZORA NEALE HURSTON, novelist, folklorist, anthropologist, hits an American nerve when she writes about white male sexual victimization of black women, calls Pres. Harry Truman ‘butcher of Asia’ after nuclear strikes in Pacific War.


01 05 2015 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
ON JANUARY 4, 1903, Thomas Edison’s movie company sends a crew from New Jersey, to Luna Park, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, to shoot a 74-second newsreel, ‘Electrocuting an Elephant’ depicting the death of Topsy, a 28-year-old Indian elephant; on this day in 1942, Italian photographer, actress, model, activist TINA MODOTTI, 46, dies in Mexico City. Her death certificate says heart failure is the cause. DIEGO RIVERA has a different idea. Everybody has different ideas.

01 05 2015 ‘Electrocuting an Elephant’ LONGER EDIT
The longer edit with material about Edison’s grudge with GEORGE WESTINGHOUSE winning the so-called war of currents, declaring alternating current as the prevailing method of electricity distribution and a certainly feasible motivation for participation in the public electrocution witnessed by at least 1,500 spectators of Topsy, a 6-ton former circus elephant.


01 02 2015 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
ON THIS DAY in 1492 – the Reconquista: the Emirate of Granada, the last Moorish stronghold in Spain, surrenders to conclude a 10-year war with an almost 800-year effort; 1942 – The Federal Bureau of Investigation gets convictions on 33 members of a German spy ring headed by Fritz Joubert Duquesne and William Sebold in the largest espionage case in United States history—the Duquesne Spy Ring.

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