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11 28 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
On this day in 1520, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, sailing for the Spanish crown, is the first European to navigate the passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific seas that today bears his name; on this day in 1582, young potential runaway Will Shakespeare, 18, and Anne Hathaway, 26, secure their marriage license with a bond valued at 40 pounds sterling.
11 26 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
On this day in 1778, Capt. James Cook aboard HMS Resolution becomes the first European to see the Hawaiian island, Maui; in 1922, Egyptologists Howard Carter and Lord Carnavon find the tomb of New Kingdom Pharoah Tutankhamun in the Theban Necropolis on the west bank of the Nile River; in 1909, Hollawood film actress Frances Dee is born in Los Angeles.


11 24 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
On this day in 1944, the first strategic raids to carpet bomb the Japanese capital launched from bases in the Mariana Islands; Category 5 nor’easter, the record-setting Great Appalachian Storm of 1950, forms over North Carolina on this day; on this day in 1963, presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald shot to death by Jack Ruby in Dallas; D.B. Cooper hijacks Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 305 out of Portland, Oregon,; on this day in 1971; 3.2-million-year-old fossilized Australopithecine Lucy discovered on this day in 1974, in the Afar Triangle, Ethiopia.
11 21 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
On this day in 1927, striking miners at the Columbine coal mine in Serene, Colorado, are attacked with machine guns by a detachment of state police dressed in civilian clothes; on this day in 1877, Thomas Edison announces his invention of the ‘phonograph,’ a machine that can record and play sound; in 1959, disc jockey Alan Freed, who popularizes the term ‘rock’n’roll’ and music of that style, is fired from New York radio station WABC 770 AM for refusing to deny allegations that he accepts gifts in exchange for promoting records on his radio and TV programs.


11 19 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott uploads historic data direct to your head: On this day in 1863, after a hard won three-day battle there, 16th U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, in Gettysburg, Pa., delivers a short speech to dedicate a new military cemetery; in 1984, on this day, a series of gas vapor explosions destroys a Pemex storage facility near Mexico City, killing 600 people and injuring thousands, wrecking the town of San Juan Ixhuatepec; on this day in 1998, the U.S. Senate convenes hearings in the matter of the impeachment of 42nd President William Jefferson Clinton.
11 17 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
On this day in 1831 – Ecuador and Venezuela are separated from the recently created super-state, Gran Colombia, collapsing the vision created by el Libertador, Simon Bolivar; on this day in 1856 – On the Sonoita River in present-day southern Arizona, the United States Army establishes Fort Buchanan in order to help control new territory acquired in the Gadsden Purchase; on this day in 1970 – Lieutenant William Calley goes on trial for the 1968 My Lai Massacre in Vietnam.


11 14 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
In the late 1940s and early ’50s, America has the jits about commonism, the fantods — the Soviets are expanding in Eastern Europe, the Nationalists in China are defeated in 1949 by Chinese communists led by Mao Tse Tung, North Korean communists have overrun the south leading to engagement of Americans in the Korean War, America’s nuclear weapons lab in New Mexico is riddled with Soviet spies leading directly to the Russian bomb. It’s hard times in the West and high times for Wisconsin Senator Joseph R. McCarthy, who becomes in short order the most powerful senator in Washington.
11 12 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
On this day in 1927 – Leon Trotsky, intellectual and organizer of the 1917 October Revolution, creator and leader of the triumphant Red Army, is expelled from the Soviet Communist Party, leaving Joseph Stalin in undisputed control of the Soviet Union; on this day in 1970, the Oregon Highway Division attempts to destroy a rotting beached sperm whale with dynamite, leading to the infamous ‘exploding whale’ incident.


11 10 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
On this day in 1972, Southern Airways Flight 49, enroute from Memphis to Miami, is hijacked by three men with handguns and hand grenades, who hold the crew and passengers hostage, demanding $10 million and passage to Cuba; in 2007, in Santiago, Chile, during the final day of the Ibero-American summit meeting, Spain's King Juan Carlos I loses patience with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and his constant interruptive criticism.
11 07 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
On this day in 1492, the Ensisheim meteorite falls into a wheatfield just outside the village of Ensisheim in Alsace; on this day in 1665, the first edition of the London Gazette, the oldest continuously published journal, is circulated; on this day in 1874, a cartoon by Thomas Nast, published in Harper's Weekly, depicts an elephant as a symbol of the Republican Party for the first time; on this day in 1907, heroic train brakeman Jesús García Corona of Hermosillo saves the town of Nacozari in Sonora, Mexico, from a burning boxcar full of dynamite.


11 05 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
On this day in 1811, Catholic Salvadoran cleric the Rev. José Matías Delgado y Leon, rings the bells in the tower of La Merced Church in San Salvador city, calling for insurrection and launching the 1811 Independence Movement; on this day in 1912, Woodrow Wilson, a Democrat, former president of Princeton University and governor of New Jersey, is elected to the presidency of the United States.
11 03 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
On this day in 1783, John Austin, a highwayman, is the last person to be publicly hanged from London's Tyburn gallows; in 1883, Charles Earl Bowles, known as ‘Black Bart the poet,’ commits his last California stagecoach robbery, and, wounded, is tracked down, tried, and sentenced to six years in San Quentin; in 1954, the Japanese kaiju movie ‘Gojira,’ called ‘Godzilla’ in the United States, is released and marks the first appearance of the eponymous character.

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