Thurs, Aug 6

2016—“One of my proudest moments,” says Sen. Mitch McConnell [R-KY], “was when I told President Obama, ‘You will not fill this Supreme Court vacancy.’” 2011—An RPG downs a Chinook in the Tangi Valley, killing all 38 on board­—the most (30) Americans to die in one incident in Afghanistan. 2001—The CIA hands the President a report—“Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in U.S.”—which he ignores. 1991—Tim Berners-Lee introduces the World Wide Web to the world. 1970—Disneyland closes as 300 Yippies smoke pot, chant V.C. slogans & demand freedom for Mickey Mouse. 1957—Carol Burnett becomes an overnight sensation by singing on the Jack Paar show, “I Made a …

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Wed, Aug 5

2011—S&P lowers the U.S.’s credit rating because the GOP says it might not let the government pay its bills. 2007—On Lake Winnipesaukee, the President of France, clad only in swim trunks, jumps into the boat of AP photographer Jim Cole and berates him for doing his job. 2004—“Our enemies,” says George W.[MD] Bush, “never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.” 1981—Ronald Reagan fires 12,700 air traffic controllers. 1974—Cornered rat Richard Nixon releases the “smoking gun” tape. 1971—ITT makes a $200,000 “donation” to the GOP Convention. In return the Justice Department overlooks ITT violations of antitrust …

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Tues, Aug 4

2003—Lightning strikes a Bardstown, Ky., warehouse, sparking a fire; 19,000 barrels release 800,000 gallons—a flaming river of Jim Beam; thousands of fish die as high winds whip up a 100-foot firenado. 1992—Republicans re-nominate the Bush/Quayle ticket. Snicker. 1991—The captain and officers of the sinking Oceanos abandon the ship—and its passengers. Entertainers organize a successful rescue of all aboard. 1987—The FCC jettisons the Fairness Doctrine, declaring it “restricts the journalistic freedom of broadcasters.” 1964—The U.S.S. Maddox and U.S.S. Turner Joy report a second torpedo attack in Gulf of Tonkin. There are no casualties; nor is there any damage. Defense Secretary McNamara withholds from President Johnson warnings …

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Mon, Aug 3

1981—Federal air traffic controllers have the gall to go on strike. 1980—Ronald Reagan delivers his first post-convention speech, touting “states’ rights” two miles from where three murdered civil rights workers had been buried 19 years earlier. 1971—New Hampshire man Alan Shepard hits a golf ball on the moon. 1966—RIP Lenny Bruce, prosecuted to death at the age of 40. 1962—Given a huge shot of LSD by a CIA subcontractor, Tusko the elephant, “pride of the Oklahoma City Zoo,” keels over, defecates, and shudders. Big doses of anti-psychotics and tranquilizers don’t help; he dies. 1961—Leon Beardon and his son Cody skyjack a Boeing 707 being piloted …

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Sun, Aug 2

2000—The GOP picks George W.[MD] Bush to preside, and Dick “Dick” Cheney to run the country. 1993—A short circuit sends a self-destruct command to a Titan IV rocket which blows up over the Pacific destroying $1 billion in spy satellites. 1990—Iraq invades Kuwait. 1964—The U.S.S. Maddox, in North Vietnamese territorial waters, to support covert South Vietnamese attacks, fires on North Vietnamese torpedo boats. When they fire back, Maddox reports an “unprovoked” attack. 1946—Disgruntled veterans in Athens, Tenn. prevail over a crooked Democratic machine, thanks to several well-placed dynamite blasts. 1943—Treblinka prisoners revolt. Only 40 survive, but they close the camp. 1943—The nimble American PT boat …

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Sat, Aug 1

2007—An interstate highway bridge in Minneapolis collapses, killing 13. 1976—First occupation of the Seabrook nuclear power plant site. 1974—Alexander Haig meets for 50 minutes with Vice President Ford. They discuss Nixon’s possible resignation and a possible Ford pardon. Though it’s all quite above-board, no doubt, Haig has signed in on the official log under an assumed name. 1972—The Washington Post reports on a “two-bit burglary” at DNC HQ. 1972—First Lt. G.W.[MD] Bush loses his Air National Guard flying status because he skipped a required physical exam and drug test. 1969—Herb Kalmbach accepts a $100,000 bribe from milk producers on behalf of Richard Nixon. 1969—A Mass. …

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