Day 283 of the Year Twenty & 13
On this day…
In 19 Germanicus is poisoned and dies on orders from Roman Emperor Tiberius. He had become a bit too strong and popular with his troops with the Emperor, who had him sent to Asia (Antioch), where he “suddenly” died. How about that? The problem solved itself!
In 1582, Italy, Portugal and Spain skip this day too, because of the new Gregorian calendar implementation.
In 1845 The US Naval Academy is founded in Annapolis, Maryland. The Navy beats Army that year, 37-14.
In 1938, the Munich Agreement gives Czechoslovakia to Germany. Peace in our time at the cost of Czech freedom.
In 1943, the “Double Tenth Incident,” a mass murder by Japanese troops of civilians in Singapore after a commando raid sinks seven Japanese troops in the harbor.
In 1957, the Finance Minister of Ghana, visiting the United States, is refused service at a Dover, Delaware restaurant. President Eisenhower will apologize to him and he will be invited to dine at the White House.
In `1971, London Bridge opens… in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
In 1973, Vice President Spiro Agnew – who’s name can be rearranged to spell “grow a penis” – resigns after getting caught cheating on his taxes. Charlie Rangle sees what happens and figures that he is safe as he already has a penis.
In 1985 US Navy F-14 Tomcats intercept and force to land the airplane carrying the Achille Lauro terrorists. On the ground they are arrested.
Born this day: Robert Gould Shaw (1837); Ed Wood (1924); Peter Coyote (1941); David Lee Roth (1954); Brett Farve (1969)