Day 295 of the Year Twenty & 13
On this day…
In 362 the Temple of Apollo at Daphne mysteriously burned down. It was probably a time warp and Captain Kirk and Scotty were making him mad, then things got out of control and the Enterprise had to melt it down. Just say’n…
In 1707 thousands of British sailors die when – due to faulty navigation – four British ships run aground off of Sicily.
In 1797 a Frenchman makes the first recorded parachute jump from 1000 metres.
In 1836 Sam Houston is inaugurated as the President of the Texas Republic.
In 1844 a crazy preacher named William Miller and his followers (known as Millerites, seriously) await the Second Coming of Jesus Christ on what they have named as “The Great Anticipation.” Oddly enough, Jesus fails to show up and the next day is known as “The Great Disappointment.”
In 1879 Thomas Edison makes the first incandescent light bulb. It lasts 13.5 hours.
In 1926 J. Gordon Whitehead punches Harry Houdini in the stomach. It eventually will cause Houdini to die.
In 1962 President Kennedy announces a Naval blockade of Cuba in response to the placement of Soviet ICBM’s on the island.
In 1978 Pope John Paul II is inaugurated
Born this day: Daniel Boone (1734); Franz Liszt (1811); Timothy Leary (1920); Jeff Goldblum (1952);