Saturday, June 05, 2010

POPnews - June 5th

[Despite the fact that he fatally shot Senator Robert Kennedy because he hated Zionism - pointedly, on the first anniversary of the beginning of the Six Day War - Israel still exists and Sirhan Sirhan remains in jail at the troubled, overcrowded facility in Corcoran, having been refused parole 13 times over the past forty years. Let this be a lesson to any potential assassins who may be lurking out there...  Being anti-social is no way to get what you want - unless what you want is to have your own reality show!]

1305 - Clement V was elected to the papacy to succeed Benedict XI, who'd died 363 days earlier; the reason for the lengthy interregnum was a squabble between the French and Italian cardinals, who were so suffused with the Holy Spirit they couldn't agree on a suitable replacement.

1798 - An attempt to spread the United Irish Rebellion into Munster was defeated at the Battle of New Ross.

1829 - The HMS Pickle captured the armed slave ship Voladora off the coast of Cuba.

1832 - The June Rebellion - most famously described in Victor Hugo's novel, Les Misérables - broke out in Paris in an attempt to overthrow the liberal Monarchy of July established by Louis-Philippe following the previous year's July Revolution.

1837 - Houston was incorporated as a city by the Republic of Texas.

- The Kingdom of Denmark was reborn as a constitutional monarchy when King Frederick VII signed the country's new constitution, establishing a parliament.

1851 - Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery serial, Uncle Tom's Cabin or, Life Among the Lowly started a ten-month run in the abolitionist newspaper National Era.

1888 - The Rio de la Plata Earthquake shook the estuary of that river, which forms the border between Argentina and Uruguay.

1916 - Louis Brandeis was sworn in as the first openly-Jewish justice on the US Supreme Court.

1947 - During a speech at Harvard University, US Secretary of State George Marshall called for economic aid to war-torn Europe; his plan, which came to be called the Marshall Plan, did just that.

1956 - Elvis Presley introduced his new single, Hound Dog, on The Milton Berle Show, scandalizing the audience with his suggestive hip movements - although, if you ask us at the Pop Culture Institute, the real scandal at the time wasn't the discovery that a man's hips could move that way but that a white man's hips could.

1959 - The first government of the State of Singapore was sworn in, when Lee Kuan Yew replaced Lim Yew Hock as Chief Minister.

1963 - The United Kingdom's Minister of War John Profumo resigned from Cabinet over his sexual liaison with Christine Keeler, events made even more famous by the 1989 film Scandal starring Ian McKellen and Joanne Whalley.

1967 - A so-called Six-Day War was declared by Arab nations against Israel which is Still. Being. Fought. And you thought Iraq was a quagmire...

1968 - Presidential candidate Senator Robert F. Kennedy was shot by Sirhan Sirhan at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

Photobucket1972 - The Queen and Queen Mother met the Duchess of Windsor at the Duke of Windsor's funeral in front of the world's press; although the Queen had reunited with her uncle and met his wife when they visited the UK in 1965 and again during a State Visit to France in May 1972 (during which there was a press photo-call with the Duchess while the Duke was on his deathbed) the Queen Mother had repeatedly refused to meet the one she called 'that woman' before - and when they did meet, at the unveiling of a memorial to Queen Mary in London in June 1967 which the pseudo-exiles attended together - it was a very frosty moment indeed. Despite being pariahs within the Royal Family, the Duchess was a guest of the Queen at Buckingham Palace the week of her husband's funeral, and the Duke was buried amongst his family at Frogmore following a formal service at St George's Chapel, Windsor.

1977 - Apple Computers released its Apple II home computer.

1981 - The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta reported that five people in Los Angeles were suffering from a rare form of pneumonia seen only in patients with weakened immune systems, in what turned out to be the first recognized cases of AIDS.

2006 - Serbia declared its independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro.
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