Saturday, October 09, 2010

POPnews (US) - October 9th

[The 1919 World Series was fixed by New York gambler Arnold Rothstein through an intermediary - former boxing champion Abe Attell; player Arnold 'Chick' Gandil was able to get the rest of his team-mates in on the scheme in order to get back at cheapskate Black Sox owner Charles Comiskey.]

1701 - Yale University, originally known as the Collegiate School, was chartered.

1776 - Father Francisco Palou dedicated Mission San Francisco de Asis, which he'd founded on June 29th.

1837 - A meeting at the U.S. Naval Academy established the U.S. Naval Institute.

1888 - The Washington Monument opened to the public.

1919 - When the Chicago Black Sox 'lost' the 1919 World Series to the Cincinnati Reds, the revelation that players had fixed the series caused a scandal which reverberates to this day; the events of the fix were written about in Eliot Asinof's 1963 book 8 Men Out, which was later adapted into John Sayles' 1988 film Eight Men Out.

1969 - In Chicago, the National Guard was called in for crowd control as demonstrations continued in connection with the trial of the Chicago Eight, which had started on September 24th.

1992 - A 13-kilo meteorite landed in Peekskill, New York, totalling a red 1980 Chevy Malibu belonging to Michelle Knapp.

1995 - An Amtrak Sunset Limited train was derailed by neo-fascist saboteurs near Palo Verde, Arizona, in retaliation for the Waco Siege in 1993.

2001 - A second mailing of letters tainted by anthrax was sent from Trenton, New Jersey, escalating the 2001 anthrax attack; unsolved for nearly 7 years, in August 2008 Bruce Edwards Ivins committed suicide rather than be arrested by the FBI for the crime.
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Mathias N Oz said...

Thank goodness that label thing got worked out. I about had a nervous breakdown.

michael sean morris said...

You and me both! They're still trying to pull the whole 2000 labels maximum thing, but hopefully that'll get fixed soon as well.