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This Day in History, May 29th: Ronald Reagan, The Hoover Dam, and Melissa Etheridge

May 29th

  • 1790- Rhode Island finally gets around to ratifying the Constituition, and is admitted as the 13th U.S. state.
  • 1848- Wisconsin becomes the 30th U.S. state.
  • 1886- Coke (the drink) is advertised for the first time in the Atlanta Journal.
  • 1935- The Hoover Dam is completed.
  • 1988- Ronald Reagan makes his first trip to Soviet Union.
  • 1999- Space Shuttle Discovery completes its first docking with the International Space Station.
  • 2004- The World War II Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.

Birthday Shoutouts

The Conservative Journal wishes a happy birthday to..

  • American rock singer Melissa Etheridge, 48.
  • Blair from The Facts of Life, Lisa Whelchel, 46.
  • Former American Idol contestant and plus-sized model Joanne Borgella, 27.

Happy International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers everyone!

To those of you that worship uner the Bahá’í Faith (Rainn Wilson/Dwight Schrute), happy Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh!

To those in Nepal, happy Republic Day!

Nigerians, happy Democracy Day!

And finally, Rhode Islanders and Wisonsinonians, happy Statehood Day!

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This Day in History: Octomom, Mars, and “The View”

May 28th

  • 1774- The first Continental Congress convenes.
  • 1830- President Andrew Jackson signs The Indian Removal Act which relocates Native Americans.
  • 1859- Big Ben is delivered to the Palace of Westminster on a 16-horse carriage.
  • 1930- The Chrylser Building, one the tallest building in the world, opens in New York.
  • 1934- The first set of quintuplets that survive through infancy are born.  Somewhere, Octomom is smirking.  Look for more on the original quintuplets in today’s “Pointless Post of the Day”.
  • 1937- The Golden Gate Bridge officially opens to vehicle traffic.
  • 1952- Women in Greece are given the right to vote.
  • 1964- The PLO is formed.
  • 1996- Bill Clinton’s are convicted of fraud in the Whitewater land deal.
  • 2002- The Mars Odyssey finds evidence of space ice.

Birthday Shoutouts

The Conservative Journal wishes a happy birthday to..

  • The two surviving “original quintuplets” Cecile and Annette Dionne, 75.
  • “The Empress of Soul” Gladys Knight, 65.
  • My favorite mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, 65.
  • The only non-vomit-inducing member of “The View” Elisabeth Hasselbeck (Did you know her maiden name is “Filarski”?  How awesome is that!), 32.
  • American pop singer Colbie Caillat, 24.

Happy Flag Day to those in the Philippines!

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This Day in History: Canada, Ford, and Baseball

May 27th

  • 1813- In Canada, American forces capture Fort George as a part of the War of 1812.
  • 1883- Alexander III is crowned Tsar of Russia.
  • 1896- The F4-strength St. Louis Tornado hits in St. Louis, Missouri and East Saint Louis, Illinois, killing at least 255 people and causing $2.9 billion in damages.
  • 1907- A Bubonic plague outbreak begins in San Francisco, California.
  • 1927- The Ford Motor Company ceases manufacturing the Ford Model T.
  • 1967- The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy is christened by Jacqueline Kennedy and her daughter Caroline.
  • 1995- Actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition.
  • 1997- The U.S. Supreme Court rules that Paula Jones can pursue her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton while he is in office.
  • 1998- Michael Fortier is sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined $200,000 for failing to warn authorities about the Oklahoma City bombing.

Birthday Shoutouts

The Conservative Journal wishes a Happy Birthday to..

  • Australian politician Pauline Hanson because she made her own political party, 55.
  • ABC News anchor Cynthia McFadden, 53.
  • Former Houston Astros player Jeff Bagwell, 41.
  • Baseball champ and current free-agent Frank Thomas, 41.

Bolivian mothers: Happy Mother’s Day!

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This Day in History: Witches, Feral Kids, and Lenny Kravitz

May 26th

  • 1293- An earthquake strikes Kamakura, Japan, killing about 30,000.
  • 1647- Alse Young becomes the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, when she is hanged in Hartford, Connecticut.
  • 1805- Napoléon Bonaparte assumes the title of King of Italy and is crowned with the Iron Crown of Lombardy in the Duomo di Milano, the gothic cathedral in Milan.
  • 1828- Mysterious feral child Kaspar Hauser is discovered wandering the streets of Nuremberg.
  • 1830- The Indian Removal Act is passed by the U.S. Congress; it is signed into law by President Andrew Jackson two days later.
  • 1964- Montana becomes a U.S. Territory.
  • 1868- President Andrew Johnson is found not guilty in his impeachment trial by 1 vote.
  • 1896- Charles Dow introduces the first publication of the Dow Industrial Average.
  • 1966- British Guiana gains its independence, becoming Guyana.
  • 1998- The U.S. Supreme Court rules that Ellis Island is mostly in New Jersey rather than New York.
  • 2006- The May 2006 Java earthquake kills over 5,700 people, leaves 200,000 homeless.

Birthday Shoutouts

The Conservative Journal wishes a Happy Birthday to..

  • Stevie Nicks, because I don’t want to anger anyone that might be a Wiccan*, 61.
  • Hank Williams Jr., his song is called “The Red, White, and Pink Slip Blues”, need I say more?  60.
  • Bobcat Goldthwait, clearly because of the name, 47.
  • American singer-songwriter Lenny Kravitz, 45.

*The Conservative Journal DOES NOT believe that Stevie Nicks is or has ever been a member of the Wicca Cult.

Other

To all you Polish mothers out there, Happy Mother’s Day!

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This Day in History: Canes, Volcanoes, and Mexico

May 22nd

  • 1807- A grand jury indicts former V.P. Arron Burr on a count of treason.
  • 1843- Thousands of people and their cattle head west via wagon train from Independence, Missouri to what would later become the Oregon Territory. It is part of the Great Migration. They follow what is now known as the Oregon Trail.
  • 1848- Slavery is abolished in Martinique.
  • 1856- Congressman Preston Brooks of South Carolina beats Senator Charles Sumner with a cane in the hall of the United States Senate for a speech Sumner had made attacking Southerners who sympathized with the pro-slavery violence in Kansas.
  • 1906- The Wright brothers are granted U.S. patent number 821,393 for their Flying-Machine.
  • 1915- Lassen Peak in California erupts, joining Mt. Saint Helens as the only eruptions in the continental U.S. during the 20th century.
  • 1942- Mexico enters World War II on the side of the Allies.\
  • 1947- U.S. President Harry Truman enacts the Truman Doctrine, giving $400 million of aid to fight communism in Turkey and Greece.
  • 1960- The largest earthquake ever recorded hits southern Chile.  It registered a 9.5.
  • 1962- Continental Airlines Flight 11 crashes after bombs explode on board.
  • 1992- After 30 years, 66-year-old Johnny Carson hosts The Tonight Show for the last time.
  • 2008- The Late-May 2008 tornado outbreak sequence unleashes 235 tornadoes, including an EF4 and an EF5 tornado, between 22 May and 31 May 2008. The tornadoes struck 19 states and one Canadian province.

Birthday Shoutouts

The Conservative Journal wishes a Happy Birthday to..

  • American businessman T. Boone Pickens, 81.
  • Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski, 52.
  • former left handed MLB pitcher Tommy John, 66.

Also, don’t forget to go buy a banjo because today is “Buy a Musical Instrument Day”!

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This Day in History: Airplanes, Abortion, and Yemen

May 21st

  • 1851- Slavery is abolished in Columbia, South America.
  • 1881- The American Red Cross is established.
  • 1927- Charles Lindbergh completes the first solo, non-stop trans-Atlantic flight.
  • 1932- Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo, non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1994- The Democratic Republic of Yemen secedes from the Republic of Yemen.
  • 1998- In Miami, Florida, five abortion clinics are hit by a butyric acid attacker.

Slow day.

Birthday Shoutouts

The Conservative Journal wishes a Happy Birthday to..

  • The manager of my ex-favorite baseball team Bobby Cox, 68.
  • Al Franken even though I can’t stand him, 58.
  • Mr. T because he owns the mohawk, 57.
  • Judge Reinhold because he is in the “Santa Clause” series, the “Beethoven” series, AND Beverly Hills Cop 3, 52.
  • Baseball player Kent Hrbek because his name has the letters “h”, “r”, and “b” consecutively, 48.
  • Co-star of one of my favorite shows (House) Lisa Edelstein, 43.

Oh, and I wanted to wish everyone a happy World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, because that’s today.  Don’t forget to go and buy the people that matter most a WDfCDfDaD gift!

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This Day in History: Earthquakes, Cuba, and Cher

May 2oth

  • 526- A huge earthquake kills around 300,000 in Syria and Antiochia.
  • 1609- Shakespeare’s sonnets are originally published.
  • 1896- The six ton chandelier of the Palais Garnier falls and crushes a human.
  • 1902- Cuba gains independence from the U.S.
  • 1980- Quebec fails to gain independence from Canada.
  • 1990- Romania holds it’s first election after the fall of communism in the nation.
  • 1995- Quebec fails to gain independence from Canada.  Again.

Birthday Shoutouts

  • English singer Joe Coker, 65.
  • My personal favorite ultra-liberal and Hollywood communist Cher, 63.
  • Wife of the maverick Cindy McCain, 55.
  • Son of da bomb dot com Prez Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan Jr., 51.

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This Day in History: Mexico, JFK, and Paper Mario

May 19th

  • 1780- Thick smoke and heavy cloud cover cause complete darkness to befall New England and Canada.  It was big Colonial-style blackout.
  • 1848- Mexico officiates the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which gives us California, Nevada, Utah and parts of four other modern-day states.  This ends the Mexican-American War, and all for less than $15 million out of our vault.
  • 1921- Congress passes the Emergency Quota Act, which for the first time sets a limit on the volume of national immigration.
  • 1962- Marilyn Monroe performs her infamous rendition of “Happy Birthday” for then President John F. Kennedy.
  • 1991- Croatia becomes an independent nation.

Birthday Shoutouts

The Conservative Journal wishes a happy birthday to…

  • former NFL football star Archie Manning, 60.
  • AC/DC drumer Phil Rudd, 55.
  • the voice of “Goombella” from the game Paper Mario Kelly Sheridan, 32.

Only the very rich and famous get a shout out from us.

In Memory of..

  • author Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1864.
  • former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, 1994.

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This Day in History: Vampires, Comets, and Congress

May 18th

  • 1498- Vasco de Gama reaches Calicut, India.

  • 1652- Rhode Island passes the first laws in North America making slavery illegal.
  • 1804- Napolean Bonaparte declared the Emperor of France by the French Senate.
  • 1863- The Siege of Vicksburg begins as part of the Civil War.
  • 1897- Dracula is first published.  Twilight fans, thank Irish Author Bram Stoker for the vampire.
  • 1910- Haley’s Comet passes through the night sky.
  • 1969- Apollo 10 is launched.
  • 1980- Mt. St. Helens in Alaska erupts, killing 57 and causing several billion in damages.
  • 1992- The 27th amendment is finally ratified 202 years after initial submission.  This amendment prohibits salaries of members of Congress from being raised during the term.

Birthday Shoutouts

The Conservative Journal wishes a happy birthday to…

  • My favorite Luxembourgian politician and former Prime Minister, Jacques Santer, 72.
  • Country music singer George Strait, 57.
  • The brilliantly hilarious Tina Fey, 39.

Only the very rich and famous get a shout out from us.

In Memory Of..

  • Victim of the 1980 Mt. St. Helens eruption Harry Randall Truman, 1980.
  • The first female member of Congress Jeannette Rankin, 1973.

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This Day in History: Stocks, Horses, and Gays

As part of our “Summer Streamlining” The Conservative Journal is please to introduce the latest new feature: “This Day in History”!  The “This Day in History” posts will consist of the most important events that happened on that date of years in the past, as well as some less-than-important information to lighten the mood.  Here’s the first “This Day in History” post, enjoy:

May 17th

  • 1792- The New York Stock Exchange formed.  I wonder how much a share of Ye Olde Trading Post cost?
  • 1849- St. Louis was nearly burnt to a crisp by a massive fire.
  • 1875- The First Kentucky Derby is held.
  • 1954- The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously passes Brown v. Board of Education, ending segregation in public schools.
  • 1973- Televised Senate hearings begin regarding the Watergate Scandal.
  • 1992- The World Health Organization finally takes Homosexuality off of its list of illnesses.
  • 2004- Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage.  Somewhere, Barney Frank is smiling.
  • 2007- For the first time since 1953, trains cross the 38th parallel between North and South Korea.

Birthday Shoutouts

The Conservative Journal wishes a happy birthday to…

  • Famous boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, 53.
  • Irish folk singer Enya, 48.
  • Everyone’s favorite Belasurian pop singer Angelica Agurbash, 39.
  • San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker, 27.

Only the very rich and famous get a shout out from us.

In Memory Of..

  • James Buchanon’s vice president John C. Breckinridge, 1875.
  • Lawrence Welk, without him there would be no Judice on SNL, 1992.
  • Former Stan Lee Comics comic book artist Dave Berg, 2002.

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Pointless Post of the Day: Luigi Caponaro, The Healer of Italy

The Conservative Journal is now featuring a new special post every day: The Pointless Post of the Day!  The PPotD for short.  The PPotD is a post that is about absolutely nothing important.  It’s just something fun that most people will probably chose to ignore altogether.  It’s more fun for me than you, I’m sure.  Here’s our inaugural post:

In the late 16th and early 17th century, the popular healer and “medicine man” Luigi Caponaro roamed the streets of Naples and Gaeta, Italy.  Luigi officiated his medicical practice by receiving a degree in Naples, though he never formally practice medicine under his degree.  Luigi cited a fear of blood as his reasoning for not pursuing work in a clinic or other formal practice.  Luigi used the expertise he picked up from his days in med-school to give medical advice to anyone who chose to listen, often demonstrating his skills on anyone who’d give him a minute or two.

Ironically enough, the famed healer and medicine man died at 55 from cholera.

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