Saturday, June 13, 2009

13 June: Friday The 13th One Day Late; Good Day For Alleged Show BIz Pederasts

By The Associated Press 55 mins ago Today is Saturday, June 13, the 164th day of 2009. There are 201 days left in the year. The AP also sez, also. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On June 13, 1966, the Supreme Court issued its landmark Miranda v. Arizona decision, ruling that criminal suspects had to be informed of their constitutional right to consult with an attorney and to remain silent before being questioned by police. [Saved our ass from some trouble once. — Ed.] On this date: In 323 B.C., Alexander the Great died of fever in Babylon at age 33. In 1886, King Ludwig II of Bavaria drowned in Lake Starnberg. ['Zat "Mad" King Ludwig? Or just an inbred relative/descendant? — Ed.] In 1888, Congress created the Department of Labor. In 1900, China's Boxer Rebellion against foreigners and Chinese Christians erupted. In 1927, aviation hero Charles Lindbergh was honored with a ticker-tape parade in New York City. In 1935, James Braddock claimed the title of world heavyweight boxing champion from Max Baer in a 15-round fight in Long Island City, N.Y. In 1944, Germany began launching flying-bomb attacks against Britain during World War II. In 1957, the Mayflower II, a replica of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America in 1620, arrived at Plymouth, Mass., after a nearly two-month journey from England. In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson nominated Solicitor-General Thurgood Marshall to become the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.[So, nominated mid-June, sworn in 1 September of the same year. Judge Sotomayor? "We need more time. Waahh!" Guess Republican reading speeds have declined a bit over the last 40 yrs., huh? — Ed.] In 1971, The New York Times began publishing excerpts of the Pentagon Papers, a secret study of America's involvement in Vietnam. In 1976, Arizona Republic investigative reporter Don Bolles died as a result of injuries suffered when a bomb blew up his car 11 days earlier. He had been working on an organized crime story at the time of his death. In 1981, a scare occurred during a parade in London when a teenager fired six blank shots at Queen Elizabeth II. In 1983, the U.S. space probe Pioneer 10, launched in 1972, became the first spacecraft to leave the solar system as it crossed the orbit of Neptune.In 1996, the 81-day-old Freemen standoff ended as 16 remaining members of the anti-government group surrendered to the FBI and left their Montana ranch. Ten years ago: NATO soldiers shot dead two armed men as peacekeepers tried to contain new violence in Kosovo; Russian troops, meanwhile, blocked British troops from entering the airport in Pristina, the capital of Kosovo. Five years ago: In Iraq, gunmen assassinated senior Education Ministry official Kamal al-Jarah. Former President George H.W. Bush celebrated his 80th birthday (a day late) with a 13,000-foot parachute jump over his presidential library in College Station, Texas. Annika Sorenstam won the LPGA Championship for the second straight year. One year ago: Tim Russert, moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press," died unexpectedly while preparing for his weekly broadcast; he was 58. Rising water from the Cedar River forced the evacuation of a hospital in downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa; in Des Moines, officials issued a voluntary evacuation order for much of downtown and other areas bordering the Des Moines River. Pope Benedict XVI took President George W. Bush on a rare stroll through the lush grounds of the Vatican Gardens during the leaders' third visit together. R. Kelly was acquitted of all charges in his child pornography trial in Chicago, ending a six-year ordeal for the R&B superstar. [See also: "Today in Entertainment History." — Ed.] Today's Birthdays: Actor Bob McGrath is 77. Artist Christo is 74. Artist Jeanne-Claude is 74. Magician Siegfried (Siegfried & Roy) is 70. Singer Bobby Freeman is 69. Actor Malcolm McDowell is 66. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is 65. Singer Dennis Locorriere is 60. Actor Richard Thomas is 58. Actor Jonathan Hogan is 58. Actor Stellan Skarsgard is 58. Comedian Tim Allen is 56. Actress Ally Sheedy is 47. TV anchor Hannah Storm is 47. Rock musician Paul deLisle (Smash Mouth) is 46. Singer-musician Rivers Cuomo (Weezer) is 39. Country singer Susan Haynes is 37. Actor Steve-O ("Jackass") is 35. Actress Mary-Kate Olsen is 23. Actress Ashley Olsen is 23. [Both of them? Really? — Ed.] Today in Entertainment History -- On June 13, 1958, Frank Zappa graduated from Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster, Calif. [Lotta good that degree did him. — Ed.] In 1970, Christine McVie released a solo album, then announced her retirement from music. She was back within a year, joining her husband, John McVie, in Fleetwood Mac. In 1972, singer Clyde McPhatter died in New York City of complications from heart, liver and kidney diseases. He was 38. In 1980, Pat Benatar opened a home game for the Philadelphia Phillies by playing a brief set on a makeshift stage and dancing with the Phillies' mascot, a large green duck. In 1986, bandleader and clarinetist Benny Goodman died in New York at the age of 77. In 1992, President Clinton upset rapper Sister Souljah by comparing her comments after the Los Angeles riots to something David Duke might say. Souljah had said, "If black people kill black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people?" [Coming soon. White Ob-Gyns Killing Week. — Ed.] In 1995, country singer Ty Herndon was arrested on charges of indecent exposure and drug possession, less than two hours before he was to perform at a police convention in Texas. [Now that's a damn shit-kicker. Go, cat, go! — Ed.] In 1996, two former employees of talk show host Montel Williams sued him, claiming he sexually harassed them. Four other women eventually joined the suit. In 1998, a 25-year-old fan was struck by lightning while sitting on the lower deck of RFK Stadium in Washington during the Tibetan Freedom Concert. She survived with severe burns. [The Buddha is an ironic Buddha. — Ed.] In 2005, a jury in Los Angeles acquitted Michael Jackson of all ten counts of child molestation. Or, from the other AP: In 2005, a jury in Santa Maria, Calif., acquitted singer Michael Jackson of molesting a 13-year-old cancer survivor at his Neverland ranch. In 2008, a jury in Chicago acquitted R. Kelly of having sex with an underage girl and videotaping it. Thought for Today: "The penalty of success is to be bored by people who used to snub you." — Viscountess Astor, American-born English politician (1879-1964).

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