The Watering Hole, Monday, June 13, 2016: This Day in History

When you get right down to it, many things in history happened on any given date on the calendar. But today I’m going to discuss just a few of the many important (and unimportant) things that happened on various June 13ths throughout history. Without further ado, on this date in:

1633: The charter for Maryland is given to Lord Cecil Baltimore after whom, of course, the city of Silver Springs, Maryland is named.

1731: Future First First Lady Martha Washington was born. She was a wealthy widow by the time she married George Washington.

1786: Winfield Scott, U.S. Army General famous for victories in the War of 1812 and the War with Mexico, was born. There are many who believe he is the “Scott” in the expression “Great Scott!

1831: James Clerk Maxwell, Scottish physicist, was born. His work proved that electrical, magnetic and optical phenomena were all united in a single universal force, Electromagnetism, and formulated electromagnetic theory. You’re reading this now because of him.

1865: William Butler Yeats, Irish poet and playwright, was born. He was famous for “The Second Coming” which featured the line, “The centre cannot hold.” This was a line often repeated by the army commander of the facility in Stephen King’s “The Stand” from which the virus that wiped out most humans on Earth escaped. This happened in the story on a June 13th. There’s a connection.

1892: Basil Rathbone, actor famous for playing Sherlock Holmes, was born. Rathbone was also famous for getting drunk at parties and walking around naked except for his pipe and deerstalker cap.

1953: Tim Allen was born. Famous to me for playing Jason Nesmith, who played Cmdr. Peter Quincy Taggart on the fictional TV series, Galaxy Quest, one of the best Star Trek parodies ever made.

1960: I was born. (This would be one of the unimportant things that happened on this date.)

1966: The Supreme Court of the United States enters the realm of police television drama writing when they hand down their famous Miranda v. Arizona decision reminding you that, when arrested, you have the right to remain silent, that anything you say can be used as evidence against you, that you have a right to have an attorney present during questioning, that if you cannot afford an attorney one will be appointed to you, and that, perhaps most importantly, if you want to wear white after Labor Day, it’s constitutionally permissible.

1967: President Lyndon Johnson nominated Solicitor-General Thurgood Marshall to the United States Supreme Court. Upon his retirement, he was replaced by the completely unqualified Justice Clarence “Who Put This Pube On My Coke?” Thomas, apparently on the sole basis that he was black, like Justice Marshall.

1968: Johnny Cash records his famous “At Folsom Prison” album live at Alcatraz.

1970: The Beatles’ “Let It Be” album goes to Number 1 on the charts and stays there for four weeks. It was their penultimate album recorded, but the last one released. It was also the basis for one of my album parodies, “Enemy“. I hope you enjoy it.

1983: After it crosses the orbit of Neptune, Pioneer 10, launched in 1972, becomes the first human-built space craft to leave the solar system. It has not yet been determined how many non-human-built space craft have made the journey previously. The first close-up pictures we had of Jupiter were taken by Pioneer 10, which proved to be a much more successful satellite than its predecessors Pioneer 8, Pioneer Vista, Pioneer XP, and the disastrous Pioneer 98. They’re still not sure why they built that one.

1986: Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen (Michelle on Full House) were born. I would have to wait until I was 44 before even thinking about dating them.

1990: Testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Secretary of State James A. Baker III urges the Israelis to accept a US plan for peace talks. He gives out the number to the White House switch board (202-456-1414) and says, “When you’re serious about this, call us.” I’ve called that number before. It was usually to talk to the White House Communications Agency Duty Officer (WHCADO, or “whocka-do”) about a problem with one of several methods President Reagan had to talk to people on the ground while flying in Air Force One (which I used to watch being parked in its hangar outside my dorm window.)

1996: A new report on Nature proposed that guinea pigs are on a distant branch from rodents and deserve a class of their own. Having once worked on a street named Guinea Road, I can certainly understand the profound implications of this report, which came out 20 years ago, and of which I was completely unaware until I started researching this post. Still, it’s deeply moving.

2005: In the “Better Late Than Never, But Not Really”-Department, the US Senate apologizes for blocking anti-lynching legislation in the early 20th century, when mob violence against blacks was commonplace. They followed this up four years later by vowing to block any legislation put forth by the nation’s first black president, just in case anybody thought we were actually making progress on addressing this nation’s deep-seated racist history. And while I certainly feel lucky to have been born in this country, it’s things like its ongoing racism that make me hesitant to say I’m “proud.” Do people who say they are proud ever think about things like this? Since they continue to happen, I’d say not.

Anyway, enjoy your June 13ths, today and in the future. It’s not all that bad a day after all.

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About Wayne A. Schneider

I'm a Liberal, Libertarian, Atheist Humanist. I believe that though the world is a dangerous place, it can be made better if we stop dividing ourselves by how we're different from each other, and reach out to each other through what we have in common. And that is that we are all human beings on this planet. Please remember that.

55 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Monday, June 13, 2016: This Day in History

  1. Here’s the real take on Drumpf and his Motis Operandi.
    He milks his companies dry, forces them into bankruptcy, screws over his investors, doesn’t pay the contractors that build his bucking fuildings.
    And then boasts about how he makes his money screwing people.
    The NY Post had a great article yesterday, How Donald Trump Bankrupted His Atlantic City Casinos, but Still Earned Millions
    and here’s another from the Washington Post
    As its stock collapsed, Trump’s firm gave him huge bonuses and paid for his jet

    If the people who are supporting him had a quarter of a brain, they would see that they are the next set of chumps Drumpf is setting up to rip off.
    Oh, and the rest of us as well.
    Chucking Farlatan.

  2. Happy b-day Wayne. June 13 1960 — 11 days after my HS grad on June 2 1960, also 11 days before my folks celebrated their 30th anniversary, one day before my mom turned 52, and just four days after Milady turned seven. Small month, June. 😉

  3. I’m trying not to be distracted by Trumps breathing while trying to access the hyperbole he’s spewing to the world. One would think he was drawing a bullseye on himself the way he has denigrated Islam. I would dread being his bodyguard.

  4. Gotta wonder when Drumpf is going to call for the rounding up of all Muslims in the U.S. for branding and extermination.
    Oh, and by the by, the shooter is American born. So preventing Muslims from entering the U.S. is the proverbial dead horse out of the barn, dumbass.
    And, furthermore, the guy was born to Afghan immigrant parents in…….1987. Who the hell did Ronnie Raygun think he was, perpetrating such an injustice on future Amerika?

  5. Finally the TRUTH is revealed!!!

    Alex Jones: Orlando Attack Was A False Flag

    Yesterday, InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones said that the brutal attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, was all part of a massive government scheme to flood America with Muslims so that they will commit terrorist attacks, thereby giving the government a reason to confiscate firearms and outlaw hateful speech. . . .

    Jones, who claims that the government has been involved in other attacks like 9/11 and Oklahoma City, has been praised by Donald Trump, a past guest on his show, for having an “amazing” reputation.

    • If Mr. Jones is correct, this all started with Ronnie Raygun, under whose administration this terrorist was born, in the US, of Afghan parentage. Let’s exhume his rotting corpse and parade it around before burning it at the stake.

      • Jones is typically incorrect as he always is, but you NAILED IT! Nixon and Ford collected huge piles of shit and bought a LOT of fans, and then came Reagan, the genius who knew all about shit, fans, and conservatism.

    • Bleach. His houses are swimming in bleach to keep his robes and hoods glowing brightly and he started injecting the stuff, 100cc at a time, through his ear-hole the first time he lost a court decision and a lien was imposed on his property.

      • Explains his hatred of Mexicans, Muslims, flat-chested women, Obama, women with big butts, and every male that can grow hair on his head with the possible exception of Joe Arpaio.

  6. The presumptive GOP presidential nominee just gave a rousing speech about the horrific event in Orlando. The whole thing blew up in his face the second he proclaimed that the shooter was born “in Afghan(sic)”. If we had a functional media in this country, much less a “librul media”, the “news” networks would have cut the feed at that very moment and spent, at least, the rest of the day pointing out that Trumpy has proven, again and again, that he doesn’t know anything about anything.

    Let me try to spell it out.

    If we never allowed a single immigrant from any country to enter our great nation we would still have terrorists. And? Those terrorists, despite every person who ever met them knowing that they are dangerous, would still be able to casually buy firearms; any effing firearms they want, and bulk packages of ammunition on line. The Orlando shooter had been investigated by the FBI. He was on a “no-fly list”. His ex-wife and several other intimate acquaintances have proclaimed that they knew the guy was unstable. And yet? He was able to legally buy the weapons he used to slaughter 50 people and the rightwhiners are scurrying around like the rats they are and loudly proclaiming that this horrific tragedy is an assault on their perceived right to buy any fucking gun they want any fucking time they want.

    Why is this so fucking hard!!!!?

    We The People need to find ways to make it harder for criminals and psychopaths to legally buy guns. The problem is blatantly obvious and the possible solutions are many and most are pretty simple.

    1. If you are under investigation by the FBI? You can’t legally buy a gun or ammo.
    2. If you are a violent criminal? You can’t legally buy a gun or ammo.
    3. If you are on a “no-fly list”? You can’t legally buy a gun or ammo.
    4. If everyone who ever met you says “that guy is nuts and should never be allowed to buy a gun or ammo”? You can’t legally buy a gun or ammo.

    It is so very fucking simple a child can understand the issues but more than half of the elected officials in Congress spend their days screaming; “shall not be infringed”, “from my cold dead hands” and similar simplistic, jingoistic, BS.

  7. Trump Revokes Washington Post’s Campaign Press Credentials

    U.S. Republican Donald Trump said on Monday he will no longer issue press credentials to the Washington Post, stopping the publication from gaining access to press areas at his presidential campaign events.


    “Donald Trump’s decision to revoke The Washington Post’s press credentials is nothing less than a repudiation of the role of a free and independent press,” the newspaper’s editor, Marty Baron, said in a statement.

    “When coverage doesn’t correspond to what the candidate wants it to be, then a news organization is banished. The Post will continue to cover Donald Trump as it has all along — honorably, honestly, accurately, energetically, and unflinchingly. We’re proud of our coverage, and we’re going to keep at it.”

    A source close to the campaign said the ban could be temporary and pointed out that Trump has already barred other new organizations, including Politico, from obtaining press credentials and then reversed course.

  8. Ruh ro! From the other shoe drops dept.

    Orlando Shooter Was Reportedly a Regular at Pulse and Had a Profile on Gay Dating App

    Early Sunday morning, Omar Mateen shot and killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, perpetuating the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Mateen, his father explained the next day, had repeatedly been angered by the sight of two men kissing. But according to witnesses, Mateen was also a regular at the club and exchanged messages with at least one gay man on a gay dating app.

    “It’s the same guy,” Chris Callen, who performs under the name Kristina McLaughlin, told the Canadian Press. “He’s been going to this bar for at least three years.”

    Ty Smith, who also goes by the name Aries, also said he’d seen Mateen being escorted drunk from the club, Pulse, on multiple occasions.


    “Sometimes he would go over in the corner and sit and drink by himself, and other times he would get so drunk he was loud and belligerent,” Smith also explained to the Orlando Sentinel, which spoke with at least four clubgoers who remembered seeing Mateen at Pulse at least a dozen times. “We didn’t really talk to him a lot, but I remember him saying things about his dad at times… He told us he had a wife and child.”

    • His residence is Washington, D.C. His Congressperson is Eleanor Holmes Norton, not Bobby Rush. I know this primarily because Ms.Norton is a regular on Bonnie Erbe’s PBS program, To The Contrary.

      BTW, I have one of those cool Buck knives with the locking blade. It was a gift from a Cook’s Pest Control rep while at the Hardees down the street.

    • Oh right on Joyeux anniversaire, mon capitaine. Practising for France in time for end of Euro 2016 and Bastille Day.

  9. He won’t answer me. He never does. I suspect he’s just muted me so I can continue to have my fun without him ever having to be bothered by it.

  10. tweet of the day…..

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