Neo-revisionist

There’s three sides to every story: there’s the history you were taught in school, the history the revisionist dig up and the truth.

Thursday October 2nd

1608: Johannes Lippershey demonstrates the refracting telescope.

1729: Benjamin Franklin buys the Pennsylvania Gazette.

1780: Major John André is hanged.

1800: Nat Turner (COMP 1800-31) leader of the 1831 slave rebellion.

1835: Battle of Gonzales: the first battle of the Texas Revolution.

1862: Frank Sandford (PROG 1862-1948) apocalyptic Christian cult leader who founded Shiloh outside Durham, Maine.

1866: J. Osterhoudt patents the can opener.

1869: Mohandas Gandhi (MISS 1869-1948) leader of Indian independence movement.

1880: Marie Stopes (MISS 1880-1958) British birth control activist.

1890: Groucho Marx (LOST 1890-1977) actor Animal Crackers (1930), Duck Soup (1933) A Night at the Opera (1935), You Bet Your Life (1947-61).

1895: Bud Abbott (LOST 1895-1974) straight man Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948), Africa Screams (1949), Jack and the Beanstalk (1952), The Abbott and Costello Show (1952-54).

1904: Graham Greene (GI 1904-91) author The Power and the Glory (1940), The Quiet American (1955), Our Man in Havana (1958), The Comedians (1966), Travels with My Aunt (1969), Monsignor Quixote (1982).

1906: Willy Ley (GI 1906-1969) science writer who popularized of spaceflight.

1919: President Woodrow Wilson suffers a massive stroke.

1928: George “Spanky” McFarland (SIL 1928-1993)  actor Our Gang comedies (1932-42).

1944: Nazi troops crushed the two-month-old Warsaw Uprising.

1945: Don McLean (BOOM 1945- ) singer/songwriter American Pie (1971).

1948: Avery Brooks (1948- ) actor Spenser For Hire (1985-88), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-99), American History X (1998), 15 Minutes (2001).

1949: The Aldrich Family, the first sitcom, premiers on NBC.

1950: Charles Schulz’s Peanuts premiers.

1951: Sting (BOOM 1951- ) English singer-songwriter.

1953: Edward R. Murrow’s Person to Person premiers.

1957: The Bridge on the River Kwai is released.

1959: The Twilight Zone premieres on CBS.

1970: Kelly Ripa (13th 1970- ) actress All My Children (1990-2002), Live! with Regis and Kelly (2000- ), Hope & Faith (2003-06).

1985: Rock Hudson dies of AIDS.

2009: Zombieland is released.