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.
Tuesday July 22nd
1784: Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel (COMP 1784-1846) German astronomer who was first to triangulate the heavens by observing the parallax of the star 61 Cygni.
1873: Thomas Pendergast (MISS 1873-1945) political boss of Kansas City (1925-39).
1882: Edward Hopper (MISS 1882-1967) realist painter.
1908: Amy Vanderbilt (GI 1908-74) author Amy Vanderbilt’s Complete Book of Etiquette (1952), an updating of Emily Post.
1916: Suitcase bomb kills ten and wounds forty in San Francisco Preparedness Day Bombing.
1919: Dennis Flanagan (GI 1919-2005) editor Scientific American (1947-84).
1922: Dan Rowan (GI 1922-87) comedian Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In (1968-73).
1933: Wiley Post becomes the first person to fly solo around the world, in 7 days, 18 hours and 45 minutes.
1934: Outside Chicago’s Biograph Theatre, Public Enemy No. 1 John Dillinger is killed by FBI agents.
1937: Senate votes down President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s attempt to pack the Supreme Court.
1944: Bretton Woods Conference creates the International Monetary Fund.
1946: Ninety killed in King David Hotel bombing.
1946: Paul Schrader (BOOM 1946- ) screenwriter/director Taxi Driver (1976), Hardcore (1979), Raging Bull (1980), American Gigolo (1980), Cat People (1982), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988).
1948: S. E. Hinton (BOOM 1948- ) author The Outsiders (1967), That Was Then, This Is Now (1971), Rumble Fish (1975), Tex (1979), Taming the Star Runner (1988).
1965: Till Death Us Do Part debuts on BBC-TV, forerunner of All in the Family.
1992: Selena Gomez (MILL 1992- ) actress Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003), Wizards of Waverly Place (2007-12), Ramona and Beezus (2010).
1994: The Client is released.