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On This Day


* 1649 – King Charles I of England is beheaded.
* 1661 – Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England is formally executed – after having been dead for two years (it’s never too late for revisionism).
* 1835 – A mentally ill man named Richard Lawrence attempts to assassinate President Andrew Jackson in the United States Capitol — the first assassination attempt against a President. Both of Lawrence’s pistols misfire, and Jackson proceeds to beat his would-be assassin with his cane.
* 1889 – Archduke Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria, heir to the Austro-Hungarian crown, was found dead with his mistress Baroness Mary Vetsera in Mayerling. How they died remains a mystery.
* 1933 – Adolf Hitler is sworn in as Chancellor of Germany.
* 1948 – Indian pacifist and leader Mohandas Gandhi is assassinated by Nathuram Godse, a Hindu extremist.
* 1968 – Vietnam War: The Tet Offensive begins when Viet Cong forces launch series of a surprise attacks in South Vietnam.
* 1969 – The Beatles’ last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records in London. The impromptu concert is broken up by the police.
* 1972 – Bloody Sunday: United Kingdom British Paratroopers kill fourteen Roman Catholic civil rights /anti internment marchers in Northern Ireland- Bloody Sunday
* 2003 – Belgium legally recognizes same-sex marriage.
* 2005 – Amid violence and threats to boycott the results, Iraq holds an election for its National Assembly, the country’s first free election since 1953.


* 1882 – Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States
* 1912 – Barbara W. Tuchman, American historian
* 1922 – Dick Martin, American comedian
* 1930 – Samuel J. Byck, American attempted assassin of Richard Nixon
* 1941 – Dick Cheney, oil executive
* 1962 – King Abdullah II of Jordan
* 1962 – Mary Kay Letourneau, American teacher


1 cookie jill { 01.30.09 at 2:14 am }

My spirits are so…uplifted…now.

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2 Steve Bates { 01.30.09 at 9:51 am }

Yikes. Not a good day in history. I think I’ll stay home today…

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3 Bryan { 01.30.09 at 2:32 pm }

Other than three birthdays and the Beatles, it has always been a downer.

4 hipparchia { 01.30.09 at 10:11 pm }

i got one chuckle out of that first list — the jackson assassination attempt made me think of the chocolate pudding incident.

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5 Bryan { 01.30.09 at 11:11 pm }

You mean the real possibility of my Mother beating up people while I get tasered and arrested as a known associate chocolate pudding incident.

I blame it on television – she has seen Quigley Down Under entirely too often. I shudder to think what would happen if she saw Day Of The Jackal.

6 hipparchia { 01.31.09 at 1:17 pm }

yes, that one. that chocolate pudding incident.

not to wish ill on any fellow crazy cat lady person, but the mental images did sustain me through the countless hours spent in airport security theater lines on my last cross-country trip. since then, we’ve all vowed to never again fly if we can possibly help it, which is the only reason my dad is looking to replace his present vehicle [it’s only 10 years old, hardly broken in yet] with a tiny one that gets terrific gas mileage.

7 Bryan { 01.31.09 at 1:26 pm }

If you have the resources, the deals are out there. I looked at the Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris, as well as some of the Korean offerings, but we ended up with a Civic because it was too difficult to get a Fit after my Mother decided that she wanted the Honda.

8 hipparchia { 01.31.09 at 2:19 pm }

i’ve been a fan of the civic for years and years, though i’ve never owned one myself. i rented a tiny korean car [i forget whether it was a hyundai or kia] for my last cross-country road trip — it was a joy to drive, easy to park, and cheap to fuel.

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9 cookie jill { 01.31.09 at 10:59 pm }

Oh…forgot our local January 30 downer….

January 30th is another infamous day in the history of Santa Barbara. Today marks the three-year anniversary of the Goleta post office massacre.

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10 Bryan { 01.31.09 at 11:23 pm }

As for the Civic, the car is fine, but the local dealership is worthless.

I remember reading about that, Jill, as I still have friends and family in SoCal.