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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Headlines Du Jour ► Saturday, March 1, 2014

March comes in like a lion and goes out like a mutha. Today is Harry Belafonte's 87th birthday. Also celebrating birthdays today are Chopin, Glenn Miller, and David Niven, among millions of other less famous people. What do they have in common? They all just love a look back at the Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear.
1565 – The city of Rio de Janeiro is founded.
1642 – Georgeana, Massachusetts (now known as York, Maine), becomes the first incorporated city in the United States.
1692Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and Tituba are brought before local magistrates in Salem Village, Massachusetts, beginning what would become known as the Salem witch trials.
1781 – The Continental Congress adopts the Articles of Confederation.
1790 – The first United States census is authorized.
1845President John Tyler signs a bill authorizing the United States to annex the Republic of Texas.
1847 – The state of Michigan formally abolishes capital punishment.
1872Yellowstone National Park is established as the world's first national park.
1873E. Remington and Sons in Ilion, New York begins production of the first practical typewriter.
1893 – Electrical engineer Nikola Tesla gives the first public demonstration of radio in St. Louis, Missouri.
• 1896 – Henri Becquerel discovers radioactivity.
1932 – The son of Charles Lindbergh, Charles Augustus Lindbergh III, is kidnapped.
1936 – The Hoover Dam is completed.
1966Venera 3 Soviet space probe crashes on Venus becoming the first spacecraft to land on another planet's surface.
As if that's not enough, let's add today's Headlines Du Jour:

Friday, February 28, 2014

The Coconut Grove Playhouse Deal Begins to Unfold

The removal of the old growth trees on the E.W.F. Stirrup property was only one in a series of chess moves made virtually simultaneously as the Coconut Grove Playhouse deal begins to unfold.

On January 15th Aries Development took possession of the Bicycle Shop, that small, two story structure sitting at the northeast corner of the Playhouse parking lot. Aries was 'gifted' this property (and $15,000) to relinquish all claims on the Playhouse. The mystery had always been why this building had been put into play in order to settle the outstanding issues necessary to restore and reopen the Playhouse.

Headlines Du Jour ► Friday, February 28, 2014

The headline from a year ago
As Canadians wonder why Don Francks' birthday is not a national holiday, allow me to get personal for a moment. I co-starred with Mr. Francks (as an extra in two different scenes, breaking movie continuity) in 1978's Drying Up the Streets, about heroin addiction in the big city. With the deep relationship I forged with Don, I can tell you that he loves the Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear:
1525 – The Aztec king Cuauhtémoc is executed by Hernán Cortés's forces.
1849 – Regular steamboat service from the west to the east coast of the United States begins with the arrival of the SS California in San Francisco Bay, 4 months 22 days after leaving New York Harbor.
1883 – The first vaudeville theater opens in Boston
1885 – The American Telephone and Telegraph Company is incorporated in New York State as the subsidiary of American Bell Telephone. (American Bell would later merge with its subsidiary.)
1939 – The erroneous word "dord" is discovered in the Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition, prompting an investigation.
1953James D. Watson and Francis Crick announce to friends that they have determined the chemical structure of DNA; the formal announcement takes place on April 25 following publication in April's Nature (pub. April 2).
1991 – The first Gulf War ends.
1993Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents raid the Branch Davidian church in Waco, Texas with a warrant to arrest the group's leader David Koresh. Four BATF agents and five Davidians die in the initial raid, starting a 51-day standoff.
2013Pope Benedict XVI resigns as the pope of the Catholic Church becoming the first pope to do so since 1415.
Without any further delay, let's get to today's Headlines Du Jour:

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Headlines Du Jour ► Thursday, February 27, 2014

We're all singing Happy Birthday to National Velvet star Elizabeth Taylor, born on this day in 1932. It was her dying wish we look at the Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear:
1782American Revolutionary War: the House of Commons of Great Britain votes against further war in America.
1801, Washington, D.C. is placed under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Congress.
• 1812 – Poet Lord Byron gives his first address as a member of the House of Lords, in defense of Luddite violence against Industrialism in his home county of Nottinghamshire.
1844 – The Dominican Republic gains independence from Haiti.
1864American Civil War: The first Northern prisoners arrive at the Confederate prison at Andersonville, Georgia.
1900 – The British Labour Party is founded.
1933Reichstag fire: Germany's parliament building in Berlin, the Reichstag, is set on fire.
1940Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discover carbon-14
1963 – The Dominican Republic receives its first democratically elected president, Juan Bosch, since the end of the dictatorship led by Rafael Trujillo.
Let's get right to today's Headlines Du Jour:

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Aftermath of the Great Miami Tree Massacre

Fined $1,000 per tree or $4,000 on the Stirrup property.
"Some people say" Gino Falsetto has finally gone too far. The recent destruction of the old growth trees on the E.W.F. Stirrup property is bringing awareness of the deplorable condition Aries Development has allowed the historic 120-year old house to devolve into.

Demolition by Neglect is a thing that can be looked up on the Googalizer. Demolition by Neglect is what Gino Falsetto has done with the E.W.F. Stirrup House for the past 8 years, ever since it entered into his possession.

IRONY ALERT: Sources tell Not Now Silly that had Aries Development applied for tree removal permits, in all likelihood they would have been granted. By ignoring the law, he just brought unwanted attention to his terrible stewardship of an important Coconut Grove cultural resource. E.W.F. Stirrup was among Florida's first Black millionaires, a man who once owned most of 33133, a Zip Code now considered one of the most exclusive in the country.

Headlines Du Jour ► Wednesday, February 26, 2014

We can blame this for Sarah Palin.
Today you can pull on your jeans one leg at a time, because it's the birthday of Levi Strauss, born on this day in 1829. He would have loved the Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear:
1815Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from Elba.
1917 – The Original Dixieland Jass Band records the first jazz record, for the Victor Talking Machine Company in New York.
1920 – The first German Expressionist film and early horror movie, Robert Wiene's The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, receives its première in Berlin.
1935Adolf Hitler orders the Luftwaffe to be re-formed, violating the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles.
1952Vincent Massey is sworn in as the first Canadian-born Governor-General of Canada.
Here's today's Headlines Du Jour:

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Headlines Du Jour ► Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Happy Birthday to the youngest and least known Marx Brother, if you don't count Gummo. Zeppo Marx was born Herbert Manfred in 1901. As straight man and romantic lead, he acted in the first 5 Marx Brothers' movies. Zeppo retired from Show Biz to become a theatrical agent and inventor and would have loved these Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear:
1836Samuel Colt is granted a United States patent for the Colt revolver.
1870Hiram Rhodes Revels, a Republican from Mississippi, is sworn into the United States Senate, becoming the first African American ever to sit in the U.S. Congress.
1928Charles Jenkins Laboratories of Washington, D.C. becomes the first holder of a television license from the Federal Radio Commission.
1932Adolf Hitler obtains German citizenship by naturalization, which allows him to run in the 1932 election for Reichspräsident.
1968Vietnam War: 135 unarmed citizens of Hà My village in South Vietnam's Quảng Nam Province are killed and buried en masse by South Korean troops in what would come to be known as the Hà My massacre.
1986People Power Revolution: President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos flees the nation after 20 years of rule; Corazon Aquino becomes the Philippines' first woman president.
Let's get right to today's Headlines Du Jour:

Monday, February 24, 2014

Headlines Du Jour ► Monday, February 24, 2014

Today 'Merkins will gather in town squares all across the country to celebrate Abe Vigoda's 93rd birthday, as fire crews are on stand-by, watching the candles on his cake. Among the other Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear include:
1582Pope Gregory XIII announces the Gregorian calendar.
1809 – London's Drury Lane Theatre burns to the ground, leaving owner Richard Brinsley Sheridan destitute.
1822 – The 1st Swaminarayan temple in the world, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Ahmedabad, is inaugurated.
1831 – The Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek, the first removal treaty in accordance with the Indian Removal Act, is proclaimed. The Choctaws in Mississippi cede land east of the river in exchange for payment and land in the West.
1863Arizona is organized as a United States territory.
1868Andrew Johnson becomes the first President of the United States to be impeached by the United States House of Representatives. He is later acquitted in the Senate.
1920 – The Nazi Party is founded.
2008Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years.
Let's get right to today's Headlines Du Jour:

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Headlines Du Jour ► Sunday, February 23, 2014

Today we honour W. E. B. Du Bois, on the anniversary of his 1868 birth. While he died in 1963, his books and articles are still avidly read around the world. Among the other Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear are:
1455 – Traditional date for the publication of the Gutenberg Bible, the first Western book printed with movable type.
1836 – The Battle of the Alamo begins in San Antonio, Texas.
1861President-elect Abraham Lincoln arrives secretly in Washington, D.C., after the thwarting of an alleged assassination plot in Baltimore, Maryland.
1896 – The Tootsie Roll is invented.
1898Émile Zola is imprisoned in France after writing "J'accuse", a letter accusing the French government of antisemitism and wrongfully imprisoning Captain Alfred Dreyfus.
1903Cuba leases Guantánamo Bay to the United States "in perpetuity".
1954 – The first mass inoculation of children against polio with the Salk vaccine begins in Pittsburgh.
Without further delay, here are today's Headlines Du Jour: