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When we are born, we cry, that we are come to this great stage of fools. William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)


On This Day in History

1958 President Eisenhower signed the congressional act that created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was authorized by Congress.
1890 Artist Vincent van Gogh died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Auvers, France.
1936 RCA shows the 1st real TV program (dancing, film on locomotives, Bonwit Teller fashion show & monologue from Tobacco Road & comedy)
1952 1st nonstop transpacific flight by a jet
1974 St Louis Card Lou Brock steals his 700th base

1967 Fire ravages U.S. carrier off Vietnam
Fire sweeps the U.S. aircraft carrier Forrestal off the coast of North Vietnam in the Gulf of Tonkin. It was the worst U.S. naval disaster in a combat zone since World War II. The accident took the lives of 134 crewmen and injured 62 more. Of the carrier's 80 planes, 21 were destroyed and 42 were damaged.

1976 The Son of Sam terrorizes New York
The so-called "Son of Sam" pulls a gun from a paper bag and fires five shots at Donna Lauria and Jody Valenti of the Bronx while they are sitting in a car, talking. Lauria died and Valenti was seriously wounded in the first in a series of shootings by the serial killer, who terrorized New York City over the course of the next year.
Once dubbed the ".44 Caliber Killer," the Son of Sam eventually got his name from letters he sent to both the police and famed newspaper writer Jimmy Breslin that said, "I am a monster. I am the Son of Sam. I love to hunt, prowling the streets looking for fair game. The weman are prettyist of all [sic]."

The second attack came on October 23, 1976, when a couple was shot as they sat in a car in Queens. A month later, two girls were talking on a stoop outside a home when the serial killer approached, asked for directions, and then suddenly pulled a gun out and fired several shots. Joanne Lomino was paralyzed from a bullet that struck her spine, but her friend was not seriously injured.

Following up on a parking ticket that had been given out that night, police discovered a machine gun in a car belonging to David Berkowitz of Yonkers, New York.

When questioned, Berkowitz explained that "Sam" was his neighbor Sam Carr-an agent of the devil. Sam transmitted his orders through his pet black Labrador. Years earlier, Berkowitz had shot the dog, complaining that its barking was keeping him from sleeping. After the dog recovered, Berkowitz claimed that it began speaking to him and demanding that he kill people.

In an unusual sequence of events, Berkowitz was allowed to plead guilty before claiming insanity and was sentenced to over 300 years in prison. In prison, he later claimed to be a born-again Christian.




Today's Birthdays

1805 Alexis de Tocqueville France, statesman/writer (Democracy in America)
1871 [Gregory Efimovich] Rasputin the mad Russian monk
1883 Benito Mussolini [Il Duce], Fascist Italian dictator (1922-43)
1905 Dag Hammarskjold 2nd UN Secretary-General (1953-61) (Nobel 1961)
1936 Elizabeth Dole US Secretary of Transportation (1983-87)



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