Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos, AKA Criss Angel, is born. During his delivery, he gives a voiceover about how everything he is about to do is incredibly dangerous, but he knows he must face his fears even if it kills him. Then he makes his mother’s vagina disappear.
Environmental activist Julia “Butterfly” Hill comes down from atop an ancient redwood in Humboldt County, Calif., where she lived for two years to protest logging. Her act creates a form of protest known as “wasting everybody’s time.”
Orville and Wilbur Wright make the first successful man-powered airplane flight, near Kitty Hawk, N.C. ”Hey Orville,” Wilbur said after the flight, “let’s never tell anyone about this.” ”Okay,” said Orville. And they never did.
America’s first black governor takes office. His name is Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback. And he serves for only 35 days. Giving us the old adage, “Once you go Pinchback, you go back very quickly.”
Melvil Dewey is born. He will go on to become a librarian and invent a “decimal system” that he will name after himself. And with that, books, the oasis of words, metaphor, and creative thinking, are finally squashed under the oppressive thumb of MATH.
President Bill Clinton fires Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders after she tells a conference that masturbation should be discussed in school. Defending herself, Elders is quoted as saying, “Rosa Parks masturbated! That’s why she wouldn’t get out of that seat.”
Japanese warplanes attack the US Naval Base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Our President calls it “a day that will live in infamy.” But historians believe that was “just the polio talking.”
A free concert by the Rolling Stones at Altamont Speedway in Livermore, CA, descends into chaos and the deaths of four people, including one man who is stabbed by a Hell’s Angel. That man? Judy Garland.