On This Day: March 4th

by James D. Irwin 1394--- Birth of Henry the Navigator, Navigator. 1678--- Birth of Antonio Vivaldi, inventor of the Four Seasons pizza. 1791--- Vermont becomes 14th US state, Ben and Jerry's release celebratory novelty ice cream. 1882--- First trams run in East London, still as popular today as they were then. 1945--- Lapland War begins, …

Splendid Fred’s Splendid Oscar Predictions II: The Results

James D. Irwin, Ken Rogers, and Alex Ivanovich assess the accuracy of their Oscar predictions. Well over a month ago the three of us got drunk together and wildly guessed at who might win at the Oscars. We did this despite having only seen three nominated films. Some of the films nominated hadn't been released, …

On This Day: January 30th

Beheadings, cheese, and Bond themes--- by James D. Irwin. 1649--- KingĀ Charles I beheaded, dies. 1661--- Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell beheaded, despite having already died in 1658. 1835--- Richard Lawrence tries to assassinate President Andrew Jackson, the attempt fails and Jackson lives to party another cheese party. 1847--- Yerba Buena is renamed San Francisco, Tony Bennett …

On This Day: January 14th

  1872--- Death of Greyfriars Bobby, famous dog thought to have sat by his master's grave for fourteen years. 1926--- Birth of Warren Mitchell, best known for pretending to be a racist. 1943--- Churchill and FDR begin Casablanca Conference, the start of a beautiful friendship. 1946--- Birth of Harold Shipman, terrible, terrible doctor. 1948--- Birth …