Browsing: June 2

A Brief History On June 2, 2018, the new R-rated comedy from Johnny Knoxville (of Jackass fame), Action Point, is in its second day at the movies. An 84 minute romp through coarse sexual and physical comedy, the film is what you would expect from Knoxville. Funny, almost slapstick, and filled with “Oh no you didn’t!” moments. Digging Deeper Based on the familiar story line of the low budget, struggling amusement park (interchangeable with zoo, water park, ski lodge or other struggling small business) fighting against greedy corporate types looking to take over, the movie is told through the flashback…

A Brief History On June 2, 1835, American showman and huckster Phineas T. Barnum began his first tour of the US with his circus, later called “The Greatest Show on Earth,” and then “Barnum and Bailey’s Circus,” “Barnum and Bailey’s Greatest Show on Earth,” and finally “Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus.” Digging Deeper The legacy of perhaps America’s greatest showman of all time finally went out of business on May 21, 2017, when the last performance of Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus ended at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. Barnum ran a variety of businesses…

A Brief History On June 2, 1692, the trial of Bridget Bishop began, starting a reign of terror in Salem, Massachusetts known as The Salem Witch Trials.  The hysterical idiots responsible (unless you believe in witches) executed (by hanging) 20 people from 1692 to 1693 before the madness ended.  Scores of others had been accused, many of whom confessed to avoid execution, and scores were imprisoned.  At least 5 of those imprisoned died while in jail. Cracked fact:  No “witch” was burned at the stake in these trials. Execution was by hanging. Digging Deeper Despite the common name of this…

A Brief History On June 2, 1963, Air Canada flight 797 had an accidental fire. So far, not freaky. When the airliner made an emergency landing, 90 seconds after the doors opened the inrush of air caused a “flashover” fire, killing 23 people, a freak accident. Every so often something seemingly normal goes horribly wrong. Here we list 10 of those occasions out of the millions that have occurred, each of which resulted in someone’s death. Which ones would you add? (You know this list will get a sequel!) Digging Deeper 10. Air Canada Flight 797, 1983. As you read…

A Brief History On June 2, 1763, as part of a general Indian (Native American) uprising known as Pontiac’s Rebellion, Chippewa warriors captured Fort Michilmackinac (present day Mackinaw City) by storming the fort.  How did they get in?  By playing lacrosse and pretending to chase the ball into the fort, taking the defenders by surprise. Digging Deeper Throughout history, military minds have used trickery to fool their enemies, sometimes with great success.  An ancient example would be the Greeks using a giant wooden horse secretly filled with Greek warriors left at the gates of Troy.  Thinking the horse was a…