24 July 2009
Daily Chat 24/07/09
The good citizens of Leeuwarden demonstrated that they had their priorities in order by going on strike on this date in 1487 to protest a ban on foreign beer. In 1567, Mary, Queen of Scots, was deposed in favour of her one year-old son, James VI. What do you want to bet his first statement as king was, "Kitty!"? In 1847, after a 17 month-long journey, Brigham Young and 148 Mormons arrived in the Salt Lake Valley. The SS Eastland capsized in the Chicago River in 1915, killing 845 passengers and crew. And in 1948, Marvin the Martian made his cinematic debut in Haredevil Hare. Celebrating birthdays today: Ruth Buzzi, Lynda Carter, Gus VanSant, Jennifer Lopez and Anna Paquin. It is Simón Bolívar Day in Ecuador.