Sunday, July 17, 2005

July 18: Fear and Loathing in Chappaquiddick

Today was a rough day for Castilian King Alfonso VIII, who was trounced by Abu Yusuf Ya'qub al-Mansur at the Battle of Alarcos in 1195.

It's flying off the bookshelves in the Muslim world faster than Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Hard to believe, but Adolf Hitler's anti-semitic manifesto Mein Kampf was published on this very day 80 years ago.

Ted Kennedy began his political career with a big splash on the evening of July 18, 1969, submarining his car into a pond and leaving his unconscious passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, in the submerged car to suffocate and die while he swam back home to call his lawyer. Kennedy never reported the accident to the police. The car and dead body were discovered by fishermen the next morning. Luckily, he survived the ensuing political fallout, or else the left wouldn't have him there to serve as its voice of conscience.

In other news, infamous Norwegian traitor Vidkun Abraham Lauritz Jonss√łn Quisling was born on this day in 1887. During the German invasion of Norway, the fascist Quisling organized a coup d'etat against the social democrat government and became a leader of the fascist puppet government subsequently installed by the Nazis.

Non-fascist non-traitors Vin Diesel, Hunter S. Thompson and Nelson Mandela were also born on July 18. (Actually, I'm not 100% sure about Dr. Gonzo--on either count.)

Ducati engineer Fabio Taglioni died on this day in 2001.


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