Wednesday, June 1, 2005
1495: By order of King James IV, Tironensian Friar John Cor makes the first recorded batch of scotch whisky—then called aquavitae—at Lindores Abbey on the banks of the Tay.
1660: The Massachusetts colonial government hangs Mary Barrett Dyer for being a Quaker.
1780: Carl Phillip Gottlieb von Clausewitz is born at Burg, Germany. His advice to teachers on preparing for class is still good today: "No battle plan survives first contact with the enemy."
1792: Kentucky joins the Union as the 15th state.
1796: Tennessee, not to be outdone, joins the Union as the 16th state, and determines to have a better football team. The Volunteers lead the all-time series 67-23-9.
1815: General Philip Kearny, Jr. (Columbia Law 1833) is born, the son of a financier, in New York City. His parents insist that he become a lawyer, but when he inherits more than $1 million in 1836 he gives up law for a second lieutenant’s commission in the U.S. Army.
1855: American lawyer, newspaper editor, and filibustero William Walker takes control of Nicaragua. His decision to abrogate the charter of Cornelius Vanderbilt’s Accessory Transit Co. will ultimately lead to his downfall.
1868: Lawyer and former President James Buchanan, who never understood why everyone didn't agree that the Supreme Court’s decision in Dred Scott v. Sandford resolved the contentious slavery issue permanently, dies at Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
1925: New York Yankee Lou Gehrig pinch-hits for shortstop Pee-Wee Wanninger, beginning his streak of 2,120 consecutive games played.
1938: Action Comics introduces a new series character, called "Superman."
1967: Electric & Musical Industries’ Parlorphone label releases the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Capitol Records is the U.S. distributor.
1980: Turner Broadcasting’s Cable News Network opens its doors as the first all-news TV network. Almost everyone at the time thinks it’s a really bad idea.