Saturday, June 18, 2005
1264: The first Irish parliament meets at Castledermot in County Kildare. It's made up of the new Anglo/Norman overlords, though, since the Irish are ineligible to participate.
1629: Piet Pieterszoon Hein, the Dutch West India Co. naval commander who led the private war against Spain and Portugal, capturing vast amounts of treasure in the process, dies in action at Dunkirk.
1685: James Scott, illegitimate son of Charles II, declares himself king of England at Taunton in Somerset. This turns out to be a bad idea when, less than a month later, he's beheaded on Tower Hill.
1854: Publishing titan Edward W. Scripps, who will found not only the Scripps media empire but United Press International, is born at Rushville, Illinois.
1873: Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 (about $1,500 today) for casting a vote in a U.S. presidential election without being registered.
1918: Franco Modigliani is born at Rome, Italy. While in his second year of law school he'll discover an interest in economics, and will go on to win the Nobel Prize.
1923: The Checker Cab Manufacturing Co. of Kalamazoo, Michigan, unveils its first taxi cab.
1924: Philosopher and sociologist Jürgen Habermas is born at Düsseldorf, Germany.
1959: After being involuntarily committed to the state mental institution, Louisiana Governor Earl Long simply fires the institution's director and appoints a crony who pronounces him quite sane and releases him. He'll be elected to Congress the next year.
1967: The first major rock festival in planetary history ends and the Summer of Love begins, as Jimi Hendrix sets his guitar on fire at the Monterey Pop Festival.