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Interesting stuff that happened today (which was yesterday in Japan) | October 25, 2009

51 CE – Titus Flavius Domitianus, the Roman Emperor Domitian, was born. Emperor Domitian regined for 15 years, the longest reign since Tiberius. During his reign, he strengthen the economy by revaluing Roman coinage and initiated programs to restore the Damaged city of Rome. Domitian is characterized now as a ruthless and effective ruler, who’s actions and programs provided the foundation for a peaceful 2nd century.

1901 – Annie Edson Taylor is the first person to go over the Niagara Falls in a barrel. SHe once stated “I would caution anyone against attempting the feat… I would sooner walk up to the mouth of a cannon, knowing it was going to blow me to pieces than make another trip over the Fall.” Other interesting notes about her life include the disappearance of the barrel, Taylor spending part of her remaining years as a clairvoyant and providing magnetic therapeutic treatments to locals.

1902 – Wilber Orville makes an airborne turn using a movable rudder and wing-warping. Wikipedia fails to provide the author of this blog any more information than this.

1911 – Orville Wright flies for almost 10 minutes in a glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Wikipedia continues to gloss over most of this.

1915 – Batman creator Bob Kane (born Robert Kahn) was born. Aside from creating Batman, Kane was a trainee animator for the Max Fleischer Studio in 1934, returned to TV animation later in life, and was set to make in cameo in 1989’s “Batman” movie, only to have scheduling conflicts. Interestingly, he died on November 3 1998, 10 days after his birthday.

1917 – Bolshevik Red Guards moved to take governmental buildings across Russia, starting the second phase of the Russian Revolution. This led to the Russian Civil War, lasting until the formation of the Soviet Union in 1922. The event also marks the inception of the first Communist government in Russia, which help power until its collapse in 1991.

1922 – George Cadbury, philanthropist and son of the founder of Cadbury’s cocoa and chocolate company, dies. After taking over the family business, George and brother Richard became concerned about the quality of life for their employees, and later left Birmingham for a new “factory town” in the countryside. Providing low cost housing for the employees and families, the village was called Bournville. The borthers were known for their caring of employees, and George worked on employee rights and education for his employees.

1929 – The initial “Black Thursday” Stock Market crash. This was followed by crashes on the following Monday and Tuesday, leading to the Great Depression. Not much that can be said here that people don’t already know.

1930 – Early rock and roll star the Big Bopper (Jiles Perry Richardson, Jr.) was born. Before getting into music, he was a defensive line-back in high school, studied pre-law in college, but left to work full time at a texas radar station, and was drafted into the US army for two year, serving as a radio instructor. He died in the same plane crash as Buddy Holly. Following his death were a number of rumors about surviving the plane crash and of a gun being fired.

1945 – The United Nations were officially created by the ratification of the “Charter of the United Nations.” It was ratified by the five permanent members of the Security Council – France, the Republic of China, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

1949 – Canadian serial killer Robert Pickton was born. Convicted of 6 counts of second-degree murder, Pickton stands accused of some 20 more counts of first-degree murder, and is suspected in the several more murders. All of the victims were women.

2003 – The supersonic aircraft Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde makes it’s last commercial flight to Edinburgh. British Airways also retires the aircraft. There were 20 aircrafts built, one of which crashed in July 2000. The Concorde was apparently a pig, getting only 14 mpg, per passenger, compared to the Boeing 747-400’s 109 mpg, per passenger. The aircrafts also apparently degraded the ozone layer due to nitrogen oxide emission.

2008 – Many of the world’s stock exchanges felt the worst Stok Market decline in their history. It is commented that this may have been the largest financial crisis in human history. Lamenting over the high cost of housing, the author of this blog comments “It’s about damn time. After the market corrects itself, I’m going to buy a house.”

2009 – The author of this blog gets off his butt and starts trying to post pictures of his trip and of his Ghostbuster costume (the two are unrelated). He hasn’t been terrible successful so far.

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Scooter is an ESL teacher and Japanese anthropologist. He hopes to document his thoughts of living in Japan, continued cultural studies, and to provide advice for others looking to hop the pond.

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