On this day in 1999, a powerful cyclone in the Indian Ocean suddenly intensifies to the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane. The next day it struck India, killing more than 10,000 people. It was the deadliest storm in the Indian Ocean since a 1991 storm that killed more than 130,000 people. Cyclone 05B, as it was designated by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, began as a tropical disturbance i... Read more >
On this day in 1940, Mussolini’s army, already occupying Albania, invades Greece in what will prove to be a disastrous military campaign for the Duce’s forces. Mussolini surprised everyone with this move against Greece; even his ally, Adolf Hitler, was caught off-guard, especially since the Duce had led Hitler to believe he had no such intention. Hitler denounced the move as a major strateg... Read more >
U.S. President Grover Cleveland officially dedicates the Statue of Liberty. Designed by Frederic Bartholdi, the statue was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States. The 152-foot copper and steel sculpture of a woman holding a torch above her head was built in France, then disassembled and sent to New York.
Reconstructed on New York’s Bedloe’s ... Read more >
A Load Of Old Monarchs
Ah, crank calls. Once there was a great comedy industry based around them. But thanks to caller ID and the mobile phones telling you who’s calling and where you are at any given point of the day, this delightful art form is on the wane. But surely one of the high points of crank call history occurred on this day in 1995 when Montreal based DJ and... Read more >