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3/21/2008 - DB Metzger

Today in Herstory: On the first day of Spring Pocahontas is buried, A Hatfield marries a McCoy, Truman signs executive order 9835 (Loyalty Oath) and Alan Freed throws the first rock concert. Strawberry Fields in Central Park opens and Lennon and the gang play for the first time at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.. Candy Darling dies. And the country asks who shot JR. We ask can you define obscenity and Imperialism .

Spring Equinox. Spring festivals celebrate the ancient Greek story of the reunion of Kore,Daughterof the Earth, and her mother, Dememter, assuring the return of spring.

1617 Pocahontas (Mataoka) buried

1891 A Hatfield marries a McCoy, ends long feud in West Virginia; it started with an accusation of pig-stealing & lasted 20 years

1907 U.S. invades Honduras. Dare we raise the I word. Imperialism

1943 Assassination attempt on Hitler fails

1943 Cornelia Ford, military pilot, died when another plane on the same air ferry mission clipped her plane's wing, crashing her plane

1947 President Truman signs Executive Order 9835 requiring all federal employees to have allegiance to the United States. Also called a loyalty oath. Hereís some context from Howard Zinn.

1951 Alger Hiss begins begins serving 44 months for perjury.

1952 Alan Freedís Moondog Coronation ball is held in Cleveland, considered the First Rock Concert.

1955 the first Colgate Comedy hour was aired, competing with Ed Sullivan.

1960 South African Authorities kill 69 demonstrators in whatís come to be known as the Sharpeville Massacre.

1961 Lennon, McCartney,Harrison and Starr appear together for the first time at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

1963 Alcatraz Federal Prison (The Rock) is closed down.

1965 the Selma To Montgomery Civil rights march began. On this day Federal troops were called in to escort marchers Across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

1966 Supreme Court reverses Massachusetts ruling that "Fanny Hill" is obscene Hereís an obscenity timeline.

1972 Equal Rights Amendment sent by Congress to the States for ratification. It all began in 1923 where it was introduced in Congress by Republicans.

1974 Candy Darling [James Slattery], female impersonator, dies

1980 On TV show Dallas, JR is shot. Who shot JR? .It wasnít Junior Soprano.

1984 Part of Central Park is named Strawberry Fields honoring John Lennon

Notable Birthdays

1685 Johann Sebastian Bach baroque composer

1816 Charlotte Bronte novelist/poet(Jane Eyre)

1857 Alice Henry feminist journalist and union activist

1866 Antonia Maury astrophysicist.

1869 Florenz Ziegfeld American showman

1905 Phyllis McGinley Pulitzer prize winning poet.

1906 John D. Rockefeller III third generation philanthropist, Nelsonís Brother.John D. # I is the most interesting.

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