"This new history of yours," said McPhee, "is a wee bit lacking in documents."
Synchronicities this week
- June 24 Midsummer/St. John’s Day
- June 24, 1947 The first flying saucers are sighted over Mount Rainier by pilot Ken Arnold.
- June 24, 1542 St. John of the Cross, Spanish Carmelite mystic and poet, is born.
- June 24, 1938 500 ton meteorite lands near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.
- June 24, 1717 First Free Masons' grand lodge founded in London.
- June 24, 1374 A sudden outbreak of St. John's Dance causes people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapse from exhaustion.
- June 24, 1314 Battle of Bannockburn; Scotland regains independence from England.
- June 24, 843 Vikings destroy Nantes.
- June 23 Midsummer’s Eve
- June 23, 1972 Nixon & Haldeman agree to use CIA to cover up Watergate.
- June 23, 1942 Germany's latest fighter, a Focke-Wulf FW190 is captured intact when it mistakenly lands at RAF Pembrey in Wales.
- June 23, 1888 Frederick Douglass is 1st African-American nominated for president.
- June 23, 1848 Workers’ insurrection in Paris.
- June 23, 1713 The French residents of Acadia are given one year to declare allegiance to Britain or leave Nova Scotia, Canada. They choose the latter, migrate to Louisiana, and become Cajuns.
- June 21 Summer Solstice (11:28 a.m.).
- June 21, 1964 Three civil rights workers-Michael H. Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James E. Chaney-are kidnapped and murdered by the Klan in Mississippi .
- June 21, 1948 The 33 1/3 RPM LP record is introduced by Columbia Records.
- June 21, 1944 Ray Davies of the Kinks born in London.
- June 21, 1916 Mexican troops beat US expeditionary force under Gen Pershing.
- June 21, 1877 The Molly Maguires, ten Irish immigrant labor activists, are hanged in Pennsylvania prisons.
- June 20, 1947 Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, gangster, the “man who invented Las Vegas,” shot dead in Beverly Hills, Cal.
- June 20, 1909 Errol Flynn, greatest of the swashbucklers, born in Hobart, Tasmania.
- June 20, 1944 Congress charters Central Intelligence Agency.
- June 20, 1943 Detroit race riot kills 35.
- June 20, 1893 - Lizzie Borden acquitted in murder of parents in New Bedford Mass.
- June 20, 1871 Ku Klux Klan trials began in federal court in Oxford Miss.
- June 20, 1837 Queen Victoria at 18 ascends British throne ; rules for 63 years ending in 1901.
- June 20, 1756 146 British soldiers imprisoned in the "Black Hole of Calcutta." Most die.
- June 20, 1631 The Irish village of Baltimore is attacked by Algerian pirates.
- June 20, 1214 The University of Oxford receives its charter.
- June 20, 451 Germans & Romans beat Attila the Hun at Catalarinische Fields.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
from The New Yorker, January 5, 2009
O Egypt, Egypt—so the great lament
Of thrice-great Hermes went—
Nothing of thy religion shall remain
Save fables, which thy children shall disdain.
His grieving eye foresaw
The world’s bright fabric overthrown
Which married star to stone
And charged all things with awe.
And what, in that dismantled world, could be
More fabulous than he?
Had he existed? Was he but a name
Tacked on to forgeries which pressed the claim
Of every ancient quack—
That one could from a smoky cell
By talisman or spell
Coerce the Zodiac?
Still, still we summon him at midnight hour
To Milton’s pensive tower,
And hear him tell again how, then and now,
Creation is a house of mirrors, how
Each herb that sips the dew
Dazzles the eye with many small
Reflections of the All—
Which, after all, is true.