So, it is Monday July 30th, and what a day to live up to, a very loving, revolutionary, type-of-day. In 1419 Anti-Catholic Bohemian Hussites stormed the town hall in Prague and threw Catholics out the window. Ouch. In 1839, a group of pissed-off -- and on, unfortunately -- African slaves took over the Spanish ship Amistad which was delivering them to America; two months later the ship was found off the coast of New York. The U.S. Supreme Court argued by former U.S. president John Quincy Adams, stated the Africans were free men and women, and were never citizens of Spain, and were not guilty of murder for the deaths of the crewmen during the takeover. Then the biggy for this day and one we can only hope repeats itself soon: in 1974 on this day the U.S. House Judiciary Committee votes to impeach President Richard Nixon.
Speaking of Richard Nixon and his involvement in the Watergate, one thing that is not quite as well known is that he was also accused of being involved in illegally raising the price of the McDonald’s Quarter Pounder cheeseburgers. According to a book published by the New York Times titled The Offenses of Richard M. Nixon (1973), among twenty-eight criminal violations by the president is one for receiving bribes from Ray Kroc, Chairman of the Board of McDonald’s. After McDonald’s raised the price of their cheeseburger from 59¢ to 65¢ without authorization or notification, the Price Commission ordered the price lowered. But after Kroc gave over $200,000 to Nixon’s campaign, the price Commission reversed its decision. This money was “solicited and obtained….in violation of article II, section 4 of the Constitution and sections 201, 372, 872 and 1505 of the Criminal Code.” The book also lists ten similar instances of bribery and fraud, plus one of embezzlement. Of course, Nixon didn’t believe anything he did was wrong. In 1977, he said, “When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal.”
In case you missed it, here are some storage instructions of warheads and torpedoes from the British Admiralty that really inspire confidence in the handling of these weapons:
“It is necessary for technical reasons that these warheads should be stored with the top at the bottom, and the bottom at the top. In order that there may be no doubt as to which is the top and which is the bottom, for storage purposes, it will be seen that the bottom of each head has been labeled with the word TOP.”
Weird History 101, pg 39,