DAILY BRIEFINGThe Moron's Daily Briefing
Jun. 6 - On this day in 1755 a boy was born in Coventry, Connecticut. He grew up, went to Yale, and became a teacher. He never distinguished himself in any way. He never wrote or said anything of note, never committed any famous or infamous deeds, never married or had children. He seemed destined to be swallowed whole by the omnivorous mouth of obscurity. He was therefore recruited by the United States Military as an intelligence agent, dispatched behind enemy lines in British-occupied Manhattan, and captured.
He was hanged by the British on September 22, 1776.
Moments before his execution, he expressed regret that he couldn't be hanged more than once. This remark catapulted him to posthumous fame after he died, and Nathan Hale is revered to this day.
June 6, 1944, was D-Day, the day of the allied invasion of Normandy, which was called Operation Overlord. The military calls the date of every major operation D-Day, probably to confuse the enemy. This would have been especially confusing in Normandy, which is in France, where "Day" begins with a "J." German spies were probably waiting to hear something about J-Day.
It's Flag Day in Sweden, probably because it's Bjorn Borg's birthday. Also celebrating today are Sandra Bernhard, Thomas Mann, Alexander Pushkin, and Pierre Corneille.
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