DAILY BRIEFINGThe Moron's Daily Briefing
Jul. 31 - It was on this day in 1954 that human feet first stood upon the summit of Pakistan's K2 mountain, the second-tallest mountain in the world.
K2 was known to the Chinese as "Great Mountain" and to Indian and Pakistani locals as "That Big Thing Over There." It was not until 1856, when T.G. Montgomerie of Britain's Survey of India was logging the mountains of the Karakorum range, that it was dubbed K2. This helped distinguish it from K1, to its left, and K3, to its right.
(K1 was later named Mount Masherbrum. K3 moved to New Mexico, where it is believed to be running a New Age bookstore under an assumed name.)
It was an Italian expedition led by Ardito Desio that first succeeded in ascending to the peak of K2. Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni achieved that distinction on July 31, 1954. The summit was not reached again until 1977, when a Japanese team with more than 1500 porters found their way to the top.
The first American expedition reached the top in 1978 without the aid of any stinking porters.
Today is Revolution Day in Congo. This date is also celebrated as Lammas or Lughnassadh, or both, by Pagans.
It's the birthday of Wesley Snipes (1962), Curt Gowdy (1919), and Milton Friedman (1912).
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