Hills & Bugs

Jun. 17 - Today's briefing is going to be short and blogless because I finally got a full night's sleep.

On this day in 1775, American forces were defeated by the British at Breed's Hill, near Boston, in the Battle of Bunker Hill, after famously withholding their fire until they could see the whites of their enemies' eyes. This battle should not be confused with that of Breed's Hill, fought on Bunker Hill, during which the Americans shot like hell at anything that moved.

Thirty years ago today, on the evening of June 17, 1972, five men broke into the Democratic Party National Committee headquarters at the Watergate building in Washington, DC. They had hoped to bug the offices but were arrested before they could release any insects. Their arrests ultimately led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974. (Nixon's resignation prior to 1974 is attributed to simple melancholy.)

Today is Constitution Day in Iceland, and the birthday of Venus Williams (1980), Joe Piscopo (1951), Barry Manilow (1946), Newt Gingrich (1943), Ralph Bellamy (1904), M.C. Escher (1898), and Igor Stravinski (1882).

Happy Tuesday!

2003, The Moron's Almanac™

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