Thursday, June 9, 2011

The little black book

June 9th
On this day in 1993 Heidi Fleiss was arrested in a sting operation that put a halt to her high priced prostitution ring. Known as the "Hollywood Madam", Fleiss instantly became the most famous pimp in the world. Her "little black book" contained the names of many of the Hollywood elite, yay Charlie Sheen! She served three years in federal prison.

On this day in 1973 the horse Secretariat wins the Belmont Stakes by an amazing 31 lengths to capture the first "Triple Crown" in 25 years. It has only been done once since. Still to this day he is known as one of the greatest race horses ever, and his performance that day at the Belmont goes down as the best ever. When he died it was found that his heart was twice as big as a normal horses' heart.

On this day in 1915 William Jennings Bryan resigned from his position as Secretary of State. He did so in response to president Woodrow Wilson's insistence that threats be made to Germany about its unrestricted submarine warfare policy. Bryan wanted to keep the United States out of WWI at all cost. He thought he and Wilson were on the same page, but knew this wasn't the case when he was told to write a note to his counterpart in Germany. This ended a long and prominent political career that helped America become the power that it is today. I highly recommend you go here if you don't know anything about Bryan, as he is a very important figure in US history.

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