Friday, August 12, 2011

You lost me for a second there.

August 11th
On this day in 1994 the major league baseball season came to an end due to a labor issue. The world series was canceled for the first time in 89 years. Many fans became disinterested in the sport and gave up on watching it when the players and owners finally came to an agreement. The timing of the work stoppage was unique as most labor disputes happen during the offseason.

On this day in 1965 the Watts riots occurred when two white police officers pulled over a black motorist suspected of drunk driving. The witnesses in the predominantly black neighborhood believed this was another in a long list of police discrimination and started the civil unrest. It turned into a full scale riot that last 5 days and caused over $40 million in damages. 34 people died and over a thousand were injured.

On this day in 1806 during Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark expedition is shot in the ass, probably by one of his companions. Lewis and Clark had divided their party and were to meet further downstream on the Missouri river. While hunting elk, Lewis was hit by a .54 caliber bullet from a US military rifle known to be carried by one Private Cruzatte. Cruzatte was blind in one eye and near sighted in the other and probably mistook Lewis for an elk.

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