December 21 : This Day In Mystery History

Dec 21 1937
Jane Fonda’s birthday. Jane, an anti-war activist, also holds the title “Miss Army Recruiting” of 1965.

Dec 21 1945
World War II General George Patton dies in a car accident at Heidelberg (aged 60), Germany. RIP General. Easily one of the Top 10 people who ever lived. Mystery History begins when we examine when and how he died. He did die on this day,

General George Patton

Dec 21 1970
President Nixon meets with prescription drug addict Elvis Presley at the White House to discuss The King’s becoming a special drug enforcement agent. He presents Nixon with a pistol, and receives a special DEA badge in return.
President Nixon meets with prescription drug addict Elvis Presley

Dec 21 1971
Former Nazi Kurt Waldheim chosen to serve as United Nations Secretary General, the fourth to serve in that position (but the first Nazi). He paves the way for a New World Order.

Dec 21 1975
Terrorist Carlos the Jackal takes hostage the 11 oil ministers at an OPEC meeting in Vienna. The ministers are released after a ransom is paid, and Carlos escapes. The Jackal is not captured until he enters a Sudanese hospital in 1994 for a testicle operation. Bruce Willis later goes on to star in the movie, ‘The Jackal’ with a cameo appearance from Jack Black. Great movie.

Dec 21 1978
John Wayne Gacy arrested in Des Plaines, IL after remains of some of the 33 men and boys he had killed are discovered on his land. How did this pedophile clown killer get away with it for so long?
Clown Killer John Wayne Gacy

Dec 21 1988
Pan Am flight 103 detonates over Lockerbie Scotland, by means of a remote control radio bomb. All 259 aboard are killed as well as 11 on the ground struck by falling detritus. The PFLP faction of the PLO was responsible, assisted by Libyan sponsorship.

Dec 21 1991
Charles Barkley arrested on charges of battery and disorderly conduct, Milwaukee. He had punched a heckler, but was acquitted.

Dec 21 2012
The Mayan “long count” calendar is based on great cycles of 5125 years, the current cycle ending on this day in 2012. Endings of cycles are punctuated by cataclysmic singularities on a deluge scale, so be prepared. This is the end of time! Or at least many thought it was as it is now way passed this Rapture deadline.

December 18 : This Day In Mystery History

Dec 18 1879
Stalin’s birthday!

Dec 18 1916
Bloodiest and longest battle of World War I ends, with the French defeating Germans at the Battle of Verdun. There were over 1 million casualties, and the Verdun ossuary contains bones of 100,000 unidentified soldiers.

Dec 18 1940
Hitler formulates plans, issued today as Directive 21, for the invasion of Russia. The intent of Operation Barbarossa was to destroy the Red Army. Fighting on two fronts eventually caused Germany’s defeat.

Dec 18 1997
The incredible Chris Farley (photo above) is found dead, wearing only pajama bottoms, and surrounded by empty food containers and pornography. Farley’s act often consisted of imitating other very fat celebrities, including Newt Gingrich, Mama Cass, and Tom Arnold. He joins John Candy at the big fat farm in the sky.

November 10 : This Day In Mystery History

November 10 4004 BC
Adam and Eve are driven from Paradise.

November 10 1928
Emperor Hirohito enthroned at Kyoto.

November 10 1938
Kristallnacht, Night of Broken Glass, in Germany. Members of the SA, SS, and Hitler Youth round up some 30,000 jews. Jewish homes and shops are targeted for vandalism, 177 synagogues are destroyed by fire and 91 jews are killed.

November 10 1940
Walt Disney begins serving as a secret informer for the Los Angeles office of the FBI, to report back information on Hollywood subversives. He was made a “Full Special Agent in Charge Contact” in 1954. We should note that Disney was atheist and thus subversive in his own little way.

November 10 1969
“Sesame Street” made its debut on PBS.

November 10 1972
Two men hijack Southern Airways Flight 49 out of Birmingham, and hopscotch it variously in the U.S., Canada, and Cuba while demanding $7M. At one point they circle Oak Ridge National Laboratory and threaten to crash the plane into that top secret nuclear installation. After two days, and exhausting most of the aircraft’s supply of mini liquor bottles, the plane lands for good in Havana where the hijackers are jailed by Fidel Castro. Said one of the two hijackers later, “I wanted to fly over the Statue of Liberty and urinate on it.”

November 10 1980
CBS News anchor, Dan Rather, claimed he had been kidnapped in a cab. It turned out that Rather had refused to pay the cab fare.

November 10 1997
Seymore Hersh’s book “The Dark Side of Camelot” published, includes allegations that explicit photos were taken of John F. Kennedy with various sex partners and brought by a Secret Service agent to a Washington gallery for framing. The gallery owner, Sidney Mickelson, stated that the participants included a naked Kennedy and assorted lady friends wearing masks.

October 28 : This Day In Mystery History

October 28 4004 BC
God creates Adam and Eve five days after the rest of the universe, according to Biblical calculations by Archbishop James Ussher.

October 28 1919
The Volstead Act passes, over President Wilson’s veto. Prohibition is ignored by most Americans, and fosters Mafia encroachment into legitimate businesses. Strangely, the lesson here has yet to be learned.

October 28 1922
Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini seizes power in Italy, with the assistance of the Catholic Church. Pope Pius XI declared “Mussolini is a man sent by divine providence.” In return for this endorsement, the silly dictator signs the Lateran treaty, restoring papal sovereignty over the Vatican. But at least the trains run on time.

October 28 1948
The Nobel committee announces that Swiss chemist Paul Mueller has won the 1948 chemistry prize. He discovered the unusual insecticidal properties of 1,1,1-trichloro-2,2- bis(p-chlorophenyl)ethane. Thanks to Mueller, the world embraces the phenomenal bug-killer… until somebody discovers that the hydrocarbon, popularly known as DDT, also excels at causing cancer.

October 28 1955
William Henry Gates III is born in Seattle. Even after becoming chairman of Microsoft and the richest man in the world, Bill’s mother would sometimes have to remind him to wash his hair. [Seriously.]

October 28 1965
Pope Paul VI issues Nostra Aetate in which he absolves the Jews of killing Jesus, thus reversing 760 years of official Vatican policy. Innocent III had declared in 1205 that “the Jews, by their own guilt, are consigned to perpetual servitude because they crucified the Lord.”

October 28 1976
John D. Ehrlichman, President Nixon’s former domestic policy adviser and convicted Watergate felon, arrives at the Swift Trail Camp minimum-security facility in southeast Arizona.

October 28 2005
I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, is indicted on charges of perjury, obstruction of justice and false statements made in his testimony during the Valerie Plame leak investigation. He resigns from his White House job soon after.

October 27 : This Day In Mystery History

October 27 1964
In a private ceremony, Sonny and Cher marry each other by exchanging rings in a Tijuana motel bathroom. Five years later, with a baby on the way, they get married for real.

October 27 1993
Santa Ana winds drive 14 fires across five Southern California counties, which destroy more than 500 homes and cause perhaps $1B in damage within a week’s time.

October 27 1997
The California Medical Board announces it is investigating Hollywood plastic surgeon Steven Hoefflin, after former employees accused him of “fondling, disrobing, photographing and ridiculing his anesthetized patients.” Hoefflin – whose former patients include Liz Taylor, Phyllis Diller, and Joan Rivers – denies all charges. The probe is eventually dropped, but not before Dr. Hoefflin agrees to pay his former workers an undisclosed cash settlement.

October 27 1997
The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 554.26 points. The stock market was shut down for the first time since the 1981 assassination attempt on U.S. President Reagan.

October 27 1999
Five gunmen storm the Armenian Parliament with machine guns, killing the prime minister, Vazgen Sarkisian, and seven other high officials on live television. The gunmen surrender the following day, after holding a large number of parliament members hostage. The motive behind the attack seems to have been protesting government corruption. Actual footage below.