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By Tim ONeill
Funny Guy 

The Alamo falls, Germany surrenders, bin Laden killed

This week in history


May 1: 2003—On the USS Abraham Lincoln, President Bush states that the “major combat operations in Iraq have ended” and declares “mission accomplished.” 2011—President Obama announces Osama bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Born: Judy Collins (1939). Died: Spike Jones (1965). International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day. Today’s Word: Hypengyophobia—fear of responsibility.

May 2: 1833—The public sale of serfs is banned by Tsar Nicolas. Serf purchasers are now forced to buy them over the internet on eSerf. 2012—The Scream by Edvard Munch sells at auction for $119,922,500. Born: Pincus Leff AKA Pinky Lee (1907). Died: J. Edgar Hoover (1972). Fire Day. Today’s Word: Trigamy—being married to three living spouses.

May 3: 1548—Armed skirmishes break out in Imperial Russia between warring typesetters on whether the king’s title is to be spelled “tsar” or “czar.” 1937—Margaret Mitchell wins the Pulitzer Prize for her only book, Gone With the Wind. 2012—Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng requests Congress grant him asylum to the U.S. Born: Harry Lillis “Bing” Crosby (1903). Died: Bobby Dan “Hoss” Blocker (1972). Constitution Day (Poland).

May 4: 1970—In Ohio, the National Guard fires on war protesters at Kent State University, killing four and injuring 10 more. 2009—A South Korean warship saves a North Korean cargo ship from Somali pirates. The North later repays the kindness by threatening the South with nuclear obliteration. Died: Professional Stooge Moses Horowitz a/k/a Moe Howard a/k/a “Hey Moe” (1975). National Raisin Week. Today’s Word: Tetrapyloctomy—splitting a hair four ways.

May 5: 1904—Cy Young of the Boston Americans throws the first perfect game in the modern era of baseball. Died: Napoleon Bonaparte (1821). Totally Chipotle Day. Today’s Word: Tarantism—the desire to overcome sadness by dancing.

May 6: 1836—189 Texas volunteers lose the Alamo to over 3,000 Mexican troops after a 13-day siege. Born: John “Cliff” Ratzenberger (1947). Died: Author L. Frank Baum (1919). No Diet Day. Today’s Word: Urbicolous—city living.

May 7: 1436 –Giacamo “Pasta” E. Fagioli is denied status as a “Renaissance Man” due to low scores in standardized math test. 1945—Nazi General Alfred Jodl signs Germany’s unconditional surrender to the Allies. Died: Eliot Ness (1957). Accountants Day.


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