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On this day in 1983, police freed kidnapped beer magnate Alfred Heineken in Amsterdam. “Man, am I thirsty,” he said. “You guys wanna grab a Coke? My treat.” Andrew the Apostle (I cent.) was the brother of Simon Peter the first Pope of Rome. His name comes from the Greek Ἀνδρέας, “Andreas,” meaning “manly” or […]
On this day in 1775, Sir James Jay invented invisible ink. Sadly his patent application was denied, since it was. . . . Abibus of Nekressi (აბიბოს ნეკრესელი ) (VI cent.) was one of the thirteen (or twelve) Syrian missionaries (“apostles”) sent into Georgia by John Zedazeni. When the twelve (or thirteen) split up, Abibus […]
On this day in 1911, American theatergoers pelted actors with vegetables for the first (recorded) time. Quipped one actor, “Maybe audiences just aren’t ready yet for a musical about cats.” James the Persian (d. 421) is also known as James Intercisus, which means “cut into pieces.” If this squigs you out, you have our permission […]
On this day in 1961, the Pro Baseball Rules Committee voted 8-1 against legalizing the spitball. Quench Gum stock immediately plummeted to 1¢ a piece. Um, share. Innocent of Irkutsk, Apostle to Siberia (1680 – 1731), was baptized John (or “Ivan” — why not say “Ivan”?) in Chernihiv (Chernigov), and attended the Kiev (Kyiv) Theological […]