May 29

You don’t realize it till it’s here, but it’s today. Today is the day that Stravinsky’s innovative The Rite of Spring premiered in Paris in 1913, causing a riot between the well-to-do defenders of traditional ballet and the parvenu champions of modern music. The incident is chronicled in my absolute favorite wikipedia page. Today in 1919, the Republic of Prekmurje was established. Today is also the day, in 2013, that Nick Renkoski first heard of the Republic of Prekmurje. I’d feel worse about that but the Republic of Prekmurje which, at the height of its power, was only about 100 square miles and the whole country only lasted about a week, closing shop on June 6, 1919. Today in 2001 the United Supreme Court ruled that disabled golfer Casey Martin could use a golf cart during PGA tournaments. Remember the wonderful days before 9/11 when this is the kind of thing government got up to?

Today is Oak Apple Day in England, a day in which one is to wear sprigs of oak leaves or oak apples lest they get beaten publically with nettles. However, it means you get to avoid looking like this it may be worth it. 

Josef von Sternberg, the great director, was born today as was Bob Hope and John F. Kennedy. Wonderful French actor Charles Denner was born today. 

Jeff Buckley died today. 

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