First Televised Olympics
August 1, 1936
Germany begins broadcasting the 1936 Olympic games. The games were transmitted from the Paul Nipkow TV Station to about two dozen viewing rooms set up around Berlin. An estimated 150,000 people watched the broadcasts. Projection sets were used to produce 8 x 10 foot images.
Pigeons Poop on Hitler’s Games
August 1, 1936
During the opening ceremonies of the 1936 Olympics, known as “Hitler‘s Games,” thousands of pigeons were released. When a ceremonial cannon was fired, it startled the pigeons causing them to poop over the spectators below.
Texas Tower Massacre
August 1, 1966
25-year-old University of Texas student Charles J. Whitman barricades himself into a university tower and over the course of 90 minutes shoots and kills 16 people, wounding 31 others, before being killed by police. He had stabbed his wife and mother to death the night before. It’s suspected that the violent tendencies he had been experiencing were caused by a tumor found in his brain on autopsy. He had sought professional help for “overwhelming violent impulses,” including fantasies about shooting people from the tower. In a note he left behind, he claimed he loved both his wife and mother and killed them to spare them future humiliation and suffering.
The morning of the shooting he purchased a Sears Model 60 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun, a Universal M1 carbine, six additional ammunition magazines, and 14 boxes of ammunition. Whitman sawed off the barrel and butt stock of the shotgun, and packed it along with a Remington 700 6-mm bolt-action hunting rifle, a .35-caliber pump rifle, a .30-caliber carbine (M1), a 9-mm Luger pistol, a Galesi-Brescia .25-caliber pistol, a Smith & Wesson M19 .357 Magnum revolver, and more than 700 rounds of ammunition. He then proceeded to the campus tower where he began his killing spree.
The TV movie The Deadly Tower (1975), featuring Kurt Russell as Whitman, was based on these events.
The above is from the Earl of Taint…who is always spot on when he creates nice memes.