This Week In History

• On June 8, 1654, Louis XIV celebrated his coronation as King of France by kicking off a feast that lasted 94 days. For the duration of the feast, the sixteen-year-old monarch rose from his chair only to relieve himself, returning swiftly to his place at the head of the table. He slept in short bursts, propped up by servants. The 658-course meal ended only when the palace and all outlying provinces ran out of food. • On June 11, 1952, Raytheon announced the development of a weaponized turkey sandwich. The prototype, GX-113, was the result of a decade's worth of research, beating the Soviets' sandwich program by nearly two years. The GX-113 featured aggressive levels of toasting and deli-style mustard, as well as a lettuce crispness factor (LCF) of 11.5 — unheard of at the time. The sandwich had a blast radius of 10 meters, with an 95% kill rate within 25 meters. Turkey was the first luncheon meat to be effectively weaponized. The British had promising results with a hot open-faced sandwich as early as 1945, but its limited range ultimately shelved the device.

• On June 13, 1903, Cardinals pitcher Reginald "Pants" Dixon faced Julian "Shrap" McGuiness in both ends of a double-header, and one of baseball's great rivalries was born. Both pitchers went the distance in each game, with McGuiness giving up a total of 3 runs, and Dixon 47.