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Friday Fun: History Trivia And Comment

April 20, 2007

After a three week absence, Friday Fun returns! So, on this day in . . .

– 1836, “The Territory of Wisconsin was established by Congress.” . . . Ah, it’s always good remember the land of beer and brats as the summer fest season approaches! I’m totally looking forward to the new Zubaz styles modeled by svelte, tanned Wisconsinites down on Milwaukee’s waterfront.

– 1871, The Civil Rights Act of 1871 was instituted. . . .Can you spell j-o-k-e, boys and girls?

– 1889, “Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau, Austria.” . . . Can even the idea of someone’s birth make you angry?

– 1926, “Western Electric and Warner Bros. announce Vitaphone, a process to add sound to film.” . . . Resulting in Movies On Steriods! Oh wait, those were legal supplements at the time.

– 1939, “Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams made his major league debut with the Boston Red Sox.” . . . Who cares?! This was in the NYT, so I guess they like to keep their enemies closer, as they say.

– 1979, “Jimmy Carter’s rabbit incident.” . . . So maybe Carter’s “swamp rabbit” was the inspiration for the The Holy Grail‘s “vorpul” bunny, with “great, big shiny teeth” and “a vicious streak a mile wide”?

– 1985, “ATF raids The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord compound in northern Arkansas.” . . . Further proving that the Middle East has not cornered the world terrorist market! Take a look at the link. This stuff is scary.

– 2005, “President George W. Bush signed a bill making it harder for debt-ridden people to wipe clean their financial slates by declaring bankruptcy.” . . . Ah, the work of a slave to the capital class. Of course this was in the NYT – they don’t miss a chance to take cheap shots at GWB. But wait, I guess kind of did that too!

[Sources: IMDB, NYT, Wikipedia]

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