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Friday Fun: History Trivia & Comment

August 31, 2007

On this day in …

– 1935, “President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an act prohibiting the export of U.S. arms to belligerents,” … And, excepting perhaps Prohibition, never was an act of government probably so quickly ignored in U.S. history!

– 1969, “Boxer Rocky Marciano died in a plane crash in Iowa the day before his 46th birthday.” … With all due respect to the Marciano family, I wish the Rocky Balboa character had died well before ~his~ 46th Hollywood birthday.

– 1992, “White separatist Randy Weaver surrendered to authorities in Naples, Idaho, ending an 11-day siege by federal agents that claimed the lives of Weaver’s wife, son and a deputy U.S. marshal.” … Can you think of a “tougher” job in the U.S. than that of a “white separatist?” I mean, jeez, just about any suburb in the U.S. will do. Talk about a bourgeois resistance!

– 1997, “Diana, Princess of Wales, dies in a car crash in Paris.” … Well, this is a totally gratuitous mention made in the hope of converting Diana’s fans into H&E followers! … But this ~is~ a sparkling picture of her, yes?

– 2001, “A Bronx, N.Y., team’s third-place finish in the Little League World Series was ruled invalid because one player was two years older than the age limit of 12.” … Considering that the steroid scandal hit after this one, do you think that the Major Leaguers took their ethical cues from the Little Leaguers? I mean, most of the former act like the latter anyway.

– 2002, “Jazz musician and bandleader Lionel Hampton died at age 94.” … And I ask you: Is there anything better than the sound of a xylophone in a big band swing set? … Talk amongst yourselves.

– 2002, My and my wife’s god-daughter, Nina Koskiewicz, was born. Happy 4th birthday Nina!

And, although I know Summer ’07 isn’t officially over, the last day of August certainly symbolizes the end, yes? Happy Friday! – TL

[Sources: NYT, Wikipedia]


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