Friday Fun: Commentary On The Absurd, The Serious, And The Useless In History Trivia (4/4/2008)
On this day in …
– 1814, “Napoleon abdicates for the first time.” … I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I wish some of our current world leaders would follow Napoleon’s example in this regard. … You know who you are, so I don’t need to put up any leading pictures.
– 1859, “Bryant’s Minstrels debut “Dixie” in New York City in the finale of a blackface minstrel show.” … I’m no great fan of Wikipedia, but you know it’s useful when you can get at least 70% correct information on something like Bryant’s Minstrels. The playbill to the right comes from the entry.
– 1964, “The Beatles occupy the top five positions on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart.” … Did Michael Jackson ever occupy five spots? Hmm… The Magic Eight Ball here won’t say.
– 2007, “Radio host Don Imus made offensive on-air remarks about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team. Despite a subsequent apology, Imus was fired by CBS Radio and cable network MSNBC.” … Thus demonstrating, in some ways, the unfinished work caused by Ray’s moment of infamy. – TL
[Sources: NYT, Wikipedia. It appears that the Chicago Tribune has stopped publishing their “Almanac” in the online edition. I guess I can no longer poke fun at their obligatory two pieces of sports trivia.]