Friday Fun: The Absurd, The Serious, And The Useless In History Trivia (5/30/2008)
On this day in…
– 1806, “Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson in a duel after Dickinson had accused Jackson’s wife of bigamy.”
I’ve always thought bigamy a funny word with regard to the offense it denotes. Of course I understand the root: monogamy means one mate, and bi-gamy two—with “gamy” being a derivation of the Greek word for marriage, gamos, if I’ve read my dictionary correctly. But my youthful connotation of bigamy went something like: “Big am I for having two wives!” …This must be my week for thinking about marriage (my anniversary was May 17).
– 1854, “The territories of Nebraska and Kansas were established.” …From the air during a balloon flyover. Just kidding. Really.
– 1868, “Decoration Day (the predecessor of the modern ‘Memorial Day’) is observed in the United States for the first time (By ‘Commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic’ John A. Logan’s proclamation on May 5).”
Isn’t being the Commander-in-Chief of the GAR like being king of one’s backyard? I mean, what’s the point?
– 1967, “At the Ascot Park in Gardena, California, daredevil Evel Knievel jumps his motorcycle over 16 cars lined up in a row.”
This is your useless information of the day.
– 2002, “A solemn, wordless ceremony marked the end of the cleanup at Ground Zero in New York, 8 1/2 months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.”
When will we have one of these for Afghanistan or Iraq? Well, if a certain AZ senator is elected president, we’re okay with having it in 2108. – TL