Previously On… October 12th

Previously on “Previously On…

October 12th, the 285th day of the year.  Not long ago it felt like 2015 was still in daipers.  Time flies, but you already know that.

Happy Christopher Columbus Day, folks. Big day for the western world. On this day in 1492 our boy Cristoforo Colombo stumbled upon North American while in search of India and, yada yada, there was some genocide and slavery, yada, now here we are!  One could argue that Cris Colombo was a horrific navigator and incompetent, tyrannical governor – he damn sure was no Leif Erikson – but we should still give the man his due. For better or worse, he led us here and brought Spanish women to the New Country. CC’s reward for finding a new continent, you ask? Cris was named Viceroy and Governor of the Indies. Perhaps more importantly, however, he was given a new white guy name.  Hellooooo first American success story.

Word on the the street is that October 12th is about to be renamed from CC Day to “Indigenous Peoples Day.” Can’t say I’m against it. Our indigenous brethren are definitely due. Just remember October 12, 2015, guys. Never forget where you were when the Cubs won the NLDS Game 2 at Wrigley on the final Chris Columbus Day.

Aside from our boy Colombo, 10/12 turned out to be a pretty pretty strange day. We’ve got witches, iron lungs, a Sid Vicious appearance and some good ole fashioned sporting facts, not the least of which is a “driving under the influence of fellatio” arrest.  We also have a John Dillinger sighting which makes for a great excuse to post a clip from Public Enemies:

  • 1933 – Dillinger is freed from prison by 
  • 1692 – The Salem witch trials are ended by a letter from Massachusetts Governor William Phips.
  • 1901 – President Theodore Roosevelt officially renames the “Executive Mansion” to the White House.
  • 1928 – An iron lung respirator is used for the first time at Children’s Hospital, Boston.
  • 1933 – The military Alcatraz Citadel becomes the civilian Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary.
  • 1977 – “Throwaway Game” Catfish Hunter loses WS 6-1 resting Yank pitchers
  • 1978 – Sid Vicious charged with murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen.
  • 1984 – Brighton hotel bombing: The Provisional Irish Republican Army attempt to assassinate Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet. Thatcher escapes but the bomb kills five people and wounds 31.
  • 1989 Herschel Walker is traded from Cowboys to Vikings for 12 players.
  • 1991 Boxer Hector Comacho arrested for driving while getting oral sex.
  • 1992 – First pig-to-human liver transplant
  • 1992 – Washington Redskins Art Monk sets NFL record with 820th reception.
  • 2013 – Timothy Bradley defeats Juan Manuel Márquez to win the WBA Welterweight boxing title

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO:

Kirk Cameron; Hugh Jackman; Charlie Ward; Marion Jones; Bode Miller; Prince Boris of Bulgaria.

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