Previously On… October 14th

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The 287th day of the year. Big day in history, notable Chicago Cubs history. We’ve got the 1908 World Series clincher and the ’03 Bartman game. Really makes ya think. Other than the Baby Bears, we’ve got a Winnie the Pooh sighting, Nazis killing themselves, concentration camp escapes, astronauts, Prince, Teddy Roosevelt eating bullets on the campaign trail, and a college football brawl that introduced us to a psychopath named Brandon Merriweather. October 14th, errybody.

  • 1773 – Before the beginning of the American Revolutionary War, several of the British East India Company‘s tea ships are set on fire in Annapolis, Maryland.
  • 1908 – The Chicago Cubs defeat the Detroit Tigers, 2–0, clinching the World Series. The Cubs would not win another World Series for 107 years.
  • 1912 – Theodore Roosevelt caught a hot one while campaigning in Milwaukee, WI. Roosevelt’s wound in the chest was not serious and he continued with his planned speech. The shooter, William Schrenk, was captured at the scene of the shooting.
  • 1926 – First ever Winnie the Pooh book is published.
  • 1933 – Germany withdraws from The League of Nations.
  • 1943 – Prisoners at the Nazi German Sobibór extermination camp in Poland revolt against the Germans, killing eleven SS guards, and wounding many more. 300 of the Sobibor Camp’s prisoners escape, and about 50 of them survive the end of the war.
  • 1944 – Nazi Field Marshal Erwin Rommel is forced to commit suicide.
  • 1945 – The Chicago Cardinals ended the longest losing streak in NFL history. The team had lost 19 consecutive games.
  • 1962 – The Cuban Missile Crisis began.
  • 1964 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent resistance to racial prejudice in America.
  • 1968 – Vietnam War: The United States Department of Defense announces that the U.S. Army and Marine Corps will send about 24,000 soldiers and Marines back to Vietnam for involuntary second tours of duty in the combat zone there.
  • 1968 – The first live TV broadcast by American astronauts in orbit is performed by the Apollo 7 crew.
  • 1977 – Bing Crosby died of a heart attack at the age of 76.
  • 1978 – Maple Leafs’ Darryl Sittler registers seven assists in a 10-7 win over the New York Islanders.
  • 1981 – Prince released the album Controversy.
  • 1982 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan proclaims a War on Drugs.
  • 1984 – George ‘Sparky’ Anderson became the first baseball manager to win 100 games and a World Series in both leagues.
  • 1998 – Eric Rudolph is charged with six bombings including the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 2003 – Chicago Cubs fan Steve Bartman becomes infamously known as the scapegoat for the Cubs losing Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series to the Florida Marlins.
  • 2004 – The iTunes Music Store reached 150 million songs sold.
  • 2006 – The college football brawl between University of Miami and Florida International University leads to suspensions of 31 players of both teams.


William Penn; Jim Rome; Ralph Lauren; Art Shamsky; Usher; Steven A Smith; Steve Coogan; Floyd Landis; Shaggy 2 Dope; LaRon Landry; Stacey Keibler


Previously On… October 12th

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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


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

Previously On… October 9th

Prevously On… is a new feature here on Elbow Deep.  We started this yesterday.  Basically, it will be historical events, sporting accomplishments, weird shit and interesting facts that occurred on [insert date here] in the past. 

Today is October 9th. The 282nd day of the year. Smack dab in the heart of football season and playoff baseball, the perfect time to get fat and drunk. You know who else enjoyed cold weather and overindulging on food/drink? The Vikings, that’s who.

HAPPY LEIF ERIKSON DAY. Didn’t see that coming, did ya?

Leif Erikson Day is an annual American observance which occurs on October 9. It honors Leif Erikson, the Norse explorer who led the first Europeans known to have set foot in North America.


1865 – First U.S. underground oil pipeline

1888 – Washington Monument, t

1890 – First manned, powered, heavier-than-air flight. 

1904 –  The American Tobacco Co.

1946 – 

1992 – First birth-control shot for women

1992 – A 30-pound meteorite

2006 – North Korea allegedly tests its first nuclear device.


Jackson Browne, John Lennon, Rube Marquard, Charles X, Alfred Dreyfus, Joe Pepitone, Mike Singeltary, Stacey Donovan, Jimbo Fisher, Eddie Guerrero (RIP), Nick Swardson, Brian Roberts, Juan Dixon, Bo the Dog,

Previously On…. October 8th

Prevously On… is a new feature here on Elbow Deep.  Basically, this is going to be historical events, sporting accomplishments, weird shit and interesting facts that occurred on [insert date here] in the past. 

Today is October 8th. Lots of military history, a couple sporting notes, and one helluva fire on this day in…


  • 1806 – Napoleonic Wars: Forces of the British Empire lay siege to the port of Boulogne in France by using Congreve rockets, invented by Sir William Congreve.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: Battle of Perryville: Union forces under General Don Carlos Buell halt the Confederate invasion of Kentucky by defeating troops led by General Braxton Bragg at Perryville, Kentucky.
  • 1871 – Four major fires break out on the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago, Peshtigo, Wisconsin, Holland, Michigan, and Manistee, Michigan including the Great Chicago Fire, and the much deadlier Peshtigo Fire.
  • 1912 – First Balkan War begins: Montenegro declares war against the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1918 – World War I: In the Argonne Forest in France, United States Corporal Alvin C. York kills 28 German soldiers and captures 132, for which he is awarded the Medal of Honor.
  • 1944 – World War II: The Battle of Crucifix Hill occurs just outside Aachen. Capt. Bobbie Brown receives a Medal of Honor for his heroics in this battle.
  • 1973 – Yom Kippur War: Gabi Amir’s armored brigade attacks Egyptian occupied positions on the Israeli side of the Suez Canal, in hope of driving them away. The attack fails, and over 150 Israeli tanks are destroyed.
  • 1990 – Israeli–Palestinian conflict: In Jerusalem, Israeli police kill 17 Palestinians and wound over 100 near the Dome of the Rock mosque on the Temple Mount.
  • 2001 – U.S. President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.


  • 1921 – KDKA in Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field conducts the first live broadcast of a football game.
  • 1956 – New York Yankees’s Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in a World Series.


RL Stine; Chevy Chase; George Bellamy; Sigourney Weaver; Monty Williams, The Miz; Travis Pastrana; Mario Cassano.