Friday, May 8, 2009
1794 - Antoine Lavoisier is executed by guillotine. He was the French chemist that discovered oxygen.
1884 - U.S. President Harry S. Truman is born.
1902 - Mount Pelee on Martinique erupted and killed over 30,000 people and destroyed the town of St. Pierre.
1911 - Satanic blues musician Robert Johnson is born.
1926 - Comedian Don Rickles is born.
1937 - Writer Thomas Pynchon is born.
1944 - Pedophile Gary Glitter is born.
1955 - Rock drummer Alex Van Halen is born.
1956 - Alfred E. Neuman appears on the cover of "Mad Magazine" for the first time.
1959 - San Francisco 49er Ronnie Lott is born.
1964 - Actress Melissa Gilbert is born.
1978 - David R. Berkowitz, known as the "Son of Sam," pleads guilty to six murder charges.
1984 - Joanie (Erin Moran) and Chachi (Scott Baio) get married on ABC-TV's Happy Days.
1988 - Sci-fi author Robert A. Heinlein dies of heart failure at 80.
1994 - George Peppard (Hannibal from The A-Team) dies at 65.
1999 - Dana Plato, child star, Different Strokes, dies at 34.
The reason I bring the subject up is because I myself was born THIRTY years ago today, on a couch in a small house in Santa Rosa, California. So yeah, thirty... (sigh). For some reason, I am reminded of the Greek legend of Sisyphus (shown at right - click the link, you uneducated rubes!).
I wasn't even going to post about this (BEWARE FALSE MODESTY), but then I happened to look at the ol' Illogical Contraption hit counter today:
For another exceedingly strange incident involving the Illogical Contraption hit counter, click here.