Boy, Sparrow is whining like a four-year-old in today’s edition of The Diary of a Nobody. Blame a lack of sleep, usual for Wednesdays. His whining is county-wide, too, from the retailer to his treasured small town diner. A subscription is required to read The Diary of a Nobody. Click here to get yours.
American journalist Heywood Broun, one of that industry’s more useful people, has The Thought for the Day, his quote inspired by a 1921 boxing match. It concerns how sometimes our very best isn’t enough. However, in our usual witless commentary, we wonder if this is really such a tragedy at all. As always, The Thought for the Day is offered with our compliments.
On This Date:
In 1862 – The United States Congress authorizes the Congressional Medal of Honor, the descendant of earlier awards of individual services. It would first be awarded in March 1863 and to date has been awarded 3,519 times to 3,500 men. 19 men have been awarded the Medal of Honor twice. Five were awarded both the Army and Navy Medal for the same action and 14 men were awarded two Medals for separate actions.
In 1979 – Chicago disc jockey Steve Dahl of WLUP-FM hosts the now-infamous Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park. Fans had been invited to bring disco records to the stadium to be destroyed between games of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers and the ensuing explosion and chaos rendered the field unplayable and the White Sox forfeited Game 2.
In 1969 – Zager and Evans begin a six-week stretch at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with In The Year 2525. Zager and Evans remain one of the few true one-hit wonders of the Rock Era, an act with one number one single and no other chart records. They also turned this trick in Great Britain and Zager and Evans remain the only act in chart history to have #1’s in both the US and Britain and no other chart singles in either country.
Have a good day, and thank you for reading.