The Moron's Daily Briefing

Sep. 30 - Many Americans take great pride in tracing their lineage back to immigrants who arrived on the Mayflower. The descendants of John Billington should be especially proud, for on September 30, 1630, that pilgrim distinguished himself by becoming the first Englishman in the colonies to be hanged for murder.

On September 30, 1955, teen idol James Dean was killed in a car accident that probably could have been avoided if he had had his car inspected and tuned up regularly, obeyed all posted highway signs, and driven only when alert and sober. On the other hand, had he survived, today James Dean would probably be tottering aimlessly around celebrity golf tournaments, pimping life insurance or antacids, and writing tell-all memoirs.

On September 30, 1927, Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run of the season. (Mark McGwire was born on October 1, 1963, however, so this no longer matters.)

Today is the birthday of Martina Hingis (1980), Fran Drescher (1957), Johnny Mathis (1935), Angie Dickinson (1931), Elie Wiesel (1928), Truman Capote (1924), and Buddy Rich (1917).

It's Independence Day in Botswana. Bottoms up!

2002, The Moron's Almanac™

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