I was drawing a blank on what to make today’s list so I thought…why not trivia? Thus I give you…
On This Day in History (In the Past 30 Years)
1.) Lynne Cox became the first to ever swim the Bering Strait from the United States to Russia in 1987.
2.) In New York City in 1988, the temperature hit a high of 88 degrees. It was therefore 88 on 8/8/88.
3.) Also in 1988, Wrigley Field hosted its first night game EVER, although the game was called partway through on account of rain.
4.) John McCarthy, the British hostage of a Shi’ite Muslim extremist group, was released in 1991.
5.) In 1993, Venezuela was struck by Tropical Storm Bret and 100 people were killed.
6.) The song that arguably remains Coolio’s magnum opus “Gangsta’s Paradise” was released in 1995.
7.) After being sunk over 135 years early, the Civil War era Southern submarine the H.L. Hunley rejoined the surface world in 2000.
8.) In 2004, John Elway took his rightful place in the Football Hall of Fame. He used to throw footballs so hard it left an “X” shape in the chests of his receivers.
9.) The most powerful tornado to ever hit New York touched down in Kings and Richmond County in 2007.
10.) Some Olympics took place in 2008. It was a waste of everyone’s time as are all Olympics.
11.) Flooding claims the lives of 16 in 2012 in Manila.
12.) In three separate terrorist attacks worldwide, 46 people were killed in 2013.
13.) Also in 2013, Ben Bradlee, arguably one of the most important journalists and editors of the modern era, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
14.) An Ebola outbreak is categorized as an international concern in 2014 by the World Health Organization. It marks the first time the virus will reach American shores.
15.) Today, we wished Dustin Hoffman a happy 80th Birthday. Happy Birthday Dusty Hoff! (as he demands his friends call him.