On this day in 1897 Bram Stoker's Dracula went on sale in London for the first time. We owe all this sexy vampire craze to this guy. Sure, he didn't invent the vampire. It wasn't even appreciated in his time, but his work inspired many who thought up shiney vampires, vampire slayers, plastic vampire teeth, count chocula, vampires obsessed with counting, and lest we forget those idiots who sharpen their teeth so they can pretend to be vampires. Thanks Bram, can't thank you enough!
On this day in 1907 John Wayne was born. Yes, I can do the math, he would be 104 if he were still alive. Instead he died in 1979.
On this day in 1959 Harvey Haddix pitched 12 innings of perfect baseball only to lose the game in the 13th inning. For those of you who don't know, a perfect game is not allowing a hitter to reach base at all for an entire game. It is much harder to do than a no hitter, which a pitcher can attain by allowing walks and hit batsmen. This poor bastard does the impossible for 12 innings only to have his teammates let him down. Give the guy some run support!