On this day Gilbert and Sullivan debuted HMS Pinafore. Apparently this was the duos first hit and is one of the most popular musicals of all time. I really couldn't care less. Musicals aren't my bag, baby. However, this musical provided a backdrop for a memorable Simpson's episode. And I'm nothing, if not a Simpson's geek. This is all I could find:
On this day in 1961 president John F. Kennedy announced that he wanted a man on the moon before the end of the decade, meaning 1970. If you believe what the "media" tells you, then we succeeded!
On this day in 1895 Oscar Wilde is sent to prison for sodomy. Things were a little different 110 years ago. Now we only deny gays the right to get married. They can have all the sex they can handle and it doesn't matter where they put it. Wilde was questioned extensively on the subject of the "love that dare not speak its name". Some consider Wilde one of the greatest geniuses to ever live. "All women become like their mothers, that's their tragedy. No man does. That's his.". Genius.
And on this day in 1977 the world was introduced to Luke Skywalker and his butt-chin. Sci-fi movies haven't been the same since.