Monday, July 18, 2011

Fiddle me this!

July 18th
On this day in 64 AD the Great Fire of Rome occurred. It is said that the emperor Nero played a fiddle while everyone around him suffered. Another legend has Nero starting the fire himself. Either way, in the aftermath the emperor rebuilt the city the way he envisioned it. Let's get one thing straight, Nero didn't play the fiddle, it hadn't been invented yet. He rocked the lute! However, Nero was a little more caring in actuality, allowing his palace to be used as a shelter for those affected by the fire.

On this day in 1969 a drunk Senator Ted Kennedy drove his car off a bridge at Chappaquiddick Island, killing his passenger Mary Jo Kopechne. He fled the scene and did not report the accident for 10 hours. He was able to escape any serious charge due to his influence and money. But his presidential aspirations died that night along with his mistress. What? Mistress you say? Yes, Kennedy was a married man, and the Chappaquiddick bridge led to a secluded beach. Kopechne had left her purse and room key back at her hotel. You're a bad man! You're a VERY bad man!

On this day in 1925 Adolf Hitler publishes his book Mein Kampf. A book filled with all his crazy thoughts, Hitler wrote it while in prison for starting the Beer Hall Putsch, an attempt to overthrow the local government in Bavaria. It describes the ins and outs of why Germany was in need of a revolution to get out of the mire that beset it after WWI, and pointed all of its problems at the Jews.

On this day in 1976 Nadia Comaneci becomes the first person in Olympic Games history to receive a perfect 10, doing it a remarkable 7 times at the Montreal Olympics. The scoreboards at the arena were not even equipped to register a 10 because it had never happened, so it gave her a 1.00 instead.

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