Thursday, July 14, 2011

My parents are French, we celebrate Bastille Day.

July 14th
On this day in 1789 the French Revolution began when revolutionaries stormed the Bastille fortress that represented royal tyranny in France. The bloody revolution targeted aristocrats and the ruling class by those who had suffered most in the previous hundreds of years. Off with their heads!

On this day in 1881 the outlaw Henry McCarty, aka William H. Bonny, aka Billy the kid. He was shot by sheriff Pat Garrett, a former member of his posse. When he was only 18 years old he was credited with 17 murders. Since his shooting the "Kid" has taken on legendary status as an outlaw trying to stick it to the man. Why is it none of these glorified criminals ever escape with their lives?

On this day in 1882, another gunslinger met his demise when Johnny Ringo was found shot dead. Who killed him remains a mystery as four people at least have claimed responsibility, including "Doc" Holiday and Wyatt Earp. It was officially ruled a suicide because the bullet entered in the side of his head. This would also explain why so many people jumped up and took credit for his murder.

On this day in 1995 the MP3 is invented. This format for holding music didn't seem like a big deal at the time, but it allowed for music to be stored on a computer in a much smaller form than previously allowed. This was what killed the CD format as we know it. At first people began using this with another new technology, CD burning, but later in the decade the MP3 player was invented to go along with music downloading sites like Napster that featured free MP3s. The music industry got what it deserved for selling something that cost pennies to make and sells for $18.00.

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