Friday, August 12, 2011

I am not a crook!

August 8th
On this day in 1988 Wrigley Field hosted the beginning of its first night game. It was suspended due  to rain in the 5th inning and finished the next day. Wrigley Field was the last major league ballpark at the time to host a night game, holding onto the tradition of day games for over 70 years. But attendance is greater for night games because most fans work during the day. The Cubs won 6-4 over the Mets.

Also on this day in 1988 N.W.A. released their landmark album "Straight Outta Compton". It was the first rap album of the "Gangsta Rap" genre to make a splash nationally. Featuring current Coors Light spokesman Ice Cube, current Eminem mentor Dr. Dre, current AIDS victim Easy E, and the other guy no one cares about, this album crossed over to the mainstream and launched the careers of many of today's successful rappers.

On this day in 1974 President Richard Nixon announced his resignation due to increasing scrutiny over his involvement in the Watergate scandal. A great example of the cover up being worse than the crime, associates of the Republican party were caught bugging the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate Hotel. Nixon resigned to avoid being impeached the next day. Gerald Ford became the first and only president to not be on his parties ticket in an election.

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