On this day in 1973 Vice President Spiro T. Agnew resigns in disgrace after he was charged with political corruption and federal income tax evasion. He was accused of taking bribes throughout his entire political career and was banned from holding office for the rest of his life. Had he been on the straight and narrow, he would have become the 38th President of the United States, but alas that honor went to Gerald Ford.
On this day in 1971 after being sold, dismantled, and moved to its new location the London Bridge reopens in Lake Havasu, Arizona. It was originally built in London in 1831 and spanned the river Thames. But in the 1960's it was decided that the bridge could not deal with the increased amounts of traffic in London and was to be replaced. Robert P. McCulloch bought the bridge and had to reconstructed in Arizona as a means to get people to come to his newly built retirement community.
On this day in 2008 the current recession that all of us are enjoying officially begins when the Dow Jones average ends its week at a loss of 18.2 %. This is the largest weekly percentage drop in history and sends the economy of the world into a tailspin.
On this day in 1939 the real Elinor Rigby died in her sleep at the age of 44 in Liverpool, England. Paul McCartney of the Beatles wrote a song with her name as the title in 1966, but it is said not to be about her. The only evidence of this is earlier drafts were of a woman named Miss Daisey Hawkins. But the coincidence is too much to believe as Rigby's tombstone is just a few feet from where McCartney and John Lennon first met.