On this day in 1955 Dr. Emmett Brown came up with his idea for the flux capacitor. This would be the device that makes time travel possible. He would successfully test it on October 26th, 1985 shortly before being killed by Libyans. The legend behind his coming up with the flux capacitor is that he slipped off his toilet while hanging a clock, knocking himself unconscious. When he came to he had the vision for the device, which he quickly put on paper.
On this day in 1605 the gunpowder plot is discovered by King James I and put down. Early in the morning Guy Fawkes was discovered lurking in the cellar beneath Parliament along with 20 barrels of gunpowder. After a lengthy torture session Fawkes revealed that he was behind a Catholic revolt bent on destroying the Protestant government of England in one gigantic explosion. The people shouldn't be afraid of their government, the government should be afraid of their people.
On this day in 2007 the concept of good television died with the Writers guild strike. Most new television shows were put on hold while the networks and the writers negotiated a new contract. In the mean time unscripted "reality" television shows were put out in large numbers. One more step downward in the decline of western civilization. Names like Darva Conger, Tila Tequilla, Kim Kardashian, Sanjaya, and Daniel Tosh all benefited from these new trends and we are all the worse for it.