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January 25, 2004

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Have You Ever Googled Your Birthday?

If you ask the History Channel, it won’t mention anything particularly notable that happened on November 18, 1980.

Google begs to differ.

On November 18, 1980, President and Mrs. Carter watch the movie “It’s My Turn” before retiring to bed.

A huge, triangular UFO floats around a 100-mile span in Northern Missouri and Kansas, according to reports.

The sixth season of “Laverne and Shirley” begins with the dizzy duo moving to Los Angeles, ushering in a whole new era of hijinx and hilarity for the popular show.

A 19-year-old gangbanger named Gil Porras is beaten to death by rival gang members in East L.A. Police arrest one man for the murder, Josť Luis Frutis, then accidentally shoot him in the chest during questioning, while Frutis is handcuffed to a chair. Frutis spends 18 years in prison before another inmate, Joey Garcia, confesses to the crime.

The Chicago Public Library rededicates its first branch library after renovations on the 76-year-old building are completed.*

A judge dismisses the lawsuit brought by the Citizens Against UFO Secrecy to gain access to National Security Agency UFO-related documents. The judge writes in his decision that “the continued need for secrecy far outweighed the public’s right to know.”

Terri announces to her diary: I have a feeling that Ron and I are going to be together for a long, long time … it just feels “right.” I know how patently cornball that sounds - and I know that Iíve said it a thousand times before, about other men in my life - but I really MEAN it this time.*

A grand jury in Pinellas County, Fla., indicts Larry Mann for the first-degree murder and kidnapping of 10-year-old Elisa Nelson. Mann is currently on death row.

Fabolous, a rapper who will become famous for his inability to correctly spell the word “fabulous,” is born.

Aliens in Ontario abduct a woman and experiment on her before returning her to Earth.

Elsewhere in Ontario, a woman named Pat Thompson has a baby, and names him …

Posted January 25, 2004 at 12:41 | Comments (2) | Permasnark
File under: Gleeful Miscellany


On December 19, 1979:

The United Nations Security Council approves Resolution 459, which reaffirms its commitment to peace in Lebanon.

Liz Smith writes an item in her gossip column announcing that Carl Bernstein and Nora Ephron are getting a divorce. (Described here.)

Bill Gravell invites Christ to fill the void in his life.

The movies "Being There" and "Kramer vs. Kramer" open.

"The Triumph of the Spider Monkey," a play by Joyce Carol Oates, premiers at the Playhouse Theater. Actor Philip Casnoff plays both Bobbie Gotteson and The Spider Monkey.

The Pope delivers an audience on "The Fullness of Interpersonal Communication" at the Vatican. Actually, he spends a lot of time talking about shame.

Man, no UFOs! What a let-down.

Posted by: Robin on January 25, 2004 at 05:58 PM

Happy Birthday!


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