Barry Bonds hit home run #755
last night, to the delight of no one outside of San Francisco who knows anything about baseball. A year from now when Wikipedia puts up its "This Date in History" boxes on the main page for August 4 and August 5, that Bonds home run (and maybe A-Rod's #500
, which also came last night) will probably be the only two noteworthy events from the past two days. Too bad that this weekend will be remembered by history primarily for long balls hit by two of my least favorite baseball players. But even before yesterday, history recorded August 4 and 5 as a bit of a downer:
On August 4, Lizzie Borden axe-murdered her family (1892); the Nazis arrested Anne Frank and her family (1944); and civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney were found murdered by the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi. Add the all-time-record-tying home run of an admitted but unconvicted steroid cheat to that list, and you've got a rather shitty day in history, I'd say.
August 5 is even worse: in 1861, to help pay for the Civil War, Congress passed the first income tax in the history of the U.S.; Standard Oil was founded in 1882; Nelson Mandela was imprisoned in South Africa; President Ronald Reagan fired 11,000 striking air-traffic controllers in 1981; a car bomb went off in Jakarta, Indonesia, killing 12 people; Marilyn Monroe died in 1962; and Alec Guinness died in 2000. Take it easy today, 2007; no need to add to this shitlist.