April 14th- Ruination Day

Some of you may know that I was a History teacher in my former life, so memorization of names and dates is always in the back of my mind. Plus this song is badass.

April 14th is a unique day in American history in that it seems to be particularly unfortunate. Some of the worst catastrophes in American history happened on April 14th. For example, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865. If that wasn’t bad enough, the Titanic struck the iceberg on the night of April 14th, 1912, but didn’t sink until after midnight, so technically the Great Boat sank on April 15th. Finally, April 14, 1935, was know as Black Sunday, since Black Blizzards of the Dust Bowl turned day into night for a wide swath of the middle of the country- which is what Ms. Welch is referring to when she sings “the Okies fled”. Perhaps someday Ruination Day will be honored and recognized. I propose that we all agree not to leave bed.


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