Today in Rotten History
The Daily Rotten is part of the popular Rotten.com collection of macabre and disturbing, giving those interested in the darker side of life a daily reminder of what happened on this date in history. For example, on the 8th of October this is what went down:
1871 — Catherine O’Leary’s cow starts the Chicago Fire, killing 250 and destroying 17,000 buildings. Bad cow.
1950 — Two United States F-80 fighters strafe the Soviet airfield at Sukhaya Rechka, in the vicinity of Vladivostok. The attack, due to a navigational error, prompts no response from the Soviet Union and the U.S. offers to pay compensation.
1957 — Jerry Lee Lewis records “Great Balls of Fire”. It is uncertain exactly to what he was referring.
1966 — Lysergic Acid (LSD) is enrolled on the list of controlled substances.
1981 — A package from the Unabomber detonates at the University of Utah; there are no injuries.
1993 — Ted Danson appears in blackface at a Friars Club roast. His offensive comments amuse Whoopi Goldberg but the incident becomes a great embarrassment.
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