Today is April 15th … a date that has plenty of reason to hide its calendarial face in its pillow and stay in bed until tomorrow. A quick rundown of the events that all coincide with today’s date is like a Murderer’s Row of terrible days:
- 1865 – President Lincoln dies from the assassin’s gunshot fired the previous evening in the Presidential Box of Ford’s Theater.
- 1912 – The “unsinkable” Titanic does the unthinkable, taking 1,517 souls with her as she sinks in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic.
- 2013 – A pair of pressure-cooker bombs sequentially detonate at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing 3, wounding 260, and permanently costing the limbs of more than a dozen victims.
- Since 1955 – Tax Day.
Cue America’s original “Renaissance Man,” Benjamin Franklin:
In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
Face it: April 15th generally sucks, and has for a good long while now.
But, true as that may be, like most negative situations we find ourselves in, that doesn’t have to be the end of the story.
April 15th is also home to an incandescently great day in the history of our country as well as my own family: April 15, 1947 —
- Jackie Robinson stepped onto a Major League Baseball diamond in Brooklyn, breaking MLB’s shameful “color barrier,” and …
- My Father-in-law was born in Arkansas.
Talk about about a great day in history! And, to top it off, today isn’t even “Tax Day” this year!! If you’re looking for something to feel good about today, there ya go. Today is going to be so good, I’ve exceeded my exclamation point quota and I don’t even care!