Sunday, April 14, 2013

Actually, some people do celebrate Tax Day

Some of the Usual Suspects advise that Monday is That Sucks Day because Lincoln died on April 15, 1865 and the Titanic sank on April 15, 1912 (we warned you about this in yesterday's post) and because Monday will be Tax Day.

Yes, Monday will be Tax Day and, while we understand that you may be less than thrilled about it, especially if you're sending Uncle Sam a check, there are some people who will be positively giddy on Monday evening. You will see them converging on neighborhood watering holes and restaurants. Later you may see them swaying and swerving home. These people are accountants and they will be celebrating that still another tax season has finally come to an end.

Photo of Jackie Robinson obtained from his site.
For those of you who aren't accountants, Monday will be Patriot's Day (or Patriots' Day, depending on where you are in New England). Either way, the day will feature the running of the Boston Marathon. The Boston Red Sox will be at home, too, playing a very early game (first pitch 11:05 am) at Fenway against the Tampa Bay Rays.

And, speaking of baseball, Monday is the anniversary of the day Future Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson finally broke Major League Baseball's "Color Line." On April 15, 1947 Robinson played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. And in Robinson's honor, all the players on the Red Sox and the Rays -- and indeed on every Major League team -- will wear Robinson's number, 42, on their own uniforms on Monday.

Monday is a big day in North Korea, too: It is the birthday of Kim Il-sung, North Korea's "Eternal President," and the grandfather of Kim Jong-un, the current head honcho over there who may or may not start a war on Monday in commemoration of his grandfather's memory.

Monday is also called McDonald's Day or Fast Food Day because Ray Kroc opened his first franchised McDonald's restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois on April 15, 1955. Within a decade he'd squeezed the original McDonald brothers out of business.

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