Saturday, April 13, 2013

April 14: Downer Day

Illustration obtained from this source.
Actually, none of the Usual Suspects proclaim April 14 to be Downer Day; this was just a conclusion we reached on our own sifting through the alternatives.

To wit: The RMS Titanic struck that fatal iceberg on April 14, 1912. (It would sink on April 15.)

President Abraham Lincoln went to Ford's Theater on the evening of April 14, 1865. You may recall what happened there. (Lincoln would die on April 15.)

Speaking of former residents of Springfield, Illinois, the Donner Party left Springfield, bound for California, on April 14, 1846. You may remember... that trip didn't go so well.

But, hey, a number of the Usual Suspects do say that April 14 is Ex-Spouse Day. Does that cheer you up, bub?

Sunday will also be A Global Day to End Child Sexual Abuse. Really ending child abuse would make us happy; that we are forced to confront the scourge of child abuse as a serious and ongoing problem that needs to be addressed surely does not.

Some of the Usual Suspects also proclaim April 14 as International Moment of Laughter Day. Although, seriously, from this list, what's to laugh about? Thus, we herewith invent Downer Day. Gets you right in the mood for Tax Day, doesn't it?

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