“National That Sucks Day” goes hand in hand with all things lousy, annoying, maybe a little sad and just plain crummy. There are two things that are certain in life – Death and Taxes. Tax Day is when hard-working Americans write a check to Uncle Sam’s so-called land of the free by paying taxes or be subjected to an audit
or a lengthy prison sentence. Other things that happened on this date in history that make you groan and sigh with regret include:
1861 – President Abraham Lincoln calls for 75,000 Volunteers to quell the insurrection that soon became the American Civil War.
1865 – President Abraham Lincoln is shot in the head by John Wilkes Booth while attending the play, “Our American Cousin,” at Ford’s Theatre.
1912 – The ship that couldn’t sink! The Titanic sinks at 2:27 AM off Newfoundland as the band plays on.
1952 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
2013 – Boston Marathon Bombings
However, there have been one or two good things that have managed to overcome the misfortune of occuring on this dreadful day.
1738 – Bottle opener invented – that’s a win for beer drinkers and wine lovers.
1896 – 1st Olympic games close at Athens, Greece
1923 – Insulin becomes generally available for diabetics
1947 – Jackie Robinson becomes 1st African-American to play in US major league baseball (Dodgers)