Monday, October 19, 2009

This Date In History: October 19, 2006

Open your history books, SMFs. Let's go back three years to find out what happened on October 19, 2006.

On October 19, 2006, scientists reported that the size of the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica had reached record proportions. They then decided to share the news with their fellow scientists 100 miles away by driving their Hummer over to their base of operations.

Also on October 19, 2006, the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 12,000 for the first time, ending at 12,011.73. To celebrate the event, gas stations raised their prices to that same level.

According to the Billboard charts, the #1 song in the United States on October 19, 2006 was "SexyBack" by Justin Timberlake. The success of that song has led Timberlake to numerous Saturday Night Live appearances, six Grammy Awards, two Emmy Awards and four jealous former 'N Sync members.

One other thing happened on October 19, 2006. Perhaps you might remember this, which I will refer to as "the thrill of victory"...

...and if your memory hasn't blocked it, you might remember this, which I call "the agony of defeat":

There's no need to show you the home run hit by Yadier of the Flying Molina Brothers off of Aaron F. Heilman in the ninth inning. Studious Metsimus would not do that to you because we do not want to be held responsible for injuries suffered by fists going through computer screens.

It all happened three years ago today on October 19, 2006. It was all about the ozone layer, the New York Stock Exchange, the man who brought sexy back and a little baseball game played in the town of Flushing. Sometimes history sucks, doesn't it?

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