1/11/11: Not a Once in a Lifetime Thing

Emily Abbate

1I have to tell everyone I know! This is so cool! OMG, let me head to Twitter. No, Facebook. Screw it -- I'll do both. Look everyone -- it's 11:11 on 1/1/11!

Did you miss it? Don't worry! There's always 11:11 p.m. tonight! And if you miss that, well, then there's always 11/11/11 (or Veteran's Day) in November.

Actually, there will be 13 days written this century using this format. Sure, it's just a day, but it's a cool day (especially if you get to actually write it down). I can't help but wonder -- what big things have happened on similar days like today, in years past?

 2/2/1922: Desmond Taylor's murder
Police were shocked to discover the body of director William Desmond Taylor in Hollywood. With a bullet in his back, the mystery of Taylor's murder went on for years. It wasn't until his long-term lover Mary Miles Minter confessed in her unpublished autobiography that her mother killed Taylor that the mystery was solved.

5/5/1955: Allies end the occupation of Wes Germany
Germany became a sovereign state on this day when the U.S., France, and Great Britain fled the country and ended their military occupation.

6/6/1966: James Meredith shot
The first African American to attend the University of Mississippi was targeted by a sniper and survived.

8/8/1988: Gangsta rap hits the airwaves
Yo yo yo, an era is here to stay in this hizzouse. N.W.A. released their debut album Straight Outta Compton, making music history.

8/8/1988: Wrigley field opens
The Chicago Cubs played their first night game ever at Wrigley field against the Philadelphia Phillies. Lucky 91-year-old fan Harry Grossman turned on the lights.

What history will you make today?

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