Both of these photos were snapped on February 1, one gave the world a glimpse of Janet Jackson’s right nipple and one gave the world a glimpse of the horror of war. Both were “wardrobe malfunctions,” in a sense. In the first photo it was the lame cover up story, in the second, the South Vietnamese Police Chief is shooting a Viet Cong policeman who was randomly killing police and civilians alike while in civilian clothes. The first photo, from 2004, lays in the pile of history as a bad joke, the second won a Pulitzer Prize for photographer Eddie Adams and is one of the most gripping photos ever snapped.
Today in 1884, the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary was published. Yo, it’s cra cra, there’s like vowels in almost every word, wtf?
Tonight in 1982, NBC debuted “Late Night with David Letterman.” The show changed television, and comedy, forever.
Today in 1978, Roman Polanski skipped out on his bail and fled the United States. Polanski had plead guilty to having sex with a 13-year old girl.
David Stern was named NBA Commissioner today in 1984. Stern is credited with globalizing the NBA and taking it to its greatest heights of popularity. It probably didn’t hurt that Stern entered the league the same year as Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, John Stockton and Charles Barkley.
One of Stern’s lackeys, Gary Bettman, became the first NHL Commissioner today in 1993. He didn’t no anything about hockey then or now.
Happy Birthday to my wife, Jennifer, who turns….. more lovely every day.
– Bill Hubbell