Day of Yore, February 19

Peter Gibbons: Well, I generally come in at least fifteen minutes late, ah, I use the side door – that way Lumbergh can’t see me, heh heh – and, uh, after that I just sorta space out for about an hour.
Bob Porter: Da-uh? Space out?
Peter Gibbons: Yeah, I just stare at my desk; but it looks like I’m working. I do that for probably another hour after lunch, too. I’d say in a given week I probably only do about fifteen minutes of real, actual, work.

It turned out a lot of people could sympathize. Though it didn’t do much at the box office, “Office Space,” released today in 1999, went on to become a cult classic. If you’ve worked in an office building over the last decade, you’ve heard this movie quoted.

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Today in 1945 30,000 U.S. Marines landed on the island of Iwo Jima, beginning a month long battle that was among the bloodiest in the Pacific during World War II. On the fifth day of the battle, AP’s Joseph Rosenthal snapped this iconic photo:


He got 48 “likes” on his Facebook page.

Bon Scott was found dead today in 1980. ACDC’s lead singer died of acute alcohol poisoning after a night on the town. He was just 33. Scott sang lead on the hits “TNT,” “It’s a Long Way To the Top (If You Wanna Rock N’ Roll),” “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,” and “Highway to Hell.”

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Today in 1995 Tommy Lee married Pamela Anderson on a beach in Cancun.


— Bill Hubbell


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