Day of Yore, May 13

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You’ve done a lot of things you’re ashamed of right? Some things that make you cringe when the memory creeps into your brain? In May of 1981, I told a girl at my high school I’d get back to her when she asked me to a dance. (I eventually said no. JERK)

On May 13, 1981 Mehmet Ali Agca shot the Pope four times in St. Peter’s Square. See, I wasn’t that bad after all.

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Of course, being the Pope and all, John Paul II, forgave Agra and they became friends and pen pals.

Forty years ago tonight, Bobby Riggs beat Margaret Court 6-2, 6-1 in the first “Battle of the Sexes.” Riggs was 55-years old at the time and a Vegas hustler. He bragged that he could beat any women’s player in the world, even at 55. Billie Jean King turned down his request to play, but Court, who was the top-ranked women’s player at the time agreed to the match. King would beat Riggs 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 four months later.

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Dire Straits released “Brothers In Arms” today in 1985 and it’s sold over 30 million copies. Money For Nothing” was the massive hit, poking fun of MTV at the perfect time, when it was at it’s most popular. The crushing guitars and assist from Sting helped too. “So Far Away,” “The Walk of Life,” “Your Latest Trick” and “Brothers In Arms” were all standouts.

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Today in 2003, Third Eye Blind released, “Out of Vein,” the last of their three good albums. Faster,” “Crystal Baller” and My Hit and Run” were standout songs.

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“Bridesmaids” hit screens today in 2011. Women can’t make comedies? How about if they make one that gets up for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress? It was funny as shit.

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Happy 74th to Harvey Keitel, 63rd to Stevie Wonder49th to Stephen Colbert, 47th to Darius Rucker and 27th to Lena Dunham.

— Bill Hubbell

 

 

 

 

 

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