Hello Cruel World
Saturday, April 22, 2006
Separated by a common language
The date April 20th, 4/20 in US style dating, has a special meaning in the USA, and certain sub-cultures (see Wikipedia entry). Another odd thing I've learned thru' Making Light.
The first thing it means to me is the birthdate of Adolf Hitler (1889), which I've always remembered as the first of a strange trilogy - not quite consecutive. QEII (aka Betty Windsor) is getting all the publicity this year for her 80th. William Shakespeare being the (attributed) third, on 23/4/1564 (UK dating).
I think that birthday was mentioned as a reason for the date of the Columbine school shooting - an event that rather spoiled the memory of several nice things of that name, as well as tainting the date further.
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