It was on this day in 1964 that the Beatles and Bob Dylan were first introduced to each other. The Fab Four were fans of his and a mutual friend brought them together. Meeting in a hotel suite while the group was in NYC, the folksinger asked the others if they wanted to have a smoke. After admitting they hadn’t tried marijuana before, Bob rolled some up and handed it to John. He was a little uneasy at first and passed the unlit doob to Ringo. The drummer proceeded to smoke the entire thing by himself, not aware it was customary to pass it around. More joints were rolled, and soon the Englishmen were all laughing & giggling while Bob watched them with a wry grin. The men would go on to become longtime friends.
The first thing that Wiki takes note of happening on this day is “475 – The Roman general Orestes forces western Roman Emperor Julius Nepos to flee his capital city, Ravenna” and the most recent is “2005 – Hurricane Katrina begins to make landfall in Louisiana and Mississippi in the afternoon, and brings the most severe damage to Slidell and New Orleans.”
A few other events that also took place on this day are:
1907 – Two teenagers pool together $100 to form the “American Messenger Company”, later re-named “United Parcel Service.”
1957 – Sen. Strom Thurmond starts what will become the longest filibuster ever conducted by a single Senator, talking for 24 hours and 18 minutes in an attempt to prevent a vote on a bill that protected voting rights for citizens. The bill would be passed about two hours after he stopped, and would eventually become a law.
1963 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his “I Have a Dream” speech to 200,000 people in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
1968 – A “Police Riot” (so-named by a report that was issued to the President’s Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence) begins in Chicago during the Democratic National Convention.
Happy birthday to Jack Black, Billy Boyd, Shania Twain, Danny Seraphine, and Ken Jenkins.