Here's what you'll hear today (right-click to download MP3 or to open in a new tab or window):
- Atomic Opera: "Freakshow"
- Atomic Opera: "Let Go"
Today is the holiday Chaoflux in the Discordian religion. Revolutionary leader Vasil Levski's hanging is commemorated in Bulgaria on this day.
Mathematician and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was born this day in 1473. Peruvian volcano Huaynaputina exploded this day in 1600, the most violent eruption in the recorded history of South America. Former Vice President Aaron Burr was arrested on charges of treason this day in 1807. Thomas Edison patented the phonograph this day in 1878. American author Carson McCullers was born this day in 1917. Screen tough guy Lee Marvin was born this day in 1924. Singer Smokey Robinson was born this day in 1940. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was generally a great president, but his biggest screw-up came this day in 1942, when he signed the infamous executive order 9066, letting the American military place Japanese Americans in internment camps; President Gerald Ford rescinded the act this day in 1976 with Proclamation 4417. American activist Karen Silkwood was born this day in 1946. Comic book writer William Messner-Loebs was born this day in 1949. Novelist Amy Tan was born this day in 1952. Georgia approved America's first literature censorship board this day in 1953. British actor Ray Winstone was born this day in 1957. Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique was published this day in 1963; American horror-slash-porn novelist Laurell K. Hamilton and English singer Seal were born the same day. Puerto Rican actor Benicio del Toro was born this day in 1967. Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly With His Song" topped the U.S. singles chart this day in 1973. American rapper Immortal Technique was born this day in 1978. Original AC/DC singer Bon Scott died this day in 1980. Grand Ole Opry fixture Grandpa Jones died this day in 1998. The Oklahoma City National Memorial bombing museum was dedicated this day in 2001. Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal received an honorary knighthood this day in 2004 for a "lifetime of service to humanity."