we live in a slightly mad world


Dec 3 1890

Isaac Jordan, the U.S. Congressional Representative from the great state of Ohio, dies after an interesting elevator accident in Cincinnati.

Dec 3 1948

Ozzy Osbourne’s birthday. “I never set out to be a businessman. I just wanted to have fun, fuck chicks and do drugs.”

Dec 3 1968

Elvis makes a comeback! Only slightly chunkier than in the old days, everyone thought he was a has-been. Elvis sure showed them.

Dec 3 1974

Civil aviation authorities in England issue a warning to pilots to avoid a 40 foot long inflated pig. The aeropork had escaped its tether during a Pink Floyd photo shoot. Radar contact was lost at 18,000 feet. [At this time, the sex of the pig was indeterminate. Later, oversized male genitalia are attached.]

Dec 3 1979

At Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, eleven concertgoers variously aged 15 to 27 years are trampled and suffocated trying to get in to see The Who. Insufficient exits were available, and a request by police to open more was ignored.

Dec 3 1984

Methyl isocyanate leaks from a Union Carbide pesticide plant located at a slum in Bhopal, India. The gas kills 4,000 people and injures 200,000 others, many of whom were permanently blinded or disabled. The event set a standard for industrial accidents that has yet to be equalled.

Dec 3 1997

Former Mouseketeer Darlene Gillespie is arrested in Los Angeles for obstructing justice and lying about a securities fraud scam. The fifty-six-year-old former child star had tried to make stock transactions at a public company without paying.