we live in a slightly mad world


Jan 3 1958

The editor of the scandal magazine Confidential, Howard Rushmore, murders his wife and then suicides in the back of a taxicab in NYC.

Jan 3 1961

Three technicians — John Byrnes, Richard McKinley, and Richard Legg — are killed when the SL-1 experimental nuclear reactor explodes in Idaho Falls, Idaho. McKinley’s corpse is found stuck to the containment dome ceiling, impaled on a control rod. The crewmen’s radioactive bodies are so hot they have to be buried in lead-lined caskets.

Jan 3 1962

Pope John XXIII excommunicated Fidel Castro.

Jan 3 1967

Jack Ruby dead of natural causes.

Jan 3 1969

In New Jersey, 30,000 copies of John and Yoko’s album “Two Virgins” are confiscated because the cover is deemed obscene.

Jan 3 1987

Four non-cancerous polyps are removed from President Ronald Reagan’s colon.

Jan 3 1990

Manuel Noriega surrenders at the Papal Nunciature. He is brought to Miami and charged with drug trafficking and money laundering.