David Plotz's famous essay about all the bad anniversaries in August has many valid points. But this past week reminded me of all the dramatic anniversaries of late December. Not all of them are negative, but most are. Let me try to count them:
December 16-25, 1989: The Romanian Revolution.
December 22, 1979: The Boston Bruins invade the stands of Madison Square Garden and subsequently beat the crap out of a few unlucky fans after one of their teammates, Stan Jonathan, is assaulted by a fan.
December 25, 2009: Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab completely fails to detonate PETN in his briefs on a transatlantic flight.
December 25, 1989: Billy Martin dies when his friend, William Reedy, drives his pickup off the road in upstate New York, plunging 300 feet down a hill and into a tree. Both Reedy and Martin are dunk at the time of the crash. Reedy, owner of two saloons near Tigers Stadium, survives the crash and lives until July 2009 when he succumbs to pancreatic cancer.
December 26, 1919: The Red Sox trade Babe Ruth to the Yankees.
December 27, 2007: Former Pakistan Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto is assassinated on her way out of a political rally. She was considering going back into politics to challenge the military junta that was in-charge under General Pervez Musharraf.