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April 11, 1954, Not So Boring!

December 4, 2010 |  2:20 am






  April 12, 1954, Spy  

A programmer unleashes a computer on the history of the 20th century …


  April 12, 1954, Bob Dobbs  

  The ads have been infiltrated by Bob Dobbs! Yikes!  


…. and discovers that April 11, 1954 ….

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  Good grief, even the comics were dull!  


… was the most “boring day” in history.

 
Well, not quite.

In truth, this was a brilliant publicity stunt by William Tunstall-Pedoe to advertise his search engine, True Knowledge. The idea was to search material on the 20th century and quantify the importance of each day based on birth and death dates, and significant events, such as World War II.

Obviously, in selecting those criteria, one date had to come out with the fewest significant events, births and deaths, and that happened to be April 11, 1954, which through the notion that the 20th century was the most significant,  was deemed the “most boring day in history.”

Of course, Tunstall-Pedoe has been shrewd in not revealing the “least boring day in history,”  because under this program, there must be one. 

So what actually happened on April 11….




 
  April 12, 1954, Cover  

There was, for example, a killing and a murder-suicide….

  April 12, 1954, Zoo  

A 10-year-old boy with severe muscular dystrophy got his first visit to the zoo… 


  April 12, 1954, Accident  

A car making a left turn into Hillside Cemetery was struck by an oncoming auto, killing two people and badly injuring a third….

  April 12, 1954, Gang Attack  

Four sailors were injured in an attack by gang members….

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A gigantic beer bottle landed between City Hall and the Hall of Justice! (OK, I’m cheating, it was April 12!)


  April 12, 1954, Antenna  

Did I mention the deadly TV antenna?

  April 12, 1954, Baby  

… or the two-headed baby?

  April 12, 1954, Cubs  

The Cubs beat the Chisox 12-9! Tell me that’s not news!

  April 12, 1954, Palm Sunday  

I do have a serious point, though, and it’s this: April 11, 1954, was Palm Sunday, which everyone seems to have overlooked.
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