Today, we've got four holidays and three birthdays.
Dr. Who Day
Labor Thanksgiving Day (Japan)
Franklin Pierce's Birthday
Boris Karloff's Birthday
Billy the Kid's Birthday
Espresso Day is something I can certainly be enthusiastic about. Whether it's because I want some extra-caffeinated beverage for the mornin' or I'm fixin' for some espresso powder to put in some sort of coffee-related dessert. Who's with me?!
Apparently I was utterly ****ing wrong about it not being Math day; today is Fibonacci Day. -_-; A Fibonacci sequence is a patterned counting where every number is the sum of the previous two. It's important to mathematics, computer technology, 'n other shit, not that I know or care exactly how. Leonardo of Pisa, better known as Fibonacci invented the concept. DAMN YOU FOR UNINTENTIONALLY PROVING ME WRONG, FIBONACCI! Dx
Dr. Who Day celebrates the day Dr. Who first aired waaaay back in 1963... And that's all I know. Any of you Dr. Who fans care to write an article? I'd honestly hate to butcher the classic with my herpaderp. >_>; If by some chance someone does, I'll edit it in with credit 'n such.
Japan's Labor Thanksgiving Day is much more literal than other Thanksgivings, in that it gives thanks to those who perform hard work and tough labor just to scrape by. The backbone people of any society, really. Being that it's much more specific, I find it'd be much easier for me to celebrate it. I mean hey, a day dedicated to the hardest of workers? Sounds justified and sensible to me.
Franklin Pierce was a man of charisma; handsome, intelligent, and fluent with words (he was the first president to recite his inaugural address from memory and not from a script, as such). He had good ambitions, and knew how to win over the public, becoming the 14th president by a landslide, as Pierce won the popular vote of 27 out of the at-the-time 31 states. Unfortunately, he remained very shady on his stance towards slavery; that led to an easy election victory at first, but over time it was clear he was pro-slavery. Considering he signed the Kansas–Nebraska Act which led to the famous Bleeding Kansas n' all... While he didn't straight-up lie to the Northern side of his voters, he certainly did bullshit them for votes. His reputation turned to shit, his presidency didn't really do anything he was originally ambitious about (except the Gadsden Purchase; but that's about all the notable good he did). Pierce was found as one of the worst presidents from back in the day of the original mid 1900 rank polls; and he's only gotten worse on the list as new presidents are added. He's been ranked as terrible as 41 in recent times.
William Henry Pratt, stage name Boris Karloff is a famous English actor; y'know, that one guy I linked ya to back on October's Frankenstein Friday.
Warning: TL;DR ahead!
Chances are, you've heard of the most infamous outlaw to ever ride the Wild West. The kid who killed twenty one people by the time he was 21. The crafty criminal who was captured for execution, and escaped with all due cunning. Henry McCarty, alias William H. Bonney, is one hell of a legendary outlaw who's widely known story is actually 99% myth. Some pieces of his story are still debated on to this day, but this is what I know.
Billy's Mother died of tuberculosis at an early age; probably his very early teens. Little is known about his Father aside from he was rarely at his wife's side. And you wonder why he's an outlaw; but a shit childhood's definitely not the reason why. Aside from the occasional stealing, he wasn't a bad kid.
Billy was taught the ways of the cowboy by vaquero; the Spanish precursor of the cowboy. With his horsemanship in tow, he got a job as a cattle guard under John Tunstall . His boss was sort of the Father figure Billy never really had, and at the very least a damn-good friend, since Tunstall gifted Billy a fine stead and the choice firearm at the time; a Winchester '73 repeating rifle, the gun that "won the west". Billy had a good day's work of a job and people he could call friends. Hardly sounds like a criminal to me...
But then Tunstall had to go and challenge corrupt officials like the good man he is, resulting in him getting shot in cold blood by one of these bastard's hitmen on February 18th, 1878 while he and his hands (including Billy) were out riding. The Kid was there the moment Tunstall died; and he damn well knew it was the county's corrupt sheriff who sent the assassin. In the name of vigilante justice (and vengeance at any cost), he rounded up his friends whom were Tunstall's men, to form the legendary gang known as the Regulators.
Billy and his gang pumped the scum full o' lead, as well as his deputy, and the deed was done. Funfact: the sheriff had at least 9 rounds lodged in 'em, and possibly as many as 16 while his deputy was only shot twice. Yep, sounds pretty dead to me. Unfortunately, the sheriff wasn't the only corrupt official in the county. There was no way he could defend himself in the face of counter-vigilante acts due to such influence, so Billy and his gang hopped on their horses, and got the **** outa dodge.
He was made a murderer because he killed a criminal bastard, even though that man was a killer himself. He was effectively a hero with that act; but the public didn't know the truth about Billy nor the scum the Regulators discarded from the world. A man of honor and a great shot; he could of been a grand sheriff himself, but nah. Life's a bitch.
So yeah, the rest is history from there. In order to stay alive and fight the corruption that had spread across Lincoln county, he'd have to steal horses to aid his escape, as well as kill time and again: each of those crimes were punishable by death, though the former only in the face of vigilante justice. Considering what a legend everything he's done was and the lack of reliable sources (he sorta killed most of them...), it's no wonder Billy the Kid is the most famous Wild West outlaw, both in legend and in myth. Considering I don't normally write so damn much for any single thing, it's pretty obvious this is my pick of the day. Today should damn-well be known as "the outlaw's code" day or somethin'.
Shame how many details I had to skip (both in what I wrote, and all the shit I left out); but otherwise you'd be reading an entire page about Billy the Kid. And I don't think most of you would want that.
EDIT: My sincere apologies that today's post is literally two hours late. =/ Didn't realize how long the Billy the Kid bit was, and technical difficulties because of this retarded PC ended up with this late post time.