RRR: November 18: Jonestown


On the bright side, on November 18, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County was first published, the five North American time zones were created, Steamboat Willie was released, and Calvin and Hobbes first appeared in newspapers.

On the not so bright side, this is the date in 1978 that local character Jim Jones and his friends offed themselves with poison punch. And just like that, a group of weirdos best known for helping out the poor completed their transition to a bunch of weirdos best known for synchronized dying.

Now, murdering a congressman and dying en masse has always been (and will probably always be) a pretty surefire path to notoriety, and doing it all in one day was a nice touch.

11/18/07 6:10 PM


  1. Kom igen. The printing of the first English book didn't even make the list?

  2. How odd that I just mentioned that kool-aid last night, and a few days before I ran across a cool photo of jumping frogs entitled "practicing for Calaveras" or something like that.

    Also, Latvian independence.