There are a lot of things that suck: Taxes, vacuums, and paying cover fees, just to name a few. Or, if you have the mentality of a thirteen-year-old boy, pretty much everything sucks.
Well, April 15th is National That Sucks Day. It’s the day to let the world know just what you think really sucks. Sucky exes, sucky group projects, sucky knockoff brand products. But to put your own sucky experiences into perspective, it might be good to know some of the things that have actually happened on That Sucks Day. Historically, Friday the 13th really has nothing on That Sucks Day.
- Tax Day. Yes, this year’s tax day is actually April 18 since April 15 is a Saturday, but while tax returns can be fun, and some taxes go to really great stuff, in general, tax day just causes a lot of headaches and frustration.
- President Abraham Lincoln’s Death. Honest Abe was pronounced dead at 7:22 a.m. on April 15, 1865, the morning after being shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater. He was the first president to ever be assassinated. Co-conspirators failed to assassinate Vice President Andrew Johnson and Secretary of State William H. Seward, so I guess that sucks a little less.
- HMS Titanic sinks. The legendary “unsinkable” ship hit an iceberg a little before midnight on April 14 (perhaps also one of the suckier days in history). The ocean liner, carrying about 2,200 people, took two and a half hours to sink, making its official sink day April 15, 1912. It was on its very first journey.
- Most people reading this will also remember the Boston Bombing, on this day in 2013.
The thing is, even sucky days can’t suck all the time, right? Plenty of good stuff has happened on April 15, too. Now that I’ve gotten you a bit down, let me prop you back up with some not-so-sucky things about April 15 history:
- Jackie Robinson, 28, takes the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers on this day in 1947. 42 forever.
- The first bottle opener is invented in 1738 (to help us get through those That Sucks Days).
- In 1923, insulin becomes generally available to the public, which is definitely a good thing.
- Rand McNally publishes its first road atlas in 1924, launching the dreams of road trippers everywhere.
- William Shatner, Leondard Nimoy, and DeForest Kelley are inducted into National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1992, for their work on the groundbreaking series, Star Trek.
So there you go. That Sucks Day is a day to commiserate about all the sucky things in the world, but also a day to remember that maybe everything doesn’t suck quite as bad as it seems.
Here’s hoping your That Sucks Day doesn’t suck.