This Day in History
November 18, 1932
Al Jolson's radio show launches
November 18, 1964
South Vietnamese conduct largest air assault to date
November 18, 1978
Mass Suicide in Jonestown
November 18, 1980
South Korea exports to the United States its dorkiest 14 year old boy named Sung Min Cho. For free.
Some of the observations made that day by yours truly include
- The freeway lane markings are electric lanterns embedded in pavement (I had heard Americans had money to burn)
- The air is very fresh (Seoul was/is much worse than LA)
- There are more white people in Korea than there are in America (Our first apartment was near South Central LA, and not too far from the flash point of the 1992 Los Angeles riots. In Korea we lived near tourist attractions frequented by foreigners)
- An establishment near the airport with a large sign that contains the word "Nude."
(My English vocabulary at the time was limited to about 100 words*. How the word "nude" made its way to the list of the first 100 words is still beyond me and I have no explanation for it even after 25 years of extensive pondering, thinking, and soul searching. Words fail me.)
Here's to 25 more years of extensive pondering, thinking, and soul searching. Be sure to check back on November 18, 2030. Maybe I will have an answer for you by then.
* outside of pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions, and articles. Go to this site if you don't know what they are.