At the beginning of each day, I check in with history.com and wikipedia.com to see what happened on this day in history.
Since I currently am listening to music from my music collection for 1978, I thought I would see what happened on this date in 1978. Here are three events that stood out for me:
Sweden became the first nation to ban aerosol sprays because of their damage to the earth’s protective ozone layer.
Cult leader Jim Jones convinced over 900 members of his church, “People’s Temple,” to commit suicide.
Karl Wallenda, founder of the Flying Wallendas, dies after falling off a tight-rope.
Those three events stood out because they reminded me of specific songs. Sweden reminds me of ABBA, and ABBA reminds me of their great song “Fernando,” one of only 39 singles that has sold over ten million copies.
Whenever I hear the word “suicide,” I think of Queen’s 1980 song, “Don’t Try Suicide,” one of the few Queen songs that Queen has never performed in concert. It was the B side of their single “Another One Bites The Dust.” Hmmmm. Another one bites the dust but don’t try suicide….
Anything about the Wallendas and tight ropes remind me of Leon Russell and his song “Tight Rope,” a #11 hit for him in 1972.
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