March 11, 1888 – Don’t Panic!

I guess we can’t complain too much about the snow:

Literary and Historical Notes:

It was on this day in 1888 that the Blizzard of 1888, known as the “Great White Hurricane,” began to pound the East Coast from the Chesapeake Bay to Maine. The days leading up to the blizzard were mild, and temperatures reached as high as the 50’s. Then the heavy rains began, followed by a sharp drop in the temperatures. About 3:00 a.m. on this day in 1888, the rain turned to snow and fell for thirty-six hours without pause. The combination of low temperatures and snow accumulation made it one of the worst winter storms on record in American history.

By the time the snow stopped, 50 inches had fallen on Connecticut and Massachusetts, and 40 inches blanketed New York and New Jersey. Telephone and telegraph wires from Philadelphia to Boston snapped, and millions of people were isolated for many days. Firefighters couldn’t leave their stations, and so fires raged in the cities, causing millions of dollars in property damage. Ships all along the East Coast were grounded. More than 400 people died in the blizzard. The transportation crisis following the storm resulted, eventually, in the creation of the New York subway.

And today is also:

It’s the birthday of the man who gave us A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams, born in Cambridge, England (1952).

In 1979, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy premiered as a twelve-part series on BBC Radio. Eventually Adams wrote it as two novels, or a “trilogy in five parts,” as he put it. After 20 years, the movie version of the book will premiere in May 2005.

All this is from – even the text, I’m too lazy to paraphrase :)

The very cool trailer for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is here. I am definately looking forward to it!

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