Today in History: October 9

“When they’ve tortured and scared you for twenty odd years
Then they expect you to pick a career
When you can’t really function you’re so full of fear
“A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be …”
―John Lennon, “Working Class Hero”

John Lennon would be 76 today. “Working Class Hero” after the jump:

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Strawberry Fields, a section of Central Park in Manhattan, was dedicated to the memory of John Lennon on this date in 1985.

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President Woodrow Wilson attended Game 2 of the World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies on this date in 1915. It was the first time a president attended a World Series game.

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Malala Yousafzai was shot by a Taliban gunman four years ago today.

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Fyvush Finkel was born on this date in 1922. (He died in August.) John Entwistle was born on this date in 1944.

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Brian Blessed is 80 today.

Joe Pepitone is 76. Jackson Browne is 68. Robert Wuhl is 65. Sharon Osbourne is 64. Tony Shalhoub is 63. Scott Bakula is 62. PJ Harvey is 47. Steve McQueen is 47. Annika Sorenstam is 46. Sean Lennon is 41 today.

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  1. LazyHaze · October 9, 2016

    This is one of my all time favorite songs…thank you for this post.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. LazyHaze · October 9, 2016

    I mean working class hero 🙂


  3. loisajay · October 9, 2016

    Steve McQueen??


    • Mark Aldrich · October 9, 2016

      The British film director. He won the Best Director Oscar for “12 Years a Slave.” Very understandable confusion.

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      • loisajay · October 9, 2016

        Ugh. I should have googled him. Thanks, Mark.

        Liked by 1 person

        • Mark Aldrich · October 9, 2016

          No ugh. When I used to do this feature on Facebook, I mis-tagged his name every year.

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        • loisajay · October 9, 2016

          Mark, thanks so much. You make me feel better. 😀

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  4. Leigh W. Smith · October 9, 2016

    Love it, Mark. So cool with the Brian Blessed bit. He is so entertaining in his scenery-chewing (like in the early Blackadder show). I love that about “if you could bellow something at him[Trump].” What a good reporter question. Plus, John Lennon’s birth(day). Say no more.

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