420: Don Mattingly, Poe, Pot & Madonna Have Something to Celebrate


Edgar Allan Poe BiographyIt’s Donnie Baseball’s birthday today, April 20, 2011. What did you think we meant when we said 420?

We kid, we kid. April 20 is a strange day. It’s not only Los Angeles Dodgers manager and former MLB first baseman Don Mattingly’s birthday, it’s National Pot Smoking Day, an unofficial holiday celebrating marijuana by pot smokers across the nation.  April 20 is also the day Adolph Hitler was born. And the day Luther Vandross, Carmen Electra and Denis Leary were born.

It’s the day the state of Wisconsin became officially recognized, Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” was first published and Robert E. Lee resigned from the armed forces.

Apollo 16 landed on the moon on 4.20, three people were killed during the Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colorado before the two gunmen killed themselves, and Jane Seymour was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Madonna became the highest paid woman in pop music after penning a deal on 4.20, and the Rolling Stones’ “Black and Blue” album was released on this day.

Like we said, April 20 is a pretty strange, but interesting day.