May 15

Don’t sleep on today, now. Today is the day that the first private mental health hospital was opened in the United States, named the Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason or, as the cool kids called it, ARPDUTR. The hospital changed its name because just hearing that name made people lose their minds and it was changed to the Frankford Asylum for the Insane. That name didn’t take either on account that having both the words “Asylum” and “Insane” in one name guaranteed that it would become the most haunted place in the world so they changed it to Friends Hospital and now they specialize in rainbows. Mickey Mouse made his first on screen appearance today in 1928 in a cartoon called “Plane Crazy.” The cartoon was originally going to be called “Persons who Love Planes and Are Deprived of the Use of Their Reason” but the second title was catchier. But wait, wasn’t Mickey Mouse premiered in “Steamboat Willie,” that cartoon they show in the only room at DisneyLand that doesn’t have a line? How wrong you are, my stupid friend. “Steamboat Willie” was the first sound cartoon to include Mickey Mouse, “Plane Crazy” was shown today in 1928 for a private audience as a silent cartoon and failed to gain distribution because, you know, watching a silent cartoon is the worst thing imaginable. After the success of “Steamboat Willie,” released later in 1928, “Plane Crazy was rereleased with sound. The first McDonald’s was opened in San Bernardino, Califronia by Richard and Maurice McDonald at 1398 North E Street where a Museum now stands. But wait, isn’t McDonald’s an Illinois thing? Wasn’t it founded by Ray Kroc. You stupid, stupid fool. Ray Kroc was a franchisier who opened the ninth McDonald’s restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois in 1955. He later would buy the company out-right. 

The wonderful James Mason was born today as was Jasper Johns, one of the greatest American painters, and George Brett, one of the greatest American third basemen (and a master story teller). 

Emily Dickinson died today. 

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