October 29 was called “Black Tuesday” because, in 1929, the market plummeted and launched the world into a decade-long recession.
Decades later, my wife was born… also on October 29.
I like to remind her of this fact from time to time, and I try to suggest that she is somehow responsible for the Great Depression. She politely laughs every time.
To celebrate her birthday (and to toast the Great Depression), we’re having dinner at Mongo’s Grill — one of our favorite restaurants — and I got her season’s tickets to the opera as a gift. (Don’t tell her; it’s a surprise).
Also on this day in history, the first computer-to-computer link is made on the internet-precursor, ARPANET. Maybe we’ll toast that, too.