33 CE — Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane

Known to Christians as the “Agony in the Garden”, Christ’s prayers in the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives are mentioned in John 18:1, Matthew 26:36-45 (the only account to name the garden) and Luke 22:39-46. Accompanied by three of the Apostles – Peter, John and James – Christ retired to the garden to pray that God would permit him to not go through with his sacrifice and Crucifixion the following day.

The agony here is, of course, spiritual and emotional rather than physical. That would follow very shortly, however: immediately upon leaving the garden, Christ encounters Judas, a meeting which will result in the deaths of both men before the following sunset.

Referenced in:

John the Revelator — Son House

Note: This date is based on the traditional date of the Crucifixion as April 3.

1978 – “Dallas” premieres

One of the most popular shows of the Eighties, “Dallas” chronicled the lives of the wealthy Ewing family and their associates, and was set in and around the eponymous city of the title. The Ewings were a powerful family who made their fortune in oil, and the show was a soap opera that largely concerned itself with the business and romantic lives of its characters.

It lasted for a total of 13 seasons, not counting the original mini-series that kicked it off, or its assorted spin-offs and re-unions. Today, it is probably best remembered for three things: the “Who Shot J.R.?” cliffhanger that ended the second season, the “dream season”, where in early season nine it was revealed that all of season eight had been a dream; and the intense ratings rivalry between Dallas and Dynasty, the reigning soaps of their era.

Referenced in:

TV Party — Black Flag