1968 — The Doors release “Waiting For The Sun”

Ironically, the title track of this album does not appear on it. (It was later released on their 1970 album, “Morrison Hotel”.) There were two singles from this album, “The Unknown Soldier” and the #1 hit, “Hello, I Love You” – other tracks included “Spanish Caravan”, “Five To One” and “Love Street”.

The album itself also went to number one on the charts – and it’s not even the Doors’ best-selling album. It is also the shortest of all of the Doors’ albums, with a total running time of only 32 minutes and 59 seconds.

Referenced in:

Bug Powder Dust — Bomb The Bass

1972 – The Tamano oil spill

Early in the morning of July 22, 1971, the oil tanker Tamano briefly ran aground in Casco Bay, Maine. No one noticed this, or the twenty foot long gash in the side of the ship that was now leaking oil into the bay. This particular display of oil transport competence was brought to you by Texaco, and followed the same depressing trajectory as any other oil spill.

The months that followed saw massive environmental damage to the local area, a partial cleanup of the spill at taxpayer expense, and a completely typical denial of liability by the oil company – who passed the buck to the shipping company they’d outsourced to and blamed the government for not making the shipping channels safer. Incredibly, the latter point Texaco actually won a court case over.

Referenced in:

Oil on the Water — Bill Bonyun

1934 – John Dillinger shot dead outside the Biograph Theater

John Herbert Dillinger was one of the most notorious criminals in America in an era when criminals were rock stars. But Dillinger outshone them all – Bonnie and Clyde, Al Capone, Pretty Boy Floyd – none of them were as popular. Part of the reason for this was Dillinger’s manner – he was an unusually polite criminal and also a very clever one. He and his gang once robbed a bank on the pretext that they were making a movie of a bank robbery.

All this notoriety wasn’t good for his life expectancy, though. J. Edgar Hoover declared him Public Enemy Number One, and a team of FBI agents led by Melvin Purvis hunted him down. Dillinger spent most of the last year or so of his life laying low, but eventually someone dropped a dime on him, and the FBI agents laid a trap for him when he went to see “Manhattan Melodrama” at the Biograph Theatre in Chicago. The plan was to arrest him as he left at the end of the film, but Dillinger recognised Purvis and attempted to escape. The agents gave chase, firing five shots at Dillinger and hitting him three times.

Dillinger bled to death outside the Biograph, and local legend has it that passerby dipped their handkercheifs in his blood. His life and works are commemorated by the John Dillinger Died For You Society.

Referenced in:

Dillinger — David Olney

1991 – Jeffrey Dahmer is arrested for murder

Jeffrey Dahmer was finally caught when his latest intended victim – a man named Tracy Edwards, managed to escape from Dahmer’s apartment. Edwards managed to flag down two cops, whom he led back to Apartment 213. Dahmer had hidden some of the evidence, but by no means all, and after backup was summoned and arrived, he was arrested.

A search of the apartment turned up Dahmer’s collection of photographs taken of his victims, four severed human heads, numerous other severed body parts and seven human skulls.

Dahmer was sentenced to 15 consecutive life terms, totalling 957 years. He was eventually beaten to death by another inmate in 1994.

Referenced in:
213 – Slayer
The Brain – Macabre
Dirty Frank – Pearl Jam
Cold – Unusual Suspect
Room 213 – Dead Moon
Apartment 213 – Macabre
Arc Arsenal – At the Drive-In
Apartment 213 – HotrodboB
Freeze Dried Man – Macabre
What’s That Smell? – Macabre
Still Born/Still Life – Christian Death
Sinthasomphone – Venetian Snares
Tom Dahmer Mixtape Freestyle – Necro
Room 213 (Jeffrey Dahmer) – Church of Misery
The Ballad Of Jeffrey Dahmer – Pinkard & Bowden
Jeffrey Dahmer’s CookBook – Bloody Tea vs. Human Raise