On August 9, 1960, Harvard professor Timothy Leary consumes seven Psilocybe caerulescens mushrooms in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Five hours later, he experiences a “full blown conversion experience” next to a swimming pool. It is Leary’s first drug trip.
Now, it doesn’t matter what your view of drugs might be, but wouldn’t it be more fun and relevant to have stat holidays celebrating important contemporary cultural events, such Tim’s first trip, rather than State-sponsored dates based on ancient cults, dead monarchs, and jingoistic nationalisms? Each generation could change them as needed, keep them fresh and meaningful as time and culture moves forward.
To get us started, here are an old Boomer’s ideas for twelve more culturally relevant Stat Holidays:
January 1 New Year’s Day
February 14 Wayne’s World (1992) release
March 21 The first tweet (2006)
April 23 The first YouTube video (2005)
May 25 Release of Star Wars (1977)
June 11 First broadcast of American Idol (2002)
July 1 Canada Day
August 9 Tim Leary’s first trip (1960)
September 9 Elvis Presley’s first appearance on Ed Sullivan (1956)
October 1 Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show debut (1962)
November 18 Release of Steamboat Willie (1928), Mickey Mouse’s first film
December 17 Debut of the Simpson show (1989)
The everloving suggests that each of us should also get two further stat holidays of our own choice to best suit our own cultural proclivities. Sounds good. I’ll take 27th June to celebrate both Emma Goldman and the IWW, and 9th October to celebrate John Lennon.