Normally, I use my "On This Day" posts for a few historical tidbits, country music flashbacks, and--most importantly--humor. But today, I'm going to do things a bit different. And for a very special reason.

First of all, I wrote a regular "On This Day" post yesterday while deliberately omitting two very important events. You see, yesterday was the 18th anniversary of the Branch Davidian standoff in Waco, Texas during which, among others, 25 children died. It was also the 16th anniversary of the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, during which 168 people--including 17 children--were killed. Clearly, no humor can be derived from those tragedies. Nor can it be found as we remember the twelve students and one teacher who were killed 12 years ago today in the horrific Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado. Classes were cancelled today at the school in their honor. And so I decided to combine remembrances for these three dark days in American history into one post. There's a time to be funny. This was not one of them.