Today is a U.S. holiday referred to as Mudd Day. Dr. Samuel A. Mudd was sentenced to life in prison for providing medical assistance to John Wilkes Booth, President Lincoln’s assassin. Although Booth was wearing a disguise and Mudd claimed he was just treating the injured parties, Dr. Mudd was sentenced to life in prison for conspiracy to murder the President. Four years later he was pardoned by President Andrew Johnson.
This holiday is reserved for anyone who has been punished for trying to do “the right thing”. Takeaways includes, “know the the real story” and “don’t jump to conclusions”. Have you ever been punished for doing a good deed? Today is your day to celebrate.
Also On This Day:
- International Human Solidarity Day
- The Louisiana Purchase was completed (1803)
- South Carolina became the 1st state to secede from the Union (1860)
- Lunar Eclipse TONIGHT!
- Jonah Hill (27) – “I won’t say it, but it rhymes with shmashmortion.”
- Dick Wolf (64) – Does this ring a bell?
- David Cook (28)