Of course, in among all our frivolity, today marks another fiftieth anniversary, the assassination of President Kennedy. It’s still a raw spot for a nation, half a century on. Something to consider when thinking of historical episodes.
Also that day, C.S. Lewis died. His influence on Doctor Who is easy to spot even when they’re not doing it on purpose.
As did Aldous Huxley, whose Brave New World took the opiate-of-the-masses idea to its dystopian conclusion.
And to be a bit less grim, it’s also Python and Time Bandits director Terry Gilliam’s birthday.