Before we indulge into the finer meaning behind the 20th of April, days of history fall on tomorrow’s date that are worthy of recognition.
Notable Events that Occurred on April 20th
1841 – 1st detective story (Edgar Allen Poe’s “Murders in Rue Morgue”) published
1865 – Chicago’s Crosby Opera House opens
1894 – 136,000 mine workers strike in Ohio for pay increase
1912 – Fenway Park officially opens, Red Sox beat NY Highlanders 7-6 in 11
1916 – Weeghman Park (Wrigley Field) in Chicago opens, Cubs beat Cin Reds 7-6
1967 – US planes bomb Haiphong for 1st time during Vietnam War
1971 – US Supreme Court upholds use of busing to achieve racial desegregation
1972 – Carmen Electra and Stephen Marley were born
1974 – Paul McCartney & Wings release single “Band on the Run”
1986 – Michael Jordan sets NBA playoff record with 63 points in a game
1991 – Co-Founder of Lucky 20 Pictures, Stephen LaRose, was born.
1999 – Columbine High School massacre: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 13 people and injure 24 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School located in Jefferson County, Colorado.
2008 – Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300 becoming the first female driver in history to win an Indy car race.
Now with some context on the date, here is the real history behind why 4/20 is actually a fun event for stoners. According to the Huffington Post:
“The origin of the term 4/20, celebrated around the world by pot smokers every April 20th, has long been obscured by the clouded memories of the folks who made it a phenomenon.
A group of five San Rafael High School friends known as the Waldos – by virtue of their chosen hang-out spot, a wall outside the school – coined the term in 1971.
The Waldos do have proof, however, that they used the term in the early ’70s in the form of an old 420 flag and numerous letters with 420 references and early ’70s post marks. They also have a story.
It goes like this: One day in the Fall of 1971 – harvest time – the Waldos got word of a Coast Guard service member who could no longer tend his plot of marijuana plants near the Point Reyes Peninsula Coast Guard station. A treasure map in hand, the Waldos decided to pluck some of this free bud.
The Waldos were all athletes and agreed to meet at the statue of Loius Pasteur outside the school at 4:20, after practice, to begin the hunt.
“We never made a dime on the thing,” says Dave, a member of the Waldos, half boasting, half lamenting.
He does take pride in his role, though. “I still have a lot of friends who tell their friends that they know one of the guys that started the 420 thing. So it’s kind of like a cult celebrity thing. Two years ago I went to the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam. High Times magazine flew me out,” says Dave.”
As the plant has become more and more popular several pop-culture icons have had their say on the green matter. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is known for only partaking once a month to intensify creative work.
In separate talks with Howard Stern, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogan were able to shed some light on their personal relations with that good-good.
“I was stoned when I first thought of Don Jon as a comedy … The way I use [pot], I absolutely think it has a positive influence on my creative process.” – Joseph Gordon-Levitt
“In hindsight, could I have smoked weed on the weekends? Yeah. But it was cool to do it once a month. I still do that sometimes – I go on little weedfests. I’m a pothead. That’s my drug of choice.” – JGL
Possibly the most well-known stoner in motion pictures, Seth Rogen, has not been shy in expressing his love for the sticky-icky.
“I smoke a lot of weed when I write, generally speaking,” he told us. “I don’t know if it helps me write. It makes me not mind that I’m writing. And I don’t know if it makes me work better, but it makes me not care that I’m working. Who wants to work? But if you’re stoned, it doesn’t seem like work.” – Seth Rogen
“I made a conscious choice to not let it disrupt the flow of the work day. Sometimes you just have six hours where you don’t have two free minutes to go sneak into your trailer and smoke joints, and sometimes there’s a three-hour camera set up and you can smoke 20 joints.” – Seth Rogen
In fact, one instance on the set of Neighbors, Seth became rather overtaken by a little too much time with his buds.
“When we were filmingNeighbors…most weed fine. Every once in awhile I’ll cross my wires and a heavy Kush straight up fucks me up. One day on Neighbors I smoked the wrong kind of weed and walked over to set and was like I am too fucking baked for this.” – SR
But what takes the cake, or brownie in this case, is our very own President’s history with enjoying some of the good stuff:[The] president is said to have been a bit of a drag. “When a joint was making the rounds, [Obama] often elbowed his way in, out of turn, shouted ‘Intercepted!,’ and took an extra hit,” – David Maraniss
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