Song: September (1978)
Artist: Earth, Wind and Fire
Album: The Best of Earth, Wind and Fire, Vol. 1
November 18th, 1978, is one of the saddest days in American history. Over 900 people lost their lives at the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project in Jonestown, Guyana. Until 9/11, the Jonestown Massacre held the dubious record of the largest loss of American lives in a non-natural disaster/war. Suppose you still aren't super familiar with this story, you'll be in luck at some point in the next 1-3 years as Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star as Jim Jones in a film about the cult leader, The Peoples Temple, and Jonestown. The Jonestown Massacre gave us the phrase "drinking the Kool-Aid" slash "don't drink the Kool-Aid." Not so fun fact: the Jonestown victims were actually poisoned with a Kool-Aid knock-off called "Flavor-Aid."
Tonight, you'll learn even more about Jonestown during #DozVsTheDozen XX, aka the Peoples Temple Memorial Trivia Bowl. Despite the utter tragedy that took place on that fateful Saturday evening, there was something beautiful to rise out of the ashes on 11/18/1978, and that ladies and gentleman is arguably the greatest song of all time, Earth, Wind & Fire's September. November 18th, 1978 was also David Ortiz's 3rd birthday! Happy Birthday, Papi!!!