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Monday, September 04, 2006

The History of September 4

The Germs circa 1977

Twenty years later, in 1997, after performing during the MTV Video Music Awards pre-show in New York, Pat Smear publicly announces that he will no longer be the guitarist for the Foo Fighters, and introduces Franz Stahl as his replacement. Stahl exits the band in late 1998. Of course, Pat had found his way into the Foo Fighters after his stint with the much more punk rock band influenced by his own Germs: Nirvana.

In 1781, Los Angeles, California, is founded as El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora La Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula (the City of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels of the Little Portion) by a group of 44 Spanish settlers. Of course, at the time, Spain pretty much owned Mexico (and Florida), giving new meaning to this thing I see underfoot whenever I am in Los Angeles:

City of Los Angeles, Made in Mexico

But most importantly for me, on a strictly personal level, in 1888 George Eastman received a patent for his roll-film camera and registered his trademark: Kodak.

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