An event every year that begins at 00:00 on day 11 of August, repeating indefinitely
When: August 11
First occurrence: 1984
This day in 1984 then-president Ronald Reagan, notorious for his love of usually harmless jokes, made an off-the-record joke during the sound check
for a radio speech. “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” However the sound check was a semi live feed
being fed to multiple radio stations who were on
stand by for broadcasting the speech.
Someone somewhere kept that recording instead of
covering it up like other stations did.
The recording was leaked anonymously.
Because of the subject of bombing and the stressful
situation of the Cold War, controversy and outrage was the result. Just to be sure, Russia put their military on high alert,
because why would the US president make a joke
about such a serious matter?
Better safe than sorry.
And sorry Reagan was,
because this special day will never stop reminding us
that when you’re a politician in a high position
you should watch your jokes, any time.
Presidential Joke Day reminds us that especially presidents
should watch their jokes.
But good jokes are still welcome.
We hope presidents share good wholesome jokes with us today
to show us that presidents can very well learn from the past
and can make jokes in a sensible wholesome way.