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1959

During a tour of the United States from Sep. 16 to Sep. 27, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev visited Los Angeles on Sep. 19. One version of events says that his wife urged him to ask to visit Disneyland. He reacted angrily when told that he could not because of security reasons. [Sources: Orange County Register and Snopes.]

Aargh!
Aargh!

2002

Talk Like a Pirate Day was started on June 6, 1995 by John Baur and Mark Summers just for the fun of it (and to help with their exercise regimen). When they decided to celebrate annually, they knew that June 6 was already taken by D-Day. So they settled on Sep. 19. Their friend, Brian Rhodes, helped by reminding them annually. In 2002, they emailed Dave Barry, who wrote a column about it — and history was made!

Talk Like a Pirate Day has nothing intrinsically to do with northwest Orange County… but we’re having fun here.

The closest tie-in is Pirate’s Dinner Adventure on Beach Blvd. in Buena Park — where we learned about the Pirate Invasion & Fairy/Mermaid Festival at Belmont Pier (in Long Beach) in June. Amazing.

You might think that the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland is the oldest and most historical thing we have to a real pirate three thousand miles away from the Caribbean Sea… but surprise!

Astoundingly, California has its own pirate — Hipólito Bouchard — a French Argentine privateer who threatened Mission Santa Barbara and actually plundered Mission San Juan Capistrano after seizing Monterey and holding it for six days! [Sources: SeeCalifornia.com and Wikipedia.org.]