I'm sure there's a Hallmark list out there somewhere, but I'm mostly being facetious; my point is... we don't generally concern ourselves with "anniversaries" that don't end in 5 or 0. And even then, we're probably being a bit excessive with our cultural addiction to mindless counting.
My larger point is that up until a few weeks ago, maybe, no one particularly cared that Glenn Beck was going to be part of a rally at the Lincoln Memorial which, as it turns out, happened to coincide with the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King giving his "I Have A Dream" speech at the same place.
Coincidence? Probably not. But unlike many who seem to be convinced the apocalypse is at hand - including many of Beck's fans, one might note - I tend to think the lesson from yesterday's gathering was mostly that collective assemblages on the Mall in DC are kind of silly. We like to think that America is a culture overwhelmed by mass opinions, run by the will of crowds, all too familiar with the tyranny of the majority.
The reality, I tend to suspect, is that in America we tend to ignore just how not true any of that is - that the real proof of the amazing freedoms that we've created in this country (the freedoms we are convinced will evaporate before our eyes at any moment), is just how little power the majority, or the crowd, has over any one of us. Nowhere, really, offers a place for the anarchist separatist quite like some out of the way spot in some forgotten corner of an American city. And nowhere else is that lonely separatist likely to find a bunch of others, free from intrusion or harassment by the outside world.
Let your freak flag fly, I say.